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Some visitors consider the Azores a warm Iceland, which is only partly true. But as I hiked a rocky beach path on Sao Miguel Island, I briefly thought I was back in that sub-Arctic country. All around me lay the kind of black and green landscape I had loved in Iceland: lunar fields of volcanic rock, covered in lichens. On one side, the azure Atlantic; on the other, a mossy cliff wall soared ...

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A good book can transport us to magical places and encourage exploration. Here five examples that may inspire your travels. 1. The stories of Jack London, Glen Ellen, Calif.: Channel the adventuresome spirit of one of the planet's most inspired writers as you explore more than 26 miles of hiking, horseback and cycling trails across 1,400 acres in the stunning Sonoma Valley. Visit the stone ...

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My emotional attachment to Paris and London started early in life. Starting when I was about 6 years old, my Uncle Hashem, who never married and lived alone, would have me over for lunch and a French lesson. I could count from one to 100 in French almost before I could do it in English. He was a chef and restaurant owner, so my lessons would always include an elegantly prepared lunch and, ...