The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 126
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 126

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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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SECTION J SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 The Palm Beach Post WAY TO GO If you've been tempted to take a cruise, try an Adventure through the Panama Canal. PAGE 81 TRAVEL f -' 1 p. y??5?;.";"kj., tlll ' . ' I i i ti i-i'-aa aip r ?--t : -: ,o 'Mir Itt n infel1 d71-'1 - J i ,U iM"4"!I!i T T No longer just beaches, nightclubs By Larry Rohter The New York Times CANCUN, Mexico From the moment it began beckoning to. visitors fewer than 25 years ago, Cancun has been defined by con- : tradictions. In a part of Mexico dominated by ancient Maya temples, it was ' envisioned as a modern creation, ' all glass and concrete and steel. In . an area surrounded by nature at its t most raw and unspoiled, it is a purely man-made place. Its adolescence is over, however. Cancun is learning to coexist ' with its surroundings. Tour opera- tors, realizing that vacationers do not live by beach and nightclub alone, now encourage visitors to put down that John Grisham novel ' or that bottle of Corona and ven- ture out on day trips to such-magnificent archaeological sites as ; Chichen Itza and Tulum or the 1 splendid colonial city of Merida. The beach and the bars, after all, will still be there for another day. Cancun is shaped like the' number 7, and the continuing con- struction of hotels the length of ' the long stem of the island has ' forced a search for new markets, The result has been a notable influx of middle-class visitors from, -Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spairt, who, like the Americans and Cana- 4 dians who preceded them, have' brought along their own habits and tastes. The benefit to Cancun can be seen in the opening of several restaurants specializing in Argen- : tine parrillada (mixed grill), the, . extravagant smorgasbord of I grilled meats that Brazilians call . rodizio, and Spanish tapas, plus the' Please see CANCUN2.- A ferry crosses the Golden Horn, the harbor of Istanbul. It is the only major city in the world that straddles two continents Asia and Europe. 4ft HOT TRS IN ICTAMEIIII story and photos by CherymKeTioY IKTRIGUING DAYS !L:iAi fif.ui J.N j i i n . 3 "1 Li UL-av.L'7lJvJ I Monday, 1 a.m. ISTANRIJL. Turkev The heavy French doors in In this ancient city, I saw John the Baptist's hand, toured a sultan's palace and slept in 1 '5 If, Room 411 at the Hotel Pera Palas blew open BAM!! knocking over a small table and banging a chair. Red velvet drapes billowed as a cold wind whipped in from the harbor. I jumped up and closed the tall glass doors, shoving the old brass lock into the top of the frame. One hour later BAM!! the doors suddenly swung open again. I pushed the lock back in, then tried to pull the doors open. They wouldn't budge. But one hour later, the same thing. And again, 30 minutes after that. Was the legend true? Was Room 411 really haunted? I had been warned about it by the desk clerk when I checked in. It was the room where Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express. The Pera Palas would be the kind of place where curious things would happen. The hotel, built in 1892 to accommodate the passengers on the Orient Express, has attracted an intriguing guest list, from Graham Greene (he wrote Stamboul Train in the hotel) to the Sultan of Zanzibar to King Edward VIII to the master spies Mata Hari and Kim Philby. Funny how the doors hadn't opened when I was Agatha W W t 1 lili Li. c.J : Ml. Christie's spooky hotel room. awake. Ptioto courtesy of Mexican Tourist Office Sombreros are piled high outside of a shop in Cancun. Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express in Room 41 1 at the Pera Palas. Please see ISTANBUl4 Ue Gone With the Wind author once called it 'the Dump. ' Today, visitors get a glimpse of her life at the Atlanta apartment. Frankly, Mitchell house is fascinating The Atlanta building where Margaret Preservationists tried unsuccessfully to raise money to restore it In 1994, the building was set afire in what the Atlanta Fire Department called "sophisticated arson." . Daimler-Benz bought the house in 1995 and began restoring it. The renovations were nearly complete when the house fell prey to yet another arson in May 1996. The company immediately began clearing debris and started rebuilding again. The interior provides several gallery-like rooms for exhibits. Mitchell affectionately called her apartment, where she lived from 1925 to 1932, "the Dump." It has been restored with furniture of the era. Because Mitchell ordered her personal papers destroyed, and the actual artifacts of her life at the apartment are in the hands of relatives, the house " Please see mCHlU5l By Sally D. Swartz Palm Beach Post Staff Wnltr ATLANTA It may not be Tara, but the tiny apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind is an entertaining tour for fans of the best-selling novel. The restored 1899 house, in the heart of mid-town Atlanta, survived two arson attempts before it opened last May. Neither fire destroyed the three-room apartment where MitcheU typed her romantic story of the Civil War South on a rickety old Remington. . . Daimler-Benz, a German industrial firm, paid $4 5 million for the house, lot and adjoining buildings which serve as a visitors center and gift shop. The house, one of the first brick homes in Atlanta, was remodeled into apartments in 1919. Abandoned and boarded up in 1977, it had begun to Liu tuium.;; ITTl Mitchell (above) wrote 1 Gone With The Wind fell prey to arson twice but has been restored. 111111111! Photo by SAUY SWARTZ

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