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Place de la Station, 5000 Namen, Belgium
Other than atop the citadel, the best place to take cool photos is just outside the tourist info office, which is across the river from the citadel and collegiale (church). Here you can get a great view of the cliff, which looks a bit like the...
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Rue Defoin 36, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
Coming in to Dinant from the south, as you get to the town, you will have to pass through this impressive rock formation. Its quite narrow so hopefully you're not coming in a vehicle that is too wide!
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Place Reine Astrid 3, 5500 Dinant, Belgium
The citadel in Namur has an interesting history. As a matter of fact there was always some type of structure on the cliff tops overlooking the Meuse River and Dinant. You can walk up as there are stairs, but the best option would be to take the...
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Sec Gozalandia, San Sebastián 00685, Puerto Rico
As with many other natural wonders in Puerto Rico, there isn't a clearly defined marker. Normally, to find Gozalandia, you would first have to visit it with a local, because getting directions there can be complicated. Lately, there is talk...
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Leuven, Belgium
It's not hard to fall in love with this incredible town that is always buzzing with life. The last time we were there, we experienced the most amazing sunset. The sky looked like it was on fire, it's light making the impressive architecture even...
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Leuven, Belgium
St. Peter's Church is the oldest church in Leuven, probably founded in the year 986. The first building was built in the Romanesque style and burned down in the year 1176. The current construction is a Gothic building, considered much larger than...
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Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
One of Berlin's young and hip neighborhoods is Kreuzberg, in the south of Mitte. The neighborhood is known for its very large percentage of immigrants and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are Turkish. But in recent years, the area has...
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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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Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Nestled within Positano’s hillside tangle of pastel residences and stepped alleys, Le Sirenuse is a legendary boutique hotel that feels more like a private home. Run by the Sersale family since its opening in 1951, the crimson-hued...
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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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A trip to Barbados inspired Joe Poulin to launch Luxury Retreats in 1999. Since then, the company’s portfolio has grown to more than 2,000 properties in 50 destinations, including 17 in the Caribbean. Poulin has a villa for every taste and every...
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1000 Brussels, Belgium
Face it; if you are going to visit Brussels, you're more than likely going to get wet. It rains quite a bit in the whole country, as a matter of fact. Don't let that put you off enjoying yourself though. When it rains in the main square in the...
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1380 Maison du-Roi, Belgium
Said to be the most beautiful square in the world, the Brussels Grand Place or Grote Markt (since it is in a Flemish city) is a 223 by 360 ft square located in "the heart of Europe". The square is at its best in the summer's when it is turned into...
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Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
I was told that I HAD to go to Bruges, it was a non-negotiable, must-see. I watched the movie In Bruges on my way there and decided that I had to go up to the top of the famous bell tower. It was way more than I bargained for as I was pretty sure...
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Rue de l'Abbaye 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
Most people know some of Belgium's best beer is brewed by monks in abbeys. These abbeys are still active and thriving. However there are many ruined abbeys dotting the countryside. Villers Abbey is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric. The...
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Moerstraat 24, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Bruges is often called "The Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals which are found throughout the city.....
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Laucala Island, Fiji
Expect no less than over-the-top extravagance at Laucala, a resort island in Fiji with its own rental submarine. Bring friends: The island has 25 villas spread out over 4.6 square miles, with a rain forest, beaches, cliffs, a lagoon, and one of...
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İstiklal Cd., Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The lifeblood of modern Istanbul is the two-mile-long pedestrian street Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), running from Taksim Square to the Tünel train station. It's equal parts touristy and local, commerce and culture, and strolling down...
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Normally a 1-2 night stay in Goreme is recommended to revel in the volcanic moonscape lands and fairy chimneys of the Cappadocian region. If you’re really short on time, though, and don’t have plans to return to Turkey anytime soon, book a day...
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17100 Kalafat Köyü/Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
The ancient city of Troy was immortalized in Homer's epic Iliad and Wolfgang Petersen’s 2004 Hollywood blockbuster starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. Today Troy is a UNESCO World Heritage site that can be reached with a day trip from Istanbul...
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Atatürk Mh., Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
The grand Library of Celsus in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
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Route des Bains 42, 1892 Lavey-les-bains, Switzerland
After a long day of skiing or climbing, the Swiss head to luxurious spas to unwind. Les Bains de Lavey offers the warmest thermal baths in Switzlerand alongside saunas, Turkish baths, a revolving whirlpool, and various massage treatments. Located...
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Lake Geneva
With well over a thousand lakes, Switzerland is blessed with its fair share of stunning bodies of water. The most extensive, however, is Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman), where you can bask in seductive views and amazing sunsets....
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5522 Montaigle, Belgium
The fortress/castle was built back at the beginning of the 14th century on a rocky outcrop. Two centuries later the castle was destroyed and that is what remains today. The castle can be visited in the warmer months, but not in October, I just...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
What a gorgeous day it was in Bavaria!!
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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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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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Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Glenveagh National Park is one not to miss. With varying landscapes from other parts of Ireland, this is a great find for anyone who likes landscapes with mountains. The Glenveagh Castle is located in the national park and alongside Lough...
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Skyline, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
The most iconic building in New Zealand is Auckland’s Sky Tower. More than 1,000 feet tall, it’s the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. After a 40-second ride to the top, you're treated with glass floors, a revolving restaurant, and views that...
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Bathsheba, Barbados
The map may say Bathsheba, but the locals call it the "Soup Bowl." Known for its world class surfing, the eastern shore of Barbados feels like a throw back to the prehistoric age. Giant boulders tower 50' in the air above the beach, placed there...
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Northpoint, Conneltown BB27003, Barbados
Like most place in Barbados, the Animal Flower Cave is nearly impossible to find. There are no street signs anywhere on the island (seriously) and directions are usually given with instruction like "turn left at the second red rum shack." Most...
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Simpson Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
This secluded white sand beach is a haven for those looking for a peaceful afternoon. Unlike many of St. Maarten's popular beaches, it's not surrounded by resorts and is somehow not well-known despite its beauty. It's perfect for escaping crowds....
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Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Marbella was my first brush with Spain. I needed sunshine, was prepping for my grad school finals, and wanted a weekend getaway from London. I booked a flight on EasyJet to head to Marbella with my flatmate. We spent a weekend doing exactly what...
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Great Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Great Bay Harbour, Great Bay Beach features soft, sugary sand, palm trees and translucent blue waters set against a backdrop of rolling hills and rugged cliffs. While one could easily spend hours taking in the view and sunbathing (beach...
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Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on the Atlantic, Dawn Beach is renowned for its crystal waters and namesake sunrises. The waters are great for snorkeling, as the visibility allows you to clearly see more tropical fish than dreams provide. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort...
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I had some air miles that were due to expire really didn't want to go to the Caribbean but St Marten was the only available place given my time constraint.It was quite lovely and I am so glad that I went. Nice people, two countries in one and...
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Plaça del Mercat, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Explore this baroque gem in Valencia's historic Plaza del Mercado. Intended as a hermitage when constructed, the church was built on the site of a 13th century mosque, but was seriously damaged by fire in the 14th and 16th centuries. Before going...
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Triq id-dwejra, San Lawrenz, Malta
Gozo is a fantastic island just north of Malta. It is easy to get there by boat from Cirkewwa/Malta. The boat leaves more or less every hour. Best way to get around Gozo is the public transport, allthough you do need a bit of patience as some...
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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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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
In its ten miles from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche road known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides, weaving torturously in and out and up and down gorges, through lemon groves and olives, past whitewashed villages...
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Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
In 1631, Dutch settlers arrived to St. Maarten and claimed the island, building what we now know as Fort Amsterdam between Great Bay and Little Bay. This was a great defensive position, situated at the top of cliffs, connected to the mainland, and...
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A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
The oldest and smallest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines.
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My first experience with the Caribbean was in Anguilla. Now that I've begun exploring other Caribbean islands, I've realized one important thing: that experience spoiled me. My conception of the Caribbean was shaped by Anguilla's white sand...
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2640, Anguilla
Anguilla is arguably best-known for two things: great beaches and top-tier cuisine. Within its mere 35 square miles, the island is home to a number of fine-dining establishments. Among all of these options, there are a few standouts that always...
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Triq il-Marina Kalkara MT KKR, 1320, Il-Kalkara, Malta
The Italian freighter MV Odile was bombed during the Second World War and now lies broken on the sea floor. She faces northwest and is lying on her port side. Near Kalkara Reef, this is a great place for divers to explore. The wreck can be entered...
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4 Triq l-Għassara ta' l-Għeneb, Il-Furjana MRS 1912, Malta
Near Valetta Grand Harbour, dive to see the HMS Maori. Named after the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, the HMS Maori was a Tribal-class destroyer with the Mediterranean fleet. The historic ship was even involved in the pursuit and...
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Delimara, Marsaxlokk, Marsaxlokk, Malta
Amazing scuba diving site located near Delimara. This dive site is of the Blenheim Bomber which is a popular wreck dive in Malta. This dive is great for all levels of scuba divers. Make sure you experience this site during your holiday in Malta &...
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St Martin
Located between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case, Happy Bay Beach is a secluded paradise with soft sand and warm azure waters. There is no road access, and the only way to reach the beach is by taking a 15-minute scenic hike through the hills...
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Wied Iż-Żurrieq, Il-Qrendi, Malta
Amazing scuba diving site located near Wied Iz Zurrieq. This dive site is of the Um El Faroud which is a popular wreck dive in Malta. This dive is great for all levels of scuba divers. Make sure you experience this site during your holiday in...
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972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村富世291號
Recently re-opened, these stunning hot springs are set in the marble canyons of Taroko Gorge.
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Pržno, Montenegro
Driving down the coast of Montenegro, we skipped the ugly-looking resort towns of Budva and stopped in pretty little Przno. Konoba More, along the water right next to a little public beach, was a lovely place to eat octopus and clams, and gaze out...
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Rendezvous Bay 2640, Anguilla
Anguilla has 33 beaches and I've not stumbled on one that is anything but breathtaking. Still, there are a few that stand out amongst the rest for their bright white sands, extra vibrant water, great eateries or long expanses of beach to explore....
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Triq Il Gebla Tal General, San Lawarenz, Malta
Amazing scuba diving site located near Dwejra in Gozo. This dive site is of the The Blue Hole which is a popular cave dive in Malta. This dive is great for all levels of scuba divers. Make sure you experience this site during your holiday in Malta...
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Trg Hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
This June I've came with few friends down to Croatia, to soak in some sun on a sailing boat. We've found few agencies offering sailing in rented boat along the Adriatic. So we've found Charter Croatia agency - renting all kinds of vessels. Our...
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Orient Bay, St Martin
At Orient Bay Beach, visitors can alternate between lounging on soft, white sand, photographing the surrounding mountains, cooling off with a swim in the warm turquoise waters, and taking in aerial beach views while parasailing. For those who want...
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Ave De pescador s/n, El Medano, 23410 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
The feel and taste of this restaurant is Mexico at its best. From the circulating mariachi bands to fiery coffee drinks to cap off your meal, Edith's is a regular restaurant stop for us every time we visit Cabo.
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Huichuan, Zunyi, Guizhou, China
It's May Day 2013. Friends gather at my place in Zunyi for the long weekend. The choice to get together here is coincidental, but appropriate, given Zunyi's importance to the Communist history of the People's Republic. On our second day we decided...
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Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Shop, dine, or grab a cocktail in the center of Delhi—literally. Connaught Place, or CP, is one of the largest business and financial centers positioned in the epicenter of the city. There is an eclectic mix of local stores, international shops,...
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Zhuangzhongshan Rd, Yuyao Shi, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
The Chinese believe ghosts haunt people, not buildings. They also believe ghosts can't follow a person around a corner. For these reasons, you'll find complex bridges all over China, though Ningbo seems to have more than usual. Perhaps because it...
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Ortaköy Mh., Salhane Sok. No:5, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Ortakoy is the premier entertainment precinct to head to if you’re looking for the uber chic that oozes from the well-stocked bars and pumping dance floors. Anjelique, right on the Bosporus by the first bridge, is one such swanky club that gets...
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Visiting Moon Lake is a must. The surrounding gardens are meticulously carved by stone paths and old, twisted trees. Historical buildings by moats transport you back to another time, but you can also rent a boat to paddle about.
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Zhongma Rd, Jiangbei Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
This lovely, riverside chapel lights up like a beacon. Originally built in the 1600's, it was later reconstructed, and still has a daily mass. Revelers tend to mill about the entrance, yet inside, it's serene and inviting for those looking to...
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Amritsar, Punjab, India
After traveling for more than 12 hrs. by car from Varanasi to Delhi one night before and 6 more hrs. by train I got to Amritsar. This is a city different from other cities around India, the holy Golden Temple is the main site in this border city....
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Lozovac, Croatia
Located near the coastal city of Šibenik, Krka National Park is named for the river that runs through its lush forests and feeds its most famous site, Skradinski Buk—a huge, clear pool that starts and ends in waterfalls. The park is...
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Azenhas do Mar, 2705 Colares, Portugal
In Sintra, taking a taxi was the best choice I could have ever made. Daniel, a local resident who has lived in the area for years with his family, picked us up me and my mother up. We told him we wanted to go to a great restaurant in Sintra, and...
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133/04 Samsenthai Rd, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, ວຽງຈັນ, Laos
Amazing Buddha collection near Vientiane, next to the friendship gate of the border with Udon Thani.
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When it comes to ice cream, there is still only one place in Rome. It has been the best since 1900. I love Giolitti not only for the great gelato, but also because it hasn’t changed since I was a little girl. 39/06-699-1243. By Pepi Marchetti...
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Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Enjoying a hammam experience while traveling in Istanbul was at the top of my list, but it was hard to choose where to soak! After all, the ritual of Turkish bathing wasn't one I was willing to just "leap" into; after stripping down to their bare...
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Palace - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Palace Beach is a fun family alternative to the cruise-y eye candy land of most Dubai’s beaches. Aptly named for the fact that it’s sandwiched between two real palaces, this shoreline has had a variety of monikers – Secret Beach (at one point it...
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1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Two architectural wonders helped put Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resembles the sail of a ship out on the gulf waters, and the Palm Jumeirah, a residential development on a manmade archipelago that fans out in the...

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Huacachina, Peru
Huacachina is a coastal desert located in the Ica region. It holds one of the few oases in the whole region: a blue-green lake amid huge sand dunes under a beautifully clear sky. Take a dune buggy so that you can ride all over the dunes before...
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Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
You don't look at the glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. You *watch* them. And, you watch the people watching the glaciers. They shift. They shimmy. They moan. The slump. They break. They crash. OK, only the glaciers crash...we hope.
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708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia
I had one goal for the trip to Australia: hugging a koala. This was a little more difficult than you might think; it's only legal in Queensland province, and there are strict rules about how long the koalas can work per day and how much rest...
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Bruges, Belgium
I love this view of Brugges taken from my climb up the Belfry. The entire city is like a fairytale city. Yes there are a lot of tourists, but go for the lace, chocolates, beer. I've never seen such a pretty city before. It's an easy train ride...
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Bruges, Belgium
The Markt ("Market Square") of Brugge is located in the heart of the city and is really impressive due to its incredible architecture. Two of the most amazing structures are the Provincial Court and the Belfry of Brugge. The center is also full of...
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I have said repeatedly that I have no interest on being on a cruise. The confinement and mode of travel just don’t fit my personality and desires. However there have always been a few exceptions to this statement – Antarctica is one of them....