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Magog, Lake, East Kootenay G, BC V0A 1E0, Canada
For those enchanted with alpine meadows, Bryan Creek Trail to Lake Magog is a great hike in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, located on the Great Divide (the British Columbia and Alberta Border) and is one of the seven parks of the UNESCO listed...
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Glorious, solitary, active volcano Fujisan (known the world over as Mount Fuji) is the highest peak in Japan, and can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day. Symbol to many as birth and rebirth, Fujisan has been a pilgrimage place for artists and poets...
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Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C7, Canada
To understand the Niagara Escarpment, home to Niagara Falls, Bruce Trail is a must. No two areas of the trail are alike, and the views are spectacular. The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) was born in 1960 with the goal to establish a conservation...
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Banff, AB, Canada
Funny how climbing to what feels like the top of the world can make you feel so small. The Canadian Rockies in Banff is a sublime place to find peace of mind. With hiking trails for all levels—from foothills to high slopes, peaks, and valleys—you’...
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Azumi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture 390-1520, Japan
While many Westerners love to hike for athletic activity, walking in the Japanese Alps in times past was considered a spiritual practice. It’s lovely to think about combining physical exercise in a fantastic physical environment and consider it a...
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Black Forest, CO, USA
The Black Forest, Schwardzwald in German, is a gorgeous pine-wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg with a number of historic towns. If the numerous Michelin star restaurants in this area (think black forest ham and black forest cake) aren’t...
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Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador
We spent the night up on Cotopaxi (19,300 ft.) and the next morning went for a short walk up the trail. We were greeted by these llamas who blocked our path back down to the lodge! There were friendly enough, but very curious. I would highly...
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Namibia
On the way home from a five-day Desert Elephant Tracking Experience with Ondjamba Safaris, I stopped at the Palmwag Lodge for an evening on the way back to Windhoek. After three days of camping in the desert, these comfortable accommodations with...
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C40, Palmwag, Namibia
On the way back to Windhoek after a five day Desert Elephant Tracking Experience with Ondjamba Safaris in northwest Namibia, our guide, Dieter, knew that our group was looking to have an authentic experience with the Himba, one of the most...
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Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia
I recently visited Namibia for the first time, and I was incredibly surprised by how clean and developed the cities are. Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, has been awarded the "cleanest city in all of Africa and the world" on several occasions;...
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3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
On my recent trip to Namibia, I went on a 5 day excursion with Ondjamba Safaris to track the desert elephants in the Hoanib Riverbed of northwest Namibia. These majestic creatures have learned to adapt to these harsh desert conditions, creating a...
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Palmwag, Namibia
Grootberg Lodge isn't just a place to stay; it's an experience, one that is beneficial to the Namibian people, to the land and to the conservation of Namibia's precious wildlife. Built by the World Wildlife Fund and the European Union on one of...
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2 Theo-Ben Gurirab Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
On my recent trip to Swakopmund, Namibia, I attended the Adventure Travel World Summit being held at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center. It is centrally located in the downtown of Swakopmund, near all of the bars and restaurants and...
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3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
I couldn't have been more impressed with Swakopmund, Namibia if I tried. It is a vibrant, ocean-front community with a quaint downtown area and a gorgeous ocean boardwalk, with a handful of restaurants and bars to sit waterfront. What really got...
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Namibia
Located just a few minutes outside of Namibia's capital city, Windhoek, lies River Crossing Lodge: a haven for both relaxation and adventure activities. Unwind by the pool or with an incredible sunset over the valley, or challenge yourself with a...
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3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
Words cannot express what it is like to experience a show with Ees, Namibia's hottest rapper and one of the country's growing stars. He and his background dancers coordinate their outfits, and his performance is a mix between Eminem, Justin...
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Calle Torrea, 1, 01340 Eltziego, Araba, Spain
The metal-and-glass ribbon structure of this Frank Gehry−designed hotel—not too far from Bilbao—creates an ethereal silhouette that contrasts dramatically with Elciego’s medieval landscape. Opt for a guided tour to learn...
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13600 Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
Originally a Moorish fort and a testament to Almohad architecture, the Royal Alcázar is one of the three buildings that put Sevilla on the UNESCO World Heritage map. But the secret is its gardens. The intricate tile, latticework and beautiful...
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Navarre, Spain
Imagine 100,000 acres of dry, clay desert landscape. Whoever said that Europe doesn’t have the great outdoors has never been to Las Bárdenas Reales Desert. Likened to Nevada or a Utah landscape, wind and water is acting architect, forming...
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Cuenca, Spain
The remaining casas colgadas or “hanging houses” in Cuenca Spain have been refurbished over and again. It is said that the entire face of the Huécar Gorge was once lined with hanging houses dating back to the 15th century, but now only three...
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17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
If you’re the kind of traveler that walks upstream of the tourist flow, the Dalí museum in Figueres is worth a stop on your way to Barcelona. Dali said, “You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free,” which appears to be an...
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Stone by stone, second-century BC Debod Temple was reconstructed in Spain in an effort, called to action by UNESCO, to save its demise when the site was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. As a sign of gratitude for the help...
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Lovely little city Ronda is perched over the Tajo gorge, and still bathed in Islamic and Christian heritage. The homes of this mountain town are tucked into terraced cliffs, on narrow streets, surrounded by massive fortress walls, opened at two...
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Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
El Capricho is one of the lesser-known modernist treasures designed by Antonio Gaudí. It is considered one of the works that helped to launch his career. Gaudí is well known the world around, but many don’t know how prolific the architect’s work...
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Mt Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, 361616
As the highest point in Europe and one of the Seven Summits of the World, Mt. Elbrus makes it onto most mountaineers’ bucket lists. This long-dormant volcano is situated between the Caspian and Black Seas on the rugged and dramatic Caucus mountain...
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Cho Oyu
Thinking of climbing Everest someday? If you already have some altitude experience, consider trekking Cho Oyu first. Rising up from the border of Tibet and Nepal, the “Turquoise Goddess” is the sixth tallest mountain on Earth but considered the...
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Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Thurs- Sat nights at Pier 6, the baby strollers roll home after the fountains and swings shut down for the night The volley ball players take over the sand pits and the beers start to flow in an amazing vantage point of he NYC skyline, Statue of...
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Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY, USA
95+ degree heat couldn't keep Brooklyn from celebrating French independence in style. http://bartabacny.com/. An annual gathering in mid July that continues to grow w/ amazing food/cocktails and even better people watching.
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119 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
At Makeville Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, you need to BYOW (Bring Your Own Wood). That, and a creative mindset. Everything else--from classes, tips to tools--the studio provides. Started by creatrix Robin Mierzwa, Makeville is one of those place...
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575 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
This place is great for beginning rock climbers as well as those with experience. My first adventure was climbing the pseudo "Brooklyn Bridge." From the looks of the wall it seems pretty simple, however, trying to navigate the various sized...
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Playa Gigante, Nicaragua
Playa Gigante’s quite bay harbors old school pangas from the fishing families that inhabit this charming village. The coastline features small hostels, two surf camps, and a handful of restaurants that serve up fresh caught fish and local produce....
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George St, Glasgow G2 1DU, UK
Glasgow is an architecture-buff’s dream, with beautiful 19th-century Victorian, Gothic, and Art Nouveau, and Neo-Classical buildings scattered throughout the city. Many of these are best appreciated on foot—including Glasgow City Chambers, in the...
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Glasgow, UK
Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) did more to shape the face of his home city than perhaps any other artist. A pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement, he created more than a dozen commercial buildings and private homes that...
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Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, UK
The chance to browse through Europe’s largest collection of civic art, all under one lavishly vaulted roof, for free? Little wonder that the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The...
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Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
This new waterfront incarnation of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, which debuted in 2011, was voted the 2013 European Museum of the Year by the European Forum Awards. It’s not hard to see why: the collections here marry a supercool Zaha...
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Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from...
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Emirates Arena, 1000 London Rd, Glasgow G40 3HG, UK
This state-of-the-art professional cycling track and stadium, unveiled in 2012, will be one of the key venues when Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Between July 23 and August 3, thousands of fans will fill the venue to watch as the world...
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244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT, UK
Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Clash, and U2 are just a few of the seminal acts to have performed at this vaunted music hall since it first opened in 1934. Occupying a massive city center building with street-level market stalls and an iconic neon...
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Buchanan St, Glasgow, UK
If shopping’s your bag, make a bee-line for Glasgow’s “Style Mile,” where the concentration of shops here (some 200) makes it the UK’s largest retail center outside London. The choices include everything from massive department-store emporiums...
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Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, UK
Like a gleaming, illuminated spaceship that’s come in for a slightly tipsy landing, SSE Hydro—Glasgow’s futuristic new concert, conference and event venue—was designed by no less than Sir Norman Foster. When it opened on September 30, 2013 with a...
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730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, UK
The Gaelic translation of Glasgow, Glaschu, literally means “dear green place”—an appropriate name for a city which boasts over 90 parks and gardens within its city boundaries. A fantastic example of this is the sprawling Botanic...
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Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ, UK
The slightly goofy-sounding name of this beloved concert venue explains its history: it occupies a Merchant City building that really did house a produce market back in the 1800s. Many of the original architectural details from those days are...
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Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, UK
It’s said that no one with even a drop of Scottish blood in his veins can help but feel a surge of emotion at the sound of bagpipes. If that’s so, then passions are sure to reach tsunami volume on August 16—17, when the World Pipe Band...
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
The glittering waters of Loch Lomond—all 27 square miles of them—are on Glasgow’s doorstep less than 40 minutes away. Part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the largest inland expanse of water in Great Britain naturally attracts all...
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A journey to the Highlands isn’t necessary for exploring one of Scotland’s most quintessential pleasures: whisky. Glengoyne Distillery, which has been producing single-malt scotch whiskies since 1833, is just a 20-minute drive from Glasgow city...
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Glasgow, UK
Even some Americans who saw Brad Pitt’s zombie blockbuster World War Z last summer were likely fooled into thinking the film was shot in Philadelphia—the city it supposedly takes place in. But Glaswegians knew better. They remembered the film’s...
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Alexandria, LA, USA
Set in central Louisiana’s heartland, this city on the banks of the Red River overflows each year with Mardi Gras merrymakers. While the main draw is a blowout parade on March 2, with marching bands, whimsical floats and more than 20 krewes...
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Honolulu, HI, USA
There's a certain kind of peace that one feels when basking in the Waikiki sun. You go there, banana daiquiri on one hand, and a trusty old camera on the other. You capture the moment and say to yourself, "ahh...this is paradise."
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Hanapepe, HI 96716, USA
At the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail lies the most perfectest beach. Gorgeous 360 degree views of cliffs and ocean, fine white sand, natural waterfall for your bathing and hydration needs, tropical fruit ripe for the picking, sea caves, and...
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210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
Fogo Island Inn sits at the very edge of the north Atlantic on isolated Fogo Island in Newfoundland. Designed by internationally renowned architect Todd Saunders, the inn's arrestingly modern appearance is meant to call to mind the shape of an...
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Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Built in 1525 as the family home of Doge Andrea Gritti, this antique-stocked palazzo has rooms with mosaic floors, hand-painted furniture, and panoramic views of the Grand Canal. Murano glass chandeliers and sconces light up the hotel that Ernest...
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Cno. C. Egusquiza y Paso del Barranco, 20400 Punta del Este, Uruguay
Brazilian hotelier Rogerio Fasano took a gamble when he built Fasano Punta del Este 12 miles inland from Uruguay’s popular beaches. When guests enter the gates to the 1,200-acre property, they see cattle and horses grazing on expanses of...
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330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When it opened in 1889, the Jerome lured New York City socialites and European aristocrats with its mix of rough-and-tumble mountain swagger and “modern” amenities (plumbing and electricity). In December 2012, the 94-room property...
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Center Blvd. 5, 2300 København, Denmark
Architecture and physics nerds must stop by the Bella Sky Comwell Hotel in Copenhagen's Ørestad neighborhood. The largest hotel in Scandinavia, its dizzying towers lean at a dramatic 15 degrees in each direction (11 degrees more than the...
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Marine city 1-ro, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Pritzker Prize–winning architect Daniel Libeskind found inspiration in wind-filled sails and the waves off Haeundae Beach when he devised the curvilinear geometry of this 269-room hotel. The interior design includes French oak floors,...
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130 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
You get your own butler. That's what you need to know about the Chatwal. About five minutes after you've arrived in your room, a liveried staff member will arrive at your door, introduce themselves, and offer their services. In our case, Kate and...
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New York, NY 10018, USA
Looking up from the lawn at Bryant Park, you get the feeling of being in canyons. I sometimes call the city, especially Midtown, a canyon because everything towers above you. I love spending time in Bryant Park, which is well known for being a...
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17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158, USA
Seattle has long had a reputation for its incredible influence on music and Sea Tac airport shows off the hometown pride as soon as you hit the terminal. The Music Initiative celebrates Seattle's music culture through live musical performances,...
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531 SW 13th St, Bend, OR 97702, USA
During your visit to Bend, there's a high probability that you'll do the local 'float' through town on the river and end up with a cold, craft beer at the Deschutes Brewery. A classic must! If you're looking to do more than float, then head...
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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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Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest fresh water lake. When I lived in Nantou County, central Taiwan, I would often ride my scooter to Sun Moon Lake for a bit of fresh air and reflection. One day I drove to the lake and traveled up a hill to the...
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65 Woolridge, Parys, 9585, South Africa
Wanna hunt the Big Five? I did it with my Olympus Stylus 10x on a Bike Beyond Boundaries "glamping" adventure based at the Savannah Game Preserve in Parys, South Africa. Beyond earning bragging rights in pixels for stalking the legendary quintet...