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Tourist magazine March/April Issue

  1. 1. TOURIST MARCH-APRIL 2011 Bath 8 Historical Treasure of England. Text by Lucy Weaver. Photographs by Colin Hawkins Puerto Rico 14 Enchanted Island. Text and photographs by Edita Klinkel Eric Meola 18 Masterpieces of Photographer Eric Meola. Text by Lesya Hoover Amish 24 Culture, Beliefs and Lifestyle. Text by Aleksandra Chervinski. Photography by Bill Coleman - internationally acknowledged photographer of the Amish Colorado 30 A state of Springs and Sunshine Text and photography by Natalia Fodemski Excerpt: 32 A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy LandUnholy Business By Nina Burleigh - an award-winning author and journalist PHOTO BY ERIC MEOLA: SHEETS
  2. 2. EDITOR’S NOTE TOURIST EDITOR-IN-CHIF Lesya Hoover GENERAL MANAGER Anna Blashchishin DESIGN / ART DIRECTOR Valery Samovich MARKETING MANAGER Olena Babayan ADVERTISING MANAGER Larry Blashchishin EDITOR Ana TsapenkoPHOTO BY FRANK KOVALCHEK: VENICE TEXT“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Aleksandra Chervinski Lesya Hoover - Saint Augustine Edita Klinkel Lucy Weaver O Natalia Fodemski ur travel modes and preferences vary largely and depend on many circum- Ana Tsapenko stances. However, every trip is equally valuable as it recharges our emo- tions, sweeping away the hassle and monotony of everyday life, and fulfills PHOTOGRAPHY Eric Meolaour need for new experiences and discoveries. Bill Coleman Tourist magazine wants to offer you an exciting journey around the world, which is Frank Kovalchekfilled with many unique and colorful cultures. We encourage you to take a glimpse into Colin Hawkinsthe authentic food, music, language, religion, and the way of life of different peoples. Natalia FodemskiOnly by learning more about other cultures you can begin to appreciate the great diver-sity in our world. AddRESS/POSTMASTER: Tourist Magazine is published However, it is most important to make a positive change in yourself, a change bimonthly by Busy Bee Group, Inc.based on your own travel and cultural experiences. As travel is so much more than view- P.O.BOX 915281 Longwood, FL 32791ing sites and eating tasty foreign dishes, it is a time to have a fresh look at humanity and SuBSCRIBERSits great assortment of ideas and values. If the Post Office alerts us that your For people with inquisitive minds and unbeatable spirits – the world is a place to magazine is undeliverable, we have nolearn and grow. Let’s travel and read the book of the world we all live in! further obligations unless we receive a corrected address within one year. For help on subscription call / write: (407) 703-3397 / Printed in USA AdVERTISERS The advertiser assumes sole respon- Editor-in-Chief sibility for all statements contained in the submitted advertising materials Lesya Hoover and will protect and indemnify Tourist magazine, its owners, publishers and employees against any and all liability, loss or expense arising out of claims resulting from the publication of the ad by the magazine. © 2011 Tourist Magazine6 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
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  5. 5. Сцена из жизни индейцев в парке “Источник молодости“ Бат - один из красивейших городов Англии. Он естественных термальных водах.окружен живописными окрестностями, холмами Минеральные источники наряду с великолепнойи зелеными долинами, покрытыми пышной архитектурой и прекрасными музеями обеспечиваеютрастительностью, и знаменит своими целебными притягательность этого города для туристов, которыегорячими источниками и древнеримскими термами приезжают сюда со всего мира. По инициативе ЮНЕСКО(собственно, и само название переводится с английского город Бат, который принимает посетителей уже болеекак “баня”). Расположен он в 160 километрах к западу от двух тысяч лет, был занесен в список памятниковЛондона (полтора часа на поезде от вокзала Паддингтон). мирового культурного наследия человечества. ВПриезжайте в Бат и откройте для себя этот уникальный городе Бат имеется большое количество прекрасногород, который является одним из самых значительных сохранившихся памятников архитектуры среди нихмировых архитектурных шедевров. необходимо выделить наиболее примечательные: Интересно, что Бат – это единственный из римских Королевский полумесяц (Royal Crescent - жилая улицагородов в Англии, который строился не как крепость, а из 30 домов в форме полумесяца), Цирк ( the Circus) икак центр отдыха. Рядом с термальными источниками знаменитый мост Палтни-Бридж, построенный в 1773располагался древний кельтский храм речной богине году.Сулис (Сулис-Минерва в римской интерпретации), что, В центре города рядом со старинным аббатствомпо мнению римлян, придавало воде особую целебную находится знаменитый музей - Римские бани. В месте,силу, поэтому первоначально город назывался Аква где находится единственный в Великобритании горячийСулис. источник, римляне, большие любители лечебных вод, Но Бат вовсе не похож на музей, это полный построили великолепный замок и банный комплекс,жизни современный город, в котором по последнему который в настоящее время отреставрирован и представленслову техники возведен оздоровительный курорт в своем первоначальном виде. Вода постоянно наполняетс минеральными источниками - единственное в просторный открытый бассейн, ядро комплекса. ВыВеликобритании место, где можно расслабиться в можете прогуляться здесь по тем самым мостовым, по
  6. 6. TEXT LUCY WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN HAWKINS Dip into Bath and you’ll discover one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Nestled in a sheltered valley and surrounded by lush countryside, Bath is nourished by natural hot springs – the same thermal spa harnessed by the Romans. F ar from a museum piece, Bath is a vibrant, still flows with natural hot water. See the water’s source and modern city, boasting a stunning 21st century walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements spa complex – the only place in the UK where around the steaming pool. The extensive ruins and treasures you can relax in natural thermal waters. The from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented usingbaths, together with the city’s fabulous architecture and ex- the best of modern interpretation. Above the Museum youcellent museums, ensure Bath retains its appeal to visitors can taste the waters, take a meal and enjoy being serenadedacross the world. with live classical music in the 18th century Pump Room. The golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for Head across the road and you’ll discover the 21st cen-over 2,000 years. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heri- tury answer to the Roman Baths: the Thermae Bath Spa.tage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights Here, you can bathe in the mineral-rich waters as the Romansin Europe and when visiting the city architectural highlights and Celts once did thousands of years ago, in a modern spasuch as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge complex. The Spa’s piece-de-resistance is its roof-top poolare not to be missed. – open all year round – with stunning views of the surround- At the heart of the city next to Bath Abbey is the Ro- ing cityscape. The Spa is affordable and accessible at justman Baths Museum. Around Britain’s only hot spring, the £24 for a two-hour session. Pre-bookable treatments are alsoRomans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that available including the Spa’s relaxing signature treatment,WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 11
  7. 7. Watsu – the perfect way to unwind! Bath is also a celebrated shopping centre, with a reputa- Bath has a wide variety of museums and galleries cover- tion that goes back to Georgian times. Set within a com-ing all kinds of subjects that you wouldn’t expect including pact and accessible city centre Bath’s range of specialist andthe Fashion Museum, the American Museum in Britain and well-known stores leaves shoppers spoilt for choice. The citythe Museum of East Asian Art. There are also lots of attrac- has a high proportion of independent shops with an excel-tions dedicated to Bath’s history – look out for the Build- lent choice of boutique, gift and homeware shops. You’lling of Bath Collection which tells the story of how Bath was also find all the usual brand and high street names and thedesigned and built, No. 1 Royal Crescent showing how a new SouthGate shopping area is a great place to shop till youtownhouse would have looked in its Georgian heyday and drop!the Jane Austen Centre which celebrates Bath’s most famous And if all this leaves you feeling hungry or thirsty there isresident. a mouthwatering selection of restaurants, pubs and tea shops Yet Bath is not buried in the past! Festivals, theatre and on every street. Try a local delicacy, the Sally Lunn Bun,vibrant street entertainment bring life and excitement to this at the oldest house in Bath, still made to the original secretbeautiful city. Theatre and festivals will also appeal to in- recipe, or enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant Pump Room.ternational visitors, so the language barrier is not a problem! To make the most of Bath, there are guided walkingThe well-reputed International Music Festival showcases top tours, open top bus tours and even balloon flights for a uniquemusicians from around the globe and the Bath Christmas view of the city and surrounding countryside!Market is a delight to behold as well as a great place to shop For further information visit the official tourism web-in the cold, winter months. There is a year-round programme site: or contact Bath Tourist Informa-of festivals and events so if you’re visiting the city, check tion Centre for expert advice on +44 844 847 5257.out to make sure that you don’t missanything!WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 13
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  10. 10. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDITA KLINKEL Puerto Ricans call their country Enchanted Island, and it is a good description of this corner of paradise. Its warm climate all year round, sunny beaches, and wild sub- tropical nature are a dream for any traveler. P laya de los Piñones is a famous beach area cook’s experienced hands. Our meals of traditional Cuban in San Juan that you have to visit to consider and Puerto Rican food would not be complete without flan. I your trip complete. You can pig out at one of even took a picture of it to remember the recipe: eggs, con- the numerous fast-food places lining the beach, densed milk, vanilla – and don’t forget the caramel toppingmaking it easy for hungry vacationers to indulge in sinful before you shove it in the oven!pleasures – oil-fried plantain pastries of many flavors (alca- Do you know what the main feature of the houses in Sanpurias), cod fried in dough (bacalao), and other local deli- Juan (the capital) is that you will not see in most places? Thecacies that only Puerto Ricans—and increasing numbers of bars on the windows. These are part of the landscape andvisitors to their beautiful home country—can relate to. very decorative. Every house has different bar designs. Each Our hosts in San Juan were a Cuban family who moved pattern is distinct and matches the style of the house as if itto Puerto Rico several years ago. Every morning, we came were trying to stand out at any cost. But the main purpose ofdown for a tiny cup of Café Cubano, sometimes followed the bars is still very practical – it is the simplest protectionby a Cuban sandwich, a true masterpiece put together by the against robberies, too common in that part of the island.16 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  11. 11. When I saw different patterns on And what a journey that was – through a true jungle,the barred windows, my immediate re-action was to make a collection of pic- climbing and squeezing between the rocks, sometimes ontures reflecting the genuine art of the all fours, then continuing through lush design, but it got me in the trouble.I was told off and threatened severaltimes, and police were summoned on me, until it finally Lechonera is another local attraction. It is a restaurantdawned on me – the inhabitants of the neighborhood didn’t serving smoked pig on a pit. We drove to the mountain areasee the bars as art but as a basic security measure. My pic- in Guavate to try the best meat ever, as our local hosts hadture-taking was considered a threat to their security systems. promised. And the promise was fulfilled! The meat wasOf course, when we started talking on a friendlier note, the carved in front of our eyes with a machete and immediatelylocals realized they were overdoing it a bit and told me thehistory and origin of the intricate patterns. All of that hap-pened later, after I proved that I was si, soy una turista deAmerica and not a criminal accomplice. We had the pleasure of being invited to visit a gorgeousmountain villa located in the central part of the island in VillaAlba. There we were given Fourtrax ATVs, which the own-ers used to drive on mountain terrain to reach their mountainriver. The vehicles took us as far as the trunk of a tree lyingacross the road. It was too big of an obstacle for the smallvehicle to conquer, so we had to continue on foot. served, still steaming, with several local side dishes–yellow rice, boiled yucca, and local beer. After dinner was party time. Puerto Ricans know how to party! In a small mountain village, we saw rows of open dance floors crammed with people enjoying themselves and having fun. Couples of different ages were dancing their heads off, following energetic Latin music rhythms. Music competing between one dance floor and another created a festive and uplifting mood for the crowds hanging around and watching the dancers. The trip to Puerto Rico was a short detour into the coun- But the destination was worth the effort – we arrived at try of small and big wonders, its amazing nature and happya concealed waterfall, falling into a calm pool at the bottom. people leaving colorful memories of enjoyable culture.We had to crawl under the hanging rock to finally jump intothe crystal clear but oh-how-cold water!WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 17
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  13. 13. Eric Meola... Eric attempts to highlight the mysteriousness and the preciousness of those last people in our world who believe in a sense of wonder, in magic, mysticism, and the beauty of life. - Robert Marthaller 19
  14. 14. Eric Meola has gone to India and photographed every inch of it. He has brought back a vision of color un-matched anywhere on earth. When a master of color photography meets India’s festival of colors, we havethe ultimate magical mystery tour! - Pete TurnerEric Meola’s India is a stellar collection of images and a must-have for the coffee table. It offers the reader arare view of Indian culture filled with emotion, vibrant color and history. With this book, Eric has outdone him-self. He has once again produced a book with images that are truly memorable. Eric brings back a collectionof images that most photographers would have missed even if they were standing next to him. The composi-tion, color, and graphic appeal are a testament to one of America’s best photographers. This is a must-havebook. - Seth ResnickEric recalled : “When I went to Burma on this personal assignment right after shooting a big campaign for John-nie Walker Scotch, I went through a sort of spiritual transformation. I came across this little boy getting his headshaved in the ceremony called Becoming Buddha at the Schwe Dagon Pagoda in downtown Rangoon and itwas one of the most incredible things that I have ever seen in my life. Photographing him, getting that image,changed me both spiritually and the way I, as a photographer, saw things visually.I’m not sure that I can really explain how this all happened, but from that point on I just was empowered to walkinto those situations and make images. Nothing intimidated me, I didn’t try to steal the images, I didn’t try to forcemy way into these situations. I was very aware of the personal space of the people that I was photographing, theculture where I was, and the religion. I respected that, and yet somehow I had been given this key to walk intothese situations and make these images. It just was all transforming, and it started with being able to photographthat little boy in Burma.”20 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  16. 16. PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY “I think probably it was shooting a lot, experimenting a lot, trying blurs, trying multiple exposures, shooting at different times of the day. But ultimately it comes back down to your eye. I was trying to make images that would stop people as they turn the page, whether it was through the use of color or graphics or the subject matter.” - Eric Meola PHOTOGRAPH © JOANNA MCCARTHY Masterpieces of Photographer Eric Meola Text by Lesya Hoover A n artist makes an image with paintbrush or his dream had come true, and his journey in the world of pencil, but it is possible, as photographer photography had begun. Eric Meola does, to create art first in one’s Of course, Eric also was busy with other things in life. imagination, then to click the shutter – and For example, he graduated from Syracuse University andvoilà! It’s done! It may sound so easy. But everyone who received a degree in English literature, but it didn’t distracthas seen his photographs realizes that their uniqueness is him from his passion for photography.not just technical; only artistic vision and talent can create a He worked as an assistant to famous photographermasterpiece. Anybody can take a brush and start painting, Pete Turner and tried to learn everything he could from hisbut that fact alone won’t make someone Rembrandt or Van mentor. After 18 months, Eric opened his own studio andGogh. The same pertains to photography. The camera, no started working for himself. He did editorial work for suchmatter how fancy it might be, is just a tool, equivalent to a magazines as Life, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, and Time.brush or a pencil. Shooting pictures for Kodak that later were turned into I was lucky to meet Eric Meola in person at Orlando the book Last Places on Earth was Eric’s dream comeCamera Club. He was speaking about photography with true. He was able to travel to remote corners of our planetthe enthusiasm of a person for whom his craft is not just and photograph what he wanted. But for Eric, that was nota career or even a cause, but rather life-fulfilling magic. merely travel, but also a spiritual journey, which the bookHe spoke with the manner and modesty of a real artistic also turned out to be for him.genius, of someone who loves “the art in himself and not Eric Meola is very proud of his distinctive abstracthimself in the art.” photographs which vividly express his unsurpassed Eric’s interest in photography started in his childhood. understanding of shape, texture, and color, and whichHis father was a doctor, who hoped that the son would influence the viewer’s subconscious emotions.follow in his footsteps. But when one of his father’s I personally experienced this powerful reaction duringpatients, an engineer who loved photography, introduced Eric’s presentation of his photographs at Orlando Camera13-year-old Eric to photography lab work, the boy’s fate Club, which created an unbelievable impression in me.was sealed. He worked hard in a convenience store to Eric Meola’s photographic masterpieces create variousearn money so that he could buy photographic equipment. emotions in people, just as classical music does, but theyWhen Eric had saved enough and bought his first camera, don’t leave anyone indifferent.22 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  17. 17. When I look at Eric Meola’s photographs, the energy of his images makes me believe in theinevitable: “Beauty will save the world.”WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 23
  18. 18. AMISHCulture, Beliefs and LifestyleTEXT BY ALEKSANdRA CHERVINSKIPHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL COLEMANinternationally acknowledged photographer of the Amish.www.amishphoto.com24
  20. 20. T These unique people are called Amish. Being deeply re- hey live completely ligious people, the Amish are descendents of Swiss and Ger- man Anabaptists who immigrated to the States in the early off the land, use horse- eighteenth century. They believe in family values and thedrawn buggies instead of cars, Bible, and they live by the laws of their ancestors separately from the rest of the world. The simple and peaceful lifestyleand do not accept those basic of the Amish people is the subject of interest and curiosity. Those who are unfamiliar with the Amish may wonder howelectric-powered appliances they manage to survive in what seem to be such harsh condi- tions of hard manual labour and seclusion. But the truth isthat we take for granted (TV, radio, telephones etc.) They that the Amish not only survive but thrive. Since 1960, theprefer hard manual labour and simple living to nearly all population of Amish people in Pennsylvania has tripled.modern conveniences. The Amish are born farmers. They grow all their own The simplicity of these people is wide-ranging, includ- food; they make butter, bread, and cheese; and they sell theiring their clothes: men wear black suits and black hats with products at the farmer’s markets of nearby cities.beards (no mustache); women’s wardrobes consist of plain The Amish use only manual labour, whether it’s plough-dresses, usually dark grey or dark violet and made of thin ing, harvesting, milking their cows, or cutting their grass. Thecloth similar to wool, which are worn with aprons (married Amish also handcraft quilts and wood furniture. Homemadewomen have black aprons while single women usually wear chests, chairs, beds, and rocking chairs are integral parts ofwhite ones). Suits and dresses are made without a single but- their homes.ton, which are considered luxury items.26 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  21. 21. Despite their separation from the rest of the world, inside fear if he or she decides to stay in the outside world. Moretheir communities the Amish are very close and are ready to than 80 percent of young people go back to the Amish com-help one another when needed. A good example is barn rais- Neighbors usually work for free, just helping their fellow Church rules called “Ordnung” have to be followed bycommunity members. all members. These rules touch upon most aspects of every- It is typical for an Amish family to have many children. day life.The Amish are not allowed to serve in the Army, toTheir kids do not attend American public schools; they have be photographed, to drive cars and fly airplanes, or to owntheir own one-room schools, where the children receive an computers, TV sets, radio, watches, or even wedding bands.eight-year education. The Amish pay federal taxes but do not The Amish are allowed to marry only within their Social Security taxes, which means they do not receive This is part of an unwritten moral code that has been passedthese benefits; the Amish take care of their seniors and sick on from generation to generation.people themselves. The Amish follow Biblical commandments and laws Young Amish people have the freedom to leave their very strictly. Among the main principles followed by thechurch or to be baptized and stay in the Amish community. Amish are forgiveness and nonviolence. Is it easy to forgiveParents let their teenagers live in the city for several years a person who badly hurt you? Of course not. Sometimes it’sand make their own decision on whether they want to be- almost impossible. But the Amish have a different opinion.come members of the Amish church. During that time, young October 2, 2006: There was no sign of trouble on thatAmish can try everything modern life has to offer. beautiful fall day. One could hear only birds signing in the Shunning, or rejection by the family and the loss of fam- sky and the sounds of the buggies riding from time to timeily blessings, is something every young Amish person has to on the village road. Everything seemed peaceful and quiet inWWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 27
  22. 22. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – the Amish country. for only twenty minutes. Charles Roberts had raged against Suddenly that silence was interrupted by shots fired in- God since the death of his infant daughter and wanted to getside the small wooden Amish school. When policemen en- even.tered the schoolhouse, they saw a terrible scene: ten girls On the morning of October 2nd, Charles Roberts saidfrom six to thirteen years old had been shot by Charles Rob- goodbye to his wife and two small children and went to theerts, who was also dead; he had killed himself after commit- Amish school, West Nickel Mines School. He ordered teach-ting this horrendous crime. Five of the ten victims of violence ers and boys to leave the school, tied up ten girls, and starteddid not survive. to speak. He apologized for what he was about to do to the School shootings are not unusual phenomena in the girls, but he said, “I’m angry at God, and I need to punishAmerican society, where violence is a fact of everyday life. some Christian girls to get even with Him. I’m going to makeYet in the peaceful Amish community it became an unparal- you pay for my daughter.” Two sisters, Marian and Barbieleled event, which affected everybody. This incident signi- Fisher, requested that they be shot so that the others mightfied the clash of two civilizations. To be more specific, the be spared.modern civilization, which Amish try so hard to avoid, pen- At approximately 11:07 a.m., Roberts opened fire. Af-etrated and struck something dearest to their hearts – their ter some time, the shooting abruptly stopped: Roberts hadchildren. committed suicide. Five of the ten victims of violence didn’t Thirty-two-year-old milk truck driver Charles Roberts survive.lived with his family in Nickel Mines Community. He was The whole country was touched by what had happenednot Amish but often served several Amish farms in that area, to the girls, by this terrible act of violence. But even morewhere they started calling him “quiet milkman.” He had a shocking was the act of grace and forgiveness on behalf ofwife and three children. Charles was angry with God. Nine the Amish community toward the killer’s family.years prior to the shooting, his wife, Amy, gave birth to their The act of violence brought great suffering to the Amishfirst child, a girl they named Elise. But the child survived people but didn’t cause any wrath. There was pain but no28 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  23. 23. hatred. When the milkman’s family gathered in his house the of July, 1955, started its history in 1700, when the first Euro-next day, their Amish neighbors came in and hugged the fa- pean settlers came to Pennsylvania.ther of the criminal and said that they are going to forgive the During the 300 years of its existence, the farm changedkiller and his family. Almost half of the people at Charles hands, but all its residents, Quakers, Mennonites and Amish,Roberts’ funeral were Amish. Then the Amish invited his operated this farm as a quintessential Pennsylvania Germanfamily to attend the girls’ funerals. The Amish considered farm.their response typically Christian: love and forgive your en-emies. It may be hard to understand these actions of the Amishpeople. How could one forgive such a horrendous act of vio-lence that had claimed lives of innocent children? Only theAmish faith and beliefs that follow the Christian teachings oflove and forgiveness helped them to forgive right away themurderer who—and there is some kind of irony in this—fornine years after his daughter’s own death was feeding hisplans for revenge and getting even with God. The Amish Farm & House If you want to spend some time at a picturesque fifteen Photo© amishfarmandhouse.comacre oasis and learn more about Amish history and lifestyle, You can rest assured that experienced guides will answeryou should visit The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, all your questions concerning Amish history and lifestyle.Pennsylvania. The farm, which became a museum on the 1st http://www.amishfarmandhouse.comWWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 29
  24. 24. A State of Springs and SunshineTHE BEST OF COLORADOTEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATALIA FODEMSKILocated in Southwestern united States, Coloradois a state unique for its rectangular shape and immensely variedlandscape of mountains, plains, mesas, canyons, rivers and plateaus. T he first thing that comes to mind on hear- Now this state has a population of almost 5.4 million peo- ing about Colorado is the Rocky Mountains, ple. Almost half of the population resides in the state capital, which cover more than sixty percent of the Denver, and its suburbs. Denver is a typical American mega- state’s territory. These mountains have ex- polis with museums, stadiums, theatres, skyscrapers, and en- ceptionally clean air and water, and delight tertainment centers. It is home to one of the largest aquaticthe curious explorer with clear skies, wildflowers and an over- parks in the USA, and also enclosed huge aquarium, whichall rich flora and fauna. has the rarest kinds of fish from all corners of the planet. The The development and expansion of Colorado had begun second half of Colorado’s population is scattered betweensome 140 years ago, influenced greatly by the region’s sunny Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Aspen, Pueblo,dry climate, hot springs, mineral underground waters with Grand Junction, Estes Park, Trinidad, and dozen of smallerhealing properties and, most importantly, significant gold and towns.silver deposits. Included in the names of many towns of Colorado is the In the mid nineteenth century thousands of people came word «springs». There are such names as Colorado Springs,to the almost uninhabited Wild West with the one purpose of Idaho Springs, Glenwood Springs, Manitou Springs, Pagosagetting rich. However, overlooking gold, silver and many other Springs. Tourists often ask where are the springs themselves?precious materials, Colorado’s land gave its people some- In Colorado Springs case you’d have to go to the small townthing that no money could buy — good health and a cure for of Manitou Springs. Here you will find the source of thesetuberculosis. Almost 75% of sick people, who came south- healing waters. The springs were used by local Indian tribeswest, were able to recover and proceed with living a normal such as the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa long beforelife. Nature itself made them patriots of the Coloradan soil. the white settlers came to the region. The word «manitou»30 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  25. 25. had a meaning among native peoples of North America of the while time. More than 300,000 people go rafting down thespiritual healing bubbling water. Therefore the area of Mani- fast Arkansas River every year! That is one popular extremetou Springs was considered sacred among the Indians. Tribal sport, supported by those who like water and want to receivefights and wars were prohibited on this territory. In Manitou a healthy portion of adrenaline rush.Springs you can feel the true atmosphere of the«Wild West», the sort that we experience throughfilms and literature about the times of the Gold Rush Another sacred Indian territory is Gardenand the Western expansion. of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This is a City of Colorado Springs is located sixty onemiles south of Denver, the geographical center of park created by nature and well known for itsColorado. The median height of the town is 6100feet above sea level. At the end of the nineteenth red and white rocks of unusual shape.century this town was nicknamed Little Londonbecause of many English patients who had comeseeking a cure from lung diseases. Many of those people Colorado is a red state if you look at it from an airplane.settled down in Colorado Springs. You don’t have to be an experienced rock-climber to get to the Modern life in Colorado began in 1871 when General Wil- top of Pikes Peak: all tourists have this unique opportunity. Itliam Jackson Palmer founded a town near the picturesque can be done by car, by train, by bicycle and even on foot. Youmountain of Pikes Peak with the intention of creating a high can even run to the top if in excellent physical condition. Sincequality resort community. Today we can be sure that Palm- 1966 a marathon takes place each year in late summer. Pikeser’s dream of creating a «Pearl of American West» has come Peak is the second (after Mount Fuji in Japan) most visitedtrue. mountain in the world with breathtaking panoramic views of On average Colorado gets 320 sunny days a year, which the town and the seemingly endless snowcapped range ofis one of the main conditions for a good vacation. Sunny the Rocky Mountains. At the foot of the mountain there isweather allows a variety of outdoor activities: excursions, hik- a unique Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. At Cheyenne Mountain,ing, mountain skiing, bicycling, rock climbing, fishing, golf, where you’ll learn about wildlife in memorable ways, you canswimming in open mineral pools, bird-watching, photography, feed a giraffe or closely observe grizzly bears or mountain li-etc. Just rafting along the winding rivers makes it a worth- ons. However, all visitors of Colorado Springs can tell you thatWWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 31
  26. 26. wild animals such as deer, foxes, coyotes, and even bears feet above the Arkansas River. Another wonder of Colorado,and bobcats sometimes walk in the middle of the town and the Cave of the Winds is said to be the dwelling place of theare an integral part of its landscape. Great Spirit of the Wind according to Native American leg- end. Whether you believe the legend or not, the cave with Trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension its stalactites and stalagmites offers an unforgettable geologi-bridge in the world, should be marked in the plans of any Col- cal spectacle, displaying rock formations hundreds of millionsorado visitor. This bridge looms at a height of more than 1,000 years old. If you want to learn more about Colorado and plan to see this marvelous sunny state, please visit the site of Colorado Personal Tour Guide: the We know and love Colorado, and we’ll be happy to show it to you!32 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  28. 28. FAUNA GOLDEN DART FROG GOLdEN POISON FROG Most Poisonous Animal on Earth The most poisonous animal is not a snake or a spider. It’s a beautiful little frog called Phyllobates Terribilis (the terrible), the Golden Poison Frog or the Golden Dart Frog. The golden frog is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous. Terribilis holds the poison Batrachotoxin. A single frog contains enough poison to kill 20,000 mice or 10 people. It is probably the most poisonous animal on Earth. Phyllobates Terribilis is endemic to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The frog’s toxic skin secretions are used by the Embera Indians of the Choco region. The frog is the main source of the poison in the darts used by the natives to hunt their food. Phyllobates terribilis is harmless when raised away from its natural food source. They need a warm, humid environment as they come from one of the world’s most humid rainforests. PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA34 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  29. 29. BOOKS UNHOLY BUSINESS UNHOLY BUSINESS: A TRUE TALE OF FAITH, GREED AND FORGERY IN THE HOLY LAND by Nina Burleigh an award-winning author and journalist “Skillfully constructed as a series of narrative vignettes, Unholy Business is indeed reminiscent of a good, if rather dark film Burleigh has a marvelous talent for thumbnail character sketches and many of her protagonists seem to leap off the page... Burleigh... narrates the case of the James ossuary in detail and with a zestful sense of adventure...” – Associated PressExcerpt: ‘Unholy Business’Chapter One: The Billionaire’s Table Spring 2002“That’s the stuff that dreams are made of.”Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon A t sunset, the collector and his lucky guests can’t help but notice the primal kaleidoscope in the heavens above the Mediterranean Sea. Three walls of floor-to-ceiling penthouse glass front the westward horizon, and every afternoon, shades of vermillion and violet, pink and indigo streak the sky and sea. Anyone witnessing the celestial display from this vantage point feels enriched, but the old man who owns the view, Sh- lomo Moussaieff, is in fact one of the world’s richest men. People tell two versions of how Moussaieff made his billions, with a twist depending on whether the teller likes or dislikes the old man. The nice version is that for four de- cades, he sold pricy jewelry to oil sheiks from a tiny shop on the first floor of London’s glittery Hilton Hotel, and then also knew the prostitutes they employed. The sheiks paid the girls in jewelry because they deemed it more honorable to give their “girlfriends” presents than to pay them hard cash. After these transactions, the unsentimental ladies rode the mirrored and gilt elevators downstairs and sold the jewelry back to Moussaieff, at prices far lower than what the sheiks had paid. Then Moussaieff sold the pieces again at full value. The nastier version of the story, told by men who think the old man has crossed them, is that the jeweler sold the sheiks precious jewelry and then the escorts stole the baubles and brought them back to the shop.Nina Burleigh At eighty-five, Moussaieff’s labyrinthine life story isPhoto Credit: Louise Hitchcock36 TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 WWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM
  30. 30. made up of a thousand and one equally fantastic and un- pre-Canaanite pagan cult figurines, intact tile friezes takenverifiable tales. As he tells it, an abusive rabbi father kicked from Roman baths in Israel. But these artifacts are only ahim onto the streets of 1920s Jerusalem when he was a small sampling of the six hundred thousand Bible-era relicsboy of twelve, so he slept in dank, ancient tombs on the he has collected over the years and which he stores in ware-Old City’s edge with home- houses in Geneva and inless Arab urchins, plucking his London townhouse. Al-his first Roman-era coins most all of them, he read-out of that hallowed dirt. He ily admits, were removedpassed his teenage years illegally from countries oflice ridden and deprived, origin.sometimes sleeping rough Moussaeiff’s collec-in a synagogue where he tion, quirks and financialoverheard and memorized might are well understoodthe Talmud, sometimes in among the antiquitiesan Arabic reform school traders in Israel. On mostmemorizing the Koran, nights when Moussaieffsometimes in a Christian is in Tel Aviv, a revolvinghospital. After fighting in cast of dealers and col-Europe in World War II, lectors drop in to sell, buyhe was briefly jailed by or simply sip Diet Coke,the Allies for attempting to enjoy the sunset over thesmuggle valuable Judaica sea and watch the old manfrom synagogues the Nazis in action. His guests maysomehow hadn’t plundered. also include socialites, pol-In London a few years later, iticians and scholars, at-he began amassing enor- tracted by the money, col-mous wealth through inti- lection and mystique of onemacy with the world’s rich- of Israel’s most intriguingest Arab potentates. A stint characters. A dyslexic whoin the Israeli secret service can barely read, he is byfits in somewhere. What is turns profane and refined.certain is that by the 1980s, He tells filthy jokes, veershe had created a colossal between Hebrew and Ara-fortune from a jewelry busi- bic as the mood suits him,ness that landed him in the slyly calls men and womencosmopolitan upper ech- habibi — the Arabic wordelon. One of his daughters for sweetie — and willis married to the president recite, eyes half-closed,of Iceland. bits of Holy Land arcana These days, the old he has photographicallyman spends less time mak- memorized from the Bibleing money and more time and Koran. He can wax atdisbursing it to enlarge his vast collection of biblical antiq- length on the characters whose heads are commemorateduities. He doesn’t care what people say about him, either. on tarnished bits of Roman coins or the significance of clayHis only interest in life now, besides smoking and flirting, figurines representing pre-Canaan gods and goddesses. Sis, he says, “proving the Bible true” — an odd pursuit for anavowedly unreligious man, but an offshoot of an early obses- hlomo Moussaieff (born 1922) is an Israeli millionairesion with finding God. He believes completely in the historical of Bukharian Jewish descent who has lived in London since the early 1960s. He is the son of Rehavia Mous-reality of biblical characters, but Yahweh remains beyond his saieff, and grandson of Shlomo Moussaieff of Bukhara. He madereach. The antiquities inside the Tel Aviv apartment would most of his fortune by selling precious jewelry to international royaltykeep a team of museum curators busy for decades. Among and high society, especially Saudis and Persian Gulf Arab States.them are a pair of three-foot-high iron lions from what was He speaks Arabic fluently. The average price of a necklace in hissupposedly Queen of Sheba’s palace in Yemen, chunks of store, located in the Hilton hotel in London’s Mayfair district, is overlong-demolished Syrian Jewish temples on the walls, whole a million dollars.slabs of Assyrian cuneiform from Iraq, vitrines packed with -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaWWW.TOURISTLIVING.COM TOURIST | MARCH-APRIL 2011 37
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