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Palm trees create a soothing oasis-like feeling.


the trunk like a skirt, and these palms tower over the other palm species that were imported to Palm Springs. In- deed, some legend has it that even the name sprang not from the trees, (which would have been scarce in the des- ert but may have clus- tered around the hot springs oases) but from Spanish explorers who called the area La Pal- ma de la Mano de Dios or "Te Palm of God's hand" for the configuration of the Coachella Valley, nestled like a palm in the centre of the Santa Rosa Mountains. When many


people think Palm


Springs, images from the Sixties spring to mind, when stars such as Bob Hope, Loretta Young, Liberace, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra made the city their homes. Today, the hot area is just down the road at the City of Palm Desert, which encompasses a lineup of luxury resort communities and the trendy El Paseo shopping district. Names such as Escada, Gucci, Riga’s, Grayse will give you cause to drop a couple of G’s (as they used to say), and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you can pop into Sak’s Fifth Avenue where it’s


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The Living Desert features an exotic array of desert plants from around the world.


How to get there


Flight Duration 3 hrs. 44 m.


WestJet flies three times a week in winter


even easier to get rid of a stack or two. But even if you don’t have that kind of money, it is a pleasure to wander through the stores and dream – and you may even find a sale worth checking out. People watchers can rest in one of the soft chairs and lounges shaded by giant umbrellas in the Garden District or perch on stools at Star- buck’s


overlooking El


Paseo Avenue to view the passing parade.


Just down the road, the ever


popular Target and Marshall’s and stores of that ilk are fully stocked for the rest of the world with very reason- ably priced goods. Tere is also an out- let mall and several contingency shops holding all kinds of treasures for the fashion conscious. Weekends present the farmer’s mar-


ket, which is a must if for nothing more than savouring the atmosphere of happy vacationers checking out all the goods and goodies. I bought some classy sunglasses for $15 and my friend found a leather handbag for $12. We put on some 7,200 footsteps according to my Fitbit, which made us feel very righteous about our shopping tour. Te


The Living Desert also features a zoo.


The California fan palm tree is the only native palm to this region.


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