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Athos is a beautiful world. Soft blue oceans wash golden sandy beaches. Red and white farms nestle between rolling green hills waiting for the warm yellow sun. In the cities, there is a full range of all male clubs, restaurants, and activities.
Traveling to Athos is not easy even for men. The only public transportation to Athos is the Galactic Census ship which stops on Athos only once a year.
The central world in a three planet empire: Barrayar, Komarr and Sergyar. Barryar is at the end of a worm hole cul de sac and can only be visited through Komarr. A fact which has been of some significance over the last 100 years.
Visitors will find that Barrayar has a diverse landscape with many natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. The imperial capital of Vorbarr Sultana is famed for its bridges, spires, and genuine feudal castles.
Women traveling alone are advised to use caution in rural areas.
For more information about Barrayar, visit People and Places of Barrayar.
Second settled, first settled successfully, it is amazing that the Betans have done as well as they have. The planet's surface is a fierce desert dotted with saline lakes, so the Betans dug their cities down into the dirt. This practice has prompted more than one native to note that Betans practice interior decorating not architecture.
Always at the cutting edge of technology, Beta Colony has made an industry out of the necessity of dealing with life on a marginal world. Travelers who want the latest technological advances should pay a visit to Beta Colony. Not only will Beta Colony have it first, but it will be as safe as the highly rigorous Betan manufacturing standards can make it.
Whatever your cultural or personal identity, Betans are enormously tolerant of your right to be you. From the Hermaphrodites of Quartz to the Up wing Teks of New Sedona, Betans not only welcome the fringe, they revel in it.
Betans are extremely open to casual sexual relationships, indicated by the wearing of earrings. If you are not interested, just say no. If you are interested, Betan Licensed Sexual Therapists in all three sexes deliver therapy with craft and style throughout Beta Colony.
||However, just because Betans accept a wide range of behavior
does not mean that they will accept a lack of safety consciousness. As
inhabitants of a marginal world, Betans practice frequent safety drills
and rigorous resource regulation.
Beta Colony does not allow lethal grade weaponry through customs. Only registered stunners are allowed. Don't bother trying to smuggle in anything with more destructive capability. Betan Customs Officers can be quite thorough.
Determined military historians with money, clout, and an enormous amount of luck through rigorous application might be able to view the hole in the ground where the Marilacian prison camp, (Site of the third largest prison breakout in history) used to be, but it is unlikely.
However, don't be fooled. There is more to Dalton Station than meets the eye.
You can find every kind of food known to the Nexus prepared in quaint out of the way cafes which just happen to have porthole views. Local pubs serve good hearty food and a friendly atmosphere. And be sure to take an opportunity to take the inter station ferry on the last Friday of the month. Local R&B musicians gather to put on an eclectic selection of music. It only costs the price of a ferry ticket and everyone is invited to take part.
So, when you visit Dalton Station, be sure to bring your sax and a willingness to look beneath the surface. You won't be disappointed.
Due to an uncommon foresight on the part of the original colonists, Escobar has always applied stringent environmental standards to industry. Therefore, Escobar has uncommonly clean air, abundant park systems and excellent public transportation systems.
Escobaran Water Gardens have good reason to be galactically renowned for their beauty. Travelers should make an attempt to visit the Presidential Garden in the capital which combines stunning fountains with quiet grottos and pools.
Military historians will enjoy a visit to the Great War Memorial Park which commemorates the service of Escobarans and Escobaran allies who died indefense of Escobar. The park is located on the first landing site of the Barrayaran invasion troops during the Great War. There is a small science and industry museum on the eastern side of the park geared towards children ages 8 and up. The focal point of the museum is a working Plasma Mirror or Sword Swallower which was actually used during the conflict.
However, Eta Ceta is a vast and rich world with plenty of sites to see. The Emperor's palace may be forbidden, but many of the Ghem and lesser Haut exhibitions are open to lesser mortals.
One such location is located conveniently near the Imperial residence. The Moon Garden Hall is host to a wide range of Ghem artistic creations.
Of course, travelers on the run need not seek out Cetagandan art. Every aspect of Ghem and Haut life has been turned into an art form. Every palace and every industrial park on Eta Ceta has been engineered for maximum aesthetic potential. After seeing stunning Haut men, the women travel in colored force bubbles, after beautiful Ghem, it is clear that the Cetagandan aristocracy have engineered themselves for maximum potential as well.
While aristocratic gene banks and genetic art work are not available to the public, Eta Ceta does have an incredible amount of engineered flora and fauna which has trickled down from aristocratic hands to general consumption. Whether you are looking for singing frogs or Vor massage flowers, Eta Ceta shop scan supply it.