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An Bóthar go Santiago by Mícheál de Barra

By Mícheál de Barra

An Irish pilgrim's standpoint in this historic trip. a private modern account of the actual and human panorama which he encounters alongside the way in which.

NOTE: this e-book is within the Irish language basically; there isn't any English-language fabric during this booklet.

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Once again, you'll need a map, but at both of these less-visited boardwalks you'll have the chance to meet groups of New Yorkers that you won't see in more touristy spots. BOTANICAL GARDENS 39 S E C R E T BOTANICAL GARDENS Two major botanical gardens vie for your attention. The larger of the two, located in the Bronx, declares its superiority by calling itself the New York Botanical Garden (aooth Street and Southern Boulevard, 718-817-8700). The 25o-acre site includes a glass-domed conservatory in the Victorian style, many far-flung flower beds, a gift shop with New Age overtones, a miniforest, a snuff mill (in the late eighteenth century this land was the estate of the tobacco-growing Lorillard family), and a rather dull composting exhibition among its 44 listed attractions.

Cheaper accommodations are also available within the surprisingly large network of bed-and-breakfasts (see Secret Bed-and-Breakfast), but for rock-bottom prices you can't beat the youth-hostel system. New York's premiere establishment, Hosteling International New York (891 Amsterdam Avenue, 932-2300, around $30 per night), has 480 beds set out in a variety of dormitory-style configurations. It's located in a landmark building in a pleasant, working-class section of the Upper West Side. On a recent visit I found many of the residents occupying tables on a street-side terrace and happily chatting.

Don't fall for their trick of making you cough up $10 to sample them all; instead spring for the modest $3 ticket. But do pay an additional $i for the tram, a miniature two-car train that gives you a 2o-minute introduction to the park and lets you disembark once and get on again — it will save on shoe leather. The best part is the forest trail, which overlooks a decent-sized waterfall on the Bronx River. Although it's forbidden, some of the best hiking is off the marked trails. You can go beyond the barrier, for example, at the waterfall overlook and find a delightful sundappled path that leads into the thickest part of the woods and delivers unexpected river views (and river access).

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