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Updated: November 15, 2012 6:24AM

Vermont offers scary trips with ‘Haunted Highways’

The Vermont Department of Tourism has launched “Haunted Highways,” a vacation package that focuses on ghost stories and ghost-related lodging.

The department says tourists can travel from the “Bennington Triangle” in the southwestern part of the state where a number of hikers mysteriously disappeared between 1920 and 1950 to Lake Memphremagog on the northern border where the ghost of Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne has been spotted walking across the top of the lake. Officials say there are many mysterious places in between. Visit

Paris exhibit showcases Hopper’s art

A major Edward Hopper retrospective in Paris reveals that the 20th century painter famed for his rendering of American life drew inspiration from France. The show’s curator Didier Ottinger says that Hopper was “a lifelong Francophile” who first visited Paris in 1906. The collection includes some 128 Hopper works — such as lonely masterpieces “Gas,” “Hotel Room”and “Soir Bleu” — alongside 35 comparative works from French artists who influenced him. Hopper, who died in 1967, took two other trips to the French capital in 1909 and 1910, exploring its salons and grand museums. Among the other artists featured in the exhibit is Edgar Degas, whose work, the exhibit catalog suggests, encouraged Hopper to incorporate dramatic angles into his own paintings. This technique later became one of his artistic signatures, such as in his most famous work “Nighthawks” from 1942. The exhibit is on display at Paris’ Grand Palais and runs through Jan. 28, 2013. Visit

Free app maps Blue Ridge Parkway

A new free mobile app is available to travelers who want to plan a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway (the link between the Shenandoah National Park to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park) and surrounding areas. The “Blue Ridge Parkway — Travel Planner” app includes information on lodging and camping, hiking trails, history and visitor services. It can be downloaded from the association’s website at

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