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Hochosterwitz

Hochosterwitz
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Hochosterwitz, Hochosterwitz, Austria
Explore the medieval Hochosterwitz castle
The mighty Hochosterwitz castle rests atop a rock some 500 feet high near Sankt Georgen am Längsee. It is both a symbol of Carinthia and one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. While origins can be traced back to Roman times, the current castle was built in the 16th century. 14 gates lead up to the main castle, which features an armory and church with the tombs of the Khevenhüller family who Photo: Flickr/ Bernhard Latzko
Explore the medieval Hochosterwitz castle

Hundertwasser House

Vienna
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Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria
Vienna's Colorful Hundertwasser-Haus
Friedensreich Hundertwasser's design is quite the departure from the refined elegance of the city's most notable attractions. That's not to say, however, that it's not a masterpiece in its own right. This 1985 apartment block with a colorfully eclectic mix of Moorish, Spanish and Venetian elements forms a unique living space complete with trees and shrubs on the roof. Photo: Flickr/ Theron LaBounty
Vienna's Colorful Hundertwasser-Haus

Schönbrunn

Vienna
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Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn: Vienna's Most Magnificent Palace
Schönbrunn was the summer residence of the Habsburgs and one of Europe's most stunning Baroque palaces. The family acquired the land in the 16th century and later built a palace, but it was completely rebuilt under Maria Theresa between 1744-49. Emperor Franz Jospeh was born and later ruled from here with his wife, the beloved Sissi. (Nevermind that she was actually Bavarian.) Beautiful stucco work, frescoes and lacquered panels adorn the interior in rooms like the Round Chinese Cabinet and Vieux-Lacque Room. In the Blue Chinese Salon, the last emperor, Karl I, signed his abdication in 1918, effectively ending more than 600 years of Habsburg rule. Photo: Flickr / R. Halfpaap
Schönbrunn: Vienna's Most Magnificent Palace

Beyt by 2B Design Home LLC

Cambridge
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Beyt by 2B Design Home LLC, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Home Decor with a Message
Visiting Beyt Design in Cambridge was inspirational. Their award winning social enterprise uses architectural salvage from conflict zones in the Near East destroyed by violence and up cycles them into one of a kind home decor. Tiles from 18th century mansions, reclaimed wrought iron gates, window frames & antique textiles make their way into tables, lamps and shades in this unique shop. In addition, the labor they employ is from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds. When I visited, I spoke with a woman working on a lampshade, clearly proud of her project and the opportunity the owners had given her. Their mission to 'Restore the Unseen Beauty of the Broken" resonates in each and every piece.
Home Decor with a Message

Millie's Diner

Richmond
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Millie's Diner, Richmond, Virginia
Best breakfast in Richmond
Millie's Diner has become somewhat of a Richmond institution. This small diner in what used to be a bad part of town, draws epic crowds on the weekend who come for their famous Mess-dishes. When you put your name on the list (because you will wait!), grab a cup of coffee or mimosa from the bar and pull up a seat outside. Might as well bring the Sunday newspaper with you to help kill time. Once you're seated, there are no menus - look to the chalk board at the end of the room to see the daily offerings. The Devil's Mess (pictured above) is what they're famous for and it doesn't disappoint. A mess of eggs, spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, mild curry, melted white cheddar and avocado is addictvely good. The Castro's Mess (basically the a Cuban sandwich in an egg dish) is also good. They come with a side of toast and pair well with a cup of their strong coffee. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Millie's is worth waiting around for.
Best breakfast in Richmond

Athena Pizza & Spaghetti House

Banff
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Athena Pizza & Spaghetti House, Banff, Canada
Sometimes you need something other than bison
After four days of bison for almost ever meal, we wanted something a bit lighter for our last meal in Banff. We asked a local barista for her recommendations & she pointed us in the direction of Athena Pizza. Located above a shop on Banff’s main drag, this no frills local pizza & pasta place was exactly what we were looking for. One of the only visitors in the place (love local eats!), we split their house special pizza topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives, tomatoes & (on B’s half) shrimp. It was really good, especially washed down with a local Canadian beer. Sometimes comfort food, even if it’s not local to the area, just hits the spot.
Sometimes you need something other than bison

Grizzly House Restaurant

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Grizzly House Restaurant
Swinging Fondue
Once upon a time, in the 1970s, the Grizzly House restaurant, home to Western Canada’s first disco & a constant stream of go-go dancers, was the place to be in Banff. The swinging days are gone (the phones to call from table to table? Don’t worry – they’re still there!), but the restaurant still stands 47 years later, serving up its legendary fondue. The complete fondue dinner is the best bang for your buck & don't worry - it's spectacular. Starting off with salads, we transitioned right into the cheese course with the traditional Neuchâtel (cheese, wine & Kirsch) fondue. For our entree, we chose to cook our meats on a hot rock, rather than in a pot of fondue oil Try their special of Canadian delicacies: elk, bison, venison & caribou. Be sure and save room for dessert: the traditional chocolate fondue, which has melted Toblerone chocolate in it, comes with a variety of things for dipping, including fresh fruit, vanilla wafer cookies & marshmallows. Grizzly House has a fun atmosphere: laughter abounds & I think it’s impossible to not have fun at this Banff institution. Hopefully it’ll be around for another 47 years!
Swinging Fondue

Marrakech Desert Tours, Private and Group Morocco Shared Tours

Merzouga
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Marrakech Desert Tours, Private and Group Morocco Shared Tours, Merzouga, Morocco
Tour from Marrakech, 3 and 4 days to Merzouga with overnight in desert camel trek
Join and choose www.marrakechdesertexcursions.com for a tour in Morocco, our team are knowledge and professionals in organizing tours in Morocco, our popular tours are: Marrakech Desert trips Fes desert tours Merzouga camel trekking Overnight merzouga camel trek Imperial cities Tours Morocco Day tours from Marrakech Visit us here: www.marrakechdesertexcursions.com for more informations
Tour from Marrakech, 3 and 4 days to Merzouga with overnight in desert camel trek

Marrakech Desert Excursions

Marrakesh
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Marrakech Desert Excursions, Marrakesh, Morocco
Morocco Tour: Fes Marrakech Atlas Sahara Desert Tour 3 days 2 Night
Join and choose www.marrakechdesertexcursions.com for a tour in Morocco, our team are knowledge and professionals in organizing tours in Morocco, our popular tours are: Marrakech Desert trips Fes desert tours Merzouga camel trekking Overnight merzouga camel trek Imperial cities Tours Morocco Day tours from Marrakech Visit us here: www.marrakechdesertexcursions.com for more informations
Morocco Tour: Fes Marrakech Atlas Sahara Desert Tour 3 days 2 Night

Monsoon Restaurant

Yangon
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Monsoon Restaurant, Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Create Local Flavor
The restaurant's head chef met us in the morning in front of a buzzing neighborhood street market. For the next hour, we picked, poked and plucked our way through crowds and stalls. While we walked, the chef explained the origin of each ingredient and its use- guiding us as we selected fresh herbs, spices, produce and meat. After stocking up, we transferred back to Monsoon- located downtown in a beautifully remodeled colonial building. A special private cooking area had been set up on the restaurant's top floor. After a quick demo, we set to work creating several Burmese favorites: gourd vermicelli soup, long bean salad, stir-fried mixed vegetables and chicken with potato curry. The experience was a blast as we learned new chopping techniques and got to use a mortar and pestle. Of course the best part came at the end when we sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor! Definitely call in advance as the restaurant needs several days warning to organize everything. Group maximum 25.
Create Local Flavor

National Air and Space Museum

Washington
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National Air and Space Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
Smithsonian museums
I love the fact that all the Smithsonian museums are free admission. The Air and Space museum is an all time favorite and I always feel like a big kid when I go visit. Highly recommended for children and adults of all ages!
Smithsonian museums

Hauptplatz

Groß Gerungs
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Hauptplatz, Groß Gerungs, Austria
The Main Square in Linz
While Linz isn't really a top destination in Austria, it does have its charm. Everything seems to center on the main square, a place to meet, hold markets and occasionally protest something. The Trinity Column (1723) was added to show gratitude to god for being saved from the plague. Photo: Flickr/mr.gears
The Main Square in Linz

Los Dominicos

Santiago
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Los Dominicos, Santiago, Chile
Artisans and Craftsmen at work
If you take Santiago's metro to the end of the red line you will find yourself steps away from Los Dominicos. Los Dominicos is a shopping village just hidden behind a large church visible from the Metro stop. This village of small buildings houses artisans and craftsmen at work making and selling woven textiles, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, and more. It is a wonderful place to window shop of search for special gifts. There is also a small cafe that offers some traditional Chilean food such as Pastel de Choclo a hearty savory dish with meat filling and a cornmeal crust.
Artisans and Craftsmen at work

Peumayén Ancestral Food

Santiago
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Peumayén Ancestral Food, Santiago, Chile
A New Art in Indigenous Chilean Cusine
While this was by far the most expensive meal I have eaten in South America, it was also some of the most delicious food I have tasted in years. My meal cost around $50 and I felt was worth that price for the three hour experience of tasting modern culinary creations taken from ancestral indigenous ingredients. The bilingual servers share knowledge about the food and the different indigenous groups spanning north to south in Chile and along it's islands. You must make a reservation in advanced to taste the variety of flavors and experience Peumayén.
A New Art in Indigenous Chilean Cusine

The Green Moustache

Whistler
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The Green Moustache, Whistler, Canada
Juice Your Way to Health
The Green Moustache is a juice and live food bar whose mission is to serve up the healthiest organic juices, smoothies, salads, and more—all of which are designed to promote your wellbeing whilst tasting fantastic. Whether you're craving a cleansing juice, a wheatgrass shot, a superfood smoothie, a vegan soup, or even a coconut milk popsicle—if it makes you feel great and it tastes great, they got it! The Green Moustache also hosts talks and workshops based around nutrition and healthy living. Photo by Steven Depolo/Flickr
Juice Your Way to Health

Kilwins

Hollywood
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Kilwins, Hollywood, Florida
Traditional Confectionary Since 1947
Kilwins has been making chocolate and other delectable candy since 1947, utilizing traditional equipment and techniques that are still in use today. You can find everything from chocolate to brittles to fudge to ice cream. The company's focus on using only the highest-quality ingredients and its pride in its friendly service helps to make the experience even sweeter. The Kilwins Hollywood branch is on Hollywood Blvd., perfectly located for a stroll around Historic Downtown Hollywood.
Traditional Confectionary Since 1947

Freetown Christiania

Copenhagen
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Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Freetown Christiana in Copenhagen with Kids
Freetown Christiana in Copenhagen might not be the first place you'd think of to take your kids while visiting, but it's definitely worth the trip. Most people think of Pusher Street, where pot is pretty openly sold (although hard drugs are not tolerated), when they think of Christiana. But that is a small and rather uninteresting part of this community. Christiana is an alternative way of living that was basically created by squatters who wanted form a new kind of community centered on the idea of freedom. Old military buildings have been repurposed and the locals have designed really intriguing homes for themselves. Colorful murals can be seen throughout. Make sure to get well off of Pusher Street in into the dirt side streets to get the best views. Locals were incredibly welcoming and happy to see children visiting. Some offered free candied almonds and another went out of their way to direct us to a bathroom for my son. And it sparked some conversation about different ways to live. I think it's always good to give kids insight into other cultures, even subcultures. Make note of the rules though -- no photos on Pusher Street and no running (so people don't think there's a raid).
Freetown Christiana in Copenhagen with Kids

THE LEGO® STORE KØBENHAVN

Copenhagen
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THE LEGO® STORE KØBENHAVN, Copenhagen, Denmark
Visit the Flagship Lego Store along the Stroget
Denmark is the home of Lego and if you're traveling with kids in Copenhagen, it shouldn't be missed. It's located along the Stroget -- the pedestrian shopping district in the city center of Copenhagen. You can either split up with one adult takes the kids to Lego and the other can browse the other interesting shops or you can do it all together (we held the Lego store out as a carrot to keep the kids engaged and in check). Flagship Lego stores have exclusive Lego sets that you can't find elsewhere. There are also building stations and a fascinating video monitor that will bring a set to 3-D life if you hold the box in front of the camera. They also have a huge pick-a-brick wall where you can pick up missing pieces or just get creative.
Visit the Flagship Lego Store along the Stroget

Sólheimajökulll

South
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Sólheimajökulll, South, Iceland
Just breathtaking
We booked the Blue Ice trip from Arctic Adventures. Ok, the ice was not blue, but breathtaking the nevertheless. And our guide was amazing, especially, with the ice climbing trial at the end.
Just breathtaking

Lokastígur

Reykjavik
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Lokastígur, Reykjavik, Iceland
Fun advertisement
It is a small downtown but there is always something interesting to shoot.
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Café Loki

Reykjavik
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Café Loki, Reykjavik, Iceland
The place for Icelandic food
We immensely enjoyed our experience here. Good simple food, good beer. They also have skyr based desserts. Also, they have good vegetarian options. A must visit.
The place for Icelandic food

Reykjavík Harbour

Reykjavik
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Reykjavík Harbour, Reykjavik, Iceland
Art in Reykjavik
is everywhere. In every corner. What a wonderful city!
Art in Reykjavik

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Reykjavik
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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, Reykjavik, Iceland
Bike racks
A stroll by the Reykjavik old harbour is full of visual surprises.
Bike racks

Carrasqueira

Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado
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Carrasqueira, Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado, Portugal
A port of stilt fishing
An hour and half away from Lisbon, before you go to the beach of Comporta, Carvalhal or Pego, or to enjoy a different sunset, stop by at Carrasqueira, sited at Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary. Cross the village till you arrive to a gravel road and continue till the port of stilt fishing. A maze of wooden footbridges built in 1950s and 1960s in order to build a dock for fishing boats. With low tide, it’s possible to see the stakes buried in the mud as well crabs walking around; and the fishermen will use a stick to push the boats through the canals. Around the area, you will find many green fields of rice.
A port of stilt fishing

Hlawga National Park

Yangon
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Hlawga National Park, Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
National Park and Roadside Attraction
Driving time to the park from Yangon is minimum one hour despite being only 27km. The good news is that the majority of the park is made up of attractive marshland which surrounds a central lake. Picnic sites are scattered throughout. Wildlife-wise we saw a variety of bird species, deer, wild pigs and water buffalo. One has two options when entering the park, either paying to come in on the single track-one way dirt road in your own vehicle or pay for the “park shuttle” which is more or less a 15 seat cheetah-print golf cart (ks500 pp or 1 hr. private 24 seat buggy ks15000 total). The bad news is that guests are sold kilos of bananas at the park’s entrance. You’re encouraged to throw these bananas to packs of monkeys which descend on the cart throughout the entire 30 minute loop. In addition to the lake-loop, Hlawga also has a mini-zoo. The atmosphere of this feature is a bit underwhelming. It’s dilapidated and without many actual animals. Those that are there are kept in huge overgrown enclosures. There were two massive areas which housed some version of Asiatic Black Bears which guests were encouraged to feed with slices of white-bread sold at stalls nearby. There were several cages that did have a variety of bird species, including several raptors. Though it was unavailable when we were there, the zoo supposedly offers elephant rides on Saturdays & Sundays.
National Park and Roadside Attraction

Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana
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Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Rainy day gets better with a little imagination
Rainy days are nothing to fear. It certainly doesn't mean you should stay indoors and hide. This probably goes for any city and is definitely true of Ljubljana. On one very rainy day we took our kids to explore the beautiful castle perched on top of the hill in the center of Ljubljana. Even though the castle was never home to kings and queens and was used in more sinister ways - as a jail and a fortress, we made stories about what it was like back then. We came up with dragons and knight fighting in the courtyard, we tried to protect the castle from the siege standing bravely on the walls. We pretended we were prisoners wanting to escape the jail and we counted the many coat of arms painted on the ceiling of the chapel and pick the best ones. After a few hours of walking around, we realized we had a great time, no bad weather managed to interrupt our play and despite our imagination running wild, we still learned something new.
Rainy day gets better with a little imagination

Song's Kitchen/Song Chu 宋廚菜館

Xinyi District
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Song's Kitchen/Song Chu 宋廚菜館, Xinyi District, Taiwan
The Art of Peking Duck in Taipei
This place is so famous among foodies in Taipei that booking requires a month in advance. After a 30-day long wait, I finally have the chance to taste the famous Peking duck Song Chu has to offer. To say it's an art is less than an exaggeration. A sensei-like bearded old man pushes out the duck in whole to the table side for you to see, takes out his special knife, and carves out the soft meat and the crispy skin, separately (how do you even do that?), slice after slice in a fluid motion, almost gracefully. A peking duck feast requires the duck skin, the meat, the hoisin sauce, thin pancakes and green onion. And in Song Chu, every element works in sync. Besides the juicy skin and chewy meat, their hoisin sauce is just to the right balance (not too sweet or salty), and you can see the effort they put in at preparing the green onion by making a ruffle-like end to both sides of the stalk. The pancakes could've been better, I admit, if they had kept it in a steamer to keep the warmth like some other restaurants. I'm not sure it is the BEST peking duck in Taipei, but you won't be disappointed, and it is totally worth the wait.
The Art of Peking Duck in Taipei
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