Best 24 Hours on Earth, Part I

December 07, 2016

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I saw this astounding roundup in the October/November, 2016 edition of the National Geographic Traveler. I have 13 or more subscriptions to magazines and I have never seen an issue quite like this. Here are brief excerpts:

HAWAII, 5 AM

Whether day breaks gently or in the fiery glory of molten lava at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, the dawn is a time to look at the world anew. “Where America’s Day Begins” is a slogan associated with Guam. It also applies to nearby Saipan, eight hours west of Hawaii by plane, across the International Date Line. Writer: P.F. Kluge.

PARIS, 6 AM

Rise and shine in the French capital as the Marché Bastille fills with vendors stacking their produce before opening at 7 am. Appetizing aromas fill the air, from sweet breakfast crepes to pans of paella to Alsatian choucroute garnie. en.parisinfo.com Writer: Jill K. Robinson

 

Elegant Paris: the Eiffel Tower was completed 126 years ago

SAN FRANCISCO, 7 AM

Skip the hotel gym and opt for climbing San Francisco’s more than 670 stairways instead. Whether your goals include a workout or merely fresh air, pick up Adah Bakalinsky’s Stairway Walks in San Francisco to help plan your uphill course. Writer: J.K.R.

 

Sophisticated San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937

ABU DHABI, 8 AM

On the Traditional Pearl Diving Experience with Al Mahara Diving Center, you’ll sail to Sir Bani Yas Island on a pearling dhow to learn how to find and identify pearl-filled oysters. divemahara.com Writer: J.K.R.

MELBOURNE, 9 AM

You don’t just order “coffee” here. Australia’s second largest city has its own coffee vocabulary. An Americano is called a “long black,” a velvety latte is a “flat white” and breakfast or “brekkie” is toast with avocado topped with a poached egg. Writer: Robert Reid.

TANZANIA, 10 AM

The wild kingdom feels even wilder when you explore it on foot. Maasai guides can lead you on two- to eight-mile hikes on the Serengeti Plain and the Ngorongoro highlands. natgeoexpeditions.com Writer: J.K.R. 

ARGENTINA, 11 AM

Hike to lunch atop Patagonia’s massive glacier or, if you’re lucky, you’ll see and hear an icefall as sections crack off the glacier and splash into the water. hieloyaventura.com Writer: J.K.R.

NAMIBIA, 12 PM

Midday brings high hopes and high temperatures during a hunt for ancient and extraordinary rock art on “Burning Mountain”. The temperature can reach up to 122 degrees F. in the month of December. Writer: Mark Jenkins

CHARLESTON, 1 PM

Gear up for Gullah and Low Country culture on South Carolina’s Highway 17 from Charleston to Pawleys Island. And sample the fried crabs and fish with a side of red rice at Buckshot’s Restaurant. Writer: Jessica Mischner

PORTLAND, OREGON, 2 PM

This beer-loving city’s reputation for the unusual goes way back – long before the Voodoo Doughnut shop and nude bike festivals. Portland Walking Tours offers visits to the famous Shanghai Tunnels. Writer: J.K.R.

MARS! 3 PM

Buzz Aldrin, astronaut, and one of humankind’s first moonwalkers, is the author of a new book titled No Dream Is Too High. He has been orbiting the idea of bringing humans to Mars. So, in the future, Earthlings can pay a visit to the dunes on this remote “red” planet. Writer: Hannah Sheinberg 

CROATIA, 4 PM

On a sea trek in Croatia, afternoons spent snorkeling or hiking along the Adriatic coast flow into evenings sleeping on a beach. Without a boat, sea trekkers carry their gear in an inflatable waterproof backpack that trails behind as they swim to the day’s destination. Writer: Lois Parshley

NEXT WEEK: TOKYO AT 5 PM TO “IN BED” AT 4 AM

Shaun Nelson-Henrick

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