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The History of Wine Country
by Benjamin Bicais.It is impossible to study the history of wine country in the Sierra Foothills and the Delta without knowledge of the broader economic forces that have shaped the region since the mid-nineteenth century.Years Before the Gold RushUntil the Gold Rush, S...
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History of the Mendocino County Wine Industry
by Benjamin Bicais.Early History of Mendocino County WineThe history of wine production in Mendocino dates back to the mid 19th century. The first Europeans to settle in the region were Russian hunters and trappers. They made their living selling seal and otter pelts.T...
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A Close Encounter with Wild Dolphins
by Gustasp Irani.My first glimpse of Tangalooma’s famous wild dolphins was from the boat that ferried us to Moreton Island 75 minutes from Brisbane, Australia. They arched their black silken bodies out of the water as though to greet us as we docked at the islandâ€...
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South Pacific As A Romantic Getaway?
by Norm Goldman, Editor Of Sketchandtravel.com & Bookpleasures.com.Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com and Bookpleasures.com, is pleased to have as a guest well known author, travel writer and expert on the South Pacific, David Stanley. David is the author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific.Good day Davi...
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What Do You Know About Spas?
by Norm Goldman, Editor Of Sketchandtravel.com & Bookpleasures.com.Today Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com & Bookpleasures.com interviews Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder Inc. Norm:Could you tell us a little about yourself and your expertise in spas, and why you became interested in them? Susie:I was a...
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My Introduction To Northwest Coast Native American Art
by Clint Leung.I had lived in Vancouver very briefly as a child and it was during that time when I was first exposed to the art of the Northwest Coast Native American Indians. It was the towering colorful totem poles out in Stanley Park that everyone gazed at with ...
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Export of Inuit Sculpture Containing Whalebone or Ivory
by Clint Leung.The export of certain Inuit sculpture from Canada to other parts of the world including the United States does have some restrictions. In order to reduce harvesting of marine animals such as whales and walruses, the United States Congress passed the ...
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They Don’t Call It Big Sky (Montana) For Nothing!
by Anita Paul.Admiring the expanse of the sky might not be possible amid the skyscrapers of most large cities. But when city dwellers visit Big Sky, Montana, they soon understand that its not called big sky for nothing. Located 48 miles north of Yellowstone Nation...
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Wisconsin Friday night fish fry – 10 of the best
by Dennis Boyer - Wisconsinguide Magazine.Fish fries – a Wisconsin samplerIn the course of collecting folktales in Wisconsin for almost thirty years, I have sampled over a thousand fish fries. I found them in upscale private clubs and in spots that were bare bones rustic. There are thousan...
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What’s to do at a waterpark? Lots!
by Debra Illingworth Greene - Wisconsinguide Magazine.Indoor waterparks make for great family getaways in the dead of Wisconsin winter. The humidity alone will transport you to the tropics, and the kids will wear themselves out in the water. Of course, families come to the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin ...
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Mazatlán
by Yvon Marier.'Old' Mazatlán, the traditional town center, dates from the 19th century. Tourists started coming in the 1930s, mainly for fishing and hunting, and some hotels began to appear along the Playa Olas Altas, Mazatlán's first tourist beach, in the 1950s...
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Mystery of the Mummy
by Steven N. Ng.The Egyptian mummification process is basically a means of preserving a dead body. Without preservation, a body will decompose, leaving only the bones. The Egyptian mummification process therefore prevents a body from decomposing, allowing the deceas...
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How ESPN Deportes Saved My Life
by Nick Smith.Anybody that has ever been to Boise, Idaho, knows that the city’s nickname, “City of Trees,” only applies to a 100 foot-wide section that follows the Boise River through the middle of the city. The rest of the city looks more like the set of a ...
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Williamsburg Virginia: A Mecca for Retirement
by Elaine Voncannon.A Temperate ClimateThe greater Williamsburg area includes James City and York Counties, and these areas are also steeped in early American history. Many retirees prefer this part of Southeastern Virginia because it has a temperate climate and an exce...
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Moving Money to France
by Oliver Phillips.If you already live in France, or intend to finance your property purchase from equity in your UK home, chances are you'll want to move some money abroad.Transfering money from the UK to France requires someone to handle the transfer on your behalf a...
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Nags Head - A Perfect Oceanside Getaway That Is Rich In History
by Elizabeth Ann Wares.Whether you are single, a couple, or a family, the area is well suited for virtually any type of vacation plans. Nags Head has a reputation as a top notch recreational destination. Watersports and fishing related activities abound. Let's not forget t...
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The Eden Project
by Brian Thomas.The Eden Project - a visit.The Eden project, the futuristic domed structures protecting alien climates, would not be out of place in any dreamers imagination of what space travellers might live in on the Moon or Mars.Housed in what was once a Cornish...
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Safari Adventure in Botswana - Leopard Sighting
by Kay L. Trotman.We began to tear across the savannah, only able to drive on the existing trails. Drivers are not allowed to make their own trails – not in this neck of the woods! As we bounced from side to side in our open Land Rover, getting closer to the leopard...
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AC Adapters - Know Where You Are Going!
by Tara Pearce.In North America (and South America, Japan and some parts of the Caribbean) we use an ungrounded electrical plug that has two flat prongs (See Fig.1 Power Adapter examples below) or a grounded plug that has an additional third prong. In most of Europ...

AC Power Adapters - Do I Really Need Them?
by Tara Pearce.I recommend bringing power adapters even if you know your destination uses the same kind of ac plug. Many tropical vacation destinations only have power outlets without a ground. Therefore if you have a grounded plug (like on your laptop) you will ne...
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Voltage Converters - Dont Fry Your Appliances! 
by Tara Pearce.To know if you need a power converter you should check any electrical appliance as you pack them for your trip. Each appliance will have a small rating plate which will tell you if the product is single volt or dual volt (i.e. Use 110 or 220 or both)...

The Power Converter - Sometimes its Just Not Enough! 
by Tara Pearce.Another thing that you will want to factor in is the difference in Hertz (50 and 60Hz). Even with a travel converter, AC motors brought from North America (60Hz) to Europe (50Hz) will run slower. In some cases, like a hair dryer or electric razor, th...
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Go, Go, Go, With the TomTom Go Car Navigation System
by James Chartwell.It does require a little set up. Connect the unit to your PC, load one of the CDs, and choose the region you intend to travel. Now we come to the first handy thing about the TomTom Go. Other brands limit the region choices to only one configuration.F...

Limiting Your Speed in Bermuda
by Mart Gil Abareta.According to the article “The Speed Limit in Bermuda” at www.limeyinbermuda.com last December 5, 2004, Limey said he criticized Dr. Joseph Froncioni, Chairman of the Road Safety Council, in a recent post and letter to the Editor for advocating po...
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Maui Is Like Your First Kiss, You Never Forget It
by Elizabeth Ann Wares.Hawaii is actually made up of six separate islands. Maui issmall compared to the "Big Island". But that doesn't meananything, because what Maui lacks in size, it makes it up init's atmosphere and personality. Maui serves up plenty ofhistoric and cult...
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