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New Panama City airport could stir Gulf Coast's sleepy way of life |

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They call it the Emerald Coast for the blue-green water, but the color I remember best about the beaches of South Walton is white: wide expanses of sand so white it glistens in the sun. Few beaches in Florida or anywhere can match this 26-mile shoreline in Walton County, bordering the Gulf of Mexico in Florida's northwest Panhandle. The sand is nearly pure quartz crystal, dazzling to the eye and soft underfoot.


Sunday Travel Sections

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections.

NY Times: A Polish City Feels Its Future Has Arrived (Wroclaw)

NY Times: Escaping the Crowds

NY Times: In the Wild, With Tent and Tablecloth

LA Times: Walking in Holden Caulfield's footsteps through Manhattan

LA Times: Las Vegas resorts want their guests to take the plunge

LA Times: At Pinnacles, looking in on a condor nursery (Soledad, CA)

Chicago Tribune: Tracking down Iowa whiskey in Templeton

Chicago Tribune: Fake out would-be burglars (gadget)

SFO Chronicle: Calakmul offers glimpse of ancient Maya history (Mexico)

Miamai Hearld: Baseball in Japan: Taiko drums, deep-fried squid balls

Salt Lake Tribune: Disneyland: Trivial pursuit at the venerable California theme park

The Oregonian: Gold Beach is rich with a jet boat load of natural treasures

San Jose Mercury News: Coastwalk California offers new adventures

USA Today: 10 great places to retrace the Pony Express

Get packing: Brussels decrees holidays are a human right | Times Online


An overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year's hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer.

Under the scheme, British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.


Bike Tours: See New Places Through Pedal Power | ABC News

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Don Wilson describes himself as an "old guy," but every spring he hops on his bike to pedal 200 miles in four days through the heart of French Louisiana on a trip called Cycle Zydeco.

Wilson, 65, chats with other riders while rolling through Cajun and Creole country. Organizers offer local music, dancing and food to the 350 people in the group at campsites every night.


Why can't planes fly near volcanic ash? |


Nearly a week into the volcanic ash crisis plaguing swaths of Europe, passengers and airlines alike are starting to tire of the restricted airspace. The haunting cloud drifting thousands of feet above Earth's surface is often invisible to the naked eye both at ground level and high into the reaches of the troposphere, causing many to wonder how this material could impact a flight. Could all of these microscopic particles of ash really be that big of problem?