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The Giant's House

Akaroa
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The Giant's House, Akaroa, New Zealand
The Giant's House and Mosaic Garden
Step inside the whimsical world of artist Josie Martin, whose colorful and creative home and garden is open to the public as well as to B&B guests. The grand house dates back to 1880 and surprises abound inside and out, from a conservatory with mosaic "carpeted" floor to a grand piano planter. The house and gallery are open daily for tours, with an "Artist's Palate" cafe open in the summer months.
The Giant's House and Mosaic Garden
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Cafe Katzung

Innsbruck
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Cafe Katzung, Innsbruck, Austria
Coffee & Cake at Cafe Katzung
Just steps away from the landmark Goldenes Dachl, Cafe Katzung is arguably the best place in the old town for coffee and sweets. Grab one of the pink and green tables outside for people watching, or eat in the sleek, modern dining area to wind down an evening on the town. They have nice macchiatos and serve breakfast all day. There's a wide selection of fresh made desserts in the glass case, the only problem will be deciding which one (or maybe two) to choose. The chocolate and walnut Kaztung Torte and French Berry Torte are favorites, though you will also find more unique items such as Lemoncello Torte and Marillen Sandkuchen (Apricot Poundcake).
Coffee & Cake at Cafe Katzung
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Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Vienna
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Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Modern architecture at Vienna's economics university
Though many may associate Vienna's architecture only with its Neoclassical and Jugendstil structures, which are indeed outstanding, they may be surprised by the creative modern architecture here. One place lovers of architecture will not want to miss is the new campus of the economics university. These 21st century designs are not only visually stimulating, but also have high standards of energy efficiency and sustainability. The main attraction is the Library & Learning Center designed by star architect Zaha Hadid. Inside is a bright, spacious world characterized by her signature sweeping curves, evoking images of a futuristic sci-fi film set. Getting here is easy via the U2 underground line. It's close to the Prater park, so a visit here can be combined with a journey out to the city's landmark ferris wheel.
Modern architecture at Vienna's economics university
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Kelowna
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, Kelowna, Canada
Eldorado Hotel
Historic hotel near downtown Kelowna. Wonderful views, restaurant, and the friendliest of staff.
Eldorado Hotel
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Duncan Yard

Pretoria
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Duncan Yard, Pretoria, South Africa
Wedding Collective
Beautiful eclectic bridalwear for the off beat bride. Amazing experience. Eat drink champs try on wedding gowns.
Wedding Collective
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Silverton boeremark

Pretoria
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Silverton boeremark, Pretoria, South Africa
Silverton Boeremark
Great morning market on Saterday mornings. Plenty of fresh produce, flowers, food stalls and coffee stations. Family friendly. Make sure to arrive early 6:30am at the latest, and bring a carry bag for shopping. Must try the Melkkos, butter kuchen and Moerkoffie. Fresh flowers at very good prices.
Silverton Boeremark
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Paua Bay Farmstay

Long Bay
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Paua Bay Farmstay, Long Bay, New Zealand
Akaroa Hill Country Farm Tours
Get a sheep's eye view of the Banks Peninsula when you visit a hill country farm. Learn about this history of sheep farming in New Zealand and life on a modern farm, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and see sheep dogs in action. Sweeping views and tea with homemade goodies round out this tour to make it memorable and personal.
Akaroa Hill Country Farm Tours
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Kaiservilla

Bad Ischl
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Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl, Austria
The Kaiser's Summer Villa
The spa town of Bad Ischl has been associated with the Habsburg for over 700 and still remains with the family. Emperor Franz Josef spent 60 summers here. This Biedermeier palace was given to him by his mother as a gift to celebrate his wedding with his Bavarian cousin, Elizabeth. best known as "Sisi". It was here that the emperor signed the declaration of war against Serbia, setting off World War I.
The Kaiser's Summer Villa
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finch hattons

Taita Taveta
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finch hattons , Taita Taveta, Kenya
Best Way To Celebrate Finch Hattons Birthday Anniversary
April rings celebratory birthday bells for the legendary British aristocrat, Denys Finch Hatton, who also served as the inspiration behind the Finch Hattons Camp. Denys not only redefined luxury safari camping in the African wild, but his dedication to elegance, style and passion for the Kenyan wilderness is still seen today. Finch Hattons Camp celebrates his legacy with elegant style fixes, tented suites that fulfill every guests wishes, and a genuine passion for conservation and the wildlife surrounding the camp.
Best Way To Celebrate Finch Hattons Birthday Anniversary
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Kombilesa Mi's studio

La Tablilla
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Kombilesa Mi's studio, La Tablilla, Colombia
Kombilesa Mi: the sound of Colombia meets a new pop
Y'all can we talk about generations of black excellence spanning through time? On my trip to San Basilio de Palenque, a village which is know for being the first settlement of free Africans in the Americas, we stopped by to see a band called Kombilesa Mi. San Basilio de Palenque is the same place Joe Arroyo a famous salsa and tropical music singer is from. The city has a history for breeding amazing musical talents and now fast forward to this young example of brilliance: Kombilesa Mi. Alex Rocha toke us to their studio where they make music and they performed a handful of their songs which was so good. They have traveled the world and become famous for using classic Palenque sounds mixed with Hip Hop. They were all so young, humble, inspiring and proud of their heritage it left me glowing. Apparently their studio is open for visits if you talk to Alex. A must see and definitely one on the most inspiring experiences I've had in a long time. Message Alex to get the tour info - rochasabe7@gmail.com
Kombilesa Mi: the sound of Colombia meets a new pop
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Cartagena old city

Cartagena
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Cartagena old city, Cartagena, Colombia
Stroll around
Flowers everywhere, beautiful architecture with splashes of color, women selling classic homemade Afro Caribbean treats - don't plan too much of an itinerary in Cartagena because an afternoon of just walking around the Old City is a sight to see
Stroll around
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restaurante el tizon de cesar

Chiriguana
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restaurante el tizon de cesar, Chiriguana, Colombia
Road side gourmet
On the way to San Basilio de Palenque we stopped off at this side road restaurant that had amazing fresh juices and traditional Colombian lunch at its best
Road side gourmet
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Casa de Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cartagena
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Casa de Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cartagena, Colombia
A sunset you won't forget
Check out the beautiful Cartagena city wall at sunset. It's kind of touristy but worth the moment
A sunset you won't forget
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La Boquilla

Cartagena
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La Boquilla, Cartagena, Colombia
Restaurante Marlene
The pictures speak for themselves. Fresh fish, flavors from heaven and a view that melts the heart.
Restaurante Marlene
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Peninsula Restaurante

Cartagena
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Peninsula Restaurante, Cartagena, Colombia
Soon good
Talking with Alex there is always that one place to start the opening up of a neighborhood - for Getsemani, Cartagena that was Peninsula Restaurante. With an international, Euro fusion approach this restaurant is a must.
Soon good
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Belleza La Reina del Congo

La Tablilla
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Belleza La Reina del Congo, La Tablilla, Colombia
Ri Paling is my hero
One of the many amazing things about Palenque culture is the hair. The women of San Basilio de Palenque have a history of extrodinary hair styles that isn't just for trend but rooted in history and utility. This hair salon is run by Ri Paling who has traveled the world to talk about her skills, salon and history of Palenque and hair. From Palenque women in the 16th century mapping out directions on how to return to Palenque if captured by the Spanish TO Palenque women having tools for survival in their hair - this hair salon is not only a place to get a cute look but to learn something.
Ri Paling is my hero
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Statue of Benkos Bioho

La Tablilla
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Statue of Benkos Bioho, La Tablilla, Colombia
San Basilio de Palenque
As I spent the day in San Basilio de Palenque learning about Afro-Colombians and Colombia we spent some time at this touching monument of Benkos Bioho. Bentos Bioho established the community of San Basilio de Palenque some time in the 16th century and a huge part of Afro-Colombian and Colombian culture at large. With the leadership of Benkos people of Palenque were quite successful at freeing African slaves arriving at Cartagena in the 16th century from Spanish control to join one of the 1st communities in the Americas to have free Africans. -- A must see. Contact Alex Rocha to get the tour: rochasabe7@gmail.com
San Basilio de Palenque
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San Basilio de Palenque

San Basilio De Palenque
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San Basilio de Palenque, San Basilio De Palenque, Colombia
The CORE and history of Cartagen starts in Palenque
What can I say? This experience left me speechless. With the help of Alex Rocha I was brought to San Basilio de Palenque to learn about the history of Colombia. San Basilio de Palenque is a village which is know for being the first settlement of free Africans in the Americas. Spaniards introduced kidnapped African slaves in South America through the Magdalena River Valley. Its mouth is close to the important port of Cartagena de Indias where ships full of Africans arrived. Some Africans escaped and set up Palenque de San Basilio, a town close to Cartagena. They tried to free all African slaves arriving at Cartagena and were quite successful. Therefore, the Spanish Crown issued a Royal Decree (1691), guaranteeing freedom to the Palenque de San Basilio Africans. These Africans were the First Free Africans in America. With a history like that this town was full of pride, culture and the truth behind Cartagena's flowery exterior on the shore. Emotional, inspiring and educational - this was the most important and powerful part of my trip. Message Alex to get the tour info - rochasabe7@gmail.com
The CORE and history of Cartagen starts in Palenque
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The Alex Rocha Youth Center

Vinsobres
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The Alex Rocha Youth Center, Vinsobres, France
The Alex Rocha Youth Center
I was BLESSED to meet and be brought around Cartagena by Alex Rocha who does some tourist work/ tours for Colombia but focuses most his work in community service. Cartagena is beautiful but to get the full picture of Colombia and Cartagena it's best to go in land away from the shore. While doing so check out this amazing center for neighborhood kids run by Alex and making amazing changes to the rough neighborhood it's in. Stop by to meet Alex - he is amazing!
The Alex Rocha Youth Center
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PLAZA DE LA PROCLAMACIÓN

Cartagena
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PLAZA DE LA PROCLAMACIÓN, Cartagena, Colombia
Plaza Performance
I'll admit I'm jagged to street performance as a New Yorker but the random all day performances in Plaza de la Proclamation were exceptional. The variation of dance styles, music, outfits and energies was enough to take up most my afternoon walking around the city. It also reminded me just how much Colombia is indeed a part of the Caribbean culturally. As a Jamaican American I defiantly found my people.
Plaza Performance
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Arte Moderno

Cartagena
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Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia
Arte Moderno
Of course I had to see what Cartagena had to offer art wise and this museum was a beautiful peak into the taste, culture, history and modern issues around Colombia and it's art scene.
Arte Moderno
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Avenida Venezuela

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Avenida Venezuela
Stop and smell the flowers
Avenida Venezuela is a pretty busy street so I was surprised to smell fresh flowers and perfumed fake flowers in this little flower market.
Stop and smell the flowers
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The LEGO Store

Anaheim
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The LEGO Store, Anaheim, California
The ultimate lego store
For those that are Lego fans, there is a massive Lego store in the Downtown Disney area just outside of the Disneyland theme park. The dragon, fire, and knight seen in the picture were all created with Legos, and the store has just about every possible Lego set available.
The ultimate lego store
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The Disney Gallery

Anaheim
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The Disney Gallery, Anaheim, California
Gallery of Imagineering and other Disney Art
Originally located above the Pirates of the Caribbean, in what is now the Dream Suite, the gallery is on Main Street, and acts as both a museum and a store where one can purchase artwork created by Walt Disney Imagineering as part of designing the Disneyland theme park. The artwork can be expensive, from hundreds to thousands of dollars, but the employees of the gallery are specifically instructed to treat guests as if they are at a museum, and they are very helpful in terms of providing information about each piece of art.
Gallery of Imagineering and other Disney Art
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Goofy's Kitchen

Anaheim
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Goofy's Kitchen, Anaheim, California
Peanut butter and jelly pizza is just the beginning
If you have kids, or are a kid at heart, you have to have brunch at least once at a restaurant in the Disneyland Hotel called Goofy's Kitchen. While there are the usual Disney characters walking around, the main attraction is a buffet of food that includes not just the usual brunch items like eggs, bacon, etc, but also a huge array of every possible treat that a kid dreamed they could eat for breakfast.
Peanut butter and jelly pizza is just the beginning
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PLAYA BLANCA

Santa Marta
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PLAYA BLANCA, Santa Marta, Colombia
Playa Blanca definitely lives up to the hype
I didn't know what to expect. Tbh a beach that's been talked about and covered this much could easily become disneyland but it wasn't - it was heaven. With out exaggerating of course. lol. Blue skies, blue water, fresh food on the beach, strong drinks, beach umbrellas, messages, jet skis, the list goes on and on.
Playa Blanca definitely lives up to the hype
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Disneyland Guest Services

Anaheim
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Disneyland Guest Services, Anaheim, California
Skip the lines at Disneyland
Worried about the long lines at Disneyland? Just hire a VIP Tour Guide. Officially they are there to show you around the park, but the huge benefit of hiring one is that you and your party get to skip all of the lines, and get reserved seats at the parades, fireworks, and shows. The cost is between $360-$500 per hour. VIP Tours can be booked by calling 714-300-7710. It is advised that you book about a month in advance.
Skip the lines at Disneyland
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