By Robert W. Domm

Listed below are 19 backroads drives round Lake Michigan, exhibiting you the grand lake as by no means sooner than during this richly illustrated exploration of the good Lake’s heritage, tradition, ecology, and usual attractiveness. the large blue inland sea--the purely nice Lake completely inside of U.S. borders--appears the following in all its ordinary variety. those day journeys take you to the traditional forests and large sand dunes of Michigan and Wisconsin and on attractive backroads in Illinois and Indiana. Lake Michigan Backroads conducts readers during the lake’s diverse landscapes and seasons, pausing at renowned and little-known locations for a glance into lifestyles at the lake then and now.

Here are the shining blue waters plied by means of the Chippewa and Menominee, by way of the Jesuits and the voyageurs, and through numerous immigrants looking a brand new existence. And the following, in terrific images and old pictures, in anecdotes and considerate textual content, are their tales, inextricable from the tale of the nice Lake itself. Lake Michigan Backroads speaks eloquently of exceptional common assets and nice promise, of immigration and exchange, of devastating storms and human calamity, and of the folk and their love of the lake. And their tale performs out opposed to Robert Domm’s beautiful photographs, which evoke the lake’s greatness via its days of calm and of stormy fury, the play of sun on its floor and the sweep of its shore in either autumn finery and the stressed ice of winter.

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Though only 8 percent of the labor force is made up of farmers, 70 percent of the land is cultivated, and—if you venture outside of Amsterdam—you’ll travel through vast fields of barley, wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, and flowers. “Holland” is just a nickname for the Netherlands. North Holland and South Holland are the largest of the 12 provinces that make up the Netherlands. The word Netherlands means “lowlands,” and the country is so named because half of it is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea (or rivers or lakes).

Consider carefully how long you’ll stay; don’t just assume you can extend your reservation for extra days once you arrive. If the response from the hotel tells you its room availability and rates, it’s not a confirmation. You must tell them that you want that room at the given rate. For more spontaneity, you can make reservations as you travel, calling hotels or B&Bs a few days to a week before your visit. If introduction and kitchen facilities are usually provided. Hostels are also a tremendous source of local and budget travel information.

5 million people (1,023 people per square mile; 15 times the population density of the US). About 80 percent are Dutch, 5 percent hail from other EU countries, and the rest are Indonesian, Turkish, Surinamese, and Moroccan. About a third are Catholic, 20 percent are Protestant, and 6 percent are Muslim. About 40 percent have no religious affiliation. Latitude and Longitude: 52°N and 5°E. The latitude is similar to Alberta, Canada. Area: 16,000 square miles—about twice the size of New Jersey. Geography: The Netherlands is located at the mouths of three major European rivers: the Rhine, the Waal, and the Meuse.

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