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Bicesse, 2645-253 Alcabideche, Portugal
My first evening in Portugal, I visited Azulejos Artesanal, a tile factory in the village of Bicesse. Ruí has been painting tiles by hand for decades, and he gave me a personal tour of the facility. Whether he’s painting original new tiles made...
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Largo da Sé, 1100-585 Lisboa, Portugal
Take the old trolley #28 up to the Alfama and exit the trolley at St. Anthony's Church. You will see the Se directly behind St. Anthony's. St. Anthony's is a Baroque church that was built in the 18th c. over the birthplace of the saint. There is a...
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Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 83-93, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
This bar is located on the terrace of the Gran Hotel La Florida in Tibidabo (a deluxe hotel where John Malkovitch stays). Tibidabo is the highest mountain range in Barcelona (520 meters high) and is situated in the Collserola natural park. This...
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La Casa de l'Ardiaca, Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
For good luck in Barcelona, go to La Casa de l’Ardiaca and touch this turtle. If you look closely you'll see this is really a letterbox. The birds symbolize the hope that you'll get your mail soon, but the turtle is a nod to the reality of how...
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Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
It’s one of the most recognizable facades on Passeig de Gràcia: a modernist fantasy of undulating stone, brightly colored mosaics, and stained glass—one that could only come from the mind of famed Catalan architect Antoni...
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Southern Europe
A day trip to Lake Como from Milan is easy and worthwhile. Although we did not find George Clooney's villa, we did find the lake-side towns of Menaggio and Verenna to be charming. With no prior planning we took a thirty minute train ride from...
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Lake Como, Italy
While boating on Lake Como we happened upon a peaceful corner of the lake. My husband took our daughter to explore, climb and jump off the rocks. It was a wonderful morning of swimming, and cruising in our little rental boat, and then it was onto...
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Karlspl., München, Germany
Karlsplatz, the city center nicknamed Stachus after a pub Beim Stachus, is home to local life and history, making it the perfect place to start exploring Munich. Around this central hub you'll find that farmers' markets, historical interest...
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Sankt-Anton 3, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Give me a beautiful view and I can be entertained indefinitely. My parents treated my wife and me to a night at Berggasthof Panorama in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as an anniversary present. As the name of the hotel suggests, the view was incredible....
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Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München, Germany
The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum is a bit off the beaten tourist path, appearing to attract mainly Germans. It is a big, beautiful building with many floors and wings. Bayerisches tells the story of Germany, with objects and sculpture tracing its...
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345 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
This genius business idea offers a selection of designer outfits to women who don't want to pay their monthly rent on a dress for one event. Though the service is mainly online, you have the option of visiting their showroom so you can try on more...
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23 Rue Jean Larrivé, 69003 Lyon, France
Best frites (aka French fries) EVER. They were hand-cut by the 87-year old owner, Madame Giraud. I wrote about her in my AFAR article about Lyon's bouchons. These frites were pure heaven paired with Madame's steak with brown butter. (Yes, I did...
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4 Place Jean Jaurès, 10000 Troyes, France
For my mother-in-law's 90th birthday, we decided to surprise her with a visit in the Spring. Arriving in Paris from the USA a week before her birthday, we spent a few days laying low with friends. We had intended to drive out to Troyes, knock on...
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Toulouse, France
Victor Hugo food market is the biggest one in Toulouse. You better wake up early and show up there not later than 9AM before the best stuff gets sold out. The best part is purchasing several things for your breakfast right at the spot and eating...
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Canal du Midi, France
We had long heard of the idyll and relaxation of cruising on a self-piloted, private canal boat in southern France. The voices said: No worries about navigation, you can't get lost! Visit small French villages and see the lavender covered...
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81000 Albi, France
On having one Eurail pass and one day to spare between the big X's marked Paris and Barcelona, I craved the soothing ad-lib of a tiny, not-so-known area in the South of France. Bordeaux, Marseille… all remarkable cities I'm sure, however my...
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82220 Molières, France
While writing my book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, I got lost (daily occurrence in rural France) and ended up in Molières, an unfinished pocket-sized, bastide town in the Dordogne region of France, said to be haunted by the ghost of Queen Blanca...
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Marienplatz 1, 80331 München, Germany
I would compare Marienplatz to the Grand Place in Brussels, but with a Bavarian twist. The square in Munich is almost as large, and its town hall just as impressive. A beautiful destination for lovers of architecture. While the square itself is a...
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Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München, Germany
One of the most enjoyable things you can do in Munich is sit down at a bench in one of the many beautiful beer gardens, which serve as familiar gathering points for locals, friends, and visitors alike. The beer is top-notch, and the atmosphere...
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85221 Dachau, Germany
This small Bavarian village is best known for its horrible history during the Holocaust, with the concentration camp on the outskirts of the village. But Dachau has another side—a quaint, quiet place that appears to come from a story book.
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Adolf-Kolping-Straße 11, 80336 München, Germany
Loved the room at this hotel, especially the shower!
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Promenadepl. 2-6, 80333 München, Germany
This five-star, 19th-century hotel, commissioned by King Ludwig I, commands an imposing position on Munich’s grandiose Promenadeplatz. With its seven bars, five restaurants (including one with a Michelin star), fitness studio, and private...
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Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
On a sunny day, the view from the Rock of Gibraltar seems to go on forever... Africa to the south, Spain to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the charming town of Gibraltar below. A short cable car ride zips you up to the top of the...
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16032 Camogli GE, Italy
When people think of the Ligurian Coast, Portofino and Cinque Terre come to mind. But go north and explore the little town of Camogli. You won't be sorry. We were staying in Rapallo and we got there on a short train ride followed by a bus ride and...
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19025 Porto Venere, SP, Italy
If you are exploring the Ligurian Coast, to include Cinque Terre, keep going south and spend some time in Porto Venere. Yachts and fishing boats dot their harbor. There are plenty of historic sights to include the fortress and ancient cliff top...
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Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
One of the most decadent dishes I've eaten in recent memory, this creamy risotto was topped not only with wonderfully flavorful carciofi, or fried artichokes, but also with a liberal serving of caviar. The setting--in the spectacular restaurant in...
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Marseille, France
There’s a reason the French Mediterranean coast has such enviable weather – the climate is largely influenced by the mistral, a sharp and dry Provençal wind that typically blows from the north or northwest and can reach speeds of up to 60 miles an...
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108 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille, France
It isn’t wine or cocktails that mark happy hour for locals in Marseille but Pastis, the anise-flavored drink of choice first commercialized by Paul Ricard during the prohibition of absinthe. Ricard’s recipe and formula– star anise, licorice root;...
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Agia Pelagia 715 00, Greece
September announced the end of summer : the island is almost closing, not as much tourist, prices are reasonable and we managed to catch the few last days. Of course heavy rain welcomed us on our first day and than completely sunny. The privet...
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19032 Lerici, SP, Italy
After a memorable 2 week trip exploring the beautiful Ligurian coast of Italy, it was time to pack up my bags and head home. My last day was a postcard perfect kind of day. My travel partner took this photo of me as I strolled along the seaside...
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Via dei Serragli, 22, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
I got some fabulous red snake skin pants, and while trying on a tiger-print ballerina dress was fun, I'm glad someone stopped me. I walked up and down Florence to find vintage stores, and this was by far the best!
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
There are so many major sights to see in Rome that it is easy to get caught up in hurrying from tourist option A to Z! We hurried along with the best of them, but the favorite part of our time in the city was walking the neighborhoods in the...
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00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The Roman Forum is where ancient Rome began. The sprawling archaeological park gives us just a hint of what the Roman Empire once was—a dominant and diverse society. The Forum itself was the political, social, religious, and commercial focal...
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7300-126 Reguengo, Portugal
Biology and the study of nature are essential for its knowledge and preservation. Follow the works of a Biologist in the field and learn how to look at nature through the eyes of science. The course starts at the entrance of the Parochial church...
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7040 Vimieiro, Portugal
Come enjoy the natural shores of the beautiful Ribeira de Tera. Walking in the company of a biologist from the town of Paiva, you discover the local ecology, namely the habitats (natural, semi-natural and human made) and the dynamics of the human...
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Seville is a magical city in Spain. It is know for its flamenco and has great tapas restaurants. I loved walking the small streets and exploring the city but one of my favorite experiences was a walk on the promenade. There is a great...
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Via Rosina, 2r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Cramped it may be, but rustic Da Mario, located at the back of the mercato centrale, serves up a menu of consistently reliable Florentine classics to a mix of stall workers, business folk and tourists, and it’s always packed. The choice changes...
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248 de, Route Capon, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
Even with the summer crush on the French Riviera in full swing, there are quiet escapes to be found. In particular, I like to take walks along the Sentier du Littoral, the coastal footpath that stretches the length of the French Mediterranean...
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Piazza Minghetti, 2 b/c, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
The newly renovated Piazza Minghetti provides a nice setting, you look at the main post buiding, a palazzo build in the 15th century. For a change its not narrow and crowded, you are surrounded by lots of space and usually you will have a nice,...
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11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain
If you are traveling through southern Spain, you don't want to miss out on the small beach town of Tarifa. Traveled through for a weekend and found myself in a place that seemed to have it all with feeling overpopulated. It is a wonderfully laid...
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25 Place Drouet d'Erlon, 51100 Reims, France
While in Reims for my birthday, I was hoping to find a special restaurant to celebrate with my lovely lady. In one of the champagne shops, I asked a nice young lady for recommendations. She was a local and worked in a champagne shop so really,...
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5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims, France
Pommery Champagne is one of the best known in the world but this has nothing to do with their taste in 'art." The business does have a connection with the art movement, having supported the arts and still displaying modern art deep in their...
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Sorbonne, Paris, France
The Seine River runs through the city of Paris and is one of the great historic rivers in Europe. It is and always been Paris' heart. I was staying on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement. One morning after my breakfast croissant and bowl of...
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6 Lungarno Corsini, 50123 Florence FI, Italy
Escaping the crowds around Florence Cathedral one afternoon, I decided to wander along the Arno River and was rewarded with stunning views from the water's reflection. The picture highlights not only the clear, nearly symmetrical reflection cast...
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, 1017 Amsterdam, Netherlands
My favorite street in Amsterdam is the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. It’s the heart of the Amsterdam art district. It’s virtually door-to-door art and antique dealers. The street ends at the entrance to the magnificent Rijksmuseum.
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08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Don't forget to stray from the secluded and upscale beach of Sitges to wander its cobblestone streets for small moments of joy like looking up at these vibrant flowers dangling overhead, ready to drop, in one-of-a-kind Spanish ceramic pots.
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The location for the most charming scenes in the movie Amélie, this once-forgotten neighborhood is now a destination for the young and fun-loving. As soon as the weather turns warm, picnickers line the paths along this...
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Plas Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EL, UK
Looking for a place to rest your aching, just-hiked-the-highest-peak-in-Wales feet? Hike a bit further to the hostel that can't possibly be a hostel, Plas Curig. The two common rooms feature a flatscreen, fireplace, tons of books and bright...
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70 Wapping Wall, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 3SS, UK
If you're looking for authentic, straight-off-the-boat Italian food in London, look no further than Il Bordello on a quiet back street in London's Wapping neighborhood. Italian-speaking waiters don bowties and really bring you to The Boot when...
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29 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DH, UK
While everyone and their mother (and aunt and grandmother) are on the waiting list to have afternoon tea at Brown's or Claridge's some time next April, head to Soho for the no-longer-a-secret-but-still-unknown tea room inside the Coach &...
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Piazza Galvani, 5, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
The main church of Bologna, San Petronio Basilica dominates the main plaza. Construction on the church began in the 14th century and was dedicated to a 5th century Bolognese saint. One of the most fascinating parts of the church is the elaborate...
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The Ponte dell'Accademia is one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal, and will get you quickly from San Marco to the labyrinthine Dorsoduro neighborhood. Originally built in 1854 out of steel, the current wooden bridge was built in the 1930s...
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Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
We ended our wonderful weekend getaway in Champagne region with the visit of the Notre-Dame de Reims - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the coronation place of the kings of France. The Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures....
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95660 Champagne-sur-Oise, France
Just south of the city of Reims, you will find the Champagne Route, which directs you through small villages and of course down roads with acres and acres of vineyards. These vines grow the grapes that make the world-famous Champagne.
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3 Place du Parvis Gaultier de Mortagne, 02000 Laon, France
We drove down from Belgium and were headed to Reims, in the Champagne region, but decided to stop off in Laon for a look at their impressive cathedral and of course to have some lunch. Le Parvis was a great little restaurant located in the small...
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Uçhisar, Tekelli Mahallesi, 50240 Uçhisar Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Perhaps my most memorable and exciting travel experience began with an early morning bus ride, the only time during my three weeks in Turkey during 2007's record heat wave when it was chilly enough to crave the sweet, earthy warmth of Turkish...
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Rue du Cloître, 02000 Laon, France
Built during the 12th and 13th century, the Notre Dame de Laon Cathedral is one of the best and earliest examples of Gothic architecture in all of France. This version of the cathedral began around 1160 after the original one, which stood on the...
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42 Rue Pierre Timbaud, 02000 Laon, France
The French city, really a small town with a big cathedral, is in the Picardy region of the country and not very far from the Champagne region. You'll know when you're almost there because the place sits on a hill and has some very unique towers...
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Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus and commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. It was inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the revolution...
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Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
The cathedral, usually called the Duomo, is Florence’s most recognizable building. You are able to catch glimpses of its magnificent red-tiled cupola from just about anywhere in the city center. Construction on the church...
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Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
You will likely see Bronzino's famous portrait of Eleonora (or Eleanor) de Toledo, in the Uffizi, during your visit to Florence. The Spanish noblewoman who became the duchess of Florence in 1539 when she married Cosimo I de' Medici was unusual for...
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River Tiber, Italy
Nothing more romantic than sailing along the Tiber river while exploring some of Rome beautiful highlights and neighborhoods. In recent years, Rome invested money to clean the Tiber river and make it available for safe and clean sailing. It's not...
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Trastevere is one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Rome, located on the west bank of the Tiber river. There are so many picture-like and hidden alleys in this neighborhood, leading to beautiful piazzas. This is one of the oldest areas of Rome...
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Karatarla Mah., Şahinbey Mahallesi, Elmacı Çk No:4, 01960 Şahinbey/Gaziantep, Turkey
In Gaziantep, the undisputed Turkish capital of pistachios, you won't walk a block without seeing a baklava shop. In the old town bazaar, I went to Güllüoglu, which has been serving the sweets for 150 years. Just as I was about to dig into my...
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In the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey, I am seated on the valley-view deck of my guesthouse, the small Dedaena Pansiyon. I'm in an area called Maçahel, in the country's Artvin Province, a short bumpy ride from the country of Georgia. Dedaena...
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Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
No trip to Köln is complete without a visit to Der Dom. Plan to take the tour and learn about its history. There is a sense of awe and peace when inside. It is truly a beautiful cathedral.
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In the heart of Cappadocia, where history goes back 5,000 years, and people periodically took to the soft cliff face to live and worship, the churches at the Goreme Open Air Museum offer a unique glimpse into 10 - 12th century Christianity in...
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Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
One of the best views of Florence can be savored from the Piazzale Michelangelo, a short walk across the Arno River from downtown Florence. For a fun afternoon head to the square and enjoy an enchanting panorama of the city, followed by a relaxing...
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Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Christian monks chose the Skelligs, two rocky islets lying seven miles off the coast of County Kerry, as a place to live in peaceful isolation in the 6th century, where they built cylindrical stone beehive huts. Lucasfilm chose...
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Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
“People can either be over-the-top romantic about Paris, or they think life is ridiculous here,” saysDavid Lebovitz.“I try to strike a middle ground.” Lebovitz, an American, worked for 13 years in the pastry department at Chez Panisse in Berkeley,...
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Mitropoleos 69, Athina 105 55, Greece
I was once walking through the back streets of a tourist neighbourhood when I heard a woman on her cell phone explaining how she had discovered a “secret out of the way" restaurant. Seeing as she was in one of the main tourist areas in Athens, I...
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Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Imperial Palace of Vienna is frankly overwhelming, whether you are a traveller on a 24-hour schedule or a lifetime local. It comprises 30+ buildings on a terrain the size of 34 soccer fields. As a 30-year local, I have had the luxury to slice...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal is the no-brainer must-do Venice experience, and the best way to explore the city's main thoroughfare is on a vaporetto, or water bus. For a great introduction to the area, ride the vaporetto from the railway station, at the edge...
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Largo Castello, 91016 Erice TP, Italy
Wonderfully preserved castle, check. On a hilltop overlooking a lovely Sicilian town, check! Originally built on the Temple of Venus and dedicated to the arts of love...check!! If you checked all three, you would most likely be in Erice, at the...
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Contrada Barbaro, SR 22, 91013 Calatafimi TP, Italy
The Greek theater at Segesta may not be as large as the theater in Taormina, but it certainly doesn't disappoint in terms of wow factor. It also doesn't have the ridiculously crowded and touristy atmosphere of Taormina, with busloads of...
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Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Even with Segway tours rolling through and street performers loudly competing for audiences, the 15th-century Piazza Navona somehow retains a shred of grace and elegance in modern Rome. Calm Renaissance palazzi face the piazza’s centerpiece,...
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Lungomare Dante Alighieri, Provincia di Trapani, Italy
Trapani is not a town many non-Italians/Sicilians have heard of. It is a commune on the western edge of Sicily that overlooks the Mediterranean and is far removed from most American tourist's ideas of Italy. For us, it is synonymous with family,...
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Via Posillipo, 80123 Napoli NA, Italy
After a dizzying van ride through streets as narrow as U.S. sidewalks and deafeningly abuzz with Vespas and constantly honking mini-cars, our driver stopped at this terrace for a quick photo op on our way out of town. The weather was cold, the...
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Caferağa Mh Moda Cd. &, Caferağa Mahallesi, Damacı Sk. No:4, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
When the crush of 14 million people (and what seems like an infinite number of rude taxi drivers) gets to you, Istanbul has a cure for what ails you: a peaceful ferry ride across the Bosphorus and a seat in the leafy garden at Viktor Levi wine...
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Wildenauer Str. 26a, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
This region of Germany is near the Austrian border and offers the type of scenery you would imagine for this part of the world: jagged mountain peaks, cows grazing in rolling green meadows, and charming little Bavarian villages and churches. It's...
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V Kotcích 516/15, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Beautiful, kooky old houses like this dotted throughout the city centre really helped Prague live up to my expectations of a fairytale city. Prague was a fascinating contrast of old and new, so it both lived up to my expectations and surprised me
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In Dubrovnik, you have to walk the walls. It's a must. Not only for stellar views over one of what is arguably one of the most beautiful old cities in the world, but also for the friendly faces you might find. Like this one. My friend Katie...
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İstasyon Cad. No:37, 20190 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey
I have never seen anything in my life like the cotton castles in Turkey. It all has to do with the way the minerals interact with hot spring water coming out of the mountain. From a distance, these look to be snowcapped, but when you get closer...
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Avenida 25 de Abril 20 sTO aNTONIO DAS aREIAS, 7330-269 Marvão, Portugal
When you combine the great scenery and history of Northern Alentejo with the hospitality of its people... If you’re seeking nature, adventure, art and culture, crafts, superb food, wine and cheese tastings ....this is the pick. Nestled on the...
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Italida Beach, Koufonisi 843 00, Greece
take a morning stroll along the beaches starting at finikas and heading toward pori and alternate between letting your jaw drop at the scenery and jumping in to splash around (suit very optional.)
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
At the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city, you'll find the Basilica de Sacré-Cœur. Contrasting with the Gothic churches like Notre-Dame, the Romano-Byzantine architecture is both beautiful inside and out. While...
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4 Nassau St, Dublin, D02 YX74, Ireland
Skip fish and chips pub fare. Instead sample re-imagined traditional Irish dishes crafted from original recipes using seasonal ingredients in a cozy and elegant setting at the Pig's Ear. Services is attentive and respectful, and there's a wine and...
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Contra' Do Rode, 24, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy
When you stay in smaller towns the cost of traveling within Italy isn't such a shock compared to cities like Rome, Venice or Florence. Some of the smaller towns were my absolute favourites and provided a multitude of quality experiences. One of my...
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Herdade da Matinha, 7555-231 Cercal do Alentejo, 7555-231, Portugal
Located in the Alentejo coast, surrounded by a beautiful scenery, Herdade da Matinha captivates through its cozy and intimate atmosphere. Its mixture of styles gives you a touch of lightness, life and timelessness. Very close to nature, the...
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Via Francesco Berni, 7, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
It is, at first, a startling sight to walk into the Lateran Palace in Rome and see a staircase crammed with people on their knees. It all began with Saint Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, who went on a sanctified shopping spree in the...
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Gibraltar
Barbary macaque in Gibraltarare are the only wild apes in Europe. To reach the monkeys, you have to ascend the rock, either by foot, cable car or taxi. The largest group of monkeys lives around the Great Siege Tunnels. They spend over 30% of their...
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84160 Cucuron, France
We were staying in the tiny nearby village of Vaugines, which had only a small café. Our apartment host suggested Cucuron as a nearby place with more dining options and we were blown away by its beauty. In late September there were few tourists,...
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33000 Bordeaux, France
My 5:30 a.m. departure from Bordeaux allowed me an opportunity to take one last photo of the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, which opened in 1780. Royal architect Victor Lewis conceived the theatre as a temple of arts and light and succeeded in making...
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Le Miroir d'eau, 33000 Bordeaux, France
"Le Miroir d’Eau” near the Garonne River is a delightful place for an afternoon of people watching in one of France’s most enduring and picturesque cities. While photographers focus on the reflections of the Place de la Bourse in the mirror of...
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Heybeliada, Heybeliada Mahallesi, 34973 Adalar/İstanbul, Turkey
While visiting Istanbul in the summer, it's essential to take a trip to Prince's Islands for a sunny, sea breezy escape. Buyuk Ada can be incredibly crowded, so take the time to go to Heybeli Ada, a seagull flap away. Rent a bike or for the less...
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Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4171, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Every square around every corner hosts yet another statue from another historical context in Italy’s (and even Europe as a whole) history and capturing each one on your camera becomes a sport with all the people buzzing about. In Venice...
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Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
This pink-marble waterfront edifice in Piazza San Marco dates back to the 14th century, when it was the residence and seat of government for the doges (rulers) of Venice. Today the ornate Byzantine- and Moorish-influenced Gothic Palazzo Ducale is...
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Fort VI, 50935 Köln, Germany
In the 20s, the City of Cologne created “Inneren und Äußeren Grüngürtel“, the inner and outer green belt, on the premises of former fortresses. A short trek from Militärring (Military Ring), find walking trails & cycle paths, @Decksteiner Weiher...
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no 835260, Konak Mahallesi, Anafartalar Cd., 35360 Konak/İzmir, Turkey
Izmir what's a real find. On a group tour of Western Turkey, the city was an overnight stopover between Troy and Ephesus. We wish we would've had more time there. This picture is of a quiet dock at dawn near our hotel in the center of the city....
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Sitting at the bench by the river and watching the sunset, then having a romantic walk...That's how people enjoy Marseille :)
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Sete Cidades, 9555 Ginetes, Portugal
"They say" that the 2 lagoons that make up the Lagoa das Sete Cidades used to be different colours... one blue and one green, but in recent times they have blended together and you can not longer see a colour difference. Regardless, these lagoons...
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Plantações de Chá Gorreana, 9625-304 Maia, Portugal
Gorreana Tea is the only tea plantation in Europe and is exported worldwide, famous for its distinctive flavour. You can walk through the plantations and take a wander though the factory, they have several of the old machines on display and you...
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19 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France
This was possibly our best-ever apartment find. Situated in a high floor, with an elevator, it's on Rue Paul Bert, a small street with big dining creds. Cozy and with some quirks, it was comfortable and very affordable, with all the features a...
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One of the best tastes of a trip to Lucca is Buccellato, a sweet bread flavored with anise and raisins. I discovered the best version of it here, a bakery that's been run by the same family since 1881. It was delicious with an espresso to fortify...
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2 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
This beautiful courtyard, modern art installations, hundreds of Corinthian columned walkways and perfectly placed fountains and gardens, make the Palais Royal a photographer's playground. Personally, I can never get enough of the reflection...
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Bordeaux, France
I kept hearing about some kind of cool "fountain" in Bordeaux - but didn't really get what was supposed to be so special about it. And the first day I was there it was turned-off due to a special event taking place. So when I first saw it, it...
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Place de la Clautre, 24000 Périgueux, France
A trip to Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne department is a wonderful weekend excursion from Bordeaux. An easy train ride brings you through pastureland and forests, and deposits you in the center of this town that has existed since neolithic...
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Velleron, France
Early summer in Provence--cicadas in the trees and lines of lavender stretching to the horizon under a Van Gogh sky...Clichéd it might be, but the setting is heady...
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3 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
While on a trip to the wonderful Provence region of France, one of the best days was the day we visited Saint-Remy. It is beautiful in itself, but one of the true gems of the area is Joel Durand's chocolate shop. We had the honor of a private...
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13260 Cassis, France
The Calanques de Cassis are also of Marseille, and stretch the swath of scenic coastline between the two cities. You can hike around and enjoy the French national park on foot, or tour by sea. This photo was taken on a 3-hour boat tour that...
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84250 Le Thor, France
Summer, mid-afternoon in the South of France--there's no better place to be than in the shade, cicadas singing overhead, taking a nap in a hammock hung from a medieval village-wall by a lazy, quiet river... My wife and I were visiting friends in...
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Miramas le Vieux, 13140 Miramas, France
My first day in the South of France, I spent the June afternoon on a borrowed bike, coursing through olive trees around hilltop villages... Although Provence is just a few hours' train-ride south of Paris, when you step off the TGV, you encounter...
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84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
A short train ride from Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue and an even shorter walk from the train station to the market, you'll find the linens, lavender and soaps of Provence, some good brocante treasures, local art and plenty of good food. Make...
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Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France
Situated at the highest point in the city of Marseille lies the Notre-Dame de la Garde. From this view you can see the sun setting along the Mediterranean sea and small islands made famous from the novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo." Just...
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13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
A sundial in the medieval center of St.-Rémy-de-Provence...Its inscription distills the allure of the South of France: "It is always time to do nothing." Relax. Find a hammock, sip a pastis, inhale the lavender-scented air...
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Chapitre, 13001 Marseille, France
While living in Paris as an undergrad, I bought a train ticket to Marseille on a whim. It was a weekend trip, and I didn’t take anyone with me, nor meet anyone there -- no plans at all. The countryside passed in sweet silence on the 3-hour TGV...
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Arles, France
Looking down the rooftops of Arles from the Arles Amphitheatre.
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Arles, France
Wandering through the narrow streets of Arles, France, was like stepping back in time. Everything felt so magical and surreal.
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Place Saint-Paul, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Vincent van Gogh was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy from May 1889 until May 1890. During much of his time there he was confined to the grounds of the asylum, and his works are great studies of the landscape and...
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84250 Le Thor, France
Ahh, to lie in a hammock on a summer afternoon in the South of France... My wife and I had gone to visit friends who lived in LeThor, a town of a few thousand on the banks of the Sorgue River in Provence. (Between the very visited cities of...
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11 Place du Forum, 13200 Arles, France
Once known as the Cafe Terrace, this is the place captured so colorfully in Van Gogh's painting of Place du Forum in Arles, in September of 1888. Still in operation today and now named Cafe Van Gogh, it's a lovely little spot to have your espresso...
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Marseille, France
Europe is a mecca for unlikely art ... from the repetitive arches of centuries-old buildings to the peeling yellow, pink and blue stucco of Italian seaside villages. In Marseille, I found this compilation of photos that produced a sort of art...
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84220 Roussillon, France
There is a small, rural village in Provence called Roussillon known for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. You can even visit the ochre quarry nearby, now unused. The village itself is situated on an ochre ridge...
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Vallon de l’Arcoule (D78F), 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
'Benvengudo' means welcome in old, Provencal dialect and it's a fitting name for a hotel that will feel like home. Hotel Benvendgudo is a small, casual, boutique hotel just a few kilometers below the fortified town of Les Baux, in the Alpilles...
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Aix-en-Provence, France
It would be hard to do better in Provence than in a city that is named after the region, right? Totally right. Aix-en-Provence is the region's most delightful, easily accessible and interesting mid-sized city, and its markets are not to be missed....
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13550 Noves, France
Noves is a small commune just south of Avignon. It resides in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of France and, as we found out, provides very easy access to the entire region of Provence. Being first-timers to Provence we did not know what to expect...
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84220 Roussillon, France
Beyond the French Riviera are small towns and villages that you can easily explore if you have access to a car. One May, seven of us rented a car (yes we were cramped in a tiny French model) and we left our hostel in Avignon for a day trip around...
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84400 Saignon, France
Though my favorite Provencal hotel is now gone from Saignon, it is still the quintessential, hilltop town worth visiting when you're biking, hiking or driving through this area of France. The dreamy town center (all of three streets) will provide...
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4 Rue Beauvau, 13001 Marseille, France
Despite a recent overhaul, this 19th century hotel and former artist hangout in Marseille has retained not only its classic charms – antique furnishings and Provençal fabrics in each of the beautifully-appointed 73 rooms – but its inimitable views...
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13810 Eygalières, France
Eygalieres is an endlessly charming, Provencal town, tucked just outside of the Les Alpilles range. In all of those years living, working and biking through Provence, I found no more perfect place for an espresso stop en route to and from some of...
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12 Rue de Sainte-Cécile, 84580 Oppède, France
Oppede-le-Vieux is a hidden treasure in Provence that so many visitors miss and I'd encourage you to put it (and a stop at this enchanting little cafe) on your must-see list. Due to the design of this hilltop town, you'll have to park in a...
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13260 Cassis, France
Pastis, an aniseed-flavored aperitif, is a bit of an acquired taste. Either you like it or you don't, but if you're a French man of, say, 60 years it's almost required that you brood over a cool glass on a regular basis. After spending a bunch of...
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27 Rue des Cordeliers, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Unfortunately, I haven't been to enough European Christmas markets to know whether this one is truly extraordinary, but I really love the marché de Noël in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The little stalls are set up along the Cours...
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57 Avenue de la Vallée des Baux, 13520 Paradou, France
In a quiet little village south of St Remy de Provence you will find this gem of a bistrot. It's a fixed price menu with just a few options but all oh so delicious. A red wine bottle is open and waiting for you at the table as you sit down. It's a...
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69 Cours Mirabeau, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
My friends and I stumbled into Le Splendid to grab some lunch and escape the rain. The menus were hand written on large chalkboards that they carried over to the table for you to look at. I decided on the tarte du jour which had smoked salmon,...
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84220 Gordes, France
Our visit to Gordes was unplanned and unbelievable. When previous travel plans fell through at the last minute, we found our way here. Looking down on this scene with the town in the forefront and the moutains in the background ranks as one of my...
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Toulon, France
Originally, plans had us hopping a train from Barcelona to Geneva for a few days in Switzerland before Italy. Originally, until the maitre'd of ticket taking at Gard du Nord looked up from his ever-clicking computer and said, “Non.” What do you...
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13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Giant images of beautiful art projected on every vertical surface of this interior space carved out of the mountain. It's like nothing you have experienced before. An amazing 30 mins show with a great soundtrack is featuring works by Monet,...
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Rue Espariat, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
The early morning suns pours down the Rue Espariat. While the tourists are still sleeping a local office worker kick-starts her day with a café.
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84220 Roussillon, France
I've got a million photos from my trip to the South of France but this ranks as one of my favorites! The building is the shade of ochre Roussillon is known for but there is nothing about this photo that screams time or place. Rather I just think...
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84400 Saignon, France
99.9% of the people who travel to Provence... go in the summer when everyone else goes. I chose to spend 100 days in Provence... from Mid-November '12 to Mid-March '13 in a large "mas" with its resident cat GrosGris. I am a photographer/writer and...
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Chemin du Redon, 13560 Senas, France
I regret to admit I was underprepared for my cycling tour through Provence. Taking a spin class once every few weeks (well, maybe once every few months) did not ready me for the climbs, the mistral - the dry cold winds that clean out one season...
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6 Place de la République, 13200 Arles, France
This was a strong visual image for me illustrating the decline of church attendance in France. I remember thinking that someone could at least clean the cobwebs off the crucifix. The church seemed more a cold museum than a place of worship.
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Aix-en-Provence, France
The small town of Aix en Provence is underrated. A great spot to hide away for the weekend and close enough to the French Riviera (especially with a French mad man driving you there), it is a real pleasure to walk its streets, admire its...
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Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
The ancient village of Les Baux sits atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alpilles in Provence, France. The village is no longer active, but an attraction for tourists who want to see the ruins of the castle and the beautiful vistas. The most...
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272 Avenue Michel Croz, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
The idyllic town of Chamonix will demand your time and attention with its enticing cafes, bars, shops, and other distractions. But don't succumb to the enticement at the expense of nature. The fact is that the true beauty of Chamonix has been...
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228 Rue du Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Four years ago after my son, then 15, met me in Geneva, we promptly headed for one of the most beautifully located towns in Europe, Chamonix, France, a mere 45 minutes away. In Chamonix you are constantly looking up, because mountains tower over...
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Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix, France
France's Chamonix Valley is one of the most scenic places on the European continent. It's a narrow river valley which houses everything from rock-climbing centers to pulsing bars and pubs, and on both sides of the river the peaks of the French...
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Last August I joined Matt Hunter and a group of other riders for an incredible mountain bike ride around Mt. Blanc. The, approximately, 100 mile route travels through France, Italy, and Switzerland on it’s way around the highest peak in the Alps,...
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Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
Snaking, cracking, shimmering a brilliant blue in places and covered by mystical frost in others, the Mer de Glace displays nature in all its powerful glory. France’s longest glacier stretches 4.3 miles long and over 650 feet deep....
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Annecy, France
While it would probably take well over a lifetime to visit all of France's picturesque and welcoming villages, there is, in my opinion, a simple solution to this "problem", if there ever was one. It's called Annecy. And it's wonderful. Sights in...
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Lac Leman has the most spectacular view of the French Alps as a backdrop, and you could bike around it for days and even weeks visiting and staying at charming little villages and towns along the way....
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73250 Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny, France
If you ever have a chance to visit the sleepy town of St. Pierre d'Albigny, do it. This is the quintessential French town. Just beautiful. Stay at Chateau des Allues.
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Rue Industrielle 30 bis, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland
Think about it for a minute. The mouth-watering aromas of Swiss cheeses— Emmental, Neuchâtel, Gruyère. The irresistible texture of fresh bread croutons. The more-than-iconic decor. And there you have it, the perfect ingredients for a successful...
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Annecy, France
This small Alpine French town really reminds you of Venice.
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Gruyères, Switzerland
Could there be a more glorious setting for a cheese's origin? These pastures surrounding a hilltop village (Gruyères) crowned with a castle (the Château de Gruyères), happy Swiss cows grazing with views of the Alps all around,...
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Quai Perdonnet 25, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland
In 1875, Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate here in this tiny Lake Geneva hamlet. Today, there's a museum dedicated to the history of food—the Alimentarium, and a giant fork sticking conspicuously out of the lake commemorating its presence. Be...
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12 Rue Sainte-Claire, 74000 Annecy, France
If there is one thing France is famous for, I bet the gastronomy would rank pretty high, way before the châteaux and wines. And what is French gastronomy without a healthy dose of cheese, right? At Le Fréti, they take their fondue very seriously....
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Pont d'Avignon, Boulevard de la Ligne, 84000 Avignon, France
The Pont Saint-Bénézet is so famous it even has its own song, Sur Le Point d’Avignon (as the bridge is more commonly known). The last crossing on the Rhône between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea, the 3,000-foot bridge was...
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Avignon, France
We spent two weeks in Provence this July with our kids and grand kids. It was great family time – visiting little villages, lounging around a pool, visiting the Festival in Avignon. But as a grandparent, the highlight of almost every day (and the...
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33 Boulevard Heurteloup, 37000 Tours, France
That was our first day at the valley,and,t looks better from all the books we read or saw.We spent a whole week there abd trust me ts not enough.
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106 Rue du Commerce, 37000 Tours, France
If you’re traveling in the Loire valley in France, you’ll sure end up in the city of Tours. Is in the path to the Loire castles, there’s the beautiful cathedral, the quaint rues and the famous Place Plumereau or Place Plum as locals call it. The...
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3 D86, 37260 Monts, France
This place is really a piece of heaven. Located right in the heart of the chateaux area, easy access from Paris by train or car. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Moulin de Monts. Our only regret was that we were only there for 3 nights - we...
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41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Not only is this a beautiful château but is has an incredible view of Loire Valley. Besides the chateau which often houses an art exhibit on its top floor, there are multiple gardens on the grounds that are gorgeous. There is a garden festival...
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37150 Chenonceaux, France
Along a most beautiful path way you first come across an emerald laden canopied moat, where you can imagine the gallantry of renaissance horse riding. To your left, as you draw nearer to the chateau, you pass the Italian maze created by Catherine...
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3 Rue Principale, 37510 Villandry, France
You can spend hours and hours walking through and photographing the phenomenal gardens in the Chateau de Villandry without even thinking about going inside the chateau itself. Changed four times a year to match the seasons the intricate designs on...
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41700 Cheverny, France
We were in the Loire Valley for the wedding of friends, and the one day when there were no real festivities, we planned to bike from Blois (where we were staying) to Chateau de Cheverny. It had been some time since I'd biked a long distance, let...
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D729, La Forêt, 37420 Rigny-Ussé, France
This chateau built in the 15th and 16th centuries was said to have inspired Charles Perrault to write his fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It has beautiful gardens with views of the Indre river and it beautifully decorated - including a room with a...
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37500 Chinon, France
The medieval fortress and royal castle are big draws in this quaint town along the Vienne river but the real charm comes from being perched above and taking in the sweeping views of medieval Chinon. This shot was taken over Easter weekend - a time...
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41250 Chambord, France
...early summer light filtering through a window in the 16th-century Chateau de Chambord. This Renaissance palace began as a hunting lodge for François I. Leonardo da Vinci may have played a role in designing part of it. Today, it's the largest...
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23 Route de Fougère, 41700 Cheverny, France
This chateau in Cheverny sits in the shadow of the Château de Cheverny proper, but this adorable chateau that has been converted into a hotel is worth a visit and a stay. The chateau is in its own park, and even has a pool and is an excellent spot...
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Rochemenier, 49700 Louresse-Rochemenier, France
Located in the Loire Valley, Rochemenier is a village with a lot of caves. Nothing unique about that except that there are a lot of people still living in them! There are restaurants and shops, a great museum, many homes and at least one church...
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Honfleur, France
No trip to France's Normandy coast is complete without a visit to the charming port of Honfleur. Here you will find Impressionist art, tasty cuisine, and warm hospitality.
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50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
It's safe to say there’s nothing in the world quite like this magical island, topped by a medieval monastery that rises out of the bay like a heavenly apparition. It’s said that, early in the 8th century, a bishop in nearby Avranches...
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38 Rue Jean Mermoz, 14804 Deauville, France
A stay at the Hotel Royal Barriere is a treat in itself. Staying there during racing season is a real highlight! Early each morning, horses are brought to the beach for workouts in the surf of the English Channel.
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14400 Bayeux, France
The beautiful Gaulish town: once captured by the Bretons, the Saxons and then the Vikings. Visit the famous Bayeux Tapestry, displayed in the first town in France, liberated by the Allies on June 7, 1944
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Rue du Bienvenu, 14400 Bayeux, France
The Norman town of Bayeux has their own famed basilica and cathedral (the second largest of its kind in France, behind the one on the Paris) and it's well worth the trip while you're in town seeing the Bayeux Tapestry or waiting for your pick-up...
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Honfleur, France
I attended a photography workshop in Normandy, France, May 2013. Honfleur, Bayeux, D-Day sites, Mont Saint-Michel and Caen were among the picturesque sites of Normandy we visited. Needless to say, we all came home with great photos of this...
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Château d'Audrieu, 14250 Audrieu, France
Dining at the Relais & Chateau restaurant inside the Château d' Audrieu is a wonderful fine dining experience. In reality, there aren't a ton of fine dining restaurants in this part of France, so it is a nice change if you are visiting for a week....
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14400 Bayeux, France
Normandy is an extremely picturesque area of France with its lush fields, gardens, and pretty little towns and villages. And then there are the half-timbered houses of northern France.The old wooden and stucco houses in Normandy are an example of...
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Étretat, France
"The very name Étretat - spirited and lively yet deep and melodious. And its beaches, whose beauty has been immortilized by so many painters, is the embodiment of magic, with its two formidable tears in the cliff face known as the doors." ~ Guy de...
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27370 Saint-Germain-de-Pasquier, France
In Normandy, driving back to Paris from a day at the coast, we passed through St.-Germain-de-Pasquier. This village of about 150 inhabitants has the distinction of having the smallest 'mairie' (town hall) in France--definitely 'petite,' at only...
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68 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
On the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay you can discover the beautiful cellars of the Mercier Champagne House which were founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier, at only 20 years old. In 1870, the cellars were built stretching across a single level and...
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4 Rue de la Herse, 68000 Colmar, France
An incredible French restaurant called Les Bateliers lies over the water just near the Rue Turenne Bridge in Colmar, France, providing a one of a kind view of the colorful historical architecture. If you had to choose one place to eat in Colmar,...
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Nothing in life is perfect, but Strasbourg’s historic district, La Petite France, comes pretty close. Located at the west end of the Grand Île (the first entire city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its...
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Quai de la Poissonnerie, 68000 Colmar, France
Peaceful atmosphere, quaint colourful houses, beautiful lanes...those are things that make this area special! Not as touristy as La Petite France in Strasbourg, it gives you a chance to enjoy the tranquility and romance. And don't miss the photo...
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27 Rue des Tonneliers, 67000 Strasbourg, France
I am a die-hard cheese fanatic, so when I heard Strasbourg, France had an entire restaurant dedicated to my favourite dairy product, I had to visit. La Cloche a Fromage, refers to the glass dome the French place over their cheese boards, and this...
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1 Rue du Miroir, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is a picture perfect town in a region that borders Germany known as Alsace, and ever since the European Parliament has moved its headquarters there, it’s become a bustling town that attracts thousands of tourists who come to get a...
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1 Place du Général Eisenhower, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Is Strasbourg really in France? A decade ago I lived here for a semester abroad, and although it's only 2 hours east of Paris, Strasbourg seems so different, so special. It must be the proximity of Germany that separates, or rather mixes with the...
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70250 Ronchamp, France
Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp is undoubtedly one of Le Corbusier finest work. http://0dysseusjournal.blogspot.com/2012/09/all-about-france-picturesque-alsace.html
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50 Rue Henri-Poincaré, 54000 Nancy, France
Stopped in the Excelsior after trekking around nancy because we needed a coffee. The place was getting crowded with people coming in for their lunch but the manager was happy to put a little round table next to the bar for us to enjoy a hot java....
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10-12 Rue des Boulangers, 68000 Mulhouse, France
Mulhouse is located in the Alsace region of France, which means that the place looks somewhat German and there is very good win from the area.
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46000 Cahors, France
In the limestone gorge country of SW France, this bridge is a medieval monument to a legendary pact: a man wagered his soul to the Devil, and the Devil lost. While living in Paris, a friend of mine asked if I would like to visit his childhood home...
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Le Bourg, 24540 Biron, France
It was about eight years ago this month that I knocked on the doors of this B&B in the village of Biron (population 140) in the Dordogne. I drove from my home in Brussels and when I got off the highway in the Dordogne, I had to stop every few...
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46500 Rocamadour, France
All the guide books may rave about le Mont Saint Michel, but Rocamadour is truly a spectacular pilgrimage site worth visiting. http://0dysseusjournal.blogspot.com/2013/04/all-about-france-off-beaten-path.html
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24440 Beaumont-du-Périgord, France
I may be from San Francisco but my heart was left in the Dordogne long ago, back when I started writing my book about one of my favorite regions of France. One of the many reasons why is this wonderful annual celebration called Felibrée. Since...
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24290 Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, France
St. Léon sur Vezère is a charming little village, built on the curve of the Vezère River, and is a cluster of honey-coloured stone houses linked by small alley ways. And there is one church, where my friend Roland was married.
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47310 Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois, France
One reads about meals fit for kings, but during a stay at Kitchen-at-Camont I had a hand in preparing one. We shared the results of our labor among students, teacher, visitor and friend. We got out the good silver and set the table in the glow of...
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2 Rue Claude Ramey, 21000 Dijon, France
If the ironwork throughout the Les Halles covered market in Dijon, France, reminds you of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there is good reason. Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon, designed the market in the 19th century. One of France’s largest and...
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Cour de la Gare, 21000 Dijon, France
On the last leg of a trip in May 2013, we took the TGV from Dijon to Paris, on the way passing beautiful fields of mustard in bloom. We'd seen fields like this from the air on the way to Prague, in Poland and into Lyon, but didn't know what they...
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21110 Longecourt-en-Plaine, France
A beautiful medieval Chateau with a moat, restored in the 16th century. The chateau is a true piece of history, filled with beautiful antiques, it is also a B&B. Near to the famous canal. They had me at "there's a moat!"
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21200 Beaune, France
Tucked away on a side street in Beaune, you will find the enchanting Caves Madeleine. It is a wonderful little gem that locals frequent because of its incredible food and wine selection. Seating is communal, which instantly gives an air of...
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2 Place du Château, 21640 Gilly-lès-Cîteaux, France
My gluten free eating experience in and around the Vougeot area was filled with gorgeous plates of naturally gluten free food. From the dining room at Chateau de Gilly, where I served this delectable trout dish to Tres Girard in Morey Saint Denis,...
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21200 Beaune, France
People often ask me where I’ve had the best meals during my travel, and although the term ‘best’ is highly relative, one of the best has definitely been in Beaune. Having said that, the great thing about traveling in France is that you don’t have...
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21200 Beaune, France
Want to feel like a local? Go to the the Saturday Market in Beaune. This is THE social event of the week, and literally the entire town is in attendance. Farmers, vendors, artisans and the like all congregate in the city center, culminating in...
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9-11 Avenue de la République, 21200 Beaune, France
While his girlfriend seems uncertain about her tasting, the young gentleman is ready to give it a try. We've stayed three times at a charming chambre d'hote in Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, a few kilometers from Beaune. Luckily, each visit has...
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Rue de l'Hôtel Dieu, 21200 Beaune, France
In three previous trips to Burgundy we had not taken the time to visit the Hospices de Beaune, despite being in town each time. In May we corrected the error and were very pleased to learn the history and take in the beauty of this unique hospital...
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21200 Beaune, France
One peaceful morning strolling down the deserted streets of Beaune.
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21420 Pernand-Vergelesses, France
Whether one is Catholic or not, or even religious or not, it's easy to appreciate the commitment and faith of the people who built the ancient churches found throughout Europe. This one, in the little village of Pernand-Vergelesses in Burgundy,...
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10 place du Pasquier de la Fontaine, 21190 Puligny-Montrachet, France
Our May 2013 trip brought us back to the charming wine village of Puligny-Montrachet in the Cote d'Or as the wisteria were in full bloom. There was a lot of rain this spring, and perhaps that made a difference, as I don't recall this beautiful...
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
LOVE this shop in Lucca's Piazza Anfiteatro, created and run by four sisters who handcraft vibrant tableware, beauty products, a line of charming hand-printed cloth bags, and colorful paper products. The friendly staff and pretty displays make it...
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95029 Monterosso CT, Italy
I was captivated by the contrast of the ancient 14th century Carrera marble church with the castle tower behind it along with the colorful yellow and orange building in front of it. This was taken from a side street in the old town area of...
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19017 Manarola, SP, Italy
Does it get any better than this?
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19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
A tiny sleepy town right smack dab in the middle of Cinque Terre....this is Vernazza. Packed during the day with tourists hiking their way along the trails or by tour groups arriving via buses or ferries, the town takes on a whole new feel as the...
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70 Place Richelme, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
The daily, year-round marché at Place Richelme in Aix-en-Provence is tucked into the center of the Old Town and has been going on since the 14th century. It is just south of another large square at the Clock Tower (l'horloge) and City Hall (Hotel...
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Aix-en-Provence, France
While traveling through Provence, we stopped in a local village to buy some wine, baguettes, fromage and variety of tapenades and fresh fruit to enjoy while taking in the view of the French countryside.
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Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
Northern Spain isn't nearly as popular as the south among foreign visitors (if you discount the El Camino de Santiago), but for my money the north provides a more pleasurable experience. The mountainous terrain is spectacular, the food in every...
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7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France
This contemporary landscape and park rests atop an ancient castle known as Fort St Jean- forming a dynamic entry plaza for the new Museum of Civilizations. The Museum and building architecture are fantastic, but the park setting and views are...
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nothing is a more powerful symbol of the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris Exposition, it's one of the world's most-visited monuments, with nearly 7 million people ascending the 1,062-foot...
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The Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia, was and still is one of the most important maritime routes in the world. Straddled by the city of Constantinople—or Istanbul, as it is known today—the Bosphorus Straits lies between the Sea of Marmara and...
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Karlův most Praha 1, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
My friend suggested Prague as a potential for a three city visit in Europe this summer. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion and the highlight of the trip. It's a city that offers a photobug like my husband and I, numerous beautiful sights...
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Caferağa Mahallesi, Moda Cd. No:166, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
A cross between baklava and a croissant, katmer is a sweet, airy, pistachio-drenched Turkish breakfast pastry guaranteed to give you a sugar high that will last the whole day. Made from sheets of thin phyllo dough, kaymak (clotted cream), sugar,...
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Cesta Dr. Franje Tuđmana 1270, 21217, Kaštel Štafilić, Croatia
Although there are plenty of non-fishy options, fresh seafood is everywhere, along with what always appear to be many happy diners. Of particular note is the small town of Mali Ston near Dubrovnik that is famous, very famous it turns out, for its...
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Gajeva ul. 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia and Italy are separated only by the Adriatic Sea, and that proximity has led to plenty of interactions over the centuries. In fact the Republic of Venice actually controlled huge portions of modern day Croatia. It's this history that has...
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Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA
Sun, smiles, beer, craft vendors, carnival rides, top-notch Zydeco bands, swamp boogie, a parade, dancing, a queen, king and princesses, local celebs, food of all kinds including crawfish boil and Etouffee- all converge at Park Hardy to celebrate...
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Carrer d'Elisabets, 2, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Grown in Galicia but available all over the country in the summer, 'pimientos de padrón' are little green peppers that are one of the most popular seasonal tapas in Spain. If you're in Barcelona, one of the best place to try this...
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Rúa Santa Isabel, 0, 15130 Corcubión, A Coruña, Spain
I love dining in Spain. In my opinion, Spanish cuisine is characterized by the less is more approach (unless you're talking about paella, I guess). Case in point; roasted peppers, licked with olive oil and dashed with salt. Paired with fresh...
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2 rue almohades petit socco souk dakhel, Tanger 90000, Morocco
Tangier's Ancienne Medina is still a close resemblance of the trading quarter established in this location during the Moorish settlement of North Africa. Spices, olives, leather, vegetables, olive oil are brought everyday from the regions small...
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Upper Barrakka, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
My husband and I eloped in Valletta, Malta. We were in the middle of a 12-day cruise, and had to find our way to our ceremony building from the waterfront where our ship docked. This was the fist step on the way to our wedding! Definitely...
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Via Santa Felicita, 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
I was a little hesitant of seeing Juliet's supposed balcony in Verona, but not going would be silly. And once I went, it was actually quite quaint and sweet. However, you enter through a short tunnel that is covered in gum. GUM and graffiti. It's...
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Via Cesare Battisti, 135, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
We enjoyed a lovely lunch and shared this tiramisu for dessert. The waiters hardly spoke English, and one of the lights inside flickered. But we sat on the edge near the flung open window-doors and enjoyed the feel of the breeze and sunshine as we...
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61040 Mondavio, Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy
In Italy I saw pink beans at the farmer's market in my family's tiny town of San Michele al Fume near Mondavio. Nothing fancy about these markets, just townspeople buying food at non-fancy stalls, to cook for dinner. They are everywhere, in every...
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Isle of Islay, UK
The southernmost island of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, Islay is known for its whisky, specifically smoky, peaty whisky. It also has lovely beaches (worth checking out if the weather cooperates) and a mostly flat landscape ideal for cycling.
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Olive oil is the life blood of Italy as if it flows through the rivers and roads throughout the entire country. If you get the chance, stop by an olive oil factory and see how it's done. During pressing season each fall, barrels filled with...
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1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UX, UK
I had heard that Glasgow was a bit rough and tumble, but the West End, lined with gorgeous Edwardian and Victorian homes, is definitely the posh part of town. And the Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, set in a series of three-story...
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28 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NX, UK
This West End spot is known for its haggis, but on my first night in Scotland, I wasn't quite up to that traditional savory pudding of sheep's pluck, oatmeal, onions, and spices encased in stomach lining and then stewed into submission. Instead, I...
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Club Quarters Trafalgar Square, 8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5BY, UK
Is there anything more British than touring London in a vintage mini? I think not. Zip through the city, in and out of traffic and past iconic London landmarks in a restored classic. British racing green, vroom-vroom red or a subtle white? The...
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Rue du Château, 6830 Bouillon, Belgium
Château de Bouillon is a medieval castle in the town of Bouillon in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium. The château is situated on a rocky spur of land within a sharp bend of the Semois River. In 1082, Bouillon Castle was inherited by Godfrey of...
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Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The bleak, windswept landscape of Connemara in the West of Ireland is characterized by bogs, lakes, mountains, and miles of stone walls. Connemara National Park is one of the best places to appreciate this unique landscape, with more than 7,000...
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25 Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes, France
Antibes, in the south of France, is a bastion of luxury that is often associated with decadent villas, private yachts, and the gorgeous Musée Picasso overlooking the ocean. For us, however, the highlight was an evening spent at the Absinthe Bar...
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A long gravel road leads all the way up to this hip little villa set in the middle of a nature reserve overlooking the stunning Val D’Orcia. With just six “farmhouse chic” rooms and one stand-alone suite, the atmosphere is intimate — and stylish...
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17 Quai Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 34200 Sète, France
Staying at the historic Grand Hotel (actually not at all "grand", just charming and comfortable) with a balcony overlooking the canal. Sète is a fascinating port - definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere near Montpellier.
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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Centrally built in the middle of the Ciutat Vella, Mercado Central, or Mercat Central if you want to stick to the local version of Catalan is Valencia's go to market for Paella produce. Set in a magnificent Art Deco Building, it is home to about...
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Calle Cronista Lecea, 11, 40001 Segovia, Spain
If you find yourself in Segovia, Spain, the restaurant Jose Maria is an incredible place to feast. It's motto is "The Altar of Wine".
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08024 Barcelona, Spain
A pilgrimage to this enchanting park is a must for any Antoni Gaudí fan. Located atop Carmel Hill to the north of the city, the park was inspired by English landscape gardens, but its fantastical elements make sure you know it was...
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Plaza de San Nicolás, 3, 18010 Granada, Spain
Walking around Granada isn't like walking around most major cities. In most cities you can't catch glimpses of massive snow-covered mountains or an ancient Moorish and Spanish fort (the Alhambra), part legendary summer palace, part stronghold. In...
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Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Anyone with an iota of interest in art will certainly visit the Prado while in Madrid. But be sure to save some time to visit another nearby museum, where there's something wonderful to see before you even get inside. Just a 5-minute walk down...
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Plaza América, 3, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
The museum of arts and traditions houses rooms showing the lace and ceramic arts of Sevilla along with other fine crafts. The building itself is one of my favorites of Sevilla. It is covered in beautiful tiles and arches. In front of the museum is...
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Calle Muñoz Olive Bloque 1 Planta 2 Modulo 4, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
The Triana market may be my favorite market anywhere. There has been a market in this spot for 200 years, and that history can be felt. I loved the tile signs above each stand, the friendly and engaging vendors, the fishmongers that move like...
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Cariño, A Coruña, Spain
The wind carried us up and past Cariño to Cape Ortegal, where we looked out over the end of the world (and clung to the lighthouse like scarecrow on a stick in the middle of a Tornado). Experiencing the cape in a relentless storm was something...
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San Juan Kalea, 3, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastian is one of the loveliest coastal towns in the Basque region, full of beautiful historical buildings and churches as well as spectacular beaches ... but what I remember best are the delicious tapas at pintxos bars....
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Girona, Spain
When you decide to head out to a new place, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can find "best kept secrets" galore. That's what we were looking for when we decided to spend a few days in Girona, Spain. Our goal was to get to Barcelona. But...
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Sacromonte, 18010 Granada, Spain
Semana Santa is the holy week of Easter celebrated with a passion here in Spain. It is worth noting that if you travel to Spain the week leading up to Easter many things will be closed or booked out. If you arrive this week there is also a good...
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Calle Alemanes, 27, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Victuals of all kinds are to be found at the indoor market just over the bridge from old town. This area also boasts some wonderful tapas bars.
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Andalucia has recently stolen my heart, while working in Spain for Backroads and this town in the province of Malaga is a gem. Our staff hub is based in the town of Ronda and the old, historical parts of town and the breathtaking views you'll find...
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11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain
This is probably the windiest place in Spain, on the very tip of Iberia, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean over the Gibraltar Strait, over looking the coast of Morocco. Amazing spot for kite/wind surfing, parties, romance...
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Av. de la Constitución, 2, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
October 27th, 2009 We tend to take trips in October and as this was coming together, the date kept slipping later and later. Originally planned as a trip to France, we ended up heading to Andalucia instead. This is a great candy shop right in the...
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
A visit to Granada, Spain isn't complete without a stop at the Alhambra. The Moorish architecture, robust gardens, and stunning views of Granada combine to make a truly memorable experience. Start your day with a tour of the Generalife Gardens....
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Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
A calçotada is a Catalan tradition of roasting calçots, which are similar to leeks, over fire until they are charred on the outside and practically melted on the inside. Served with romesco to dip, they are definitely my favorite vegetable. I made...
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Cabra, Córdoba, Spain
The mountains and scenery of Cordoba, Andalucía, Spain, were some of the most physically beautiful things I've ever seen. The photo above doesn't feature extreme filtering; that's just the way it was.
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Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 11, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Colour, music and dancing are an integral part of life in Andalusia, Spain. For a taste of the region's Flamenco, head to El Patio Sevillano in Seville (Sevilla). A variety of dancers, in colourful traditional costumes, will whirl and stomp across...
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Calle Gral. García Escámez, 5, 11008 Cádiz, Spain
Modern decor, modern packaging, modern chocolate in an ancient seaside town. Cadiz based Pancracio Chocolates is a forerunner in Spain; products now available at such specialty stores such as Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.
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Calle Alfalfa, 4, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
This was at one of my favorite cafes while in Sevilla. While walking endlessly down winding street after winding street I found this gem of a place!
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Calle Doncellas, 15, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Patio un Santa Cruz is on a street leading down to the Cathedral and is lined with many tapas bars.
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Monasterio de Montserrat, Plaza del Monasterio, s/n, 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
There's so much to see at Montserrat, the picturesque mountain located a few hours outside of Barcelona. Nature lovers will enjoy the wide range of hikes while, non-sporty types can bask in the breathtaking views available from almost any vantage...
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Mercado la Encarnacion 1, puesto 25, Plaza los Terceros, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Wandering around a typical neighborhood off the usual tourist path is a great way to get a sense of place. Calle Feria in the Macarena district has no fancy shops or restaurants. Just typical small shops that make up a neighborhood where people...
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Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
The Plaza de Toros is an absolute must-see on any trip to Sevilla. It is the heart of the spanish tradition of bullfighting and a beautiful structure. There is also a museum where you can get more information on the sport and see some artifacts...
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Igeldo Ibilbidea, 187, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
It was raining when we arrived in Donostia-San Sebastian, but the skies cleared on our second day, and we rode the funicular railway up Mount Igueldo to take in the view back on the city, La Concha Bay, and the empty beach. The "low" travel season...
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
If you find yourself in the Andalucía region in Spain, take the time to stop in this quaint little town with historic bridges and white houses.
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Calle Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, 11, 11688 Zahara, Cádiz, Spain
While on a road-trip through Andalusia, we spent a day exploring the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The twisting mountain roads took our breath away at regular intervals. The region is famous for its Peublos Blancos (or white villages). One was...
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08034 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
This is a great place for some down time in Barcelona. Located close to the University of Barcelona's Campus on Diagonal, and children's hospital Sant Joan de Deu, this park is a beautiful place for a stroll, or to sit outside and play with your...
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Plaça de la Catedral, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain
An early morning walk before the day begins for other visitors is usually the best time for me. Usually thronged areas are empty but for residents going about their morning routines.
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Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
The landmark cathedral in Cordoba, Spain is the Mosque of Córdoba. You might be amazed by the bell tower, the stone path, and the orange trees. However, the moment you stepped into the prayer hall, it will take your breath away.
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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
The immense Gothic Cathedral of Seville was built on the site of an ancient Muslim mosque. It was completed in the early 16th century and was designated a Roman Catholic cathedral. Since 1987, this cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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Carretera Cap de Creus, s/n, 17488 Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
A short drive from the picturesque fishing village of Cadaques and Dalí's House Museum in Port Lligat, Cap de Creus is one of my favorite places in Spain when it comes to natural beauty. Sweeping views of the ocean from atop the cliffs are even...
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11391 El Lentiscal, Cádiz, Spain
Baelo Claudia is the seaside site of an ancient Roman town that was settled was about 2,000 years ago. You can take a self-tour of the ruins, which include skeletons of the city's temple, forum and basilica. The modern Visitors Centre includes a...
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Albaicín, Granada, Spain
No trip to Granada is complete without wandering the narrow streets of the Albaicin neighborhood. The courtyards, baths, parks, churches and views of the Alhambra are a collective and colorful open air museum of patterns. This part of town feels...
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Praia Castelejo, Portugal
While vacationing in the Algarve I wanted to visit a beach described as unusual and exotic. We left Lagos and traveled west past Vila do Bispo and followed the signs for about 15 minutes. We had heard that there was a beautiful beach in the area...
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Rua Gilberto Rola, 22-24, 1350-155 Lisboa, Portugal
Fado, which is Portuguese for fate, is an urban folk music genre that traces its roots in Portugal in the 1820s. Unrequited love, the longing for home, death and melancholia... these are its common themes said to have been sung by sailors and...
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Iberia
In the riverfront and beach town of Costa Nova near the city of Aveiro you will find the candy striped beach houses facing the river. The sight of these houses painted in vertical stripes of green, blue, yellow, or red with bright red geraniums in...
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R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal
I could have stayed in this building for hours rather than scuttling through rapidly on a tour. Every corner, every room was an amazement. Portugal's history - and especially that of Porto, where it all started - is intertwined with trade,...
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2495 Fátima, Portugal
Not as famous as St. Peter's at the Vatican City, but just as holy. They have masses held either in the old church, the new church and the outdoor courtyard.
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Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
Just outside the Cathedral in Porto are the waymarks for the route to Fatima and the route to Santiago de Compostela. I chose Santiago!
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R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal
Worthy of a visit. Outside of the city center, but accessible by bus, and walking distance from the ocean. More interesting that your common art museum because you're also stimulated by outside structures and exhibits, as well as posh gardens in...
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R. de São Francisco 26, 2400-153 Leiria, Portugal
The vines from Quinta Serradinha are produced by the Marques-da-Cruz family, 5 generations of winemakers. The vineyard is situated in the demarcated region of the Encostas D’Aire. The quality of the wines from the region of Leiria had its first...
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Römerberg, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
There’s no better way to experience the festivities of the holidays than Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany, and Frankfurt's is particularly beautiful. The markets take place usually in the center of the town, and you'll find all...
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Herrngasse 20, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
People always ask about seeing quaint towns in Germany, but don't want touristy places. I always respond by saying the best and most lovely towns are always frequented by lots of tourists and you will surely miss some grand opportunities for...
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Heidelberg, Germany
With its half-ruined castled dominating the heights above the university-town on the banks of the Neckar river, Heidelberg is a pedestrian's dream. "Picturesque" may have become a cliché, but this German city exemplifies the meaning. I'd been here...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
What a gorgeous day it was in Bavaria!!
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Wiehre, Freiburg, Germany
While walking through the Black Forest, we took a path that lead up to a clearing, offering this view of houses nestled into the hillside. As soon as we reached the top of the hill we saw that there were also huge rainclouds headed our way. We...
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Heidelberg, Germany
On a sunny spring afternoon, the slope below the ruins of the castle in Heidelberg, where 'sheep may safely graze'...almost absurdly picturesque. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of visiting this castle with an 'uncle and auntie'--close...
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Munich, Germany
Year round there is a fantastic little fake wave constructed on the south side of the garden where people can take turns catching a few waves far from the real tide. Even if you are no Johnny Tsunami, stopping by to watch is just as gnarly. Hang...
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Neckar, Germany
Tübingen is a town straight out of a Grimm's fairy tale. I loved it here because set against a backdrop of rich history student life makes this a busting modern town. I really enjoyed strolling along the Neckar river watching boats punt along and...
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Schloß Lichtenstein 1, 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany
I stumbled upon a photo of this castle on Pinterest from a fellow expat and was stunned at how, well, stunning it was - and that it was only a few hours away from where we live! So on our latest road trip, we made it a stop and were not...
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Füssen, Germany
Never-athletic fortyish women should not believe they can scramble up the side of a mountain after three able-bodied teenagers. Wearing a skirt. Yet there I was, in the Bavarian Alps, on a top secret mission, clinging to an old wire fence and...
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Römerberg 26, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Römerberg is a nice place to walk. On a stroll here you'll venture into quaint shops and restaurants. There are plenty of options for great German beer in this area. Plus, it's close to the Main River where after you enjoy your food and beer. Make...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Few sights encapsulate the magical feel of the Bavarian Alps like Neuschwanstein Castle. The impressive towers, vast halls, and mountain-top setting bring out your inner child, transporting you back to a time of bedtime stories and...
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Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
August 6th, 2004 As a non-religious person, I am still a big fan of church architecture. Its hard to get more iconic than the Cologne Cathedral. If you visit and arrive from the train station, you are dumped out directly beside it. Climb the...
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Niemensstraße 13, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
When I first visited Berlin I was wary of all the fast food restaurants. I don't mean American chains of course, those I knew I would be avoiding, but rather the many streets lined by small storefront-like-restaurants selling all kinds of wurst,...
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Ludwigsburg, Germany
Cinnamon, vanilla and anis lead the way. Bells and laughter invite. Two golden angels greet you as you walk through the gate. It's such a special time and no place really seems to bring the joyful feeling of Christmas closer to my heart than the...
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Hackenstraße 6-8, 80331 München, Germany
Just a few minutes drive from Munich's BMW Welt, I knew this restaurant was an authentic gem when I meandered in and was greeted by a large table of smiling Germans. Dressed in Lederhosens and Dirndls, they were toasting with German beers and...
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Oranienstraße 170, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Coming from California, we often miss the plethora of amazing Mexican food that can be had just about anywhere at home. After a friend's recommendation, we found this authentic gem while visiting Berlin: Santa Maria on Oranienstrasse. Standouts...
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Schloßberg 1, 06484 Quedlinburg, Germany
At just 132 miles West of Berlin, it is like the imaginary town of Brigadoon has come to life. Unesco heritage site Quedlinburg is a breathtaking town that seems to have escaped modern days and still lingers in the late middle ages. Restored to...
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Barcastraße 3, 22087 Hamburg, Germany
If I have to define this hotel in a few words I would say that is a sexy, masculine, kind of british, elegant, sober and warm place to stay. If this hotel was a person it would definitely be a clever British gentleman with a mysterious dark side....
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Füssen, Germany
The view from our hotel room when we awoke last week. Perhaps Mad King Ludwig wasn't so mad after all for choosing this area to build his fairy tale castle.
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Munich, Germany
The Englischer Garten of Munich is a huge park within the city that has so many different things to see and do. There's an Asian pagoda that is part beer hall, part food stall emporium (think sauerkraut, sausage, and fried potatoes) where you can...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
We spent a wonderful afternoon in the walled medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, about one and a half hours from Stuttgart. Rothenburg ob der Tauber brings the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life, before your eyes.The unique atmosphere...
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Wies 12, 86989 Steingaden, Germany
Just a photo that I snapped a couple of years ago while down there for some work. (Not a bad place to be sent!) The snow was everywhere and the sun was going down. I thought this church looked quite interesting, since it looked traditionally...
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Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München, Germany
The next time you visit Europe, don’t opt for the train. Instead, cruise Germany’s Autobahn at speeds up to 100 mph (or the speed of your choice!), with the top down in a MINI Roadster. Driving through the curvy, emerald-green fields and...
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Neuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany
This 16th century church is in downtown Munich, and, other than its amazing architecture and ceiling paintings, it is also where King Ludwig II of Bavaria rests. The mad king drowned in 1886, close to his fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein. The...
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Darmstadt, Germany
at the entrance of the Hochzeitsturm (Wedding Tower) at Mathildenhoehe und Jugendstil Kolonie in Darmstadt
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Salzstraße 31, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Maybe even all of Germany. Buchhandlung zum Wetzstein is located just off of Augustinerplatz. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the friendly and helpful staff, and then you will be completely absorbed by beautifully displayed books,...
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Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany
On a clear day, head to St. Peter’s in the heart of Munich’s Old Town and get ready to climb. Visitors can ascend 306 stairs to a lookout that wraps around the church’s clocktower. After braving the narrow staircase, you’re rewarded with bird’...
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Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Castle is amazing. Besides being the setting of The Student Prince, it also boasts the world's biggest wine cask -- and one of the world's best views. There's nothing wrong with the pastry in Heidelberg, either.
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Im Neuen Garten 11, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
My spartan Cecilienhof room overlooked "the red star," a reminder of the Potsdam Conference held here in 1945. The heads of the three world powers of the day—Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and...
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Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Germany
Considered the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, the Porta Nigra has been designated a World Heritage Site.
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Domplatz, 99084 Erfurt, Germany
After three Christmases and countless holiday markets since our move to Germany, the Erfurter Weihnachtsmarkt has definitely become one of our favorites. Whether it's for the impressive Dom overlooking the main part of the market, the Medieval...
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Königssee, 83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany
No matter the time of year you visit, Lake Königssee will always inspire utter awe. Summer means shimmering water in shades of emerald and sage green, while winter brings a cold, misty atmosphere with otherworldly light. Take a boat ride...
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Am Sandtorkai 36, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
Stretching for 1.5 kilometers within the HafenCity quarter, the Speicherstadt is the world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses. The district comprises a series of warehouses built on oak piles rising from canals dug deep enough to allow...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
The vibrant colour on the old style architecture in the town of Rothenburg was gorgeous even against a dreary grey sky. Whilst only November when I visited, the feel of Christmas was already in the air. To walk the cobblestone streets and stop at...
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Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
One of the biggest stars of the five museums on Museum Island, the Pergamon was the last to open, in 1930. Built to resemble a Babylonian temple, it houses a trove of ancient treasures from the Middle East, with highlights that include the...
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Bahnhofsviertel, 60329 Frankfurt, Germany
This is a pretty nice area of Frankfurt. The locals will jog, walk, read, sunbath, and relax along this beautiful river. After work or school, the Main River attracts all people to relax with friends and family and listen to music as the sun sets....
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83209 Herrenchiemsee, Germany
... a mini version of it. Bavaria's King Ludwig II certainly did have a passion for the extraordinary just like King Louis the XIV did. He build the famous Neuschwanstein Castle that served as a model for the the Walt Disney Castle and the castle...
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Füssen, Germany
Driving through the area near Fussen & Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Germany, we spotted this farmer tending his cattle. Something he does every day I'm sure .. With one of Europe's most famous castles in his backyard.
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Weilburg, Germany
No one would think that a business trip to Weilburg, Germany sounds romantic, but a perfect moment took me by surprise there one spring afternoon. I found the Schlosshotel Weilburg. Perched high on a cliff carved out by a horseshoe curve in the...
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Preysingstraße 69, 81667 München, Germany
With a menu based on fresh ingredients, a great staff, and a very family-friendly attitude (and even a hip edge), Preysinggarten is a place to unwind, and bring the kids! A beautiful interior, and even an outdoor play area (spielplatz) for...
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Bad Schandau, Germany
Last week I took a little trip from Berlin to Dresden to visit two of my closest friends. Together we made a day trip to the “Sächsische Schweiz” (Saxon Switzerland) area which sits a few miles southeast of Dresden on the Czech border. The 1000+...
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Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
Nymphenburg Palace ("Schloss Nymphenburg" in German) is a Baroque palace built between 1664 and 1675. It was the main summer residence of the Bavarian of the House of Wittelsbach. The exterior and expansive grounds are very impressive, more so...
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Münsterplatz, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Start the day at the Münsterplatz market (best on Saturdays). Try the fresh-pressed carrot-apple-orange-ginger juice and some tofu wurst. If you're the academic type, you might also be interested in walking around the university campus to see the...
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Aachen, Germany
I know I should have picked a restaurant that serves German food while in Germany but I honestly cannot pass by a Greek restaurant and not sit down to eat. I LOVE Greek food. So we tried Palladion right next to the Aachen Cathedral in the main...
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Rheinuferstraße 7, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Living, or even just traveling, for awhile in Germany can result in quickly tiring of traditional German cuisine and the same schnitzel offerings at every restaurant. The 'Schweinesteak Melba' at Restaurant Zum Anker in Assmannshausen blows all...
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Gärtnerpl. 3, 80469 München, Germany
The beautiful Glockenbachviertel district is known for its great shopping and nightlife, and is the center of the city's gay and lesbian scene. In Gärtnerplatz, where Klenzestraße, Corneliusstraße and Reichenbachstraße meet, you'll find sunbathers...
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Schrottgasse 2, 94032 Passau, Germany
I sailed into Passau on the Danube river and woke up that morning to see a postcard perfect Bavarian city. Passau is a small town on a peninsula, surrounded by three rivers (Danube, Inn, Ilz), and completely walkable. I had just one day to spend...
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Speditionstraße 15, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany
Dusseldorf's Media Harbor is an example of urban planning at its best. Old warehouses along the Rhine River were renovated and now house waterfront apartments, offices, and restaurants. You can devote an entire day to strolling and exploring....
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Karlspl., München, Germany
Munich
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Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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This bridge is as beautiful at night as it is in the day time. It is covered in locks placed there by people to commemorate their love for one another and also by others as a memorial to lost family and lovers. The bridge is so heavy with locks...
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Schillerstraße 5, 80336 München, Germany
You don’t usually choose your accommodation based on their continental breakfast selection for the following morning. But with Hotel Schiller, that’s precisely why you should. The accommodations are clean and centrally located, the beds...
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St. Pauli 1, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Go under the water in Hamburg and take a walk to the other side of the harbor. Created in 1911, the tunnel was made for vehicles and pedestrians. Take one of the four giant elevator lifts that were originally made for cars down to the tunnel, or...
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Königsallee 1-9, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany
I love Germany especially at Christmastime. This photo was made outside of Galeria Kaufhof on my way to the Weihnachtsmarkt.
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Benrather Schloßallee 100-108, 40597 Düsseldorf, Germany
Schloß Benrath is a perfect way to enjoy your day. You can take a tour for a few Euros and learn about the Schloß. It feels as if you are stepping back in time. Afterwards, spend some time walking the park behind the Schloß. Visiting here is a...
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17 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France
So, you think you know Paris? There are hundreds of memorable streets and boulevards in the City of Lights. But, for my money, Rue Montorgueil is the best. It is compact, only three blocks long, with a metro stop at each end. In between, you have...
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Paris, France
My wife and two friends were tired of "museums" so they mistakenly decided to go shopping while I went to the Rodin Museum alone. It was breathtaking, the flowers were all in full bloom, the art on display inside was rare and beautiful, but the...
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173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
Astier de Villatte is well known for its light weight white porcelain plates and dishes, all shown in a big wooden closet at the entrance hall of the store, alongside home perfumes, candles and other colored decorative dishes. It serves as a...
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12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France
The limited-edition Nikes and kiosk of independent magazines (Corpus, Out of Order, System) at this brilliantly edited multibrand boutique in the upper Marais recall the city’s renowned concept shop Colette. But its abundant natural light, and...
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172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
Go for the scene, not the food, and enjoy the Art Deco décor and great people-watching at this buzzy Left Bank landmark. Despite a limited menu and steep prices, the place is packed day and night. Order a chocolat chaud and sit on the...
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22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
After glowing stints at Fauchon and Le Bon Marché, pastry chef and author Sébastien Gaudard opened his own pâtisserie on rue des Martyrs, just south of Pigalle, 9 months ago; the speed of his ascent into the annals of traditional pastry-making...
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10 Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
In 1963 artist Marc Chagall was commissioned by the French Minister of Culture to repaint the Paris Opera House ceiling. The artist choice was controversial because, although a French nationalized citizen, Chagall was a Russian Jew, and a modern...
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6 Rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France
Context Travel offers history, architecture and culinary tours in various European cities. I went on the " foodie" tour that began on a beautiful fall Paris morning in the toney neighborhood of St. Germain- de- Pres by meeting our friendly English...
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9 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
The friendly neighborhood of Rue des Martyrs is a favorite destination for buying edible souvenirs of Paris. To get started, head to No. 9, where the beautiful La Chambre aux Confitures stocks endless jars of jam for your...
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34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Situated a block from the Canal St.-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, Du Pain et des Idées is your favorite corner bakery—only better. The owner, Christophe Vasseur, was named best boulanger in Paris in 2008, and for good reason....
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80 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Did you know that only 25% of French people buy their cheese from a fromagerie? And of that 25, only 3-4% go to an affineur (cheese refiner). Both are the sad realities of a dying tradition in France of sourcing provisions from neighborhood...
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1081 Chemin de la Garoupe, 06160 Antibes, France
If you're in Cannes for holiday, passing by on a Côte d'Azur trip or at a conference with a few hours to spare, head to the Palm Beach casino away from the busy Croisette to do something nice for yourself! Stand up paddle boarding only needs...
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
For a first-time visitor to Notre Dame, investing in the audio guide is essential to immerse in and understand this overwhelmingly significant Paris icon. There's a lot to see and absorb—history, architecture, artifacts,...
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10 Rue de la Paix, 06360 Èze, France
A maze of narrow medieval streets wind up and down this village perched along the Grande Corniche. The ruins of a château are now an exotic garden, and the 18th-century neoclassical Notre Dame of the Assumption church is a national monument....
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35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
I've been to Parc Monceau only once and loved it right away. Maybe because it has a homey, neighborhood feeling, (a public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris) maybe because of the classical colonnade in the middle of it, or maybe...
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29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris, France
The area around the rue de Bretagne in the north part of the Marais continues to be a big draw with locals and visitors for a number of reasons: the Marché des Enfants Rouges covered market with food stalls, the wincingly bobo-chic Café Charlot...
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Route des Sanguinaires, 20000 Ajaccio, France
Young and poor, but frequent-flier-mile rich, my wife and I were able to go to Corsica for our first anniversary...Staying with friends always helps...They lived in Ajaccio, (birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte), and at sunset one evening, they took...
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Sainte-Avoye, Paris, France
Just down the street from the charming Carreau du Temple, an open-air market square in the Haut Marais that recently reopened after heavy renovations, sits OFR: a bookshop-cum-gallery that houses an extensive collection of multilingual art and...
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St Paul de Vence, France
This is such a quaint little village, I loved exploring it yesterday. Saint Paul de Vence up on the hill.
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Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Strolling over the Pont des Arts, in spite of the tourists, and the cliché, bereted accordian player busquing for a Euro... even with the lovers buying locks to place on the fencing, and the nasal wail of the Bateaux Mouches loudspeakers floating...
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84100 Orange, France
Orange is a charming little town, located in the south of France. Although it may not be as sophisticated as some of the more tourist-driven towns and villages in Provence, it has one of the most well-maintained Roman theaters in Europe. It also...
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Reims, France
Underground tour was very informative, about 60 feet below street level, and ended with a tasting...
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Nice, France
I loved this delicate church nestled among tropical palm trees - the epitome of Nice! French, man-made beauty rubbing shoulders with tropical playground surroundings.
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Étretat, France
A small village in Normandy. The rocks inspired Monet and continue to inspire the visitors.
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Grenoble, France
Early October mornings, after a few days of rain, are perfect for collecting wild mushrooms in the mountain forests just minutes away from Grenoble. A local friend guided me to his secret spots and taught me where to look, and we came back with...
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Mayor Bertrand Delanoë's storybook vision of Paris is finally coming to life. After a year of construction, the banks of the Seine river are reopening to the public this month, now free from the din of...
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56360 Le Palais, France
Inspired by the inscription on the back of a little painting I bought at the Paris flea market, I set off on an adventure to Belle-Île en Mer, an island off the coast of Brittany. What an adventure it was...on a cold day where it was raining...
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7th arrondissement, 75007 Paris, France
One of the things I enjoyed the most while in Paris was finding little spots, which Paris has lots of, that ooze that quaint charm. Even better was stumbling upon moments, such as this stand off between father and son...presumably over the bike? I...
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11600 Lastours, France
We booked a 300 year old villa for a week in Caunnes Minervois. Twenty minutes down the road we discovered the Castles of Lastours. Four independent structures built into the rocky formation, they were at the heart of Cathar activity, and ground...
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66 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Before wandering around Paris for two days, I asked my French friend Nadine, "where do I eat?" She directed me to Cafe Louis Phillipe for a lovely French lunch. The beautiful blue cheese, walnut, and endive salad arrived first, followed by a roast...
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73000 Chambéry, France
A nice hike to the top of this 1500 meter mountain leads you to the Croix du Nivolet which overlooks Chambery in order to keep the residents safe. As you are hiking you will experience amazing views of the town, the Alps and the largest lake in...
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Rue de Grenelle, Paris, France
The famous Golden Triangle of Paris is on the Right Bank, just off the Champs Elysées, but the lesser known, much more important golden triangle of shoes is on the Left Bank, beginning as the corner of the rue d'Assas and the rue du Cherche Midi....
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L'Île-Rousse, France
For our first visit to Corsica, friends encouraged us to start in the south- the Michelin-starred stronghold of the island and beachy birthplace of Napoleon. But crisp turquoise water and a mountainous landscape awaited to the north. We began in...
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66 Boulevard Barbès, 75018 Paris, France
"If you fail the first time, consider yourself normal. if you fail a second time, consider yourself special for you have what it takes to succeed. If you fail a third time, consider yourself extraordinary, for many people would have already given...
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20224 Casamaccioli, France
From a very comfortable base in Casamaccioli (population 100, this is the view from my room) chez Jean-François et Pascale, I followed a breathtakingly beautiful trail up to the top of this peak, the third highest in Corsica. Stunning vistas at...
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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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6 Rue du Marché Forville, 06400 Cannes, France
This market is open daily from around 8am to 12:30pm. Delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, seafood, olive oil, flowers and much more. Traditional French open air market and definitely the place to do your food shopping while in Cannes!...
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Rue du Barri, 06360 Èze, France
A breathtaking view of dramatic cliffs diving into the sparkling azure seas sets the scene for a spectacular meal of seasonal specialties by Michelin two-star chef Ronan Kervarrec that may be perfectly paired with any one of 15,000 bottles of wine...
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156 Rue de Créqui, 69003 Lyon, France
This odd-looking blimp is actually a quenelle de brochet, one of the quintessential foods of Lyon. They're big dumplings made out of pike fish, covered in Sauce Nantua, a classic French sauce made with crayfish. Daniel et Denise, owned by an...
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16 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
We discovered this place by pure chance. Last February, on our very fist day at Paris Fashion Week, we didn't know where to eat, so we headed to Place de la Madeleine to visit its amazing gourmet shops and buy some little treats. But in our way we...
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8 Rue du Palais de Justice, 69005 Lyon, France
My sister and I went exploring the city center in Lyon and came across a bakery we knew we had to eat at. I don't think there was a boulangerie we didn't go into while in France. This one we realized specialized in brioche praline - which we...
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26110 Nyons, France
Each year, in the southeastern town of Nyons, specialists, producers and aficionados gather to taste the 'Huile Nouvelle' or New Oil, the oil equivalent of Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration of the new harvest. It's a fun affair, with song and...
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34390 Olargues, France
Rented a place just outside this quaint little town for a week's worth of R&R. The town was a short walking distance and I made the trip every day to visit the cafe for refreshments and also the fact that they had a pinball machine! You don't find...
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17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a...
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30700 Uzès, France
On sunny Wednesdays (and there are many of those in Uzés), wedged in between the honey making nuns and the olive farmer, Mr. Bruguier sells the wine from his family estate on the market square. He greets his customers like old friends and makes us...
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Annecy, France
Come explore this lovely city near the French Alps.
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74700 Sallanches, France
This summer my family and I were fortunate enough to be able to fly over the Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace. I grew up in the French Alps and had the Mont Blanc in my back yard everyday, you almost forget it's there... but seeing it from this...
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Lille, France
Popped across the border into France over the weekend to hit the Christmas market. This is something that I have been doing every year for at least the past dozen years. Every year they erect a very large ferris wheel and its usually a freezing...
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Outside the village of La Flotte, off the eastern shore of Ile de Ré, lies the ruins of an old Cistercian abbey. Once revered as a place of pilgrimage, the Hundred Year War and Wars of Religions lead to its abandonment in the 17th century. Many of...