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1000 Ultimate Sights from Lonely Planet
The staff of Distant Lands, a travel bookstore in Pasadena, Calif. — http://www.distantlands.com/ — is recommending Lonely Planet's "1000 Ultimate Sights" ($23) as the "quirkiest" of LP's new travel must-see books. "If you like golden things, for example, there's a section on 'Golden Greats,' encompassing such attractions as the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, the Golden Mummies in Egypt's Western Desert, and Dawson City's Bonanza Creek," said Distant Land's Susan Hickman. "Other favorite topics include 'Most Eye-Opening Workplaces' and 'Most Astounding Ego Trips,'" from Versailles in France to a 65-foot-tall monument to North Korea's Kim Il Sung.