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July 2005 * 07/27/05
Welcome to the July issue of The Traveler!
He stood motionless, looking up at the looming facade of the United Nations, shrouded in the darkness on the other side of a massive barricade.The Traveler just wanted to have a look, since he was in New York anyway for a travel writing conference.
There really wasn't much else to do but mull over the idea and possibility of a world comprised of truly United Nations. If this impressive structure is the best we can do, at quiet rest on a balmy summer night with a waxing moon rising over 45th Street, separated from the world behind a security fortress...
Perhaps more people should come down; have a look at the place in the relative quiet of a Manhattan Saturday night and just be still for a moment.
New York is the king of world-class cities (though some may argue with that) but The Traveler still loves coming home to San Francisco. Everyone knows the song, and it is about where The Traveler's heart is. (And where just last month the 60th anniversary of the United Nations was celebrated.)
So it is home again for The Traveler. And just in time for the July issue!
Our feature articles this month will take us cruising the Galapagos Islands; discovering why love is for the birds on Bonaventure Island in Quebec; on to a narrow, crowded alleyway in downtown Beijing for a memorable amble and a little lesson in humanity; and finally we'll experience a young man's frightening episode in a strange and foreign land - traffic in Pakistan is nothing like it is back in Minnesota.
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Is our Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month really travel writing? The Traveler thinks so, with a compelling account of Boston, London, New York, and New Jersey in 1776. Hmm... Now what would have been going on there and then? Travel to a different place in time and hear the story told like it hasn't been before.
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Bonaventure Island, Quebec
Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month
From the siege of Boston in 1775/76 to the complete failure of the occupation of New York and then the final morale-saving triumph of Washington's surprise rise attack of the Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey the day after Christmas 1776, the story of the fledgling American rebel army is one of uncertainties, misjudgments, and eventual triumph by a bedraggled army held together with the sheer force of will possessed by George Washington, his closest aides, and thousands of nameless citizen-soldiers. If not for these, we'd all be having high tea in the afternoon.
Get a taste of New England, New York, and New Jersey in the year of America's birth. McCullough's exquisite detail, exceptional knowledge, and superb storytelling skills make this historical account a most enjoyable learning experience.
We were all rebels and underdogs once.
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