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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber's formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to...
210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
For much of its history, the western edges of Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village and Chelsea consisted of small manufacturing buildings and warehouses that served the piers on the Hudson River. Over time, those factories were replaced...
431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Since 1880, the LAAC in downtown Los Angeles has been LA's unofficial urban country club. What is not very well known is that it's also a wonderful hotel with a private clubby feel. There are 72 recently renovated rooms to choose from. I recommend...
Sandy Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica
I love the view from the top floor verandah in this incredible villa. It feels like paradise here and, in almost every way, is a shangri-la. Imagine walking downstairs after savoring this view and grabbing the most delicious mango ever from a...
2-4 Boundary St, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD, UK
The best thing about this chicken and crawfish pie, filled with creamy peas and shrooms and covered in a buttery, toasty pie crust? I got to order and eat it from a table for one. And just one. As a solo traveler, I'm so often relegated to letting...
2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Husband-and-wife team Genevieve Gergis and Ori Menashe are behind Bestia, an Italian haven that consistently ranks high on local "best of" lists. The decor follows the name—which translates to "beast" in Italian—with its wall of...
71-1 Bukchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Did you eat dog while you lived in Korea?" is a notorious question that may lead to a shameful answer. For the common household pet lover, eating dog can create a 'bone of contention.' Therefore, by announcing that I sought dog and ate dog, I am...
New York, NY 10004, USA
Every summer New York City is overtaken by thousands of bicycles participating in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. It is an amazing opportunity when some of the cities most iconic avenues and bridges are closed to vehicle traffic so bikes can...
225 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
Too often New Jersey gets a bad rap. Hoboken, New Jersey is a cozy town situated just across the Hudson River and is known by many as the "6th Borough" of New York. Only a 10 minute under-water train ride away on the PATH that runs frequently...
161 Prince St #1, New York, NY 10012, USA
During my year living in Soho, I went to my fair share of coffee houses but it was Cafe Borgia on Prince Street that first caught my eye. Prince Street is notoriously crowded but luckily, the cafe lies just beyond the crowded boutiques. Walking...
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
Amritsar, Punjab, India
This is without doubt one of the most bizarre daily events in India! Thousands of Indians and thousands of Pakistanis, separated by an iron gate, witness the border closing in a fever pitched event. It's Bollywood meets Monty Python as each side...
Philadelphia, PA, USA
The magnificent City Hall of Philadelphia stands planted at the center of the two major streets, Broad and Market. Completed in 1901, it was originally designed by John McArthur Jr. to be the tallest habitable building in the world, but its glory...
domaine de l'acajou, Le François 97240, Martinique
The only rums in the Caribbean awarded the prestigious label Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), Martinique’s signature spirits are made straight from the sugarcane juice and are a source of national pride. Watch the magic happen at Habitation...
61 Avenue du Castel Enchanté, 06000 Nice, France
Located only 2.5 km from the city center, Castel Enchante is a small French country house on a cliff. Find great views of the city, swimming pool, aromatic gardens, personal service & expansive rooms. The house was constructed in 1850s but is...
36743 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, NS B0C 1K0, Canada
For years, the one thing that was missing from the town of Ingonish was a coffee shop. You had to drive for over an hour for a decent cup of coffee until someone decided to open The Bean Barn Café in the center of the town. I spend a lot of time...
302, Imli Ghat, Purohit Ki Haveli, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
Story of my Edible India, told in an absolutely stunning way in this video! This is just the way I would like to share my experience of India, with folks of my now homeland of America. India has me nostalgic on many levels. It's where I was born;...
2736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Chicago has a couple of Bikram studios but my favorite is in Lincoln Park. This studio is large and the locker rooms are equally large though there are only two showers, which means a waiting in line after a big class. However, the studio...
2631 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
Tucson has a lot of yoga studios but this is one of the most popular because of their $5 Yoga Hour classes 4-5x daily. The Yoga Hour is a flow class that moves just quickly enough to work up a sweat and yet the instructors smoothly transition...
728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
PX is the place to go for creative cocktails in Old Town Alexandria but you won't find it by looking for a neon sign or a raucous crowd. A blue light outside the door denotes the location for those in the know, a knock of the door brings a raven...
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