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Heron's Head Park

San Francisco
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Heron's Head Park, San Francisco, California
The road to nowhere
Heron's Head Park and EcoCenter located in the old port has spectacular views of the Bay, a salt marsh, shorebirds, waterfowl and aquatic wildlife. It's a short, great hike right in the city. Dogs love it. BTW, it's flat. Rare in SF. In the late 1990s, with the California Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Trail Project, the Port undertook a major renovation of Pier 98. The project enhanced and expanded the marsh by removing over 5,000 tons of concrete, asphalt, metal and other debris, created a tidal channel to improve circulation, and constructed upland trails, picnic and bird-viewing areas and a fishing pier. In 1999, the former Pier 98 officially reopened to the public as Heron's Head Park, named for its resemblance – when viewed from the air – to one of its residents: the Great Blue Heron.
The road to nowhere
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Skogarfoss (waterfall)

South
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Skogarfoss (waterfall), South, Iceland
Skogarfoss wrapped in rainbows
It happens only in Iceland. Take a majestic waterfall in the South Coast of Iceland, wait for a few minutes and the magic suddenly appears. A double rainbow wraps the landscape around, the waterfall, the people in it and leaves you speechless. For a photographer, a nature lover or for any one who is sensible to beauty, this is one of the most awesome sights you can see in your life. With its perfect beauty and colours, Mother Nature makes an effort to let you leave a piece of your heart at the feet of this waterfall.
Skogarfoss wrapped in rainbows
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La Grande Residence - at The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver
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La Grande Residence - at The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
A Cozy Stay in Vancouver
My trip to Vancouver was my first trip as a parent. My wife and I took our 5 month old for a long weekend, and we decided to stay at Sutton Place because they have a section called "La Grande Residence" that has suites with kitchenettes. We chose this because we knew eating out for every single meal would be a challenge with a wiggly little one. To get to the point, Sutton Place ended up being quite pleasant and worked well for a family stay. Our room was elegant enough that we felt pampered, but spacious and functional enough that we were comfortable there with the baby. The indoor heated pool was a hit as well. There's something so cozy about swimming inside while you look out at a winter landscape.
A Cozy Stay in Vancouver
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Humaita

Rio de Janeiro
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Humaita, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Morning Escape Zona Sul Rio de Janeiro
I am tired after a intense work week in Rio de Janeiro. Let's have a quiet night on Friday and wake up early. It is Saturday morning in a beautiful November day. Go for a 3 mile run at the Ipanema - Leblon Promenade, now I feel hungry, hurry to Jardim Botanico at La Bicyclette and enjoy a good coffee and great bakery. Now we have to burn this big breakfast, let's walk back to Ipanema but before we have to do some shopping at the Sports Shop located in the Flamengo Club, Books at Livraria Argumento in Leblon, soaps and presents at Granado and a great Açai Baby from BIBI sucks or Big Polis. I have to walk back via Prudente de Morais avenue and admire the best apartment building in Rio de Wave Ipanema. What an amazing morning!
Morning Escape Zona Sul Rio de Janeiro
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Hạ Long Bay

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Hạ Long Bay, tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
The Bay Of Descending Dragons
Halong Bay is considered to be the most beautiful vista in Vietnam. It consists of 1,969 islands and islets situated in the Gulf of Tonkin.This area is known for its spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Ha Long Bay has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The literal meaning of “Halong” is “Bay of Descending Dragons”. A local legend says that a family of dragons was sent to defend the land long ago when the Vietnamese were fighting the Chinese invaders. The dragons thought it was so beautiful that they decided to stay upon what is now Halong Bay.It houses a great diversity of ecosystems including coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forest, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. There are monkeys. It only accessible by boat. For more photos and info go to http://travelwellflysafe.com/2014/11/23/halong-bay-the-bay-of-descending-dragons-viet-nam/
The Bay Of Descending Dragons
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Flisak '76

Gdańsk
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Flisak '76, Gdańsk, Poland
The Bar Experience: Flisak 76
If you feel like going for a very good drink, you should check out Flisak 76. The basement bar was easily our favorite during our weekend trip to Gdansk. Each cocktail was crafted with lots of care - the moscow mule and the rasberry mojito for 16 zloty each were superb. I would have loved to try every single drink on the menu, some had unusual ingredients in them like thyme, coriander or wasabi.
The Bar Experience: Flisak 76
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Fontanna Neptuna

Gdańsk
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Fontanna Neptuna, Gdańsk, Poland
Welcome to Gdansk!
Gdansk is possibly one of the most photogenic cities I have been to, the streets are lined with beautifully decorated houses. You can surely spend an entire day exploring the old town.
Welcome to Gdansk!
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Kensington Park Hotel

San Francisco
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Kensington Park Hotel, San Francisco, California
Historic Boutique Hotel in San Francisco
While planning a night away in San Francisco to see the premiere of "Kurios," the newest Cirque du Soleil show, I knew I wanted to stay in the heart of the city. I prefer a hotel with character, one that reflects a sense of place, and the Kensington Park Hotel was the perfect choice. This boutique hotel is housed in an elegant, historic 1925 building; the lobby immediately shows uniqueness with the hand-painted wood ceilings. The rooms are small yet have all the comforts expected of a hotel on Union Square. Because it is a half block from the square, it is relatively quiet yet right in the heart of the city--world class shopping and attractions await just outside the hotel, and public transportation is close by. Expect excellent service and unique touches, but keep in mind that the hotel does not serve breakfast besides coffee and tea. Because of the hotel's cozy yet elegant atmosphere, top-notch service, and excellent location, it has become one of my favorite places to stay in San Francisco.
Historic Boutique Hotel in San Francisco
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New York Pizza Suprema

New York
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New York Pizza Suprema, New York, New York
This might be the best slice of pizza in New York
I was looking to grab a slice before catching a train at Penn Station, and stumbled on sliceharvester.com, the blog of a guy who claims to have tried every pizza-by-the-slice place in Manhattan. He said Pizza Suprema, right across the street from the station, was one of the best. I can't claim to be the connoisseur he is, but it sure was good. Perfect crust, and sauce with just a touch of sweetness. Try the upside-down slice, which puts the sauce center stage, but also get a plain slice to experience how good something so simple can be. I was a very satisfied train rider.
This might be the best slice of pizza in New York
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Museo de Arte Popular

Ciudad de México
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Museo de Arte Popular, Ciudad de México, Mexico
A feast of Mexican Folk Art
There is so much to see and do in Mexico City, but this place should be on the itinerary of anyone interested in the incredibly varied world of Mexican folk art. The space is spacious and bright, which means the vibrant colors of, well, everything, really pop. Embroidery, papier-mâché figures, ceramics, fantastical wooden alebrijes--the whole country is represented. It makes you realize how rich and diverse Mexico's artistic traditions are. The museum is not overwhelming (unlike, say, the awesome anthropology museum). It's a nice hour or so, close to the historic center. But give yourself time to browse the gift shop.
A feast of Mexican Folk Art
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Woodrose Cafe

Garberville
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Woodrose Cafe, Garberville, California
Hearty, yummy, and Gluten-free friendly
To fortify ourselves for a drive through the redwood cathedrals on the Avenue of the Giants, we stopped for brunch at Woodrose. They say all the right things about sustainable food, which seemed to attract both hippies and hipsters. And it tasted delicious. My omelette had Niman Ranch beef, shiitakes, peppers, and cheese, and it came with potatoes and toast. Next time I'll try the pancakes, which were huge. And for gluten-free folks, they had bread, bagels, and a daily special of gf pumpkin spice cake. We were pleasantly surprised. Not surprising was the Grateful Dead on the stereo.
Hearty, yummy, and Gluten-free friendly
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Restauracja Kresowa

Gdańsk
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Restauracja Kresowa, Gdańsk, Poland
Restaurant Kresowa
Tucked away on a little street just off the main road of Gdansk you will find this little gem which serves Eastern European food. We had pierogi and soljanka amongst other things and it was delicious. Service was very good as well. We went during lunch hours and had no problems finding a table.
Restaurant Kresowa
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Red Light

Gdańsk
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Red Light, Gdańsk, Poland
Red Light Bar
A cosy little bar where we started the night in Gdansk. Staff was friendy, drinks cheap and there's a basement for dancing on the weekend.
Red Light Bar
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Center for Cuban Studies

La Habana
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Center for Cuban Studies, La Habana, Cuba
Insiders Tour of Cuba for US Travelers
The Center for Cuban Studies consults on introductory trips to Havana, Cuba for US travelers. You will have the opportunity to meet with experts in your field of choice and learn first-hand about the economic, cultural, social, and political changes taking place in Cuban society. You will come to understand Cuba from the Cuban perspective speaking with academics, visual artists and musicians, small business owners, health professionals, urban planners, architects, historians, community organizers, farmers, and government officials.
Insiders Tour of Cuba for US Travelers
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Museu de Artes Decorativas

Viana do Castelo
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Museu de Artes Decorativas, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
The best of portuguese Azulejos
When a museum inspires new creations deserves a visit. The portuguese blue tiles (azulejos) are here for you.
The best of portuguese Azulejos
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Jardim da Marginal

Viana do Castelo
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Jardim da Marginal, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Antiques trade market
One day each month (for the first saturday) the Jardim Marginal of Viana do Castelo have a great market of antiques.
Antiques trade market
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Ginkakuji Temple

Sakyō-ku
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Ginkakuji Temple, Sakyō-ku, Japan
Breathe Deeply at Ginkakuji Temple
Ginkakuji Temple can be reached from the Philosopher's Path. It includes the Silver Pavilion (which isn't silver), a circular path, a moss garden and dry sand garden. I liked the zen "Moon Viewing Platform," a flawless cone of sand.
Breathe Deeply at Ginkakuji Temple
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Hardbrucke, Zurich

Zürich
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Hardbrucke, Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
Viaducktnacht
By the Freitag container shop
Viaducktnacht
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Biblioteca Municipal

Viana do Castelo
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Biblioteca Municipal, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
The best work of Siza Vieira
The best work of Siza Vieira
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Arles Archeological Museum

Arles
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Arles Archeological Museum, Arles, France
Amazing models of ancient Roman city
The Archeological Museum in Arles, is a wonderful place for families to learn about the ancient Roman city. While roaming around in the town, you will see the ruins of the amphitheater and the colosseum. In the museum you'll see models showing how they looked and operated 2000 years ago. The Romans invented a floating bridge that spanned the Rhone river, a shade that could be pulled out over spectators at events in the colosseum, and many other inventions that made daily life easier and more comfortable. The newest and grandest addition to the museum is an actual Roman barge that sank in 53AD complete with all its cargo.
Amazing models of ancient Roman city
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Senglea

L-Isla
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Senglea, L-Isla, Malta
Walking tour of Senglea
When you stand on the south-facing fortified walls of Valletta, Malta’s capital city, Fort St Angelo is what captures your attention. A little to the West, across the creek, the city of Senglea is just as noteworthy.
Walking tour of Senglea
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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro
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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Penguins in Paradise
One is not easily surprised after spending a few days on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. You see a little of everything and you roll with the sound of the waves and the gentle hum of the beach vendors, you dodge soccer balls and pass the sunscreen when asked. However, when arriving early to the beach one morning, we found a penguin. Come to find out, it isn't uncommon for this to occur, when they get caught in the jet-stream and wash ashore confused, in paradise. This little guy was carefully whisked away by a local guard after being gently cared for by nearby vendors.
Penguins in Paradise
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Casa Beleza

Rio de Janeiro
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Casa Beleza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the Lapa Luxury
Looking for a different and more intimate experience in Rio on our second visit we stepped outside the hot beaches of Ipanema and into the historic Santa Tereza district. This bed and breakfast run by prominent local musician and filmmaker is the perfect hideaway. Set just a few minutes outside of Lapa, and accessible by Bondi and cab, the home of Samba and within Santa Terezas classic Cariocian culture, this was the perfect pick for exploring a new side of town. Our room-accessible only by spiral staircase -was located just atop the library. In the mornings we awoke to the sound of parrots outside and were greeted with breakfast on the terrace just outside our room. The lush gardens, meandering turtles and hospitality of the lady and man of the house was no less than perfection. Booking via phone or email was simple and the owners speak perfect English.
In the Lapa Luxury
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Pão de Açúcar

Rio de Janeiro
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Pão de Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ways to Get Higher
In Rio, you can't be too tan, to beautiful, too fit, have too many caipirinhas. You also can't get high enough. The views from the beach can only be topped by the views from above so by train, helicopter or gondola you must get up. Second to the Corcovado, the views from atop the Sugarloaf Mountain reign supreme. As with most destinations, the journey is part of the adventure and this gondola ride doesn't disappoint. Be sure to squeeze to the nearest window for a view of umbrellas scattered on Copacabana beach, hikers, monkeys and one of the greatest views in the world from the top.
Ways to Get Higher
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Mar Ipanema Hotel

Rio de Janeiro
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Mar Ipanema Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mar Magic
Our favorite boutique hotel in Ipanema. Simple and small rooms for people like us who spend all our days exploring and lounging at the beach. A great restaurant and bar downstairs and just a few blocks walk to the beach through some of Rio's best shopping.
Mar Magic
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Feira Hippie de Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro
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Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brushstrokes and Braids
We always try to take the late flight out of Rio on Sunday's to be sure we don't miss the color, art and culture of Ipanema's Hippie Fair. What started as a small group of hippies in the 60's has branched out to hundreds of stands selling contemporary and folk art, jewelry, t-shirts, handicrafts and leather. Don't miss the Bahian food stalls for acarajé and coconut cake and a little friendly haggling. Most vendors speak at least a little English if needed.
Brushstrokes and Braids
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Parque Olhos D'Água

Brasília
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Parque Olhos D'Água, Brasília, Brazil
Where Brasilia Goes to Bronze
Brazilians and beaches go together like cachaca and lime. Just because Brazil's new capital moved inland in the 1950's doesn't mean that it's inhabitants don't still crave the vitamin D and the spandex. This ecological park, just on the edge of town, charges a small entrance fee, but welcomes picnic lunches and all day lounging. The springs is icy cold, but the sun is hot and after a run on the parks jogging trail it is just the recipe to cool down.
Where Brasilia Goes to Bronze
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