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Chinle, AZ, USA

The natives that guide you through Canyon De Chelly are very passionate about their historical heritage: the battles that their people have survived, the ceremonies they live by, and the dwellings that they carved out of the massive cliff sides....

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Alblasserdam, Netherlands

This is the last place in the Netherlands where you can see windmills in their original locations. We were there in February, which meant they didn't have any up and running, but that also meant it wasn't crowded. Just joggers and walkers out on...

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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
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Though I had read a lot about Nepenthe, as it is a "must-see" if you are in the Big Sur area, I still wasn't prepared for just how beautiful the views were. We were planning on setting up camp and then coming back the few miles to eat dinner at...

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Løngangstræde 21, 1468 København, Denmark

I saw Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. play at this dirty little blues bar in Copenhagen. The place was packed with people dancing against each other, singing along, and clapping to the beat. Claudius, the band's captivating frontman, had us eating...

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phường 7, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

We spent our last day in Ho Chi Minh City with Geoffrey Deetz, a restaurateur and foodie from Oakland, California, who has lived in Vietnam for the past decade and operates the wonderful Black Cat Cafe. He and his Vietnamese girlfriend took us on...

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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

You can spend a lot of money on food in Tokyo. Or you can spend a little. And get food shaped like a fish and filled with delicious sweet bean paste.Andthesmiling woman who'swhipping up those tasty little fish, called taiyaki,might even give your...

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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

One night while reading a travel magazine, I saw an ad for India. It's a glowing picture of the Taj Mahal at sunset all golden pink and orange. The image and longing for such a sight seeped over and popped me in the heart. I jumped. I know with as...

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3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA

All we could say for about an hour was WOW! We drove through the curvy roads of Mt. Tamalpais gawking at the beauty. And then we came across Steep Ravine Campground. It is situated literally on the cliffs overlooking the beach and ocean and it is...

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Lamu, Kenya

From Lamu, an archipelago off Kenya's coast, my husband Mike and I arranged for day-long trip in a dhow. This traditional vessel has a simple wooden hull and beautiful arcing white sail. They've been used along the Swahili Coast for hundreds of...

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Wandering around Rabat, trying to get to the waterfront, we stumbled upon this cemetery which turned out to be enormous and mysterious, with tombstones literally stacked upon one another and tumbling all the way down to the sea. Tens of thousands...

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Gizo, Solomon Islands

There are 700 islands in the Solomons. After the tsunami of 2007 we helped a local family rebuild a cottage on their island that they had been renting out to the odd tourist that discovers this beautiful part of the world. It was their livelihood...

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The Dead Sea or 'Yam Hamelach', sea of salt in Hebrew, is considered the lowest point on Earth. It is 1300 ft below sea level. The extra-ordinary salt in the water, enables bathers to float. The salty water and the therapeutic mud are known for...
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Calle Lion, 3383, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
We spent the day walking around Venice and getting lost in its wonderful maze of streets. The end of the day found us facing this large church as the cat-in-the-cradle moon hung low in the sky. Randy went onto the bridge for a better view and...
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French Polynesia

My first encounter with a black sand beach was in Tahiti and talk about a gem, having it all to myself. 

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is less than two hours by car from Sydney but feels like another world. A sterling day trip, the national park features a majestic range of mountains, deep valleys, and sandstone plateaus cloaked in a soft blue...

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Sahara, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
A man responds to the afternoon call to paryer.
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West Yellowstone, MT 59758, USA

Freezing temperatures (-30 degrees F!), a drive up a steep, winding  wooded slope, and we were at the summit of Two Top Mountain, Montana (9,000 feet) where the fierce winds have entombed the trees in snow. They are bent and twisted, covered...

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Tanzania

We were in our second week in Tanzania when we skipped the afternoon photo safari and stayed back in our tent camp living the local saying, “The Serengeti is a magical experience of the heart.” We watched Masaai warriors on their...

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55 Luftballoons took off before the sun came up over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia Turkey. The landscape was beautiful to see from above, however I think I was more in awe of a sky full of balloons which felt like such a unique experience.
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

When I first arrived in Burma, I was hit with a pungent smell that was indescribable and very foreign to me—this smell that clung to our clothing, hair, and skin like a second coat of sweat. The origin of this distinct scent was a...

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George Town, Cayman Islands

As part of a cruise shore excursion I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with the Sting rays in Grand Cayman. I had managed to convince one of my co-travelers to go with me. She had never been snorkeling before and was a little nervous about...

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Central America

It might not seem like a 'Highlight', but this was a powerful learning experience... it was the hardest 6 months of the 7 years of freelance education. Although more simply put: The hardest experience of my life. Despite the hardships the trip was...

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Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca 20000, Morocco

The other famous landmark in Casablanca is the second largest Mosque in the world. The minarets defy proportions. Intricate Arabic carved into marble walls makes the grand building feel accessible, but really we visitors are just meant to stand...

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Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
I took a boat trip out to Witch's Rock and surfed the biggest and best waves of my life. I barely slept the night before because I knew the waves were going to be a challenge for someone at my skill level. After a few bad wipe outs on the biggest...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
When you enter Banff National Park, you are immediately struck by its vastness. In the winter, the mountains tower above with their snow-covered peaks and the snowy pines go on like an endless, seemingly impenetrable sea. During my visit to Lake...
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Malecón, La Habana, Cuba
The malecon (boardwalk), that spans for over 4.5 kms along the coast of Havana, it's a gathering place for people as the sun sets down. The breeze (which combats the otherwise overwhelming heat of the city), the fishing and not least important the...
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Unnamed Rd Tanzania -5.735170, 39.291704, Nungwi, Zanzibar Island 25522, Tanzania
I just returned from several days relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar after a safari. What a completely unique island! You feel like you are in the Middle East, however you really are still in Africa! The colors of the water were amazing and I have...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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Blloku, Tirana, Albania

I am a sucker for an elected offical who had a career in the arts, and after my brief trip to Albania I have become a huge fan of Edi Rama. Rama, Tirana's artist-mayor, has helped Tirana start to lay claim to the title of "Most Colorful City in...

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Samothraki 680 02, Greece
Art theft are strong words, but the more one travels, the more one realizes what, done in the name of exploration, is really just theft. I will say, many objects have been saved this way, avoiding wars, earthquakes and modern day plunderers, but...
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Jebel Shams, Jabal Shams, Oman
It's referred to as Oman's Grand Canyon - located on Jebel Shams (mountain of sun). The Balcony Walk is a well marked trail that runs the rim of the canyon. This 4 hour out and back hike will dish up some of the best views in Oman. You will pass...
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I'd dreamed of going to Kenya for years and I've always loved African animals. Getting to see them roaming freely in their own environment is something I'll never forget.
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75006 Paris, France
It was my last day in Paris, and I was lounging in the sunshine in the Luxembourg Gardens. Children were launching small sailboats across the fountain pond, guiding their course with long sticks if they drifted too close to the edge. One little...
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627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
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Don't let the neighborhood, exterior (or even the interior) of this Hell's Kitchen bar scare you away. Rudy's on 9th is the best kind of NYC dive bar. It's also one of the best places to fill your tummy on the cheap. Get yourself a pitcher of...
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Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia...a beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth... One of the magical moment I experienced there was when I joined a hot air ballooning trip over the Sossusvlei. When I...
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Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
In April 2011, I arrived on the Big Island, Hawai'i and spent two weeks traveling and immersing myself into a lifestyle connected to nature. During two of the nights, I stayed in an intentional organic, permaculture community in Pahoa on the East...
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The men raced down the river in giant, black life savers. Some spilled over along the way. EMT were standing at the ready to clean up scrapes and cuts from the sharp rocks along the riverbed. The ones who made it to the end of the rushing currents...

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Rauðhella, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
While driving the ring road around Iceland in May, my wife and I parked on the side of the road (our rented Toyota Yaris couldn't make it to this roughshod parking lot) and walked into Raufarholshellir ice cave to explore. There were literally no...
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Ul. Iva Dulčića 34, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
I chose to spend Christmas in Croatia without thinking of rain and snow. My otherwise drizzly experience was brightened by occasional bursts of distant light beyond the walls to the Sea in Dubrovnik. This tree and contemplative man made perfect...
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São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
In Liberdade, Sao Paulo, the home of the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, I felt like I was in Tokyo while knowing I was in Brazil. Portuguese was spoken on the streets but the stores and the street food reminded me more of Shibuya.
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DC66, Romania

While sipping wine is not usually associated with Transylvania, it is an experience worth pursuing if you have the chance. In general Romanian Vineyards are becoming more and more open to visitors. The cellars might need some...

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Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 1, 45002 Toledo, Spain
I was watching all the guilds and brotherhoods line up to join the procession for Corpus Christi, one of the biggest days of the year in Toledo. All of the women wearing the classic Spanish mantillas: young girls in white and older women in black....
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Yefe Nof St 61, Haifa, Israel
Sitting on top of Mt Carmel, in Haifa, Israel is the Shrine of the Báb. 19 terraces that lead into Ben Gurion Ave, these gardens are a beautiful way to spend more than a day.
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Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The ocean churns as a 36-ton mammal swims up to the boat. With your arm plunged into the cool water, you await the touch of a California gray whale. Like a house cat craving a scratch on the head, the whale pushes its rubbery skin, rough with...
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Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
All over the Philippines you will see the "Owner Type Jeep", a remnant of American presence in the 1940s. Though the originals are now long gone, tradition keeps alive these remakes that are made out of Japanese surplus chassis and engines, and...
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Muscat, Oman
A beautiful morning cruise around the port city of Muscat, a great city that we want to visit again!
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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Jebel Hafeet - Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Oman is a treasure which I am happy to say, is relatively unknown to the average tourist. It's sparse mountains are teeming with canyons (wadis) filled with refreshing emerald pools. Just be aware of any distant rain storms, they could quickly...
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Tunisia
In 2008, I took my then 5-year old daughter to Tunisia to visit the family I lived with as an exchange student in 1987-88. That first time, as a teenager, was a trip that changed me completely! I wanted nothing less than to observe my daughter, at...
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Suzdal, Vladimir Oblast, Russia
Just before 6am, when the sky was still draped in black, my alarm wailed. Groggily, I rolled out of bed and proceeded to put on nearly every article of clothing I had in my possession. The object was to wear as many layers as humanly possible...
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Jendouba, Tunisia
I discovered a couple years ago that if you have a penchant for ancient Roman ruins, it’s far better to go to Tunisia than Italy. The quality of preservation is far superior to many Italian sites and the lack of tourists is more refreshing than...
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Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791, USA
You know that something is pretty spectacular when you are in the moment, experiencing an event or a place and you still can't believe your eyes. Every second you are acutely aware of how unique the moment is; the scenery, the tastes, the smells...
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40 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris, France
Near Montmartre this carousel has been enjoyed for generations. The ticket taker to me was an important part of the scene and I seemed to catch him and the carousel at just the right moment.
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Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a crypt in the...
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Sir Bani Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Sir Bani Yas Island is a quiet animal preserve combined with a world class resort. It was an amazing experience to get up close with these incredible creatures and then hang out on a beach with a frosty drink in hand.
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Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Wandering around Pai in Thailand I found it best not to plan out a place to stay ahead of time. Stopping inn to inn searching for an open room I found a little hut with an amazing view and a mattress on the floor with a couple of hammocks that I...
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Oude Pijp, Amsterdam, Netherlands
I own an antique dutch water color of a young girl nearly in the same pose and costume. It was as if I she had come alive from a antique work of art and standing before me.
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Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
I was working at CLazyU ranch in Granby Colorado, when my roommate suggested we take a day trip to Steamboat Springs. We got our hiking gear together, filled the car with gas and was off. We made it to Fish Creek Falls trail head and started off....
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Mount Olympus, Litochoro 402 00, Greece
Above the tree line, a wiry twelve-year-old named Pericles and his taciturn papous—grandfather—accompany me along the trail that crosses beneath the steep needles of Mytikas, a five-hundred-foot crag that soars to the summit of Olympus. “You come...
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Hiking along the Rio Fitz Roy, we had hoped to get a view of Cerro Torre, an iconic needle of granite in the midst of Los Glacieres National Park, but the tower was obscured by a spring snowstorm that was descending upon us. I snapped this photo...
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Viedma Lake, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. When looking for glaciers in Argentine Patagonia, most folks head for Perito Moreno, as it's close to the airport town of El Calafate. El Chalten trekkers, however, can choose from three different glaciers...
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Tanzania
photo of a young male elephant that we saw while in tarangire national park. in late september, the park was filled with elephants and zebra.
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Elmina, Ghana
While standing at the top of Elmina Castle, the view is majestic. It is easy to become enraptured in the beauty—the sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean. Forgetting the fact that you are standing on top of building that epitomizes the...
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21300, Makarska, Croatia
My husband had to count to three at least 30 times, give me two pep talks, show me twice how easy it was going to be for me and then I FINALLY, FINALLY, jumped!
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Biloxi, MS, USA
In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I spent a few days in Biloxi, working with a volunteer organization called Hands On USA to assist with recovery efforts. This photo was taken in December, three months after the hurricane landed and the...
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On the horizon just NE of León, Nicaragua, you can make out the giant black mound of Cerro Negro--Central America's youngest volcano. Until 1850, there was NOTHING here! Since then it's erupted dozens of times--coating the surrounding countryside...
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Orange Walk District, Belize
Hauling myself up the stairs at the High Temple was a test of mind over matter for me. The panic induced by heights has made me reticent of plenty of adventures, but this one was one I couldn't miss. So hand over hand I held the rope as I climbed...
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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Sokcho, South Korea. At first glance, you might think, "small houses with colorful tile roofs--how quaint. A bit claustrophobic, perhaps, but cozy in an Asian way." Then you remember the history--sixty-one years ago this summer, the Korean War...
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Arctic
I was paddling around a small cove in Southeast Alaska when a momma brown bear and her two cubs emerged from the edge of the forest. I sat quietly in my kayak watching them browse for food along the shoreline, occasionally lifting their noses to...
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Kentucky, USA
As a traveler, I look for sites and experiences that are distinct and intricately meaningful. With this in mind, I went to the woods. My typical National Park experience has been that of crowded campsites, overbearing tour guides, and a feeling of...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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North Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
The sweetest, smartest animal I've met. He smiled for the camera over and over again.
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North Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
A bull who kisses.
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
Until the moment we were behind the wheel, I was under the impression I'd be relaxing pool-side, piña colada in-hand, for 5 days in Vegas. Well apparently I misinterpreted the plan, because we were to spend half the trip camping in the desert—...
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
While in the Alabama hills I fought for my life against the most feared worm in the West. Ok not really, but after finding out the saga of Tremor monster movies were filmed here I couldn't resist a little photoshopping. While the town of Lone Pine...
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Emangusi, South Africa
I love a surprise. Looking in the rear view mirror and finding a gang of kids clinging onto the bumper of our truck was a big one. They’d been standing on the road next to a creek crossing earlier, motioning us to slow down – we presumed because...
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Rajasthan, India
It was a thrill traveling on this "Palace On Wheels". It was really the Majaraja's private train that has now been refurbished and travels for 7 days throughout the state of Rajastan. This includes Udiapur, Jodhpur, deserts and magnificent palaces...
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The Japanese have a proverb: "He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool." And after doing so I understand why; and it's something you must do in your life. Standing on the top of Mt. Fuji makes you realize how...
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Seongsanjungang-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
While visiting the subtropical island of Jeju-do, off the SW coast of Korea, last month, we were able to meet some "haenyo." ("Haenyo" roughly means 'sea maiden.') These women divers regularly descend down to 60 feet under the sea, without any...
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
My father captured this shot after sunset by painting the ground with flash lights and prolonging the exposure. Desert trips are great to experiment with new photography techniques. (I was busy building the fire of course).
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After spending a few days camping in a nearby park and exploring the animal reserve the Maasai Mara Tribesman took us on a hike where we gathered fruit and herbs that they later used to cook us a home cooked meal. Half way through the hike we...
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Mananthavady, Kerala, India
Touring the Wayanad district of Kerala we came upon a temple where this folk dancer was performing Chakyarkoothu, a style of dance from in the area. This dancer is dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Five drummers thrummed a fast beat while...
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Junín 1760, 1113 CABA, Argentina
La Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most visited cemeteries in Latin America, mainly because Evita Peron is buried there, among other notable figures. The cemetery is built around a convent and a church, Our Lady of Pilar (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora...
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Puerto Madryn, Chubut Province, Argentina
Watching whales from Doradillo beach near Puerto Madryn, Argentina was the most incredible wildlife experience I have ever had. Here, Southern right whales come to the water's edge, apparently to people watch. The day I spend at Doradillo beach...
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Tangier, Morocco
As we were walking along the rocky pathways of Tangiers a group of snake charmers were performing a song and dance to hoax a snake into, what seemed to be, a hypnotic state. A memorable site indeed.
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Tangier 90060, Morocco
A group of men, actually what seemed to be every man in the city, were taking a moment out of their day to pray at their local cherished mosque. A sound alarmed and all the men stopped what they were doing to head there to pray. We didn't see any...
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Bahnhofpl. 6, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
After 20 minutes on a series of gondolas, we arrived at the top of Rothorn peak and walked over to our take off point. My friend, Hera, turned to her guide and said, "Uhhh, I didn't realize I would have to run off of a cliff!" "It's more like...
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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
All I had was my iPhone to catch this dad-and-daughter scene. I was going for an early evening walk along the seawall in Sokcho (along the east coast of South Korea) when I noticed a guy, looking like an office worker still in his dress-shirt and...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
During my stay in El Calafate, my hotel arranged a full-day tour to Torres del Paine for me. I was picked up by a tour operator at my front door, and escorted across the Chilean border into the beautiful national park. The tour and the views was a...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles, its magical setting and abundant wildlife never failing to enthrall you. However the crater is just a small part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which offers a whole range of...
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Miramas le Vieux, 13140 Miramas, France
My first day in the South of France, I spent the June afternoon on a borrowed bike, coursing through olive trees around hilltop villages... Although Provence is just a few hours' train-ride south of Paris, when you step off the TGV, you encounter...
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Quartier Al-Atlas, Fès 30050, Morocco
My first international trip was to Morocco for a friend's wedding. After seven hours of dancing and eating, the hosts served dinner around 1:30 am. It was the ultimate cultural experience in a country so different from our own.
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Goleta, CA 93117, USA
Looking out over the Pacific Ocean from Nacimiento Road, near the intersection with Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway).
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Persepolis, Iran
after touring, climbing and eating a picnic at persepolis, we came upon a nomadic family just outside of the ancient city. our driver pulled over and i walked to find the family. immediately i was swarmed by 50 or so goats, lambs, dogs and puppies...
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Wayanad, Kerala, India
Nestled in between mountain wildlife reserves and India's Southwestern coast, the Wayanad region of Kerala is a beautiful region of Southern India, though not mentioned at length in any guide book. The friends we stayed with hired a driver for us...
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Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
No other landmark in Yosemite is as well recognized and beloved as Half Dome, the steely granite monolith towering 4,347 feet above Yosemite Valley. Geologist Josiah Whitney declared it “inaccessible” in 1870 but was proven wrong only...
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Lejone, Lesotho
When the policeman standing in the middle of the road vigorously waved us down, we presumed he wanted to check our papers. We were a rare occurrence on the Lesotho roads: first, we were in a vehicle (not on foot or a horse), second, and far more...
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306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA
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By Sunday, it was time for some serious day-drinking at Harpoon Brewery. For like 5 bucks, you go on a short tour with one of the cool guides through their brewing process. The facility is remarkably small. Highlights? The near-continuous jabs the...
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Waikīkī, HI 96815, USA
Locals tell me that the architecture here hasn't changed much since the 80s. And, I say it's a good thing.
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80076 Capri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Capri is one of my favorite destinations. It is breathtakingly beautiful everywhere you look. There are many cliffs and crystal blue water everywhere you look. The highlight of the day was taking the funicular from the Marina Grande to Capri town...
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California, USA
Late afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park.
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Easter Island is a strange, remote, and magical place. After a full day of wandering around this tiny island, we were fortunate enough to witness an absolutely breathtaking sunset over the Pacific. The "beach" here is made up of pitch black...
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Lhasa, Tibet, China
Just before dawn, I’d set out to explore Chakpori—the “Iron Hill”—highest promontory in Lhasa. On its summit, Sangye Gyatsho, seventeenth century regent of Tibet, built the Mentsikhang, a medical college that turned out doctors until it was...
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Bhaktapur, Nepal
The ancient capital of the Kathmandu Valley is an earthy composition of ornate brickwork and wood filigreed temples built by the Newar tribe. In Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square; the relief carvings on the golden Suun Dhoka Gate, and stone images of the...
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Lake Powell, United States
My uncle and I stood with my tripod on the lakeshore behind our houseboat, trying desperately to capture the massive red rock wall before us. It was one of my first lessons in night photography, and it wasn't going great: there just wasn't enough...
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Barranco, Belize
In Garifuna culture, the Wanaragua dancer wears a mask and a costume while challenging the drummers to follow his or her dancing. The tradition is meant to mock the former British slave masters and their dancing.
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Hora Lake, Bishoftu, Ethiopia
I visited Lake Hora, a resort that locals vacation, camp and honeymoon. The lake was near a wildlife refuge and the views of the hillsides around the lake (a volcanic crater) were amazing, with tropical birds, and parrots flying among the trees.
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Sitting in the square having a coffee is a great way to people watch in Cartagena. There seems to be something happening behind every wooden shutter of every building as well as in the street. I was struck by how friendly the local people were to...
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Puducherry, India
This was a thousand year old temple that is still being built to this day. They built pieces of it in Hawaii than ship it to India.
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Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA
There’s no better way to spend a balmy, summer Saturday in NYC than to bike to one of the city’s most up-and-coming beaches— Ft. Tilden. Equipped with a trusty Google Map and a book bag filled with the day’s ration of food and beverage, I began...
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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
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526 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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The ruins of rome have been seen and done by millions, but they're still astounding.
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Blvd. San Juan Bosco 3026, Cañada del Refugio, 37458 León, Gto., Mexico
Across from the cathedral, in the shade...Schoolgirls enjoying a break from class, and an old woman waiting for kids to come buy her sliced mangoes.
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Corinna, ME 04928, USA
A few years ago, my wife and I escaped the Arizona summer by going up to Maine: cool forests, lakes with bugs, potato fields--the landscape where my father spent his childhood... On a country road we came across this farmhouse--no longer in the...
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León, Nicaragua
Everyday transportation in front of La Iglesia de la Recolección, built in the 1780's, in León, Nicaragua. It's always hot in this lowland city--half of the year is dusty and the other half is rainy--but the architecture always shines; faded but...
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Hiking down the Schilthorn may be hard on your toes, but it's a high-altitude feast for the rest of your senses...From the Lauterbrunnen valley south of Interlaken, you can take a cable-car up to the summit and then hike down to Mürren, across...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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Panormica S/N, San Javier, 36020 Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico
The colonial mining city of Guanajuato is often compared to someplace ELSE: Toledo in Spain, the hilltowns of Italy or the south of France...But Guanajuato has a flavor all its own in central Mexico...My wife and I spent a happy few days...
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Burgundy, France
Looking up from our barge I caught this traveler walking along the canals. For a brief moment I was not sure what century it was. Almost as if Monet himself was walking with his paints to capture the soft twilight essence in the air.
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Qesm Siwah, Matrouh Governorate, Egypt
The day had been spent speeding (and tumbling in my case) down enormous sand dunes on questionable snowboards, a pastime that filled one's head with sand and spirit with unending exhilaration. We had swum in hot springs and very cold springs,...
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Accra, Ghana
While in Ghana, I visited an unofficial IDP (internally displaced person) camp. Seeing the poverty firsthand was akin to a cold stream of water splashing over my body. This was a group of people who have fled their homes because of ethnic...
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Aguas Calientes, Peru
This was a dream fulfilled. I caught the first bus up the mountain and then hiked and hiked to get an almost humanless view of the place.
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Stanley TAS 7331, Australia
The main attraction in Stanley is a large rock formation nicknamed 'The Nut' after settlers tried to blast away the odd formation, however, after setting off 5000 pounds of dynamite nothing happened - it was said "that is one tough nut to crack"...
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Bridgehampton, NY, USA
Before I die, I want to run freely through a meadow full of lush beautiful flowers wearing a sundress. I felt like I could die in peace from the most beautiful inhabited place I've ever been. The bike ride from the house was a mile away from the...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Adorned with more than 20,000 blue handcrafted İznik tiles, stained-glass windows, and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590–1617). The young sultan audaciously wished...
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151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan offers historically and culturally significant experiences including a walk through 500-year-old forts, visits to UNESCO sites, historic churches, museums, the second oldest cathedral in the Americas and Ponce de Leon’s mansion....
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Nyamata, Rwanda
My first experience in Rwanda was a volunteer photography assignment for the Maranyundo School in the small town of Nyamata. I knew the area had been devastated by the 1994 genocide, but when I arrived I learned that the school had been built on...
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Erg Chebbi, Morocco
Erg Chebbi Desert, Morocco.
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Agonda Beach, Agonda, Goa 403702
In Goa, India, Agonda beach is a small but beautiful beach that attracts the laid back traveler who isn’t interested in the party scene. It is a restful place to take a vacation from your vacation, which might be necessary when traveling amidst...
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Riverside Dr, New York, NY, USA
New York City has never been so quiet. I found myself all alone in one of the City's most infamous blizzard. No tracks in the snow to speak of, on this stretch of Riverside Drive along Manhattan Upper West Side.
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
There is nothing like locking eyes with a mountain gorilla in its own backyard.
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Otavalo, Ecuador
A vendor with food for sale in the market of Otavalo, Ecuador
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Renwick, New Zealand
I lived in a small cottage on a vineyard, near Renwick, New Zealand. My job was to weed the Tempranillo. My neighbors these horses. It was a friendly time, they neighed, I reached over the barbed wire to give them a good scratch. We enjoyed many...
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Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
This painted angel was found by a church in downtown Naples. It was in a small alley and the facial expression resembles that of the Virgin Mary next to it. I have not seen very much street art at churches, but this piece seems to fit in with old...
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Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam aboard a canal boat is an iconic way to see the sights, with myriad tours and cruises plying the 65 miles of waterways that lattice the city. From many spots you can join simple, hour-long cruises with narrators describing...
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Seyssins, France
One of the highlights of our trip was a family wedding in the little town of Seyssins, just outside of Grenoble. Our niece Miriam was married on July 2, and the occasion brought together family from literally all around the world. Cousins from ...
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7 Jianguomen S St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100005
On my first day during my trip Beijing, I witnessed an insanely high number of weddings. Brides and grooms were being escorted into their "Just Married" convertibles and limos by their families and wedding parties. I learned very quickly that...
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Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada
I took this photo at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park a few summers ago, my childhood overnight camp. I was up visiting to teach ceramics (I used to be the Arts & Crafts instructor), and after being stuck inside the Arts and Crafts cabin all day,...
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1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Small enough to get around without being overwhelmed, the Musée d'Orsay is a favorite stop in Paris not just for its size but for its collection of impressionist, postimpressionist, and art nouveau art. Perfectly set in the center of the...
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ផ្លូវលេខ ១១៣, រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ 12304, Cambodia
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
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Arizona, USA
This is a great option for a day hike in the Grand Canyon. South Kaibab Trail is a well-maintained (but steep!) stretch of dirt with very little shade and a trailhead that’s accessible only by shuttle bus. No private vehicles are allowed in...
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19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
Between the sky and the sea is the village of Vernazza. One (1) of the Five (5) villages in Italy's famous Cinque Terra region. All five are worth the day long hike along this beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast.
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Maghreb
Day two of our camel trek in the Sahara Desert was sunny, casting strong, crisp shadows on the sand. Day one was another story. We had set out late from the small Arab/Berber town of Merzouga for a two hour camelback excursion to a Berber tent...
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Cape Coast, Ghana
What I loved about the fishing boat launch area just north of the Cape Coast Castle, and most of Ghana for that matter, was the lack of tourist infrastructure. There was no paid admission to watch the fishermen prepare their green fishing nets and...
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28031 Big Arm State Park Rd., Big Arm, MT 59901, USA
Gorgeous landscapes appear to stretch in every direction. Montana is quite the beautiful state, and it is filled with more wild life than I have seen on many of my travels combined. Bear, Elk, Bald Eagle, Wild Horse, and Bison... just to name a...
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1 Monkey Mia Rd, Monkey Mia WA 6537, Australia
I've seen dolphins at Sea World and in passing pods while out on the water all over the world, but I've never experienced anything quite like Monkey Mia. Two to three times a day wild dolphins flock up to the beach at Monkey Mia for a snack. The...
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Coral Bay WA 6701, Australia
You can wade for what seems like forever through these shallow, crystal-clear waters... and then you'll hit the edge of Ningaloo Reef! Throw on your snorkel gear and explore the depths of what I consider to be a reef even greater than Great...
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Tarn, France
Tarn (France), Hue Royal Citadel (Vietnam), San Diego Balboa Park (US), Siem Riep Angkor Thom (Cambodia), Berlin Neue Wache (Germany), Santa Fe (US), Shanghai Yuyuan Garden (China), Columbus Circle NYC (US), Darmstadt (Germany), Siem Riep Bantaey...
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Antelope Canyon has been on my "must see" list for a very long time so you can imagine my excitement when I got there. I love how the lighting and shadows made the most interesting palette of colors hug the sexy curves of the canyon. The land...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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Shell Beach, Francois Peron National Park WA 6537, Australia
This gorgeous lagoon at Shell Beach in Shark Bay was super shallow, saline, and apparently perfect for kite surfing!
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Jaffa St 44, Jerusalem, Israel
Left Jerusalem early morning for the one hour drive to the Dead Sea as sun rises in the east over the Moabite mountains of Jordan. The early start - 4 am !! allowed us to walk up the winding path called the Snake Path for about an hour till we...
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Ludlow, VT, USA
a few years ago, some friends suggested a Memorial Day bike tour that would explore the dirt roads of Vermont. It was three days of fast descents, beautiful farmland and very few cars. in the photo above, while finishing up breakfast outside of a...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering wonder and an architectural one as well, a masterpiece of design that has inspired acclaimed poets (Hart Crane, Marianne Moore), writers (Jack Kerouac), and painters (Joseph Stella). While...
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Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Celebrating the New Year’s Eve in Railay Beach was an absolutely unforgettable experience. A paradise for rock climbers and beach goers alike, this small island located 2 hours south of Phuket provided such a wonderful backdrop for a New Year...
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After walking around Danang in scorching winter heat (the winter in Vietnam was hotter than most cities I’ve lived in), we arrived in China Beach, and the first thing I noticed was how serene it was in comparison to the overcrowded beaches in...
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24th St & Hampshire St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Thank you Afar Media for highlighting this wonderful artist. Done in 2008, it is still there for anyone to admire. Corner of Hampshire and 24th.
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Penang, Malaysia
The unforgettable meals in Georgetown, Penang, a city that is rich in culture diversity and wonderful selection of food. http://0dysseusjournal.blogspot.com/2012/01/magnificent-malaysia-undiscovered-gem.html
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Abu Tesht, Qena Governorate, Egypt
Walking in deepening twilight past a towering obelisk, and then through the Hypostyle Hall and colonnade of 134 massive pillars—10-12 meters tall—capped with stylized papyrus and calyx, into a broad solar court, I was able to envision only the...
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Montreal, QC, Canada
The vibrant-but-not-always-easy rapport between French and English is a huge part of what makes Montréal my favorite city in North America. The phrase 'two solitudes,' made famous by Canadian author Hugh MacLellan, inevitably came to mind when I...
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Arctic
Sailing threw Tracy Arm, a beautiful glacier fjord approximately 6 hours south of Juneau is spectacular with waterfalls and inlets around every knock 'n cranny. Any trip to Southeast Alaska is not complete without it nor is a copy of John Muir's...
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Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Seeing the famous giant tortoise of the Galapagos is an amazing experience. The Charles Darwin Center is home to preserving & promoting conservation, research & education in the Galapagos Islands. After any holiday to the islands one will look at...
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Paraty - State of Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil
Parati was an unexpected gem on my last minute trip to Brasil. The history authenticity, combined with a number activities in the area, made it both culturally engaging and easy to spend time in. Cars are not allowed in the historical downtown...
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Tietê - State of São Paulo, 18530-000, Brazil
After missing my bus from São Paulo to the colonial beach town of Parati, I wantonly wandered the bus station wondering what to do for four hours. I saw ta colorful and beautiful older woman sitting perfectly under the evening sunlight streaming...
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
Once in awhile, there are moments while traveling when I know I am in the right place at the right time. One of these moments was when I walked into Catedral da Sé de São Paulo. The grandeur of the cathedral was impressive in its own right, but I...
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Via Marina Piccola 118, 80073 Capri NA, Italy
When going to Italy there are so many beautiful and breathtaking things that have such historical relevance and striking beauty. Venezia, Firenze, and Roma all have very powerful histories from the rule of Venetians to the birth of the Renaissance...
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Via della Cordonata, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
I got into Rome very late my first night, and I only knew my hotel was atop the Spanish Steps (Intercontinental De La Ville Roma)...needless to say I only knew the Spanish Steps were very popular and these indeed looked like them, but how could...
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737, USA
When the southern Arizona desert gets just the right mix of rains at the right time in fall and winter, the following spring can produce a riot of wildflowers. People around Tucson said that the spring of 2010 was one of the best displays in...
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5700 North Sabino Canyon Road,, Tucson, AZ 85750, USA
Many who have not visited Arizona think that its saguaros grow in a Sahara-like setting...but the mountainous desert around Tucson hides many lush spots, like this riparian canyon on the NE edge of the city. Late fall paints the cottonwoods along...
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Lancelin WA 6044, Australia
White sand dunes in Australia? You got that right. Lancelin, just a few hours north of Perth, feels like another world as you pass miles of gorgeous rolling white sand dunes and thousands of "black boy" trees which are a sight to see in...
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Gallup, NM, USA
By mid-morning the sky was filled with balloons!
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Gallup, NM, USA
Our balloon as it hovers just above the peak. An eager photographer rushes over to take a close-up picture.
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Gallup, NM, USA
Waiting for instructions on how to fold up the balloon after an exhilarating ride.
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Mornings in Rabaul are magical, the water in Simpson Harbour is glassy reflecting the steam rising high into the air from the Mount Tavuvera volcano. One or two small fishing boats work the harbour while everyone else is still asleep.
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Pushkar Lake, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022
In Pushkar, drought and failed urban planning have devastated the town's sacred lake, leaving it bone dry save for the bathing ghats which lie on what was once the water's edge. Standing beside one of the few remaining reservoirs, I watch as five...
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Karakoram Pass, Pishan, Hotan, China
"Get your camera ready..." my husband says to me from the backseat of the little green taxi taking us up over the snow-capped Karakoram mountains. "What? Why?" I ask, puzzled by this urgent directive until I look up to see this goofy looking...
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Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey; a test of will and fortitude; and most of all, a uniquely personal experience. Taking some time out of your life to walk along these historic and sacred trails will leave you exhilarated and...
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Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours is a great way to learn about the history and culture of the island while also sampling delicious Puerto Rican food. My favorite things about the tour: history, culture, and best of all food!
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On the last day of our safari we visited a Masai village, called Longido. It wasn't show & tell for the tourists, we met them in the midst of their daily routine. The women were caring for their children, repairing their huts (by filling in the...
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Tanzania
With a simple point & shoot camera, it's really hard for me to choose my favorite photo. We booked our safari with Into Africa, & Dennis Lyamuya was our world-class guide. We remain friends with Dennis 5 years later. The Serengeti was hot & dusty,...
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Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA
Boothbay Harbor, ME
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Muze Yolu Cad. No:36/1 Goreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
For a truly spectacular experience that will take your breath away - take a smooth ride hot air ballooning over the cave city & fairy chimneys in Cappodica, Turkey! There are many balloons that take off at the same time each morning adding to the...
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38 Ngõ Cầu Mây, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
The Hmong women of Sapa are a strange breed of delightful entrepreneurs, possessed of ridiculous amounts of guile, persistence and charm when it comes to flogging you the many trinkets they carry around with them. This diminutive hardy beauty let...
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Fes, Morocco
From Fes, Morocco, we headed East to the Sahara Desert, where we stayed in a tent village, rode camels to tiny villages, and walked for miles in surreal sand dunes.
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19016 Monterosso al Mare, SP, Italy
We spent the day exploring the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre. Since there are no cars in any of the villages, choose to travel by train, ferry or foot to connect you from one village to the next. We opted to hike in and ferry out to take...
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Amatitlán, Guatemala
On our first trip to Guatemala, (pre-digital era), my wife spoke rudimentary Spanish and I was far from fluent. In return for our fledgling language skills, this girl gave us a warm smile...and perfectly smoky tortillas as well. A few years later,...
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323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
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A convenient train ride from NYC, one of my favorite weekend trips was going to Boston. I enjoyed strolling through the beautiful streets in Beacon Hill filled with lovely turn of the century red brick buildings. Having delectable meals at one of...
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381 Lower County Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639, USA
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My son had his own room with a big-boy bed in the rental house on Cape Cod. On the wall was a painting of an ice cream shop called Sundae School. Our 4-year-old atheist didn't get the pun, but he thought the old-fashioned ice cream truck was cool....
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Rosroe, Co. Galway, Ireland
No, this is not a mistake, I am not writing about Norway. Quickly defined, a fjord is a very deep and narrow inlet originally formed by glacial movement, which can be identified by steep cliffs or mountains flanking either side. The Killary Fjord...
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When they are not digging up trees, they are certainly quieter than you would expect!
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We stopped for wine and cheese at the end of a bike tour of the Appian Way in Rome. Then, we realized we had company.
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80076 Capri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Capri
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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Temple Mount, Jerusalem
An amazing experience to pray at a site that is so holy to many cultures. What I found fascinating was the amount of space on the wall given to the men to pray (and put their notes in the wall) versus the space given to the women. A very cool...
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Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
Two years ago I planned a trip to Dublin,Ireland. Just out of no where I came with the idea to go to Dublin. I went with 5 other friends more and o m g what a Hilarious week! The first thing we noticed was that the airport very small was even...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Early morning smoke from the active volcano
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17255 Fornells, Girona, Spain
The dramatic geography of 'Costa Brava' favors the natural occurrence of many fantastic beaches, some of them more suited for swimming than others. Having arrived to Fornells for a short stopover, I asked locals how to find the closest beach....
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Changu Island, Tanzania
Head out to Prison Island for a swim and to check out the tortoises!
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939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
On the edge of downtown LA, the Figueroa Hotel is a little bit of aging Moorish splendor right near the Staples Center. A beautiful pool, too.
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Filisur, Switzerland
Going for a drive on a Sunday afternoon in the Romansch-speaking high country in Graubunden, Switzerland, where road and railroad crisscross each other frequently in the Alps, often on century-old stone bridges. I was staying with a...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Something about visiting a temple that evokes feeling of serenity and inner peace. Perhaps, it's because I was introduced to Buddhism as a child, or because the soothing rhythm of the repeated chants is like beautiful music to my ears. During my...
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Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
I decided a few weeks back to head to the city of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. Unlike the other Silk Road countries, Kyrgyzstan is famous for nomads and nature, meaning it does not share the beautiful Silk Road cities with its neighbour Uzbekistan. With...
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Song-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
As I got off the plane and entered the dark Soviet city fear gripped me as a KGB officer approached....OK I’m kidding, but this is what I thought my first experience in the post USSR republic of Central Asia was going to be. Instead my time in the...
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Burg 13, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
These people claim to have a vial of Christ's blood that was given to them during or after the crusades.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
The depth of things to explore in Chiang Mai were beyond what I was able to do within 6 weeks. Hardly venturing out of the 4 walls of the inner city, I road via motor bike just one hour on the outskirts to the most beautiful hidden cove where a...
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37150 Chenonceaux, France
Along a most beautiful path way you first come across an emerald laden canopied moat, where you can imagine the gallantry of renaissance horse riding. To your left, as you draw nearer to the chateau, you pass the Italian maze created by Catherine...
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2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
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Avenue of the Giants, California, USA
Whenever I experience power in nature, it makes me feel small, insignificant, fleeting. I get this feeling watching rugged cliffs dropping into a pounding ocean; the ceaseless force of a raging waterfall; or the colorful kaleidoscope of a setting...
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Arequipa, Peru
Located in southern Peru, Arequipa is the country’s most European-like city. You can pay a visit to the beautiful and historic Santa Catalina Monastery, tour the Misti Volcano, or indulge in some of the best restaurants anywhere. Colca, one...
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Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
One of my favorite walks in Cape Town is the paved pathway hugging the Atlantic Ocean shoreline between Sea Point and finish by the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is a tiny gelato shop near the corner of Surf and Surry, or for a bigger meal, the...
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Iberville, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
“Let the good times roll!”, as the saying goes in New Orleans, and there’s definitely a lot of GOOD times to be had … and good food, good ambiance and great music, and I’m definitely a huge fan! Every time I’m down there, I fill up on the local...
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Kirkeveien, 0268 Oslo, Norway
When I visited Vigeland Park on a beautiful sunny day last August I simply couldn't believe my eyes. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. Absolutely breathtaking... I spent hours there wandering around the...
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Ardbeg, Isle of Islay PA42 7EA, UK
My first morning on Islay when I woke up in Port Ellen very early it was still dark and dead silent outside. After a ninety minute walk I arrived to Ardbeg Distillery. The sun was rising beautifully behind it's pagodas. A morning I will never...
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Quartier des Tanneurs, Fès 30000, Morocco
The dyeing vats at Chouara—as well as at the city’s other tanneries—are among the Fes medina’s most iconic sights. The ancient craft of tanning and dyeing, in all its visceral authenticity (cow urine and pigeon poop are...
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08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
Located a short drive out of Barcelona, Montserrat Monastery is a must see while in Barcelona. Try the honey and fig cakes. There are many tour operators that offer this day trip from Barcelona. Take your time and hike some of the trails. The...
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17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain
Lloret de Mar is the mecca for drunk spring breakers, but this picturesque village is worth a short stop. From Barcelona, the scenic train ride will take about 2 hours. Walk past all the cheesy tourist shops and find the beach. Sit back and enjoy!...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
After months of begging friends that passed through US airports to buy me the next issue, now AFAR exists in UAE, too! Dar Al Hikma news agency distributes it in Dubai, therefore making me a very happy reader. This is how I found out (from the...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Walk into Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and look up to the heavens to see why so many conquerors and their respective religions claimed this basilica turned mosque turned museum as their own. Visitors will swoon over the Byzantine gilded mosaics,...
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River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
The Thimithi Festival, or Fire Walking Festival, in Singapore is a major Hindu festival celebrated during the month of October. It's purpose is to venerate and honor goddess Draupadi. Legend holds that Draupadi was made to walk on burning coals...
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Black Sand Beach, California, USA
We began our walk up the Lost Coast Trail by enjoying Black Sands Beach, which doesn't really have very much sand, in the Kings Range National Conservation Area. For the next 24 miles from Black Sands Beach, the Lost Coast Trail is primarily on...
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17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571, USA
We couldn't find the signs for Bull Creek Trail. We asked other hikers. They couldn't find it either. We wandered for a while, finally gave up, and wandered aimlessly, crossing the creek. The idea of finding the trail evaporated from our minds as...
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Paso Robles Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
All my life my mom was trying to drag me and my dad on a trip to Hearst Castle, and we always told her no. I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyways in my younger years. However, before I moved to Hong Kong for work, I took a trip with my...
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Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
The mysterious rooftop of Casa Mila both charms and haunts visitors. The glorious October sky above frames the organic forms, each sculpted face watching as I creep up and down the rolling ramps. Children can't resist playing here, and fortunately...
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Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
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Kapadokya is one of the most strange and interesting places on Earth. Famous for UFO sightings, ferry chimneys, underground cities, and much much more, this is one of the strange and interesting unique sights from Kapadokya. I went to Goreme with...
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Tully Beg, Co. Galway, Ireland
Connemara's jagged coastline shows the juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength at every turn. This home didn't fare well against the harsh elements, but its walls remain unyielding. The cool Atlantic winds are saturated with salt, and so are...
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Phú Lộc, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
great view
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Tân Lập, Tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa 650000, Vietnam
After a break down and school is out...
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Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Cd. No:192, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
We stumbled upon a small nargile shop on the outskirts of the grand bazzaar. This place seemed so authentic, even though it was in the grand bazzaar and everything is overpriced there. Like everything in Turkiye, especially Istanbul, bargain hard....
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Tây Hồ, Hanoi, Vietnam
"It was the Nightmare after Tet and all through the Guest House. Not a creature was cooking not even a Mouse. The water soaked stockings were hung by the heater with care, in hopes that Ho Chi Minh City soon would be there." When I first decided...
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Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 564010, Vietnam
The beautiful sites that put Hoi An on the UNESCO list were a highlight of my stay in this wonderful city. This picture is of the Japanese covered bridge.
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August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden, Germany
A gift from a Chinese emperor, this mulberry tree is protected from the harsh cold season with a glass house. Located at Pillnitz Schloß, up river from Dresden.
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
The view from the top of Lost Mine Trail in middle of Chisos Basin. A wonderful green oasis in the middle of the Big Bend.
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Venice Fishing Pier, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
We wandered up Washington, past all the cafes and restaurants, until we hit the beach. And then, the pier. The Venice Fishing Pier dashes straight out into the ocean, cutting its way between brilliant blue waves—surfers on one side, the...
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Coronado, CA, USA
Needing a break from the endless grey of Seattle during the last year we lived there, my wife and I flew down to San Diego for a few days. Just walking out of the airport and encountering the palm-lined parking lot was enough to make us giddy:...
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Huay Xai, Laos
While in Laos I did a jungle trek into the Bokeo Reserve, then spent three days ziplining from treehouse to treehouse. We would sleep up in the canopy and every morning and evening our meals would come zipping in.
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Meandering along the streets of Casco Viejo is a walk down a physical timeline; with old Spanish ruins next to forgotten French architecture neighboring restored boutique hotels, this historical neighborhood manifests Panama City's colorful past....
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Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA, USA
On a September morning, just as the ferry was pulling away from the Seattle waterfront, the fog lifted: morning light spilling onto Elliott Bay--one of the last warm days of summer in the Pacific Northwest...
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Warrenton, VA, USA
Beautiful maple and pine trees, swans at the pond, amazing weather, a big fireplace, peaceful environment and intensive solid work for five days... The project we were working on took all of our time during our retreat in Virginia and we barely...
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43200 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522, USA
We've saw so many beautiful sights from this Western Experience at Discovery Retreats. From 200 million year old dinosaur tracks, the "zorse," aerial views of the Palisade and Canyon and the stunning C.J. Brafford with her flute playing and...
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Utah, USA
Windows Arch in Arches National Park.
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Magdalena, Colombia
My most recent trip was to Colombia and I loved every minute of it!! If you haven't yet, visit it soon before the secret gets out and hoards of tourists flock to it. Just beware of the crocodiles in Tayrona National Park ;)
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The sky and water are a perfect hue of my dreams of Ipanema. I can only imagine how wonderful the water will be to the person about to go surfing.
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California, USA
I started to rock climb outside this year. Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne meadows can be climbed in 5 pitches. This is the view from the top.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala is a whirlwind of celebrations and processions, a sea of purple robes, and masses of spectators holding their cameras above the crowds to capture it all. It was inspiring and emotional to watch this quiet moment...
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Getting up in the pre-dawn is not usually on my agenda, but wanting to see the Gran Plaza in Tikal at sunrise was sufficient motivation. I expected at least a handful of others would be similarly motivated, but my expectation was fantastically...
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Old Man of Hoy, Stromness KW16 3NJ, UK
Since we saw the pictures of The Old Man of Hoy for the first time we were dreaming to go there. Towards to the end of your 3 miles hike from Rackwick suddenly you see the Old Man rising behind the cliffs far away. When you get closer the scene is...
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V Kotcích 516/15, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
One drizzly December day I came across this intrepid soul teaching archery to a knot of bored preteens in the Czech Republic. I couldn't put my finger on why, exactly, but the scene very much seemed to belong in a tenth story from "Nine Stories."...
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064 01 Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia
Or maybe they were saying "pop, pop, POP!" I don't know. Language barrier. It was my first time to Slovakia, deep in the mountains due south of Krakow. And my first Slovak wedding. In my day-to-day I don't normally skip around a dance floor, sans...
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Kaghan, Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Local elders tell stories about the myth of a love story of a fairy Badee uJamal and a human prince Saif ul Malook, which took place centuries ago at this lake.
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Pakistan
Where fairies come down to bathe and fell in love with a prince, according to local folklore. Situated at 10,000 feet above the sea level, this breathtaking lake seems like a place where fairies would gather. An hour long strenuous drive away from...
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Via dei Servi, 66/68R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Even with all the noted thinkers, artists, politicians, and powerful families who’ve called Florence home, Leonardo da Vinci is arguably the city’s most famous son. This homage focuses less on his artwork and more on Da Vinci’s forward-thinking...
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Via del Circo Massimo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Rome is truly an "Eternal City". The people seem to embrace both the ancient and the new and the two just blend together at times. Dressing as a Centurion (admittedly for the tourists) whilst talking on your cell phone. Listening to your favorite...
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Qui Nhơn, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam
Situated roughly halfway between Da Nang and Nha Trang, Qui Nhon is a quiet coastal town with a curvy beach that is refreshingly low-key. It doesn’t get the hordes that visit Nha Trang to the south (the stretch of sand isn’t quite as...
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Calle de Los Arboles, Panajachel, Guatemala
It’s not a far walk to get off the beaten track, off the tourist thoroughfares through Panajachel, Guatemala. Meandering just a couple streets over brings you into a whole different world. The cobblestones dwindle to narrow slices of dirt cut...
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California’s coastline is without a doubt one of the most spectacular sights in North America, filled with towering cliffs, gorgeous secluded beaches, spectacular nature and charming towns. And the best way to see it all is to drive on Hwy 1, the...
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23240 California 1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
It always feels like a different world anywhere in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore area, and an evening at the hidden Nick's Cove in Marshall, will have you in love with Tomales Bay. The property was recently overhauled by a group of...
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
Not crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s a rite of passage every visitor should experience. The best way to traverse this iconic symbol of the city is either on foot or two wheels....
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Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
The Plaza de Toros is an absolute must-see on any trip to Sevilla. It is the heart of the spanish tradition of bullfighting and a beautiful structure. There is also a museum where you can get more information on the sport and see some artifacts...
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Maienfeld, Switzerland
Years ago, some relatives wanted to visit Switzerland while I was living in France. So we met up and I played tour-guide for a couple of weeks during the spring... Can you get any more 'typisch' than this: cows in a flowered meadow beneath the...
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5556 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33137, USA
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Before leaving to attend the Yom Kippur Evening services at Temple Israel in Miami, my good friends Mark and Greta invited me for dinner at SOYKA .. what a nice way to start a fast of 24 hours. It was absolutely delicious. We were deep in...
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74700 Sallanches, France
This summer my family and I were fortunate enough to be able to fly over the Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace. I grew up in the French Alps and had the Mont Blanc in my back yard everyday, you almost forget it's there... but seeing it from this...
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Israel
After three hot (108) and dusty days filled with settlements, refuge camps and conflicts, St.George's Monastery looked like a heavenly mirage. The mystical, sixth-century hermitage hangs off the side of a cliff. The complex looks as though it...
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Bend, OR, USA
There are countless hiking trails and picturesque lakes along the cascade lakes highway. My personal favorite is the hike up south sister. If you stay out a bit later stop by the lodge at elk lake for some good food (albeit the service is a touch...
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
I was just about to leave Mahabalipuram in southeastern India, when up walks this man--somehow he grabbed my attention.
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Rynek 16/17, 50-101 Wrocław, Poland
I’d never heard of the city before until looking through the Poland guidebook. It sounded lovely but it exceeded all expectations. Not overrun by tourists, and full of beautiful and historic buildings, classic town squares, river islands, and...
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Tomales Bay, California, USA
Tomales is a town nestled into a narrow, less accessible stip of highway 1 north of Nick's Cove. I came upon this church bordering the edge of town and a wind swept peninsula.
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7 Jijilangka Rd, Sangzhuzi Qu, Rikaze Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China
One of my most favorite moments of my trip to Tibet... capturing this young woman's picture in Tibet at a monestary.
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Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Though the town, the beaches and the restaurants are packed to the gills in the high season, you can always hop on a boat to get away from it all. Whales once trolled the coasts of Nantucket giving the island international wealth and recognition....
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Breathtaking, awe-inspiring and terrifying. A hike to the Mendenhall Glacier.
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Just as Rome has the Colosseum and Paris the Eiffel Tower, so Switzerland has the Matterhorn. Located above Zermatt, this 48,195-foot wonder attracts hordes of visitors, eager to see the morning sunlight beam off its four faces, ski its...
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Bonifacio, France
“Let me get this straight”, my father crackled over long distance. “You are now going to turn down a perfectly respectable job in Manhattan, all to…to…SAIL THE OCEANS on a yacht…with a bunch of bohemian deckhands (SEX FIENDS)….……IS THAT WHAT YOU...
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30-001 Kraków, Poland
Park im Jordana and its clear mystical effect on its surroundings...
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Delicia, Ecuador
About 80 miles from Quito, this eco lodge in the sky is owned by 12 campesino families, who are regenerating 1800 acres of now-protected forest. Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve offers lodge accommodations as well as beautiful wood-and-glass...
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Ngunguru 0173, New Zealand
At first glance, this tree looks nearly dead. However, red flowers fill the naked branches and created a brilliant contrast against the blue sky in New Zealand.
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251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Momofuku Milk Bar is one of those places in NYC that's always being raved about. Its desserts are incredible, it's worth the wait in line, best place to get your sugar fix...... It's all true! Ok, maybe not the 'best' part because I still haven't...
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Who knew this view of Pululahua Volcano exists from a hotel bed just 30 minutes outside Quito. Not many people, which I discovered on a recent visit: http://www.afar.com/afar/staying-on-the-edge-quitos-volcano-hotel.
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Waynesville, NC 28786, USA
West of Asheville lies the remnants of arboreal splendor. We'd missed the 'peak weekend' of leaf-peeping along the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which meant that we also missed the heaviest traffic. Autumn vistas don't often come with...
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2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
Mountain Lion. Cougar. Puma. Panther. Any way you call it, it's majestic but fear-inspiring... At the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, on the western edge of Tucson, you can get face-to-face with one of these massive felines; their well-designed...
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Corso Italia, 83, 52027 San Giovanni Valdarno AR, Italy
Long before Julie Andrews et al sang,"Do, a deer, a female deer..." Guido Monaco invented the musical scale. And he did it in the 11th century right here in the town we live in now: Arezzo!
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5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Watching the sun set over San Francisco Bay from this hilltop is an unforgettable (and truly local) experience. Maybe going to graves is a little creepy, but the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is more beautiful and historic than most places you...
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León, Nicaragua
Here, the heart of León, Nicaragua: this UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest cathedral in Central America. Famed poet/diplomat Rubén Darío is entombed inside, and from the 18th-century rooftop, you get a view of Los Maribios--an active chain...
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Porcelain-like, the wall is partially covered with verses scribbled by visitors to the rock, and it has verses dating back from the 8th century. Today writing on the mirror wall has been banned.
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El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Just because the Sultan Hasan Mosque is 600 years old doesn't mean they can't use modern technology to keep it clean.
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
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The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
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Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA
If you and your friends are looking to eat a little food in the Mission, do a little shopping, and learn a lot about the neighborhood you’re in, both past and present, then take one of Explore San Francisco’s Mission walking tours. These fun,...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
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South Africa
These cubs were waiting for mom to return from her hunt...hoping she was successful.
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Jl. Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan, Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia
Bat Cave Temple
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JL Labuan Sait, Pantai Suluban (Blue Point Beach) Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
The monkeys that live here are very mischievious!!! Be careful...they will snatch water bottles and food right out of your hands and even sunglasses straight off your head! We even saw one with some unlucky visitors slippers !!!
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Kazakhstan
I consider myself an explorer more than a tourist. My idea of travel is just wandering around cities and other locations to experience life there, more so than to check off a laundry list of sights, foods, etc. But on this recent trip to...
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Nagarkot, Nepal
On the way up to this lookout spot, there is a sign that points to the Hotel at the End of the Universe. It feels like a joke but it really is such a long and steep journey to get to Nagarkot. No matter where they are from, the people watching...
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Southern Asia
As we hiked in the Chittagong Hilltracts near Ruma, we came across this village holding a sports day. They immediately invited us to join in, and we played games with them for several hours. One was a version of "pin the tail on the donkey," with...
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul has to be Asia's most caffeinated mega-city. There is plenty of tea to be had, but coffee rules in Korea's capital. Along with an abundance of multi-storied Starbucks, every street seems to have sprouted a home-grown café: from the...
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75012 Paris, France
Just spent the weekend in Paris and to get a good deal on a hotel, I chose one that was not exactly downtown but near Porte de Vincennes. Well I got quite a treat when I rounded the corner to find the place and saw this old building covered in...
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El-Nasr Rd, Al Abageyah, Qism El-Khalifa, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
These children live in a neighborhood that is being rehabilitated by the Nebny Foundation. Hopefully, in a few years, these children will live in a thriving local handicraft bazaar.
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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8/r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. Spanning the Arno's narrowest point, this is the only bridge to have survived the German bombing of the city in 1944. There have always...
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72 Rue de la Paroisse, 78000 Versailles, France
Tobacco and dogs in restaurants--what could be more Gallic? A few blocks away from the gilded history of the château, this street-corner sign in Versailles caught my eye. "Au chien qui fume" has been around since 1839.
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South Korea
In the peaceful Korean countryside side the Hwaeom Temple prepares for Buddhas birthday by hanging bright and colorful lanterns. Buddhists from across the region to write personal messages and attach them to the bottoms of the ornate lanterns.
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Bautzner Str. 79, 01099 Dresden, Germany
Do you often lay awake nights pondering, “Where is the most beautiful milk store in the world”? Well, ponder no more. According to many claims (not yet verified), the Guinness Book of World Records has declared Pfund's Dresdner Molkerei as “The...
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Horse carts, donkeys, and cars all share the road on the streets of Cairo.
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Edificio Casa Antigua, Calle 9a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Sometimes the composition, the lighting, the colors, the . . . the "moment" is just right. As it was on this day in Panama City's old town (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
I often get asked the question, “Where did you go on your honeymoon?” and when I say, “Sorrento”, I often get, “Where’s that?” or “Did you go to Positano while you were there?” While I hear Positano is quite spectacular, I plan to go there another...
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Cannaregio, 1045, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Gold is their specialty....purveyours of gold smalti to kings, sheiks and popes since the 1880's. Bling takes on a whole new meaning while visiting the Orsoni Factory, on the Island of Murano, a short traghetto ride from Piazza San Marco....
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Jordan
I spent four very full days in Jordan where a friend and I rushed around the country to see the major sites of our choosing. We spent a long and lost day driving our gutless rental car from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum; arriving in the dark and hoping...
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1515 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA
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My last three trips to NYC I’ve found myself at Elsa in the East Village. It’s one of those places you just always end up. Good cocktails and a really nice atmosphere makes it an easy stop. Thanks to my friend and NYC PR powerhouse Michelle Aselta...
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Andersonville, Chicago, IL, USA
“Great Lake pizza is the best pizza in the world” –A Lot Of People This is what I’ve been hearing for months about this tiny pizza joint in Andersonville. It’s important to note this is NOT Chicago style pizza, that would make it the worst. Don’t...
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القاهرة, سراى القبة، El-Zaytoun Sharkeya, El-Zaytoun, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Darb 1718 is an arts center that's really a little neighborhood of workshops in Coptic Cairo where artisans practice traditional Egyptian crafts. At the El Nafeza foundation, they make rice-straw paper completely by hand. Here you can see sheets...
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798 Great Hwy #3, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
Anytime of year.. and you can walk forever.
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
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Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Traveling with mom to a destination that many tend to shy from. We had an incredible journey traveling throughout Egypt and cruising down the nile.

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Middle East
The beautiful and welcoming home of Tarek Labib where we were graciously hosted for an afternoon visit and discussion on architecture and design. What a treat!
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Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
While some restaurants use being rude as their gimmick, the women at the Wiener Circle in Lincoln Park are the real deal. These “bitches” as they affectionately call themselves (I call them verbal assassins) will not hesitate to call you out and...
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34390 Olargues, France
Rented a place just outside this quaint little town for a week's worth of R&R. The town was a short walking distance and I made the trip every day to visit the cafe for refreshments and also the fact that they had a pinball machine! You don't find...
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I've seen castles all over Europe and this is one of the more impressing fortified ones. It looks like its about to slide off the hill! Just down the road is a famous restaurant that serves traditional, authentic food. I went for the halusky with...
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Al Ismaileyah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
We all had lunch at Arabesque restaurant, in the heart of downtown Cairo. A low-lit, sultry kind of atmosphere with lovely, glowing chandeliers made of....Stella beer bottles!
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15 Meret Basha, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
You could spend a lifetime examining the more than 120,000 items in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, in Cairo. The collection is as vast as it is priceless. The cluttered rooms and dusty display cases give the museum a colonial charm. One of...
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Nasr, El-Zawya El-Hamraa El-Balad, Ash Sharabeyah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
On the day before AFAR Experiences Cairo officially started, a group of us explored the impoverished suburb of Mansheyat Nasr. Our guide was Jawad Nabulsi, whose Nebny Foundation is working to improve access to education and medical care in the...
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26th of July Corridor, Al Gabalayah, cario، Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Mohamed El Sawy, the founder of Culturewheel, an arts and community center on the banks of the Nile in Cairo, treated the Afar Experiences group to a puppet show. Mohamed is in the middle, controlling the puppet of Om Kalthoum, a singer that one...
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41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
Head out to the NOLA suburb of Slidell and go on a swamp tour. I went with Honey Island Tours and saw this big guy lounging in the sun.
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El Panecillo, Quito 170111, Ecuador
loving life with my friend claire, looking out at the city from the top of el panecillo in quito
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Spending time with Tarek Labib was a perfect welcome to Cairo. We couldn't have asked for a more charming and engaging host, and his home was an exact expression of himself: tranquil, worldly, artistic, irreverent.