Friday, September 17, 2010

The 10 Best of Everything



Wondering where to hike? The Huffington Post recently published a slideshow titled, "16 Best Hiking Destinations.” The post adapted their story from National Geographic’s extensive compendium, The 10 Best of Everything. To our delight, National Geo lists Cinque Terre, Bhutan and, of course, Switzerland, all within the top ten.

Check out what they wrote about the Cinque Terre. "Footpaths cross the terraced slopes of the Riviera di Levante to hamlets with pastel-colored buildings and contrasting shutters and lead to brightly painted boats in small harbors. Walk past trattorias and a solitary abbey to a rocky promontory with the sea always in full view and a clear sky overhead. Along the route, there’s Ligurian cuisine, including characteristic Italian pesto made from locally grown basil—a source of particular pride among chefs and restaurateurs from these neighboring villages, each one claiming the best recipe. Sciacchetrà is a rare, crisp, fragrant white wine, a specialty harvested from the Cinque Terre’s terraced vineyards."

About Bhutan: "Ancient citadels rise on the horizon. Buddhist temples and carved wood farmhouses are discovered along fertile valleys. Swiftly flowing rivers dash across an open landscape, the snowcapped Himalaya towering in the distance. The journey in the Kingdom of Bhutan leads into the heart of a modern-day Shangri-La. There is a warmth and hospitality to experience in local culture, customs, and ceremonies. Travelers have only recently been allowed to visit Bhutan, and tourists to the country are still limited to a fortunate few. From vistas overlooking the Punakha Valley to the intricately patterned Thimphu weavings, the walk has beauty in this peaceful realm."

And about Switzerland: "Spirits soar a the sight of the alpine landscape; and what better place to walk than over breathtaking mountains. Venturing into two culturally distinct regions and hearing three languages along the way, you can experience variety, wilderness, and Swiss hospitality. Look over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, framed by five summits, ancient glaciers, and mountain ranges that seem to extend forever. There is no better way to end the day than by sharing a fondue and cornichons, topped off with a bite of chocolate."

You can view the full slideshow by clicking here.


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