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Maine Ave DC Fish Market

Washington
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Maine Ave DC Fish Market, Washington, District of Columbia
DC Fish Market
Wanna try something different in Washington DC than museums and politics? Not far from Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, this open-air DC Fish Market is along Maine Ave by the marina. People line up to get fresh Maryland crab by bushel and have them cook on the spot. I always plan to eat lunch here. Usually fast items like a dozen or two of steamed Jumbo shrimp smothered in Old Bay seasoning, fresh chucked oyster, ceviche and clam chowder soup ( it feels so good during cold day visit). But you can order sandwiches, or fried stuff if you have time to wait for your order. Finding a place to sit is another challenge if you want to eat there. There is a covered seating area by the water but only for Captain White's customer. Otherwise, you just put your food on a little bar and standing only. The only warning here is watch out for the seagulls. Other option is to walk further away and find place or steps along broadwalk to sit and eat and enjoy the view of the marina. The place is not dirty, not spotlessly clean. It's a typical fresh market where you can see the evidence of people doing their works. Fish is getting cleaned. Steam comes out of the cooking pot. This place is alive.
DC Fish Market

Ghibellina

Washington
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Ghibellina, Washington, District of Columbia
Scenic Dining on 14th Street
This industrial-rustic style Italian gastropub is perhaps home to the most coveted dining seats in the city. It is first-come, first-serve at the six elevated front-marble countertop stools where not only can you savor Tuscan-inspired hand-made pastas like Tagilatelle al Ragú, dishes like Pollo al Mattone, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina for two (a three-pound porterhouse) and wood-fired pizzas like a Margherita or a sausage-topped Salsicce e Cipolla, but also the unobstructed views of passersby trekking along the bustling 14th Street Corridor. As I was dining there and reflecting on the scenery one Friday evening, I was amazed with the area's transformation in the past 15 years. What was once DC's "red light district" has become the city's premier neighborhood.
Scenic Dining on 14th Street

Kōtoku-in

Kamakura
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Kōtoku-in, Kamakura, Japan
see the great buddha at kōtoku-in.
Kōtoku-in is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, famous for the "Great Buddha" statue. The large bronze statue is of Amida Buddha, one of the most recognizable in Japan. Admission to the temple is only 200 yen (as of Dec. 2013). You can also go inside the Great Buddha for an additional 20 yen (as of Dec. 2013). Go in the fall when the leaves are changing colors, as the reds, oranges, and yellows are gorgeous. Or if you're lucky enough to time your trip right, go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Directions from the Kōtoku-in official website: From Kamakura: Get off at JR Yokosuka Line Kamakura Station. Change to the Enoshima Electric Railway (bound for Fujisawa) and get off at Hase Station, the third stop (approx. seven minutes from Kamakura). Kotoku-in is a seven-minute walk from the station.
see the great buddha at kōtoku-in.

LA VISITE DES CALANQUES

Cassis
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LA VISITE DES CALANQUES, Cassis, France
Calanques Boat Tour in Cassis, France
Besides quaint little town of Cassis, one excursion that you can't miss is taking a boat tour to view Calangues along the coast of French Rivera. The turquoise blue water of the Mediterranean contrasts with the white lime stone ripped cliff is a spectacular sight to see. Boat tour is easy way to see these inlets or else, you'd have to hike up and view it from above. There are many choices of tour to choose from depends on your time. We did 3 Calangues tour which takes 45 minutes . It is the shortest one but I wish we'd have had more time to view all 8 Calangues. I pegged Cassis as a stop on the way kinda town along the way to St Tropez and Cannes but this is a little gem in French Rivera that surprised me with its beauty and charm.
Calanques Boat Tour in Cassis, France

Merzouga

Merzouga
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Merzouga, Merzouga, Morocco
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Fès

Fes
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Fès, Fes, Morocco
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Www.Desert-Morocco-Trips.com Desert Morocco Trips welcomes our clients and visitors and gives you the opportunity to discover the charm and the magic of Morocco . During our trips we do the necessary for having a comfortable and wonderful holiday. We also try making it memorable with our experience and KNOWLEDGE. AS WELL WE ARE GLAD TO JOIN US AS NEW MEMBER IN OUR FAMILY AND TO SHARE THE MOROCCAN LIFESTYLE, TO SEE THE BEAUTY SITES, TO TASTE THE FOOD, TO BE IN A GENUINE CONTACT WITH LOCAL PEOPLE AND FAMILIES AND TO IMMERSE IN THE RICH CULTURE….ETC We offers you always a unique and flexible itineraries for the best experience in all over morocco (imperial cities, desert, the coast….) with reasonable prices, including transportation, bivouac and accommodation. Desert Morocco Trips provides trips that suits many tastes, private guide who has knowledge and experience and a variety of activities which satisfy the needs of any client to the highest degree such as fossils exploration, walking tour, camel trekking, biking, hiking, star watching, quads, visits to local Berber families and visits to Souks and weekly markets. We are willing to show you Morocco how it is and experience it in your own, and we encourage you to visit us soon and to join us in Magnificent Trip! Web Site : Www.Desert-Morocco-Trips.com Email : Further Details & Book Now Phon : 00 212 618 662 199
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Marrakech

Marrakesh
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Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco
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Merzouga

Merzouga
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Merzouga, Merzouga, Morocco
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The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fine Dining in a Luxury Boutique Setting
Whether you have your meal in the Dining Room or brought up by room service to enjoy in the comfort of your very comfortable home away from home, the food served at the Residence is definitely top notch and easily competes with some of the best on offer around Johannesburg. Amazing appetisers like, Springbok Carpaccio or Bacon-wrapped Litchis with Blue Cheese sauce are merely an indicator of the things to come with marvelous mains such as Ostrich fillet on a bed of Wasabi mash and fresh vegetables, which are complimented by decadent desserts like hand-made peanut butter ice-cream or everyone's all-time favourite, Crème Brûlée,
Fine Dining in a Luxury Boutique Setting

The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Discovering the Small Things that Make This Place Special
The Residence is full of small touches that make it extra special. From the orchids that are grown by the owner's mother to the antique French crystal chandeliers throughout, you will be constantly impressed by the fine details everywhere as well as the effort the staff goes to make your stay that much more pleasant Even in the turn down service in my room, When I eventually climbed into the extra-length king sized bed, I found a hot water bottle under the sheets, placed there to ensure that I was just that much more comfortable. Handwritten notes attached to small gifts after a spa treatment, wishing you well on your journey away from the spa, make you feel well and truly valued a a guest,
Discovering the Small Things that Make This Place Special

The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Let Calming Waters & Koi Relieve Your Stress
One of the recurring themese throughout The Residence, is water and fish (specifically Koi). I'm told the Koi a reference to the hotel's origins of when it was a Chinese embassy. Koi are considered lucky in both Chinese and Japanese cultures, generally symbolising wealth, prosperity, longevity and courage amongst other things.
Let Calming Waters & Koi Relieve Your Stress

Mostar

Mostar
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Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Empty chairs
It may be summer in Mostar, but the bus station is completely empty. As the sun pushes its rays through the glass, shadows (names of the cities the buses are going) are reflected on the floor in the waiting area.
Empty chairs

Mon Ami Gabi

Chicago
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Mon Ami Gabi, Chicago, Illinois
My Favorite Chicago Restaurant
I am very fond of Mon Ami Gabi. … for the frisée (with warm bacon and a poached egg) salad … for the hand-cut fries … because I can sit outside with a view of the park in the summer … because I can perch at the intimate bar with the other regulars in the winter … because no other restaurant in Chicago attracts the same randomly mixed crowd: celebrities, suburbanites out on a tear, wealthy dowagers and their heirs, bespectacled literary-types, flamboyant twosomes and just average joes Above: The signature steak frites
My Favorite Chicago Restaurant

Twin Anchors Restaurant

Chicago
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Twin Anchors Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago's Best Rib Joint?
This Old Town neighborhood joint looks like a hundred other Chicago neighborhood joints but don't let that fool you: it oozes charm. The ribs are great, but I come for the supper club atmosphere. Great photos of Sinatra and other famous guests line the walls.
Chicago's Best Rib Joint?

Blue Door Farm Stand

Chicago
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Blue Door Farm Stand, Chicago, Illinois
Calling All Locavores
Blue Door Farm Stand is leading the way as Armitage Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Park finally seems to be finding its identity -- as a foodie destination. Yay! This unpretentious (it could have turned-out pretentious) newcomer features fresh, seasonal food and drink from local farms and farmers' markets. I especially like the easy take-out option. Behold above: Their best-seller, brussels sprouts, kale and bacon salad.
Calling All Locavores

Glazed and Infused

Chicago
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Glazed and Infused, Chicago, Illinois
Satiate Your Sweet Tooth
If you're ruled by your sweet tooth, go to Glazed and Infused Doughnuts, the area carbo rage for awhile now in Chicago (doughnuts are the new cupcake in Lincoln Park). Behold, above: the Red Velvet (cocoa buttermilk cake with vanilla bean glaze, cream cheese frosting and red velvet crumbles).
Satiate Your Sweet Tooth

Peranakan Museum

Singapore
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Peranakan Museum, Singapore, Singapore
Peranakan Museum
With a few hours to spare , I followed a friend's advice and visited the Peranakan Museum. Sized just right for a quick walk through the cultural traditions and history of the Peranakan -- the descendants of Chinese, Indian, and Muslim merchants and other expats who travelled to Singapore, married, and settled down. My favorite was the second floor gallery featuring the 12-day marriage ceremony, including the many rituals that blessed the colorful wedding night bed. If you have extra time, stroll the nearby gardens at Fort Canning Park.
Peranakan Museum

Potato Head Folk

Singapore
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Potato Head Folk, Singapore, Singapore
Much more than a burger joint
Head to Potato Head Folk, our favorite bartender Louis (at L'Aiglon) suggested with a warning that a seat may be impossible. Luckily we landed a spot at a long communal table on the second floor and returned a few nights later to try out the bar on the third floor (and to satisfy my husband's craving for their chili fries). Though we slipped into the last set of candle lit lounge chairs, a server said we got lucky this time as a long list of reservations usually occupy the seats all night. Whether you're people watching curbside, bobbing to hip hop while stuffing your face on the second floor, or relaxing with a cocktail in hand on the third, (and admiring the funky, wall-to-wall art up the stairway) PHF will make for a deliciously entertaining night.
Much more than a burger joint

Night Safari

Singapore
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Night Safari, Singapore, Singapore
Where the Wild Things Are
A few things learned from a night at Singapore's zoo (renowned for their work with endangered species): there are so many creatures I never knew existed & sadly many of which even my future children may never see; arrive an hour early and get in the far right line to zip over to the first Creatures of the Night Show (we were near the front but never got in to any show!); avoid the initial tram ride line, walk the wallaby trail, and catch the tram at the eatery at the end of the trail. Our faves? The tiger, the bats (be sure to duck!), and the adorable slow loris.
Where the Wild Things Are

The Library

Singapore
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The Library, Singapore, Singapore
Psssst....meet me at the Library
To get into this quirky hidden bar you'll need to tell the front attendant the password for the night, easily acquirable at the Study next door (where we ate a delectable lunch-- 3 courses for less than the entree alone would cost for dinner!). Password given, the tailor ware bedazzled book shelf magically becomes an open door, and if there's still room, you're in for a treat. Choose from the menu of creative concoctions, one of which is served in a glass bathtub, or ask one of the bartenders for their take on an old fave.
Psssst....meet me at the Library

The Study

Singapore
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The Study, Singapore, Singapore
Study You'll Crave
Hands down one of my most memorable meals in Singapore. After trying local delights at hawker stalls, we craved some Western fare & headed to The Study for lunch to find a deal as delicious as the fare-- 30Sing for three courses, crafted by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton no less. Truly we were full and satiated after the starter-- cauliflower soup complemented by manchego toasties for my partner and beet, hazelnut, & burata salad for me. Then came the entrees and desserts (him--hamburger/donut & salted caramel cream; me-- snapper with potato-parsnip-kale mash/berry tart & ice cream). Get the password for the speakeasy -- the Library-- next door to continue your studies into the evening.
Study You'll Crave

The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lounging Around in the Piano Bar
Indulge your inner sommelier with fine wine (or whatever your taste buds desire) from the Piano Bar as the pianist skilfully dances her fingers around the keys of the grand piano, gently massaging your aural sense with soothing sounds that fill the air and have you wishing you'd never have to leave the comfort of the Residence. On special evenings a violinist accompanies the pianist to put on a really special show for the guests at the hotel. I can't imagine something much better than relaxing on chilly winter evenings in front of the fireplace with something to liquid to warm you up from the inside, while the pianist and violinist set the mood for a romantic stay with your partner.
Lounging Around in the Piano Bar

The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sip on Cocktails in the Sky Lounge
Head to the rooftop and enter the Sky Lounge where you're able to enjoy an expertly prepared cocktail while watching the Southern African sunset right on your doorstep. On chilly Winter nights, a big fire is lit to warm up those guests warm who choose to socialize a little after the sun has gone down. Group spa treatments for 3 or more people can be arranged to be done here as well during the day.
Sip on Cocktails in the Sky Lounge

The Residence

Johannesburg
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The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sail Away in the Boat Lounge
The nautical themed Boat Lounge features a large collection of hand made scale yachts from all over the world and includes some antique models handed down over the years. The space is great for small informal gatherings or spending warm afternoons lazing away with a nice, cool drink and a good book as the sun fills the room or even just to unwind as the sun sets and you work up an appetite before dinner.
Sail Away in the Boat Lounge

Roscos Milford Sound Sea Kayaks

Te Anau
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Roscos Milford Sound Sea Kayaks, Te Anau, New Zealand
Kayaking in Milford Sound
We tend to shy away from crowds, so we knew the crowded Milford cruise boats were not for us (the smallest takes about 80 people). For $115 each, we got a private kayaking/hiking tour with Rosco's that included a few hours on the Milford Track. It was just the two of us (in a double kayak) and our friendly guide, Emily, a native Kiwi. She was very knowledgable about the area and quite fun to talk to. Rosco's offers several tours of the area, but none that pair more than 8 guests with a single tour guide. They launch from the fishing docks, so you won't have to grapple with all the tourists loading on to the giant cruise boats. The trip is very serene and quiet. If we had had more time, I would have loved to do the 5-hour kayaking trip to the Tasman Sea. The views of Milford Sound are incredible. We were worried because it had rained the night before, but that only added to the beauty because the waterfalls were swollen with water. You won't believe how many you can see after a rain. By afternoon, the skies had completely cleared, and the sun was shining.
Kayaking in Milford Sound

Vinland

Portland
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Vinland, Portland, Maine
Walking the Farm to Table Walk
It's quite an accomplishment to be able to claim that you are the first restaurant in the world to serve 100% local, organic food. The owners of Vinland have a strong commitment to the food revolution movement and bringing back sustainability to our food system. The menu delights all the senses and is creative without being too precious. Ingredients are items we can all pronounce and recognize. When food is this fresh and tasty, it doesn't need a lot of gimmicks. Plants, seafood and meats are seasonal. Small bites of angel eggs, garlic toast and beet chips with local chèvre whet your appetite. Vinland is a foodie's dream destination. Image courtesy of Vinland.
Walking the Farm to Table Walk

Petra Treasury

Ma'an Governorate
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Petra Treasury, Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Sharing tea with the Bedouin
Meeting and sharing tea with a Bedouin family in Petra, Jordan, was one of the most enlightening cultural experiences I've had. It also required exercising a great deal of patience.
Sharing tea with the Bedouin
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