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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 66: 29 November

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysThen drive up to Aspen, about an hour away and two and a half thousand feet up into the Rockies. It's a sort of Christmassy Beverly Hills, but though it may be Californian in income it's East Coast in taste. To the Hotel Jerome whose placid 1889 brick exterior masks an exuberance of Victorian excess inside.

My room is wide and well-furnished in impeccable re-creation of the Naughty Nineties. I take a long, slow bath in a room floored in Carrara marble. Then in one of those cultural cross-connections that have characterised the journey I end up picking my way through the snow to a Mexican restaurant, walking through the neat streets of Aspen, treading carefully along icy sidewalks. The unfamiliar feel of ice cold air on my face is very refreshing. Nothing brash or strident intrudes on the rows of carefully maintained houses. No sodium or neon lights allowed here. The town feels like a village, intimate and enclosed.

A last look out of the curtains at midnight. On the ski slopes behind the town, huge machines hurl white plumes of artificial snow onto the mountain.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 66
  • Date: 29 November
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Aspen - Colorado
  • Book page no: 215

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