Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
Bungy jumps are but one of the royal riches to savor in this New Zealand spot
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
As your Air New Zealand flight touches down in Queenstown, the heart of the South Island's fertile Central Otago Valley unfolds before you magnificently. It is immediately obvious why Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson built much of his "magic kingdom" for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy down here. Though coastal cities Christchurch and Dunedin echo New Zealand's British influence, Queenstown's...
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Guatemala is abundant with eco-thrills -- and higher tourist taxes?
By:
Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
There's a place in the Caribbean where manatees move silently in the shallows of Guatemala's Rio Dulce River and children paddle dug-out canoes across the water to get to school. Verdant jungle abounds, and though there has been significant deforestation nearby, from this vantage point, it looks like the land has never been touched by human hands. To get to...
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Where to stay in the hot -- as in, popular -- Jerusalem?
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Passover denotes a time when Moses pleaded to the Israelites' oppressors to "Let my people go!" As Israel continues to celebrate its independence, as well as Jerusalem Day on May 12, the summer season also begins, when the Israeli hospitality industry implores weary American Jews seeking a spiritually enlightening vacation to "Let our people come!" With this in mind, it's...
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By:
Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Mention the name "Dean" in the Mexican port of Costa Maya, and everyone will know just what you're talking about. The Category 5 hurricane that carries his name struck two years ago, leaving an indelible imprint from which both the port and the nearby town of Mahahual are still recovering. The contorted, gray limbs of dead mangrove trees stretch across...
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Those who live in America's mountainous regions call it "mud season" -- that time of year between April and June when the ground may not have enough snow on it to ski, but is still too soupy to hike, camp, fish, or get out and enjoy nature. It's a time when those in winter climates look to get away. This...
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