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James Hill for The New York Times Clockwise from top left, station in Khabarovsk, at the Olekma station, rolling through the Kodar Mountains, an attendant in Yuktali, the train rests in Khani and looking at the passing scenery. More Photos » James Hill for The New York Times
ROAD TRIP It pays to plan ahead if you're driving the Alaska Highway. When the road opened in 1942, even military trucks did not always survive it. What you will see are snow-covered mountains, spruce forests, wildflowers, tundra and eagles, bears, caribou, moose and even the occasional bison grazing along the side of the road. “The Alaska Highway is the legendary road of the north,” Syd Cannings, a zoologist at the Yukon Conservation Data Center, writes in a coming book on the ecosystems the road crosses — among them the Rockies (and the Continental Divide), the Yukon River and the St.
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Clockwise from top left, Andrea Pistolesi/Getty Images; Douglas Pearson/Corbis; Anand Giridharadas for The New York Times; Anand Giridharadas for The New York Times Clockwise from top left, Sognefjord, Geiranger fjord, between Alesund and Oye and sheep on the road from Stryn to Balestrand. More Photos » A fjord looks like a lake but is, in fact, a slender arm of the salty seas, reaching deep inland. As you enter one, it can seem self-contained, entirely its own, until you turn a corner and another fjord opens before you.
#1 This is my image of Seiji. A leafy suburb with trees overhanging the clean narrow roads. This area of town is peaceful and laid back but very well organized #2 Leefy scenery in front of the station.
Ever heard of Lijiang? It’s an old town in northern Yunnan, in what was once the Dali Kingdom, the fought-over hinterland between China and Tibet. Curved eave buildings topple up narrow alleys towards a Qing dynasty pagoda.
By Saif on March 12, 2011 Fenhuan considered one of the 10 most beautiful cities in China. The city was founded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Originally the town was inhabited by soldiers sent to subdue the local Miao people. Check out the pictures given below. 29 Photos
Karim Ben-Khelifa for The New York Times Cafe des Délices in Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis, used to attract tourists with its view of the water. Now it is mainly frequented by Tunisians. More Photos » On a sunny January afternoon, I walked along the battlements of the empty fortress, peering through arrow slits into the streets where elderly Tunisian men in red caps and women in head scarves strolled.
Of all the places to conduct a really wicked paintball match, Gunkanjima just about takes the cake. Utterly abandoned, the former coal-mining site stands like a rotten tooth jutting from the turbulent waters off Nagasaki. A formidable seawall protects a dense warren of empty factory buildings and crumbling apartments. Roofs have blown off or caved in and walls have sloughed off their skins, leaving the skeletal underpinning of buildings visible. Dark hallways and dangerous, twisting staircases abound in M.C.
Republic of Vanuatu Richard Branson launches journeys to the centre of the Earth through Virgin Volcanic. Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks to join first expedition.
Friday 4 p.m. 1. RETRO AND ECO New shops and boutiques are popping up all over the city, but few have the swagger of the playful eight-month-old Mädchentraum, where the 24-year-old owner Anne-Kathrin Schmidt, a former costume designer, turns out glamorous, ultrafeminine dresses and blouses inspired by ladies’ fashions of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s (Greesbergstrasse 2; 49-221-3799-5751; maedchentraum.net ). Her well-named “Grace” dress, in gray wool with stylish three-quarter-length sleeves, feels as if it should cost more than 219 euros ($283 at $1.30 to the euro).
Friday 5 p.m. 1. BREW AND VIEW Come dusk, you’ll find Vientiane’s residents flocking to the new Chao Anouvong Park, a 35-acre expanse of grass and concrete that lines the Mekong River.
Kosuke Okahara for The New York Times The view from Kiyomizu temple, one of 1,600 temples in Kyoto. So as I sat above the enigmatic presentation of 15 rocks, arranged with seeming randomness across a wide bed of raked sand, I could hear nothing but bird song from the cherry trees around me. A trickle of water from a thin bamboo chute issued into a stone basin around the corner, deepening as it intensified the silence. The characters around the basin said, “What you have is all you need.”
In travel it is seldom acknowledged how routinely people pile on excess. And while this may not hold true on or Club Med, where the biggest daily challenge is finding the proper level of SPF, among independent travelers the tendency is to take on countries, regions, continents, galaxies. From the placid vantage of a laptop, the world looks manageable. In real time, the degree of travel difficulty unfolds in agonizing increments.
Castles are already pretty impressive, even when they're not perched atop a mountain. But put them at the edge of a cliff, and you've elevated their awe-inspiring beauty to a whole new level. Touting amazing architecture and great historical significance, these eight structures are sure to impress any traveler. Swallow’s Nest—Crimea, Ukraine