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REST, RECOVERY AT WILSON HOUSE Twelve-step pilgrims can sleep in the Vermont birthplace of AA’s founder

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EAST DORSET, Vt. - There are plenty of rustic inns in Vermont. There are even plenty of inns in Vermont that are on the National Register of Historic Places. But there's only one inn in Vermont where the founder of one of the 20th century's great social movements was born.


IN THE HOUSE OF THE JAGUAR In San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, a guest house promotes Mayan culture

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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- At the end of a narrow, cobblestone street in San Cristobal de Las Casas, hopes for an ancient Mexican people and their home in the rain forest reside in the house of a jaguar.


THE SANDS OF PUERTO ANGEL

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PUERTO ANGEL, Mexico -- What seasoned tourist hasn't complained about the paving of paradise, those once-unique destinations that have been transformed into ugly commercial monsters by developers spurred on, well, by tourists?

Take Mazatlan, for example, or Acapulco. You can have them.
 
But then there's Puerto Angel, a tranquil fishing village down the coast where developers, thankfully, have missed the boat. Here, charm and character and ease have survived.

And there isn't a swinging hot spot to be found.


THE DAY I DIDN'T GO TO SPAIN

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It was a long, hectic, tiring journey, the day I didn't go to Spain.

My destination was not only Madrid but adventure itself, the excitement of deciding on Friday to hop across the pond on Saturday. No reservations, no plans, no luggage. I was going to be an air travel courier.
 
Air courier outfits view airline tickets as a two-course delight, where the booked space in the cargo hold is every bit as valuable as the space in the passenger compartment. They buy the tickets to meet the needs of shipping clients, and then sell off the seats almost as excess.


A TRUE SPECTACLE, SEEN AT THE SOURCE Big-city fireworks in a small town

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JAFFREY, N.H. - For 364 days a year, the high point in Jaffrey is Mount Monadnock, 3,165 feet tall and considered the second-most-climbed mountain in the world.

But on a latter Saturday in August every year, Monadnock is eclipsed.
 
That's the day of Jaffrey's Festival of Fireworks, when the ground shakes, the sky explodes, and the town's population bursts from its usual census of about 5,400 to more than 40,000.


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