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By Mary Russell

What drew Annie Taylor and Alexandra David-Neal to Tibet, whilst it used to be nonetheless bring to a halt from the area and so adverse to foreigners, and especially lady ones, in order that they needed to put on male Tibetan costume for cover? What did Hester Stanhope and Gertrude Bell, such various ladies, locate so compelling in regards to the wilderness lifetime of the East? What possessed Mary, Duchess of Bedford, to soak up flying on the age of 60 - or Naomi James to sail all over the world, or Arlene Blum to climb Annapurna? those, and different, debts of girls travelers stories worldwide are incorporated during this booklet.

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Most lived like the costumed docents at the Su s e ha 1 Lancaster Elizabethtown qu The Amish really do drive buggies and plow their fields by hand. In Dutch Country, the pace is slower, and it’s no costumed reenactment. For the most evocative Dutch Country experience, go driving along the winding, narrow lanes between the thruways – past rolling green fields of alfalfa, asparagus and corn, past pungent working barnyards and manicured lawns, waving to Amish families in buggies and straw-hatted teens on scooters.

Com; 5986 Rte 89; r $135; #) Has four fully furnished log cabins nestled in the hills above Lake Cayuga (open April to December); free wine tasting included. com; 108 Fall St, Seneca Falls; r $140; aW#) Originally a 1920s-era hotel, the downtown building housing the Clarence has undergone a stylish renovation with a nod to the past – the mahogany bar comes from an old Seneca Falls saloon and there’s a projection of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life on the lobby wall. The standard rooms are small but the Kitchen, an upscale restaurant, is the best in town.

Com; Boardwalk; mains $5-30; h11am-11pm, to 12:30am Fri & Sat), a place margarita pitchers go to die, makes sure of that: look for the neon-orange palm trees and listen for the live bands. The Drive » Head south on Rte 35 past several residential communities laid out on a long barrier island only a block or two wide in parts – Seaside Heights is where it’s at its widest on this 11-mile trip. 5 Seaside Heights Coming from the north, Seaside Heights has the first of the truly overwhelming boardwalks: a sky ride and two rollicking amusement piers with double corridors of arcade games and adult-size, adrenaline-pumping rides, roller coasters, and various iterations of the vomit-inducing 10-story drop.

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