Roughly two hours south of Paris on the train and a two hour drive from the Alps, Lyon also has the benefit of the beaches of France's Mediterranean coast, which are not too far away. Lyon has a lot going for it, not least its historic centre which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2016, Lyon was voted Europe's leading city break destination at the World Travel Awards. Lyon is also a cultural hub and it even has a sculpture designed by the same artist who created the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. He designed the Fontaine Bartholdi, which can be found in Lyon’s Place des Terreaux. Shopping is also central to life in Lyon. La Part-Dieu is actually the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. The city is known as the gastronomical capital of France, with 14 Michelin star restaurants, and it is famous for its annual festival of lights (Fête des Lumieres) in December. The city is a major centre for … [Read more...] about Readers reveal: The best and worst things about life in Lyon
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Venessannah Itugbu wasn’t recruited out of Mesa Ridge and certainly didn’t define herself as a basketball player.In fact, she wasn’t even a starter for the Class 4A team in southern Colorado Springs.And yet on Saturday, Itubgu will stand as Air Force’s lone honoree on Senior Day and as an improbable four-year contributor and team captain who grew into a role she never expected to seek.“My love for the game grew so much, starting here,” Itugbu said. “In high school I enjoyed it and I put a lot of time into it, but it was like a hobby, something I did for fun and I worked hard for. But here, every year, every season I just started to love the game so much more than when I was in high school.”Itugbu’s high school coach, Jeff Beatty, said the 5-foot-9 forward would have started for nearly any team in the state. But the Grizzlies that year had a McDonald’s All-American in center Kylee Shook and another post standout in Sami Rudd, … [Read more...] about Mesa Ridge grad Venessannah Itugbu near the end of improbable, transformative career with Air Force hoops
It’s challenging to keep a New Year’s resolution. Most don’t even make it to February. But we found six people who want to beat the odds. Mary Jo Dircks and Katharine Barr are cousins who want to continue to lose weight and live healthier and more active lives; Brittany Hall is preparing for her professional bodybuilding debut in May. Jason Bryan is learning Hebrew before a trip to Israel. Missy Montgomery is creating a family cookbook, and Stephanie Schempp is going to buy one plant every month. We’ll check in with the six resolution makers occasionally in 2019 and check on their progress. Mary Jo Dircks: To continue losing weight Regardless of whether a New Year’s resolution is made, a new year is a natural time to pause and reflect. It was a year ago that Mary Jo Dircks of Apple Valley found herself doing just that for a number of reasons — including the number on the scale. “I am 56 years old,” says Dircks. “I have been heavy … [Read more...] about Six local folks set goals for 2019. We follow their journeys.
Minerva Updated 5:41 am PST, Sunday, December 30, 2018 Click on the slideshow ahead to see Minverva’s astrological predictions for 2019 >>> Click on the slideshow ahead to see Minverva’s astrological predictions for 2019 >>> Photo: Getty Images Photo: Getty Images Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 Click on the slideshow ahead to see Minverva’s astrological predictions for 2019 >>> Click on the slideshow ahead to see Minverva’s astrological predictions for 2019 >>> Photo: Getty Images Minerva’s astrological predictions for 2019 1 / 17 Back to Gallery Minerva looks ahead to 2019 As 2018 hobbles into … [Read more...] about Minerva’s astrological predictions for 2019
This post is brought to you by PADI and The Florida Keys & Key West. As a scuba addict with a US passport, I recently noted an almost embarrassing omission from my dive log: the one, the only, Florida Keys. The 120-mile stretch of islands is home to the only living coral reef in the continental United States and the third largest barrier reef on the planet. The Keys are world-renown and undoubtedly the most beloved dive destination in my home country (Hawaii, perhaps, is another contender.)Having spent years traveling to Florida and recently taking on a major road trip to explore its freshwater dive sites, you could say I was almost criminally overdue for a trip to the Sunshine State’s dive mecca – The Conch Republic.very appealing topside atmosphere, it’s easy to see why divers are so happy to hang their fins here.And it’s no surprise that one of America’s capitals of all things quirky would feature some unique diving attractions, too – … [Read more...] about The Wanderland Dive Guide to the Florida Keys • Alex in Wanderland