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Tavarua Island, Fiji
As a gift to my husband for part of our honeymoon I managed to book us on Tavarua, one of the worlds most exclusive islands for surfing. Tavarua hosts the worlds best surfers and is a very tricky reservation to nail down. Kelly Slater, Mark Healy...
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5 Dee Mall Main Street Nadi Town - Nadi, Main Street Nadi Town, Nadi, Fiji
Visit Fiji, and you'll soon believe that every local is born with a beautiful voice and the ability to sing perfect harmony. Look for an opportunity to join a sing-along, most likely around a bowl of kava. Historically, Fijians used song to...
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Denarau Island, Fiji
You can hire a boat to tour or fish here, or catch an organized tour to multiple nearby islands. There's even helicopter service for sightseeing flights or island-hopping. The port is also home to the upscale Port Denarau shopping and restaurant...
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Down and dirty fun can be found at this series of mud pools and hot springs. Don't expect fancy, though, because this is a basic experience with a simple toilet and changing room. But it's definitely memorable. Kids (young and old) will no doubt...
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Nadi, Fiji
Sometimes, you just need to buy a good war club. Or local black pearls, if you happen to be a lover, not a fighter. Nadi Handicraft Centre is a one-stop destination for quality handicrafts without the hassle of haggling. They also sell clothing,...
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Ceviche-style fish (called kokoda in Fiji), root-vegetable chips, lobster, and inventive desserts are served up at this laid-back, locally owned spot known for its fantastic Fijian cuisine. Coconut milk figures in many preparations, and...
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Nadi, Fiji
Owned by Nadi locals, this cafe earns high marks for its coffee. But dine on the eclectic menu and you may well be enjoying fruits, vegetables, chicken, duck and lamb from the owners' 30-acre farm. Bulaccino serves a hearty Aussie-style breakfast,...
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Viseisei, Fiji
Viseisei is an easy trip from Nadi, and gives you an opportunity to experience life in a Fijian village. Organize a trip and you'll be able to tour places like the school, community hall, and village green. A tour also takes you past grave stones...
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Port Denarau Terminal, Nadi, Fiji
Sit outside at one of the many tables by the water at this Port Denarau spot for tasty Indian, which also has some Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai dishes as well. The Indian menu includes kebabs, tandooris, biryanis and curries, with items like Fiji...
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lot1 malolo transmiter nadi, Fiji
While Fiji has far more than its fair share of stunning islands, Akuilau wins the title of "Most Convenient." Every morning at 9:30, a boat picks up from in front of the Westin and takes you a mere 7 minutes to this island. It is tribally owned,...
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Karsanji St, Suva, Fiji
Pure Fiji Spa products are sold all over the world. They are famous not just for their quality, but because they strive to be responsibly and locally sourced in Fiji. If you are lucky enough to be in Fiji, you can go to their day spa. Its a...
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1560 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J7, Canada
One of my favourite restaurants in Kelowna is RauDZ (pronounced "rods") and provides locally sourced ingredients for both the dinner plate and the martini glass. The dinning room is always packed and with a first come first serve policy...
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791 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
I love a bit of French toast as much as the next person, but this was off the scale! Brioche soaked in Creme Anglaise - then topped with apricot compote and maple syrup. Obviously, this sort of dish doesn't make up my regular diet, but it was...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
Sellers come from all over Fiji's main island of Viti Levu to sell their produce at the Saturday market. Chili was introduced by Indian migrants over a hundred years ago, and is now a staple of the indigenous cuisine.
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
Rain is synonymous with Suva. Navigating Suva Market in the wet is a skill no local can live without. Inside, professional traders man the stalls, leaving local women to sit outside in the rain. Many of these women have travelled overnight to sell...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
These scorpion-like crabs, called mana, live in the mangroves around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island. You can buy a woven bag of them at the Suva market for US$12. They taste delicious boiled, shelled, and soaked in miti, the ubiquitous cold sauce...
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Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
A seasonal delicacy, nama is best likened to seaweed caviar. The texture of the tiny brine-filled pearls is similar to salmon roe, clustered along a seaweed stalk. Eaten with sugar and chili, they make a tasty snack at the Suva market. Here they...
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Pacific Harbour, Fiji
Afraid of sharks? You shouldn't be. Attacks on humans are rare. But don't take my word for it, why not overcome your fear by meeting them face-to-face in Fiji! Off the coast of Fiji's Beqa Island there lies a protected Marine Reserve that's home...
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Melanesia
nothing finer than dropping out of the sky, headed for a small air strip on Fiji. the tropical air smells amazing! I stayed at Cousteau's hotel where diving is a daily activity. Bures are the name for bungalows, and there are many styles in jingle...
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During our stay on Fiji we paid a trip to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, an orchid rich paradise founded by the late Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) in 1977. Originally created for Burr's private orchid collection, the garden also houses many plants...
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Denarau Island North, Nadi, Fiji
Drinking kava is woven into Fijian society, with kava ceremonies holding great importance. You might encounter a simple ceremony in a shop or informal hotel gathering, but bigger ceremonies are part of social, political, and religious life. Kava...
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Lot 1 ND5046 Andrews Rd Nadi, Andrews Rd, Nadi, Fiji
The traditional Fijian feast starts with digging a pit. Then leaves and hot rocks are added. More layers of leaves, and then vegetables and meats are layered in, with more leaves and hot rocks. The entire thing is covered over with dirt or sand...
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Denarau Island, Fiji
Flavours of Fiji Cooking School offers a tasty break from the beach, with classes that include "Fijian Feasts," "Indian Thali," and "Tropical Sweets," plus special kids' classes. The half-day courses are limited to 10 or 12 students, and showcase...
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You might be surprised to see so many Indians in Fiji. Many arrived as indentured servants between 1879 and 1916, brought by the British to work on sugar cane plantations. Today, people of Indian heritage make up about 40% of the population. This...
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Nadi, Fiji
You can check out the local fresh fruits and vegetables at the Nadi produce market. Vendors spread their wares on the ground in neat displays—a pile of eggplants, some taro, limes, plantains, chilis. There are also kava-root vendors and...
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Queen Street, Nadi, Nadi, Fiji
Saturdays at noon, the Fiji Military Forces Band struts its stuff on Main Street near Queens road. It's equal parts marching band and Fijian fun, with members sporting white sarongs with jagged hems. The band participates in military tattoos...
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Nadi, Fiji
This dive joint is where locals go for fiery Indian dishes like goat curry (and other curries), chicken vindaloo, chicken biryani, roti and more. The funky scene is more street food than restaurant, so just be prepared for less than pristine...
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Queens Rd, Yadua, Fiji
Fiji's first national park, these dunes rise up from the ocean in undulating shapes that make for great photo ops. But more than that, they're home to 22 species of birds, as well as an ancient burial site dating to about 2,600 years ago. Pottery,...
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Denarau Marina Shopping Centre, Denarau Island, Fiji
Hot Bread Kitchen is a local chain serving savory pies, sausage rolls, fresh sandwiches, Fijian bread, and all sorts of pastries. Great to grab and go, and kids seem especially fond of the chicken pies. Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier...
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Nadi, Fiji
You may recognize tunes to some of the hymns sung in Fijian churches, but the words and harmonies are beautifully Fijian. Church choirs sing a capella, and even children join in. Church members often wear sarongs, and you should dress accordingly...
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Korotogo, Fiji
Kids will love feeding the turtles or having photo ops with parrots, boas, and iguanas at this forest haven for Fijian wildlife. Goldon Doves, Red Musk Parrots, Crested Iguanas and fruit bats are some of the exotic species you might spot. You'll...
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If you like a small-group experience on the water, book a day trip on a catamaran. Coral Cats' catamarans are a great choice for a sail out to the Mamanuca Islands off the west coast Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island. You'll leave...
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Yawini St, Lautoka, Fiji
Rugby rules in Fiji. You'll see it played on the beach, at informal games among hotel staff, and at more formal venues like Churchill Park. Ask a local about his favorite team, and you have an instant conversation-starter. Find game news and...
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Martintar, Nadi, Fiji
If you want a bar frequented by tourists and expats, try Cardo's Upstairs, Hamburg Bar or the Bounty. If you want to get a bit more into local culture, join a mix of patrons at Ed's. Arrive early if you want an outside seat; head inside to play...
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Cakobau Road, Suva, Fiji
If you are at the botanical gardens, be sure to check out the Fiji Museum. It's a colorful, tactile place that's overflowing with history going as far back as 3,700 years ago. This boat is something that lured me to the museum. Its unusual design...
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Savusavu, Fiji
For me, there is no better place to learn about a place than visiting the local market. This one in Savusavu is a fine example of just what I mean. The blend of Fijian and Indian was quite interesting and actually can be experienced at many...
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lot1 malolo transmiter nadi, Fiji
If you’re not feeling particularly Fijan, I suggest a stop at Cafe Amalfi. Owned and operated by a Neopolitan and a Venetian, the cafe is perfectly situated on a sweet harbor offering up views that need no better accompaniment than a bottle of...
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62 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2, Canada
I'm a lover of fancy pizza, and Nicli Antica did not disappoint. Their pizzas are fresh and covered in delicious and creative toppings. Pies run about $10 and two pizzas would feed three people. They even have a brunch pizza with toppings like...
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45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7, Canada
This little hideaway in a back alley, with its communal tables and chalkboard menus, is where I go with friends when we want to share snacks. They match wines to "tasting trios" selected from their cheese and charcuterie cellar. It’s best to let...
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Celebrity chefs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala serve brightly spiced dishes at their flagship restaurant—often hailed as one of the world’s finest for Indian food. Their wine-marinated lamb popsicles are legendary, but their menu has other...
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261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1, Canada
Cuchillo is one of the latest entries to Vancouver's skyrocketing dining scene. Although it's in a slightly less desirable neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside, the space and the menu more than make up for it. We had a selection of small plates,...
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1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Pictured is the Sandbar Restaurant from Vancouver's rather artsy district, Granville Island. Notable sights: Grandville Public Market Walking along the port, viewing floating barge houses with artsy exteriors Viewing the harbor from the upper deck...
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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Chances are if you're in Vancouver, it'll be raining. Don't let that stop you from exploring and experiencing this wonderful city by the water. We started on the south end of the Sea Wall and walked alongside the English Bay, taking in the fresh...
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1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A1, Canada
The name is Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe, but they don't just serve desserts here. I went because I heard about their macarons and pastries from local friends. I was wandering around downtown when I noticed that Thierry was still open, so...
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Porteau Cove Provincial Park is only about an hour drive from downtown Vancouver and a perfect west coast setting, sitting on the ocean's edge and with a backdrop of glacier capped mountains. It is a provincial campground perfect for tenting or...
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México 200, Nayarit, Mexico
The Marietas Islands offer a great getaway with clear waters, abundant sea life, and great places for Snorkelling and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. If you catch the tides just right you can even snorkel through a cave to visit the crystal clear waters...
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Av México 1121, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Cookin Vallarta offers multiple weekly cooking classes and market tours that give an authentic taste of Mexico. The hands on classes can be customized for you and your group and focus on authentic local dishes prepared by two excellent local...
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301 Stockyards Blvd, Ft. Worth, TX 76164, USA
Fort Worth, Texas: This is a place that proves everything is indeed bigger in Texas. You arrive and go straight into line for the BBQ pit, where they will carve off as much as you want of pretty much any meat you can possibly BBQ. ( you pay by...
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Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Radium, B.C- A classic Canadian Mountain hot springs experience in BC's Kootenay National Park. This is Canada’s biggest hot springs pool, and great to visit after a day of skiing or snowshoeing, or a cold pool to reinvigorate you after a few...
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837 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3R2, Canada
Hawkers Market is a roving event featuring food trucks, local producers selling artisanal food and drinks, all accompanied by DJs and live music. We liked the Mac & Cheese truck and Electric Jelly donuts. Check their website for upcoming events...
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2270 Garner Rd, Kelowna, BC V1P 1E2, Canada
Kelowna, B.C. - The House of Rose is a small farm gate winery a short drive from Kelowna, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Canada's preeminent wine region with over 100 Wineries. Canadian Thanksgiving is one of the best times to experience the...
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Blvd. Kukulcan Km 15.3, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Under the waters of Cancun's coast, hundreds of statues are on display. Part unique art display and part artificial reef habitat, it's an environmentally friendly addition to the beach city. The Cancun Underwater Museum is best enjoyed on a...
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Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is, of course, world famous, but there's some impressive snorkeling and diving on the west coast of the country, too. Not far from Exmouth, Ningaloo Marine Park was named a World Heritage Site in 2011. The protected...

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México 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Tulum, Mexico, is a magical place that has never yet seemed to be to crowded or overrun. It is the smaller sister of Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. The whole area is made of limestone and lowland jungle with amazing, crystal-clear...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Snorkeling at Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a unique experience: you are diving on your own private island. The water is quite warm for snorkeling, with variety of fish to see such as jelly fish, sea cucumber, etc. A crater that is just off the...
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Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora 98730, French Polynesia
Visiting the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Resort on assignment, I feel like the only single person from here to Guam. Every year, Bora is voted among the world’s top honeymoon destinations, and right away you realize everything is...
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Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
Despite its size (10 square miles) and population (fewer than 170 permanent residents), Little Cayman enjoys a worldwide reputation among serious divers. The island is renowned for its exceptional underwater visibility and vertigo-inducing walls,...
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Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Discovering shells on the beach made me realize that I'm just another tiny puzzle piece in the universe.
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Maui County, HI, USA
The best snorkeling in Hawaii may be found in the Molokini Crater. Snorkelers and divers find pristine water and great visibility in this small crater off the coast of Maui. Not only is the water amazingly clear, the number and variety of fish in...
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Sukakarya, Sabang City, Aceh, Indonesia
Iboih is small village in the Weh Island of Indonesia. It offer tranquility and serenity while enjoying the breeze of seashore. From the terrace of the lodge, you can jump into the super clear turquoise sea water. Swim and snorkel with so many...
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Koror, Palau
Over 10,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended, sea levels rose and filled depressions in Palau’s limestone islands, which became inland marine lakes. There are around seventy of these lakes in Palau, defined by their salinity, and also...
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French Polynesia
Technically part of Tahaa in French Polynesia, Vahine Private Island Resort is an escape from reality. The hotel features three beach bungalows, three self-contained beach suites and three overwater bungalows, all with beach views and designed...
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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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Cairns QLD, Australia
The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid-back ambience. With islands, rain forests and, reefs on its doorstep, you can swim, snorkel, dive, and sail the...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
Ninamu resort is the newest resort in Tikehau. The resort is the only establishment on the island and consists of just 6 bungalows, a common area, bar, restaurant,kitchen, boutique, and equipment room. Ninamu is the place to go if you really want...
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1320 W Bay Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands
While Grand Cayman’s waters harbor legendary coral reefs, there’s another treasure waiting to be discovered below the surface in a marine park off Seven Mile Beach. About 60 feet down rests the intentionally submerged Kittiwake, a...
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I had some air miles that were due to expire really didn't want to go to the Caribbean but St Marten was the only available place given my time constraint.It was quite lovely and I am so glad that I went. Nice people, two countries in one and...
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Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than seven thousand islands, many have never been named and only about one thousand of them are inhabited. These locally made outrigger boats known as a Bangka can vary in size and are widely used...
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Nibbs St, Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Stars are not only in the heavens - also in the BVI's Janie and I went on a fantastic 7day SwimVacation in the British Virgin Islands last month. We lived/sailed/swam on/off a tri-maran ! We sailed through incredible waters to exciting locations...
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San Blas Islands, Panama
A visit to the incredible 365-island archipelago (also called the San Blas Islands) within the communal lands of the Guna Yala indigenous nation provides some extraordinary seaside experiences. The islands making up the outer archipelago...
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Landhuis Blaauw z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao
My trip to Curaçao was a reprieve from too much overtime and a desire to warm up while checking out the scenery under the water to my heart's content. I arrived at Blue Bay with a group from my hotel for a day of sun soaked snorkeling - and I was...
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5255 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
People define Aloha in many different ways. I think of Aloha as a state of peacefulness that comes from an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life, combined with compassion and respect for the people and creatures we live among. When I...
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Playa Diamante, 33000, Dominican Republic
At Diamond Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, you can walk out into the water nearly 200 feet before it even gets above your knees. A natural hot spring runs beneath the cove and warms the sand under your feet. This is a great beach for kids as...
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Chàm Islands, Tân Hiệp, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Amazing one/two day trip away from Hoi An, snorkeling or diving, afternoon in the sun and ocean, spend the evening sleeping under the stars on the deserted beach, head back the next afternoon
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Lower Bight Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
With 21 suites, all of them larger than 1,000 square feet, set among grassy dunes on a less-developed swath of Grace Bay, Beach House is both intimate and roomy. Condo-like in their dimensions and layout, every suite has a kitchenette and a large...
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92 Chemin Olive, 83110 Sanary-sur-Mer, France
Nice sandy beach between rocky coves where you can discover underwater sea world. It is also where the 'Mousquemers' (Thailliez, Dumas, Cousteau) tested the first scuba.
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San Pedro, Belize
Belize by far as the most amazingly crystal clear blue water and breathtaking aquatic life in the most swim-able stretch of ocean I have ever encountered. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, it is no wonder that scuba divers and...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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Latin America
If you are traveling in the area, don't miss out on all of the amazing cenotes that dot the region. I usually rent a car and drive down the highway towards Tulum and stop at small signs that says "cenote." Many are on privately owned property like...
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia
The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia have some of the best diving and snorkeling with crystal clear water, cheap digs and thumpin' bass if you need to party.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize
Rent a golf cart in San Pedro, grab a towel, and head off on a day of adventure. Locals will likely send you to the island's "Secret Beach" when asked where to head for a quiet day on some pristine sand. Bring a map and $10 Belizean ($5 U.S.) to...
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San Diego, CA, USA
The La Jolla Underwater Park is a great way to experience the world in the Pacific Ocean. There are artificial reefs, two canyons and a kelp forest. There are many places around the park to rent scuba and snorkeling gear, kayaks and wetsuits. The...
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From May to September, one of the most exciting activities throughout the area, is swimming with whale sharks. Measuring up to 40 ft. and weighing up to 15 tons, they are drawn to these waters to feed on plankton, providing an opportunity for...
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Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Located a short boat ride away from Sipidan, a world-renowned diving site lauded by Jacques Cousteau, Mabul island is popular with divers and snorkelers eager to see firsthand the denizens under the water. However, Mabul is also a cultural...
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2877 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Some of the best snorkeling we did on Oahu didn't cost a cent—including Sans Souci Beach, a walkable distance from the Waikiki hotels and close to the aquarium. But why pay to get into the aquarium when you can wade right into the water and see...
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Santa Cruz, Aruba
Turquoise waters and reclusive snorkeling conditions sound both ideal and cliched, but Mike's Reef in Aruba offers that definitive postcard-worthy aquatic experience. "My father started Tranquilo Aruba in 1977," says the son of founder Captain...
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Ungasan Beach, at the southernmost point of the Bukit peninsula, is pure heaven. Miles of white sand stretch on and on along the Indian Ocean—perfect for beachcombing or snorkeling. We often were the only people there besides the local fishermen...
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92942, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Liuqiu Township, Zhongxiao Road, 2號1 巷 之 18 號
There are two main places to snorkel on Xiao Liuqiu. One is at the base of Vase Rock, near the main harbor. The other is on the opposite side of the island. The tropical fish are something to see, but the amazing thing about this spot is the...
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Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum, km 1266.8, Puerto Aventuras, 77734 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Swim in a mystical cenote believed to be the gateway to the Underworld by the ancients. These subterranean rivers, formed by the last Ice Age, are said to be sacred and are guarded by aluxes, or elves whose permission is needed to enter their...
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Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
The mother of unique Bangkok retail experiences is undoubtedly Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest outdoor bazaar. Known as Jatujak or simply JJ, it has 15,000 stalls spread over 35 acres and sells almost everything under...
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Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Flat 8, Ground Floor, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St, 廣華街2-20號翠園大樓2期地下8號舖, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
They are most famed for their mouth-watering BBQ pork buns and the queues of people that congregate outside their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it canteen. Welcome to Tim Ho Wan, the one of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurants. This is Yum Cha...
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1 Expo Dr, Hong Kong
Treat your kiddies to a later bedtime while on vacation in Kong Kong by capping off the evening at the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. "A Symphony of Lights" has 44 buildings on both sides of the harbor lighting up in a...
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Ave of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong by night requires a view from the Avenue of the Stars. It affords the best views in the city of the city (albeit of the business/downtown part of the city). It can get dark up on the 2nd level where it's chock-a-block full of tourist and...
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Join throngs of locals on the five-minute ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between the Tsim Sha Tsui cruise pier in Kowloon, on the mainland side, and the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island (a slightly longer ride goes to Wan Chai on Hong Kong...
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2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is in a suburb of Bangkok, right beside the Grand Palace. There are always lines, apparently, and why shouldn't there be. This huge golden statue of a smiling golden Buddha is something to see. He lies,...
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36-38 ซอย ประตูนกยูง ถนน มหาราช Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
A view of Wat Arun (Arun Temple) taken from our hotel, Arun Residence, across the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the only lodging in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River that will afford a direct view of Wat Arun. Arun Residence is...
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Tha Nat, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
The Damnoen Saduak is a famous market for locals and tourists located about an hour's drive from Bangkok, Thailand. The floating market is a relic from a past time in lower Thailand's history, when river travel was the preferred means of...
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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...
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233 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Thai cuisine, with its balance of three to four fundamental taste senses, may be complex but that doesn’t make it difficult to pick up the basics. Bangkok has a plethora of cooking schools, some of which are attached to renowned Thai restaurants...
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99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Khwaeng Talat Bang Khen, Khet Lak Si, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Although no longer located in its original spot next to an old train line, Talad Rot Fai (aka "train market") retains every bit of its hipster appeal. Open at the weekends, the market sells everything from retro clothing to vintage motorcycle...
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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
In the days when Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East many people got around by boat and plentiful trade was done on the water. Though many of the canals have been filled in to make way for roads, the age-old process of buying and selling...
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444 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Bangkok rivals Singapore for the title of the region’s shopping capital, and its selection of malls offer amazing scope and variety. Old stagers (in Bangkok terms anyway) include the MBK Center. Arguably, the city’s most famous mall, MBK boasts...
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392/44 สยามสแควร์ซอย 6, ถนน พระรามที่ ๑ แขวง ปทุมวัน เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
Hemmed in by traffic-clogged roads, concrete overpasses and some of the city's best-known malls, Siam Square is not a visually spectacular focal point. It is, however, the the hub for Thai youth culture with a host of trendy shops and boutiques as...
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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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72 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Nestled about the chaos of the city is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s great escapes, Shri. The city has a dozen or so rooftop restaurants but what sets this one apart from the rest is the location just outside District1 in neighboring D3. It’s outside...
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88 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The roof top bar at the Sheraton is Saigon is probably the best place to catch the sunset and some amazing panoramic views of the city - but come in early, the amazing views, and two for one happy hour cocktails, make this a very popular sunset...
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135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Phường Bến Thành Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Hear the sizzle of the grills while sitting outside sipping a cold beer – this is what the locals do in Vietnam. The Vietnamese love grilling but most families don’t have patios and gas grills in their backyard – so they come to BBQ Garden in...
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Số 12, tỉnh lộ 8 khu phố 2, thị trấn Củ Chi, TT. Củ Chi, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh 070000, Vietnam
After crawling through a few of the tunnels that have been somewhat expanded for tourists and seeing the displays of recovered bombs, people who were not involved in the Vietnam War (called the American War there) can get a feeling of the horror...
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106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, ตำบล เชิงทะเล thalang, ภูเก็ต 83110, Thailand
One of my favourite boutique hotels anywhere in the world, the contemporary, stylish and sophisticated Twin Palms Hotel and Spa on Surin Beach in Phuket, Thailand is worth going out of your way to find. The architecture is distinctly thai with...
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Ko Phi Phi in Krabi, Thailand was on our radar long before we planned our trip to the Bay of Thailand mainly because it was made famous by the movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DeCraprio (pun intended). We usually stray away from doing...
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209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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30 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. In fact, during the busy season, it feels like one of the most visited places in all of South East Asia—yet visitors generally stick to the main attractions, the busy routes,...
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9 Prapokklao Rd. Lane 9, ตำบล พระสิงห์ Mueng, เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand
In Chiang Mai, Thailand there is a great cooking school where you can learn how to make up to 6 specialty Thai dishes. Instead of eating at a local restaurant, make the food yourself! Baan Thai Cookery School is known to be one of the best in the...
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Ton Pao, San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Chiang Mai: a city filled with creativity, craftsmanship and curry. A visit to Chiang Mai isn’t complete without getting your fill of all three. A hankering for curry is an easy fix; you can easily satiate your hunger for gigantic, fiery bowls at...
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9หมู่9 ต.สุเทพ อ.เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
On every trip, I try to ride my motorbike up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a beautiful temple on the top of the mountain just outside of town. The view of the Chiang Mai valley is breathtaking on a clear day. I go to the shrine in the back of the...
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ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ, Laos
Relaxing in the cool, invigorating water at Kuang Si Waterfall is a great way to spend a day when staying in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photographed by Joel Collins
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cnr Th Sisavangvong & Th Kitsarat, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
Aimed primarily at tourists, the Night Market sets up each evening along a few blocks of Thanon Sisavangvong. Lining both sides of the street, with a section down the middle, stalls offer a plethora of souvenirs, from cotton shopping bags and...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
For some the Mekong is for travel, for others the Mekong will provide commerce. At night when crowds disperse and mosquitoes fall asleep a walk down to the Mekong River near central Luang Prabang is well worth the view. The serpentine river carves...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
The Apsara Hotel is a small boutique property situated along the Nam Khan. I’m staying my final two nights in Luang Prabang here because when I travel solo, being surrounded by the same four walls for greater than three nights incites a touch of...
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The restaurant at the 3 Nagas Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, offers many delicious choices for lunch and dinner. Menu items include Kaengnor Sai Yanag (bamboo soup with bitter leaves), Pla Thod Khing (fried fillet of makohng fish with ginger...
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Angkor, Cambodia
Visitng Ta Prohm feels like you are rediscovering a lost kingdom being reclaimed by the forest. The trick is to go to Ta Prohm first, while everyone else is at Angkor Wat, and explore the crumbling ruins alone.
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Pub-Street Area #10, St. 2 Thou, Mondol 1, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
While cute souvenir shops and even haute couture boutiques exemplify the changing face of the retail scene in Siem Reap, the city’s famous Old Market remains a heady hub of traditional trade and commerce. Located right in the heart of town,...
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Old Market Bridge, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Passage is a lively pedestrian street in the heart of the Old Market District of Siem Reap lined with restaurants, pubs, hotels and galleries. I highly recommend the restaurant Chamkar for its Cambodian-French style vegetarian dishes that...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Better known as the Tomb Raider Temple since its starring role in the Hollywood movie of the same name, Ta Prohm has at least as much star quality as Angelina Jolie. Cloaked in dappled shadow and locked in the embrace of the vast root systems that...
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Angkor Thom, Angkor Archeological Park, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Giant stone faces greet visitors as they enter the Bayon complex. This ancient Khmer center houses over 200 of these serene faces, with theories they were modeled after the bodhisattva (enlightened being) or the Bhuddist king, Jayavarman VII, who...
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Junction of Oum Khum and 14th, Krong Siem Reap 00001, Cambodia
Given the abundance of hotels in Siem Reap, it’s hard to imagine that when the Shinta Mani opened in 2003 there were few—if any—comparable boutique properties in town. It set the bar for those seeking a smaller-scale, personable,...
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If you’re looking for a more modern shopping experience than Big Ben, then Saigon Square is the place to be. It’s a new take on an old story. Saigon Square offers electronics and clothing at “cheap, cheap” prices, minus the tight quarters of Ben...
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13 Phó Cơ Điều, Phường 12, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The greatest seafood experience in Vietnam may just be found on the outskirts of the city. Often when guests are visiting or just because we haven't been there in a while, a trip to Tamarind Crabs is in order. Exactly who discovered this gem and...
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38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps....
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10 Đặng Tất, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Recalling Saigon's past, Cuc Gach Quan offers fine Vietnamese fare in a cozy setting that re-creates the home of the owner’s grandmother—a French-colonial house with worn, wood-plank floors; retro furnishings; warm lighting; and a...
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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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A girl and her younger brother sell paper candle boats during the Tet New Year celebrations in Hoi An, Vietnam. After purchasing these boats, a wish is made for the new year and the boat is released into the Thu Bon River.
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Cooking schools seems to be popping up everywhere in Hoi An – and most of them also include some sort of market tour that will familiarize you with the how the market operates as well as explain those many unique fruits and vegetables that baffle...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
My guide, Paco, a.k.a. Francisco de Santiago, 46, is a full time tour guide, and also a former child chess champion and bullfighter (“that was many kilos ago”), orders a flight of artisanal mezcal samples at our first mezcalería of the evening,...
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6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA
Perched at the top of a 268-foot waterfall, the 84-room hotel is only 30 minutes east of Seattle. You can hike, bike, fish, and do yoga. From $189. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue.
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Diablo Lake, Washington 98283, USA
In the summer, take at least a couple of days to drive the North Cascades Loop — four hundred miles of alpine splendor just to the northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. At Diablo Lake, pull off the highway and check out the...
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2579 W Shore Dr, Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
On a small island called Lummi, between Seattle and Vancouver, Blaine Wetzel is cooking at the Willows Inn. The menu changes daily, and this is definitely one of the most exciting new places to eat in the western U.S. 2579 West Shore Dr., (360)...
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25 Eisenhower Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Chamber Music in a barn--no, really, it's not a joke! Classical musicians really do perform in this barn on the Olympic Peninsula, For almost thirty years now, summers in the countryside across Puget Sound from Seattle have been synonymous with...
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1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
World-renowned macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato and basil, not to mention the tomato soup topped with—you guessed it—more cheese at Beecher's should be on every foodies list of things to eat. True to our gluttonous ways...
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1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Another food-truck-made-good in a permanent location, Molly Moon’s now has five locations around town, but still sends out its iconic baby-blue truck for special events — just follow your nose to the heavenly scent of their freshly made waffle...
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709 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
NEIN, you are not in the Bavarian Alps--you are in the Central Cascades of Washington State...and JA there is an outdoor Bier Garten where you can sit your stinky sweaty post-hike self down for a local microbrew! The faux-but-well-done Bavarian...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
It's about a ten-mile round-trip, but a summer hike up to Goat Lake in the Central Cascades will reward you with a glacially-colored mirror of snow-clad crags and distant waterfalls. An easy day-hike from Seattle (if you get up early), it's also...
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700 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501, USA
The Farmer's Market of Olympia allows opportunities for Washington growers to showcase their products. Local farms, creameries, orchards, jewelers, artists, bakeries and restaurants bring the freshest and high quality items to sell. Located at a...
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4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
“Order great Italian pasta and meat dishes or let chef Ethan Stowell’s kitchen invent a unique family-style meal.” -Bill Frisell 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1200. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's...
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Church Bay, Bermuda
Nearby reefs and big boulders keep Bermuda’s beaches calm and colorful for snorkelers and swimmers. Both Tobacco Bay and Church Bay offer great snorkeling conditions along beautiful shorelines. With one in the east and the other in the west, you...
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Sandys Parish, Bermuda
Bermuda is located along the northernmost coral reef system in the world and offers a variety of shipwrecks and colorful reefs for aquatic adventurers. PADI-certified diving professionals at Fantasea Diving and Watersports, near the Royal Naval...
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Bermuda
Bermuda’s most famous beach sits on the island’s south coast, in the parish of Southampton. In the summer, Horseshoe Bay is the number one destination for many visitors to Bermuda, drawn by the crescent of pink sand and clear blue water. In the...
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14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
After we visited the Boeing factory we drove to Woodinville with the idea of visiting the whiskey distillery and perhaps a couple of wineries. We ended up visiting just one, but turns out if you can only visit one then this is the place you must...
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14710 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
The Novelty Hill/Januik Winery was a great place to visit and try a myriad of wines with an excellent cuisine. Food is just as important as the wines and if you are in the Woodinville area looking for a snack, Novelty Hill/Januik Winery is a great...
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14475 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
The concept of one town with nearly a hundred wineries was truly unbelievable. When I think wineries I think Napa-Sonoma, Tuscany...a few buildings surrounded by acres of vineyards. But what they really mean are "wine tasting rooms." These are the...
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14223 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
Lavender seems to be a thing in Washington state, and the Woodinville Lavender Farm is a small store with acres of lavender fields in the back. Similar to visiting lavender farms in Sequim, there are homemade lavender products and sweets (we got...
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2001 Blue Heron Rd ste a, Tillamook, OR 97141, USA
If you're heading down hwy 101 through Oregon, I recommend a stop here at Blue Heron. Not only do they make creamy brie, but they also have a wine tasting room for local wines. You can shop around the gourmet store after your tasting to find items...
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12470 NE Rowland Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
The Deep Roots Coalition, founded in 2004, comprises a motley crew of Oregon winemakers who practice dry farming—that is, no irrigation. Make an appointment at Belle Pente or Brick House to learn why relying on natural precipitation alone can help...
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In Washington County, Oregon, November is a magical month for wine lovers. With the crush behind them, this is the only time of year when many wineries open their doors to the public. Located in the famed Northern Willamette valley, Washington...
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29645 NW Quail Run Dr, Gaston, OR 97119, USA
Summer and Scott Catino, owners of Quail Run Creamery, are truly passionate about cheese making, their really cute goats, and most of all running a sustainable business. Located in the beautiful coast range, the farm is populated by Nigerian Dwarf...
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855 U.S. 101, Reedsport, OR 97467, USA
Lonely, rugged, and undeniably beautiful: this is the central Oregon coast in mid-July. It's easy to forget the hour, the year, and that you're three hours from Portland, but your position on the edge of a continent seems difficult to ignore.
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US-101, North Bend, OR 97459, USA
This is a hike that, on a day when the weather is cooperating, is a transformative experience—it's just that beautiful. I lucked out when my arrival to the John Dellenback Dune Trailhead coincided with a break in the rain and clouds I'd seen all...
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500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
Yes, the Spruce Goose is located in McMinnville, OR. Who knew? Planning a wine trip out west, I came upon this little known fact and had to include a stop. It really is an engineering marvel. It's big, it's wood, and yes folks, it flew! Nice job...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
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2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
I was on a cruise in Italy when I heard about this place. I'd mentioned that I was heading to Portland, and a fellow cruiser, a native of the town, had told me that if they had one recommendation it would be the ice cream at Salt and Straw. What...
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1038 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
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34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
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2525 Allison Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
With its indoor pool and lavish spa, the Allison Inn & Spa is the most comfortable place to recharge between Willamette Valley wine tastings. At the restaurant Jory (named for a local soil that’s ideal for growing pinot noir), chef...
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18200 NE Lewis Rogers Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
If you are fan of Oregon pinot made with old-world style, be sure to check out Brick House Vineyards. Open by appointment only, you will have the opportunity enjoy a two-hour leisurely tasting in the old barn...what a fantastic setting. Steve Guy...
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Washington, USA
During the years I lived in the Pacific NW, I came to learn that the best of the all-too-brief summer often doesn't arrive until September. My wife and I took a day off work, got out of 'Pugetopolis.' On this Monday morning, Mt. Rainier felt like...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
A challenging dayhike with a glacial-lake view at the end, and then Bratwurst-und-Bier for dinner: a perfect summer's day in Washington State's central Cascades! Take Icicle Creek Road from the town of Leavenworth to Eight Mile Road, then turn...
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344 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, WA 98848, USA
There are few things that I find more wonderful that sitting back and enjoying your view, where ever that is. At home, at work, in your neighborhood or aboard. And what a better way to do that than with a lovely glass of wine, a cocktail or...
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735 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
If you love an off-the-beaten-track, oddball museum full of strange old stuff, then you'll have a cracking good time at the Nutcracker Museum. Located in the ferociously quaint, ersatz-Bavarian-village of Leavenworth (a pretty wacky place in...
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Yakima, WA, WA, USA
Start from either end of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and hike a couple miles in, seeing the desert geology take shape. Take the spur uphill marked by hand-painted signs to "the winery" and end up at Wilridge Vineyard Estate, make yourself at...
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Eagle Creek is a waterfall lover's paradise. Thirteen waterfalls are crammed into a six-mile stretch. I made the 12-mile roundtrip in November as part of a photography project I was working on. The trailhead is located very close to the Bonneville...
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Icicle Ridge, Washington 98826, USA
Looking for a great spring to early summer hike? Located near Leavenworth, WA, this hike gains elevation fast with views of the Enchantments and Cascade Mountains. The ridge was named accordingly with fascinated ice formations on trees and rocks....
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829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
A gingerbread cottage is entirely fitting for the faux-Bavarian village of Leavenworth, and the Gingerbread Factory fits the bill, right down to the lollipop and candy-cane decorations on the walkway. Inside, you’ll find a big case of oversized,...
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819 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
Don’t be surprised if you’re offered a sample of cheese the moment you step into the Cheesemonger’s Shop. The friendly staff is only too happy to talk cheese, offer samples, and suggest pairings with their crackers, meats, and wine selection. They...
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2258 Wine Country Rd, Prosser, WA 99350, USA
Chef Kristin M. Johnson, a wisp of a lady, dances along the floor of her open kitchen at Mojave Restaurant with intensity and purposeful movement. Although part of Desert Wind Winery and Inn, what she wants is to make a name for Mojave restaurant...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
From Paradise Meadow, there are several short and easy hikes, even if you didn’t bring your hiking boots. The one-mile hike to Myrtle Falls is a gentle, paved slope that’s even wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Your reward is a stunning view,...
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33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
If you’re going to take a scenic gondola ride, it might as well be up the side of a mountain, right? Crystal Mountain’s gondola costs a hefty $25 round trip, but it does come with some lovely views and a surprisingly smooth ride. About six people...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
The views were breath-taking while I hiked Paradise in August - wildflowers, dynamic clouds and craggy peaks filled my viewfinder. I opened the photos on my computer at home and was astonished to see their vintage postcard resemblance. Paradise...
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7375 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
Tucked away in the woods alongside Icicle Creek at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is one of Washington's best getaways, close to but a world removed from the tourist-filled streets of Bavarian-themed downtown...
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Blanca Lake, Washington 98251, USA
Alpine lakes often have an otherworldly color, due to glacial rock-'flour' suspended in the water. Here, in the central Cascades northeast of Seattle, Blanca Lake could be more aptly named Turquoise Lake. Set in a cirque, with Columbia Glacier at...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
Summer arrives somewhat late in the Pacific NW--but when sun finally parts the clouds in July, it's glorious. The "Mountain Loop Highway" running east from the town of Granite Falls into the central Cascades is the gateway to numerous hikers' and...
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108 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Seattle has become a cupcake town; you can (and I have) had entire conversations debating the merits of various cupcake shops. Cupcake Royale is one of the best, and definitely worth a visit. They have rotating monthly flavors (pictured is the...
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1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Locals may get a twinge of nostalgia remembering Lunchbox Laboratory's original, tiny shack in Ballard, where vintage lunchboxes covered the walls, and they closed when they ran out of meat. Fortunately, their new South Lake Union location is much...
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325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
This sheet-metal fever dream of architect Frank Gehry is like a rock ’n’ roll Guggenheim, home to interactive and innovative exhibits that span music, sci-fi and fantasy, animation, video games and other scrambled bits of pop culture. A hands-on...
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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
The delicious smells wafting from this hole-in-the-wall will woo anyone within a two-block radius. Little Uncle is a tiny shack on Madison Ave. that serves up fantastic Thai "street food" dishes. The menu is tiny (there's always a rotating daily...
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10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
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Kirkland, WA, USA
Kirkland is an awesome city. Located a couple exits away from Bellevue and right on Lake Washington it’s a great place to check out. The food is excellent and there are plenty of things to do in the area. I love biking through downtown, and then...
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5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Let's be honest, while local chocolatier Autumn Martin serves up cookies and seasonal savory treats like grilled cheese and salads, the real treats at Hot Cakes are the melty centered chocolate cakes and the inventive boozy milkshakes. The Hot...
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614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Underground Tour is one of Seattle's most iconic attractions and a definite must-do for visitors. Sure, the tour guides tell corny jokes, but the history really is fascinating: in the late 1800s, after a devastating fire and chronic flooding...
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664 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
There are plenty of great dim sum restaurants in Seattle's International District, aka Chinatown, but Duk Li is a personal favorite. While they don't wheel carts full of steamer baskets around the restaurant, the food is served up fresh, fast, and...
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5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
“The smoked meats at Bitterroot are as close as you can get to something from Texas. The first time I walked in, they were playing Hank Williams. That always softens me up to like a place.” -Bill Frisell 5239 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 588-1577. This...
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Tatai, Cambodia
I hadn’t been awake for longer than a minute. I peeled back the tarp door to my room, walked out onto my deck, and leapt. It was an abrupt but purifying way to start the day. The cool, brackish water instantly defogged my mind, and my eyes opened...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
After a long day of skiing in cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds a pot of bubbling cheese and a plate of cubed bread sound utterly satisfying. The best fix for that craving is fondue and in Lake Louise, the best place to indulge is Walliser...
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Malolo Island, Fiji
"Welcome Family" is likely the first thing you will hear when you get off the boat and first step foot onto Malolo Island, and you certainly will feel welcome here. This is a luxury resort on a remote part of the Mamanuca Islands that has been...
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500 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Lemonade in the L.A. International Airport offers inexpensive fresh food options. It's is the only place in the airport that gets me to shell out some hard-earned cash on a semi-regular basis (I'm in the airport a lot). It's a bit of a splurge,...
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7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
LA’s latest guilty pleasure - the macaron ice-cream sandwiches from MILK. For the gluten-free, this a dream come true. For everyone else, this is the best ice cream sandwich option around. Forget messy cookies, the macaron is a lite, subtle...
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856 Vermont Ave B, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
Smack in the middle of Los Angeles, Korea Town has long been known as the hub of Korean culture in California. Of course, Korean cuisine is a very important part of this culture, and this is what Soowon Galbi does very well. Let me me start by...
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1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Firefly is a whimsical one-stop-shop for a variety of eclectic gifts, decorations, and accessories; a cuter, yet more mature Urban Outfitters, if you will. They carry boutique brands for a hodgepodge of items including soaps, candles, jewelry,...
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9575 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
I'd be hard-pressed to find a rival to what has become not only my favorite neighborhood watering hole but just my plain favorite eatery in LA - not least due to the attention chefs Steve and Zach put into making the space as welcoming as...
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3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Seasons 52 allows you to leave your calorie counter at the door with a seasonal menu that has a ceiling of 475 calories for every item. Serving contemporary American cuisine, Seasons 52 prides itself on using only the freshest produce, and feature...
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1807 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Sitting outside under the vines and umbrellas, sipping on my cappuccino, and taking in the aromas of the freshly made orange ricotta haute cake—now that is a good way to start the day.
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210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
This is real pizza. And by real, we mean “Italians do it with a fork and knife” real. Sit at the bar and watch these creators make your pizza. You'll find this hip pizza joint along the promenade. Craving modern outdoor seating with fire pits?...
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100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a must for families with children. They'll absolutely love the shark lagoon (you can even touch some of them!), the live feeding sessions, and all the other close encounters you can have with swimmers of the sea. The...
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405 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
Near the Huntington Beach Pier in Orange County you'll find Zack's Surf Shop, a rental shop that will definitely fulfill your outdoor sport needs - Surfing lessons and rentals, bicycles and four person buggies are all available for rental (their...
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1049, 2030 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814, United States
Much loved for their happy-hour specials, like ceviche or bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños, Lola’s also serves up some of the best tacos and burritos in town. Try the Mole Verde Burrito or anything with the restaurant’s special green salsa. Owner...
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1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Docked next to the Queen Mary in the Port of Long Beach, there’s an impressive submarine known as Podvodnaya Lodka B-427 Scorpion. Once owned by the Soviet Navy, the submarine worked with the Russian Pacific Fleet and was used as a diesel-electric...
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Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
Along Main Street en route to the Huntington Beach Pier, you'll find boutiques, restaurants, and street vendors along with several surfing brands’ storefronts. But more notably, you'll see wetsuit-clad, barefoot surfers rushing to the sand and...
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Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Plaza Jesús, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Located near the Prado Museum, Calle de Jesús is a great area for tapas bar hopping in Madrid. Don't forget that most bars in the city will give you a free tapa when you order a drink (like a bowl of potato chips at La Dolores at number 4 or the...
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Concón, Valparaiso Region, Chile
North of the garden resort city of Viña del Mar along the scenic coastal highway, affluent Chilean families have vacationed in Concon for generations. Casadoca is a posh boutique hotel that feels more like visiting a wealthy friend on the coast...
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1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033, USA
The Woodmark Hotel, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is located about 25 minutes from downtown Seattle, but feels like it is hours away with an upscale beach resort vibe. It is located right on the shore of Lake Washington and has a wide variety...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
If you love creamy cheeses that are locally made in the area, head over to the Cowgirls creamery to sample some of the wonderful artisanal cheeses that are crafted from the area. You can also see some of the cheese making process from their...
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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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South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37
On my first evening back in Seoul, on my first visit in almost twenty years, I could hardly believe I was in the middle of a metropolitan area of over twenty million people. I was staying in the Buk-chon neighborhood, in a 'hanok'--one of the...
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While in Seoul, stop by Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace, where you can see semi-daily changing of the guard ceremonies.
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Samseong 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Across the street from Asia's largest underground mall, Bong-eun-sa temple still functions as one of Seoul's largest and oldest Buddhist temples. Under the paper lanterns, ritual continues, a counterpoint to the the wired and wifi frenzy in the...
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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbok-gung and Changdeok-gung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of buk-chon son mandu, which translates as "handmade dumplings." Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake...
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22 Majang-ro, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
We lose ourselves in travel, work or play. Becoming fully engulfed in the moment is all to frequent. This photo was taken in the Sindang Market in Central Seoul. It is tough to put a finger on Sindang Market, it is a place where you can find an...
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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While living in Seoul, exploring was something I would often do. I would ride the subways and pick a random stop, get off then walk as far as I could. In my opinion there is no better way to gather a sense of place in a foreign land. One area I...
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106 Sogong-ro, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The "Altar to Heaven," hidden away in what is now the garden of the Westin Chosun Hotel in central Seoul, was one of the Joseon Dynasty's last architectural expressions of independence. In the tumult of the end of the 19th and beginning of the...
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21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul's Folk Flea Market is a place where you can buy anything, I mean anything! This scary contraption looks like an invention of a comic book super-villain, but for the small price of 5 dollars you could be tightening those crow's feet and...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Among the biggest and most chaotic markets in Korea, Seoul's Namdaemun Market is the capital's oldest, dating to the 1400s. Today you can find ANYthing here, if you're willing to brave the crowded alleyways tucked in behind skyscrapers:...
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Namdaemun Market, the most bustling place in Seoul. Food vendors fly through unnavigable aisles with food stacked on their heads, touts selling their wares and a constant stream of shoppers looking to spot the best bargain. Three things you should...
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18 Insadong 4-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
On a sidewalk in Seoul's Insa-dong district, a husband-and-wife team demonstrate the traditional way to make "tteok," chewy-sticky rice-cakes. Pounding the sweet rice in the giant stone mortar with a wooden pestle turns it into a flour which is...
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78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the Korean capital's Myeongdong district, you're not limited to 'Seoul-food;' you can also taste distinctive dishes from Jeonju city, in the country's fertile Southwest. Go to "Go-gung" (pronounce: goh-goong) restaurant. The restaurant's...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The upswept rooflines of Korean architecture are beguiling: intricate eaves are a symphony of patterned color...and every once in a while, a face pops out, like this scowling end-tile 'guardian'--a face only a roofer could love. I spent a couple...
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Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Globalization is this groovy thing leading to all sorts of adventure. I was surprised while living in Central Asia to find how many people had family living in Korea or were Koreans living in the region. With this said, I should not have been...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dumplings are delicious. That's not much of a secret. But snacking on dumplings in one of the world's busiest and most atmospheric night markets? That's an entirely different experience. Namdaeumun Night Market, located smack dab in the heart of ...
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Sincheon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bodega is a Spanish wine & tapas bar in a funky neighborhood in Seoul. Nothing strange about that. In fact, there's nothing strange about the food or the wine at all—the sparkling brut is cheap as chips, and the albariño blend comes to the table...
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Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Dongdaemun" is the old east gate of Seoul. The word is also synonymous with the massive market area that surrounds the gate, both above and below ground. Several of the nearby subway stations connect with underground shopping arcades. You can...
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18 Insadong 4-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Yeot...what?" The closest approximation in English for one of Korea's favorite street-sweets might be "taffy." It ranges from sticky-soft all the way to jaw-breaker-hard. Traditional vendors announce their confectionery presence by loudly and...
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60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A great way to spend an afternoon in Seoul: a good book and the genius of sculptor Louise Bourgeois at the Leeum Museum. A gentleman relaxes on ‘Eye Benches,’ while 'Maman' stands guard. It’s in Itaewon that Samsung planted the Leeum Contemporary...
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Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There is a definite rhythmic buzz along the streets of Myeong Dong, in the heart of Seoul. From the energetic calls of salesgirls thrusting skincare samples into the hands of passersby to the throngs of trendy travellers stopping at the roadside...
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South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 49-23
Travelers looking for a rich cultural experience should book a room at a hanok, or traditional Korean home. One of the best, Rak Ko Jae, has fancy touches such as jade floors and a mud sauna. Guests can perform a tea ceremony and make their own...
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88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
You won’t break the bank at Gwangjang, lively 100-year-old market in Seoul’s Jong-Ro. To get a taste of the countryside just like the locals do with all the hustle and bustle of a traditional market, try Jeon scallion pancakes, Yukhoe (Korean Beef...
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Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Clear your mind with an overnight session at Geumsunsa Temple, where you’ll welcome the dawn with 108 yogic bows. On a hill in central Seoul, the grounds are a welcome escape from the city’s urban center. geumsunsa.org. This appeared in the...
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688 Nodeul-ro, Noryangjin 1(il)-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Korea puts its own spin on sashimi at the Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market. Bargain for a piece of raw fish (hoe, pronounced “hway”) amid the lanes of fishmongers, then head upstairs to have one of the in-house restaurants garnish your prize...
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685 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Spa as the locals do: Spend an afternoon at a jjimjilbang, a public bathhouse such as Happy Day Spa, with cauldron-like hot tubs, kiln-stoked saunas, and areas to just relax on the heated floor. This appeared in the January/February 2014 issue.
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Piazza Trilussa, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
The Lungo il Tevere Roma festival runs along the Tiber, mostly on the Trastevere side, from June 12 to August 31, 2014. There are restaurants and bars aplenty (showing World Cup games) as well as foosball tables, hookah lounges, magic shops,...
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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
An artery of calm running through central Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon stream. This soothing green space proffers a respite from the bustle, with tranquil waterfalls, bridges, and landscaped rock formations adorning the 5.2 miles of wooden walkways...
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1 Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I go to Dongdaemun Market (Dongdaemun Stadium Station) to see how the locals live. The market is made up of 26 shopping malls over multiple blocks. There are more than 5,000 shops. You can find everything from food to clothing to electronic goods...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the Samcheong-dong neighborhood, I saw this whimsical mural on the side of a bakery—perfect for a Francophile Korean sweet tooth. I became a lover of macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) when I lived in Paris. I had no idea that the...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Amidst the almost hypnotic repetition of pattern and color, I spent an afternoon 'lost' in the colonnades of Changdeok-gung Palace. Focusing my vision on architecture in a historical context far removed from my everyday life--one of my favorite...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Covering 78 acres of hilly forest in the middle of Seoul, the Huweon, or "Rear Garden" of Changdeok-gung Palace is better known by the city's millions as Biweon, or "The Secret Garden." Once exclusively for the royal family, today it's a favorite...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This religious site is within a quarter mile of the popular Gyeongbuk Palace and is worth a visit. The courtyard in front of this wall of buddhas is shaded by bamboo. The atmosphere is extremely peaceful unlike the busy streets just outside this...
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240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 3(sam)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The world’s largest indoor amusement park, Lotte World gets more than 7 million visitors annually. Seasonal festivals like the Rio Samba Carnival and the Happy Christmas Party dictate the themes of the daily parades and performances, while...
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Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked away in the heart of downtown Seoul is the quaint Insadong district, where a Korea of yore comes to life in the form of traditional artists and musicians, shops selling Korean crafts and souvenirs, and street performers dressed in native...
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662 Gyeongin-ro, Sindorim-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Located in southern Seoul at the Sindorim Subway Station is D-Cube City. This retail monolith houses scores of shops and restaurants. There are the ubiquitous H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo, but also trendy Korean labels such as Bean Pole, Codes...
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Sinsa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Prominently situated on Rodeo Drive in the ritzy district of Apgujeong is the aptly named restaurant Salt and Butter. Cooking up what one may call comfort food, I stumbled upon Salt and Butter while window shopping one afternoon. Owned by a Korean...
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There are many imperial palaces in Seoul, but only one is open at night - Deoksugung Palace. For about $1, enter the east gate and watch couples hold hands as you stroll through the grounds of former kings and queens. When you leave, cross the...
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114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, USA
New York is definitely one of the food meccas of the world, every restaurant, a living proof of the fusion of cultures that make up this amazing city. One thing you will find here is that some of the best restaurants are not obvious to the eye....
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57 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA
A delicious underground Japanese restaurant in the E. Village. Order Branzino and lots of sake.
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103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA
These days, wandering the Lower East Side (the area between the Bowery and the East River, with Houston Street marking its northern border and Canal Street its southern one), it can feel impossible to recall that this neighborhood was once among...
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1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
The Guggenheim Museum is a work of art in itself. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building's iconic curved facade stands out on the orderly row of edifices lining its stretch of Fifth Avenue. Completed near the end of Wright's career (it...
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Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Coney Island's history dates back to the 1800's, when it was envisioned as a working man's paradise. For pocket change, you could enjoy rides and hot dogs. While you'll need a little more than pocket change now, this venture outside Manhattan has...
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3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
I believe we have ourselves a trend here in PDX with the notion of gourmet Mexican cuisine. While that may sound a bit oxymoronic, there has been room for years in the Mexican food scene to step up the game. Enter Xico (pronounced chico), with a...