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AFAR Explorer′s Wishlist
Old Marine Dr, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Rolling through five countries in 14 days, the opulent Pride of Africa whisks passengers from the tip of South Africa to Tanzania’s largest city. The trip includes two nights at a five-star game lodge, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, and...
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Walking on Blvd Beaumarchais, you can find some real Parisian gems. One of them is Merci, a well known chic, ethnic concept store, hidden at the back of a courtyard in number 111 of the Boulevard. At the entrance to the store, there is an old red...
1 Rond-Point Maurice Bellonte, 31700 Blagnac, France
Airbus HQ is located in Toulouse where you can watch the world’s largest passenger plane being built inside Europe’s largest industrial building. These things are enormous. Four $350 million double-decker Airbus A380s fit in the hangar, surrounded...
Place Saint-Étienne, 31000 Toulouse, France
As with almost every tourist, I too asked what is probably the most typical and obvious question when entering this cathedral, and that is “What is wrong with this place?” or perhaps more politely, “Why is it so strangely shaped?” The cathedral is...
15 Boulevard de Strasbourg, 31000 Toulouse, France
There is no menu at Toulouse's most well known restaurant. The server simply asks you how you would like your steak cooked and what type of drink you would like with your meal. After a green salad, the main attraction is presented to you: thinly...
2 Rue des Trois Journées, 31000 Toulouse, France
Step inside this bar, hidden near Wilson square and immediately feel the chill Spanish vibes. The wooden bar decorated with Corrida posters, the high bistro tables, and the suspended ham immediately immerses you into a warm and welcoming...
12 Rue des potiers, 31000 Toulouse, France
When going back to Toulouse, the only place I can think of to catch up with my friends and share tapas is L‘Annexe. The place offers incredible tapas made with local products; which let’s face it, I miss a lot when I am abroad. Nestled in one of...
11600 Lastours, France
We booked a 300 year old villa for a week in Caunnes Minervois. Twenty minutes down the road we discovered the Castles of Lastours. Four independent structures built into the rocky formation, they were at the heart of Cathar activity, and ground...
09420 Clermont, France
At a French Pyrenees mountain retreat in the village of Clermont La Grausse, yoga is practiced in a renovated barn and the top-floor studio of a château that overlooks a lake. Hour-long hatha-based classes are taught twice a day in English and are...
Rue André Arnaud, 32500 Fleurance, France
The indigo night was still upon Kitchen-at-Camont when the alarm rang. My feet hit the wooden floor reluctantly, but coffee revived me enough to step out. The bright moon still hung over the ruins out back while the sun tinged the sky pink behind...
81440 Lautrec, France
We were leaving Lautrec, France and traveling down a two lane road when I spotted a field of sunflowers. So, we got off the main road, drove a ways down a private dirt road, waited for the clouds to pass and then, then we snapped this picture....
82220 Molières, France
While writing my book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, I got lost (daily occurrence in rural France) and ended up in Molières, an unfinished pocket-sized, bastide town in the Dordogne region of France, said to be haunted by the ghost of Queen Blanca...
325 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532, USA
In the late 1800s, a band of gold miners cleared a trail deep into southwest Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon, along the charging river and through old-growth Douglas fir forest. This is the route you’ll hike during Rogue Wilderness Adventure’s...
Shop No.24, M.C Market, Opposite Jhamb Guest House, Old Railway Rd, Bhim Nagar, Sector 6, Gurugram, Haryana 122001, India
An overnight train from Delhi delivers travelers to the tranquil Kumaoni foothills of the Himalayas. With local guides, hikers explore rural Indian villages, terraced rice paddies, and Hindu temples. At night, travelers settle into authentic...
Last summer, Tim and Kathy Turner took a break from the Mont Blanc hiking circuit for a night at Refuge des Mottets, a French backcountry lodge decorated with cowbells and old iron cookware. The Turners, from the United States, were the only...
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