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    This article appeared in The Times yesterday - a great list of suggested places to go nude in 2006 - in a mainstream newspaper - hopefully some it will get some converts to naturism...

    Go naked in 2006
    From hot spots to cold bots, here are Lonely Planet's ideas for where to shed your clothes

    Onsen antics, Japan
    Soaking in onsen (natural, mineral-rich hot springs) is a centuries-old health-giving tradition in which most Japanese immerse themselves. Onsen etiquette prescribes that the soaker washes thoroughly before entering the male or female bathing area. When walking around, you should cover your private parts with tiny towels and, once in, don’t make waves. Some onsen waters are also for drinking, so check before you gulp. And some don’t allow bathers with tattoos.

    The 300 Club, Antarctica
    Initiation to the 300 Club involves the wannabe member enduring a 149C (300F) change in temperature. Mother Nature takes care of the cold factor: Antarctic winter temperatures plummet to -73C. To make up the difference, nudies crank up the sauna then dash, steaming and screaming, to the geographic pole. The tricky part is trying to avoid running too hard, as the freezing temperature outside can damage lungs — not to mention exposed bits.

    Forty Foot Pool, Ireland
    The historic Martello tower, 5 miles (8km) south of Dublin, is a James Joyce museum that keeps a number of treasures, including a precious edition of Ulysses illustrated by Henri Matisse. Below the tower is a seawater pool mentioned at the close of Ulysses’ first chapter. In the tradition of Joyce celebrating “heroic commonplace”, many locals become everyday heroes by braving the skin-shrinking temperature of the sea sans swimming costume. But heed the sign: “Togs must be worn after 9am.”

    Sizzling saunas, Finland
    First shower, then swelter in an 80C hot box before streaking starkers outside and rolling in the snow or jumping into a small hole cut into the ice. Then repeat. In summer, gently flagellate yourself with wet birch branches, which stimulate circulation and smell nice.

    The traditional wood-heated sauna was born of necessity, it being the only practical place to wash during long Finnish winters. Today there are more than 2 million saunas throughout the country, as well as a Finnish Sauna Society with 3,100 members.

    Take a bath, Hungary
    Budapest’s bountiful baths are fed by 123 hot springs. Locals have been taking in the combination of hygiene, health- giving properties and sociability since the 4th century BC. The health benefits of the mineral springs are instituted in the national health plan, which subsidises regular visits. Pad your way through labyrinthine chambers of various showers, pools (from tepid to hot), saunas and steam rooms. Wallow in the Art Nouveau surrounds: think cherub statues and sea-creature mosaics on the floor.

    Bay to Breakers, USA
    This historic foot race, traversing 7 miles of San Francisco’s peninsula, began in 1912 as a morale booster after a devastating earthquake. Many of the 75,000 participants run in costume (notables include Smurfs and a gang of Elvises); others choose to run sans costume. Nude runners are advised to wear a sun hat and shoes, plus the racing bib for those officially registered. Male runners are reminded that nature takes care of their floppy bits — genitals naturally tighten during exercise. Ladies: unsecured breasts may cause discomfort; wear a flesh-coloured bra as necessary.

    Maslin Beach, Australia
    Best Bum, nude Frisbee Toss and tug-of-war are not usual Olympic events, but at Maslin Beach’s Nude Olympics in South Australia, they’re the norm. Maslin Beach’s coloured cliffs afford it some seclusion, as well as providing the perfect viewing platform (provided you’re naked) for this event, held annually in January. Australia’s first nudist beach, Maslin, near Adelaide, was officially declared “unclad” in the late 1970s.

    Tiergarten, Germany
    A section of this stately park, bang in the centre of Berlin, is reserved for nude sunbathing. Once a hunting reserve for royalty, this section of the park is now something of a hunting ground for the mostly male sun worshippers looking for more than an all-over tan. Getting nude in the centre of the city is thrilling only in summer, otherwise just chilling.

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    This article appeared in The Times yesterday - a great list of suggested places to go nude in 2006 - in a mainstream newspaper - hopefully some it will get some converts to naturism...

    Go naked in 2006
    From hot spots to cold bots, here are Lonely Planet's ideas for where to shed your clothes

    Onsen antics, Japan
    Soaking in onsen (natural, mineral-rich hot springs) is a centuries-old health-giving tradition in which most Japanese immerse themselves. Onsen etiquette prescribes that the soaker washes thoroughly before entering the male or female bathing area. When walking around, you should cover your private parts with tiny towels and, once in, don’t make waves. Some onsen waters are also for drinking, so check before you gulp. And some don’t allow bathers with tattoos.

    The 300 Club, Antarctica
    Initiation to the 300 Club involves the wannabe member enduring a 149C (300F) change in temperature. Mother Nature takes care of the cold factor: Antarctic winter temperatures plummet to -73C. To make up the difference, nudies crank up the sauna then dash, steaming and screaming, to the geographic pole. The tricky part is trying to avoid running too hard, as the freezing temperature outside can damage lungs — not to mention exposed bits.

    Forty Foot Pool, Ireland
    The historic Martello tower, 5 miles (8km) south of Dublin, is a James Joyce museum that keeps a number of treasures, including a precious edition of Ulysses illustrated by Henri Matisse. Below the tower is a seawater pool mentioned at the close of Ulysses’ first chapter. In the tradition of Joyce celebrating “heroic commonplace”, many locals become everyday heroes by braving the skin-shrinking temperature of the sea sans swimming costume. But heed the sign: “Togs must be worn after 9am.”

    Sizzling saunas, Finland
    First shower, then swelter in an 80C hot box before streaking starkers outside and rolling in the snow or jumping into a small hole cut into the ice. Then repeat. In summer, gently flagellate yourself with wet birch branches, which stimulate circulation and smell nice.

    The traditional wood-heated sauna was born of necessity, it being the only practical place to wash during long Finnish winters. Today there are more than 2 million saunas throughout the country, as well as a Finnish Sauna Society with 3,100 members.

    Take a bath, Hungary
    Budapest’s bountiful baths are fed by 123 hot springs. Locals have been taking in the combination of hygiene, health- giving properties and sociability since the 4th century BC. The health benefits of the mineral springs are instituted in the national health plan, which subsidises regular visits. Pad your way through labyrinthine chambers of various showers, pools (from tepid to hot), saunas and steam rooms. Wallow in the Art Nouveau surrounds: think cherub statues and sea-creature mosaics on the floor.

    Bay to Breakers, USA
    This historic foot race, traversing 7 miles of San Francisco’s peninsula, began in 1912 as a morale booster after a devastating earthquake. Many of the 75,000 participants run in costume (notables include Smurfs and a gang of Elvises); others choose to run sans costume. Nude runners are advised to wear a sun hat and shoes, plus the racing bib for those officially registered. Male runners are reminded that nature takes care of their floppy bits — genitals naturally tighten during exercise. Ladies: unsecured breasts may cause discomfort; wear a flesh-coloured bra as necessary.

    Maslin Beach, Australia
    Best Bum, nude Frisbee Toss and tug-of-war are not usual Olympic events, but at Maslin Beach’s Nude Olympics in South Australia, they’re the norm. Maslin Beach’s coloured cliffs afford it some seclusion, as well as providing the perfect viewing platform (provided you’re naked) for this event, held annually in January. Australia’s first nudist beach, Maslin, near Adelaide, was officially declared “unclad” in the late 1970s.

    Tiergarten, Germany
    A section of this stately park, bang in the centre of Berlin, is reserved for nude sunbathing. Once a hunting reserve for royalty, this section of the park is now something of a hunting ground for the mostly male sun worshippers looking for more than an all-over tan. Getting nude in the centre of the city is thrilling only in summer, otherwise just chilling.

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    • #3
      Nude recreation is becoming "mainstream" and more people are going nude on vacation than will admit it.

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      • #4
        That was great Thanks for sharing

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        • #5
          Good stuff! Thanks for posting this article. I hope we see even more of these over time. As the stresses of everyday life take their toll perhaps we will see more opting to relax in the buff. Never say never.

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          • #6
            quote:
            Originally posted by Xen:
            The 300 Club, Antarctica
            Initiation to the 300 Club involves the wannabe member enduring a 149C (300F) change in temperature.

            As a temperature change 300 ºF should be converted to 167 ºC. Now they have converted 300 ºF as an actual temperature.

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            Sizzling saunas, Finland
            First shower, then swelter in an 80C hot box before streaking starkers outside and rolling in the snow or jumping into a small hole cut into the ice. Then repeat.

            Yes! We do it. But not often from our city homes. We go to our summer cottages to do it.

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            • #7
              quote:
              Originally posted by Sauna:
              That was great Thanks for sharing


              The first time I did the cold plunge. It was 0 degrees F we choped a hole in the ice and went in the sauna. About 30 min. later I come out and dive in well the ice had reformed and I broke my nose. Now I go in feet first.

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              • #8
                Great artical Xen! I'm glad to see a very positive article on nudism and travel in a mainstream newspaper. It's not often that you see that. I agree with nacktman and nudeAl, and believe that more ppl will open up to nudism to relieve the stresses of this world.

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                • #9
                  The Smithfield Va. paper recently recommended WTP as a nice place to visit. I believe the Va. Pilot also echoed the sentiment.

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                  • #10
                    I concur that it is a wonderful move to see nudism getting some mainstream publicity. I feel that with exposure (no pun intended) some of the strigma is removed.

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                    • #11
                      thanks for that informative article. i plan on being nude as much as possible with as many as possible in 2006!

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                      • #12
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                        Bay to Breakers

                        Went to the website and it said nudity was not allowed in this race and you can get arrested....

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                        • #13
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Kari P:
                          quote:

                          Sizzling saunas, Finland
                          First shower, then swelter in an 80C hot box before streaking starkers outside and rolling in the snow or jumping into a small hole cut into the ice. Then repeat.

                          Yes! We do it. But not often from our city homes. We go to our summer cottages to do it.



                          I would do this, but fear that the temperature change might be severe to the body on a medical basis-possible heart attack,etc.
                          Is there any medical advice anyone is aware of-that would comfort the rest of us?

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                          • #14
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by NudeRod:
                            quote:
                            Bay to Breakers

                            Went to the website and it said nudity was not allowed in this race and you can get arrested....


                            Well then, the website is wrong.

                            INA sent a crew to last summers race, plenty of nudity, no arrests. It was showcased on Nudes in the News.

                            The group Bare to Breakers has been participating in the race nude for over a decade. The organizers of the race "Bay to Breakers" have been trying to downplay and discourage nudity, and has released misleading and erroneous statements (sometimes called "lies") about nudity during the race.


                            Naked people not being arrested by nearby police

                            -Mark

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                            • #15
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Nu:
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Kari P:
                              quote:

                              Sizzling saunas, Finland
                              First shower, then swelter in an 80C hot box before streaking starkers outside and rolling in the snow or jumping into a small hole cut into the ice. Then repeat.

                              Yes! We do it. But not often from our city homes. We go to our summer cottages to do it.



                              I would do this, but fear that the temperature change might be severe to the body on a medical basis-possible heart attack,etc.
                              Is there any medical advice anyone is aware of-that would comfort the rest of us?


                              I think that you can find the answer here http://www.sauna.fi/englanti/englanti.html
                              Anyhow if you have severe problems with your heart do not do that. Otherwise it is healthy to to your body like the Japanese cold/warm cures. Relax and enjoy in sauna and sit there only so long as it is confortable. Schedule is dangerous.

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