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Ko Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

This image captures the highlight of my day. Definitely the best view in town.

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Presbítero Medina, La Paz, Bolivia

La Plaza de Monticulo in La Paz, Bolivia literally makes you feel on top of the world!  From this beautiful park you can see the entire city.

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Central America
Getting to Utila was pretty easy, just be prepared for the airport at the island. The airport is little more than a tin shack and a very short runway that ends in the ocean at both ends. The trip to Utila lodge took us through narrow streets lined...
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Ul. Iva Dulčića 34, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
I chose to spend Christmas in Croatia without thinking of rain and snow. My otherwise drizzly experience was brightened by occasional bursts of distant light beyond the walls to the Sea in Dubrovnik. This tree and contemplative man made perfect...
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Paseo Neptuno, 6, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
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Even if time was limited, you cannot go to Valencia without trying their traditional Paella! La Pepica is a restaurant right on the sea side with amazing views of the Mediterranean, friendly atmosphere, and a killer paella.

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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain

I was in Valencia for literally five hours before having to hop on an Iberia flight to Paris ... So I made the best of getting to know the city. Heres a picture from a fresh food market that seemed to have been inside of an old train station ......

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Middle East

I booked a guide and car/driver through Quest Travel, and the owner/President of Quest Travel let me use the apartment near their office in Giza for my stay. I was completely overwhelmed by how generous he was, and how wonderful the 3-bedroom...

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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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While on a recent visit to my hometown after many years away, I had wanted to visit the restorde Greenwood District, site of the worst race riot ever on American soil. The area was home to one of the most affluent and thriving black communities in...
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Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Last year, my cousin got married in our fathers' hometown of Rajkot, Gujarat. Traditionally the young women of the bride's family are sent out to welcome the groom's family before the ceremony. In anticipation of a 3-hour ceremony, we started the...
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Tarn, France
Tarn (France), Hue Royal Citadel (Vietnam), San Diego Balboa Park (US), Siem Riep Angkor Thom (Cambodia), Berlin Neue Wache (Germany), Santa Fe (US), Shanghai Yuyuan Garden (China), Columbus Circle NYC (US), Darmstadt (Germany), Siem Riep Bantaey...
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17255 Fornells, Girona, Spain
The dramatic geography of 'Costa Brava' favors the natural occurrence of many fantastic beaches, some of them more suited for swimming than others. Having arrived to Fornells for a short stopover, I asked locals how to find the closest beach....
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Greece
Thanks to doing research on AFAR.com, I learned that one could sea kayak around the island of Milos. I signed up with Rod from Sea Kayak Milos and had a fantastic time. My fellow kayakers and I paddled through bright blue water, in and out of...
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Liuhekou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
As a bag designer, I am always researching the 'way we carry' in different cultures. Traveling throughout China, one thing is clear....No matter what you need to get from point A to B....you can do it on a Bike. I snapped this photo while walking...
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c/ pescadería, 5, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When Christopher Hall reported his "57 Small Bites of Spain" story about tapas in four Spanish cities, he visited Bar Txepetxa in San Sebastian's old quarter. We brought the December/January 2010 issue of AFAR with us and shared it with the pintxo...
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After spending hours at the airport waiting for the winds to die down so we could fly over the Nazca lines, we returned to the Plaza de Armas in search of food and to wait for our evening bus. As night fell, families with children in costumes...
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A view of Lake Titicaca, the town of Puno and the statue of Manco Capac. This picture was taken from Huajsapata Park completely worth the walk (or cab ride) up the steep hill.
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Limmat, Switzerland
A cold sunny day in Zurich means a perfect day for a photo shoot in the city. Here at the bridge across the Limmat River, I can see clearly the point of interests in Zurich; Grossmünster (Great Minster) on the right side with Fraumünster (Women's...
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73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Emperor Jade Pagoda is a fascinating temple full of haunting carvings, figures and altars. The peeling courtyard walls evoke a sense of time and history.
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Wadi Nisnas, Haifa, Israel
Wadi Nisnas in Haifa is a neighborhood of white cobblestone streets and whimsical public art projects, but the best reason to visit might be the bakeries. This baklava is not only delicious but beautiful too, lined up in symmetrical rows or...
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Swakopmund, Namibia
It was our last day in Namibia and we decided to sign up for a sandboarding lesson in Swakopmund. Our two guides took us out to the desert where, after a strenuous hike up the dune, we strapped on snowboards and helmets and rode down the orange...
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5 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
It is only the beginning of March and already the perfume of cherry blossoms is in the air. There are a few gorgeous trees right outside the stately National City Christian Church with space to sit beneath them and enjoy the fragrant shade.
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Simodium Road, Drakenstein, Paarl, South Africa
About an hour outside of Capetown, Babylonstoren is one of South Africa’s oldest werfs, or farmyards. In 2010, Karen Roos, a former editor at South Africa’s Elle Decoration, reimagined the property as a fantasy farm stay with an eight...
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Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
One of the most beautiful hikes I've experienced is the one from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. The hike, which takes you from the Aspen side over the West Maroon Pass into Crested Butte, will take you about 6 hours, is 13 miles and about 1,500...
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Petionville Tent City, Haiti
Beautiful painted trucks and buses in the traffic and chaos of Port au Prince.
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Long Road, Jamaica
While staying at Zion Country Eco Beach Cabins in beautiful Portland Parish, Jamaica in March of 2012 we met Captain and his crew of young divers. Every day they take their pirogue 4 miles out into the caribbean off the eastern-most tip of the...
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Calle Álvaro Obregón 23300, Centro, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico
This abacus-inspired device tracks how many beers you take from the honor bar located next to the rooftop jacuzzi at Casa Tota (www.hotelcasatota.com). Located in the heart of Todos Santos, this new hotel is outrageously affordable (rooms start at...
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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The most rugged, sketchy roads always seem to lead to the best surf breaks. This photo captures the early morning drive over the hill to Cerritos beach in Baja Mexico. Down below I discovered perfect, glassy rights and only a few early risers in...
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Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
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01030 Calcata Vecchia VT, Italy
Abandoned in the 1960s for fear its cliffs were crumbling, Calcata, Italy was discovered by hippies and artists soon after and today, the "paese dei fricchettone," is still made up of the same "freaks." I lived in Calcata, wedged between Tuscany...
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Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Wilshire and Ocean. Great spot for an afternoon walk.
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Guadalajara visitors craving an escape from the city should know that the ocean breeze isn’t far away. The bohemian beach town of Sayulita is about a four-hour drive, and even closer by plane. Popular in the 1960s among American and Canadian...
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702 Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Located just outside of downtown San Diego, this eatery serves traditional homemade Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. Be sure to try the Genovese Panini! With prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, and pesto spread—it's...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thanks to reading recommendations here on Afar.com, I picked up a copy of Sarajevo Marlboro at a bookstore, just as we crossed the famous, historic bridge in Mostar, Bosnia. At the bookstore, a short film played over and over, documenting the...
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218 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Every Ramen shop in NYC has something different to offer. If they all offered the same Ramen it wouldn’t be interesting at all. Rai Rai Ken excels in the broth department. They have a particular seafood based broth that is very flavorful, and not...
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Baja California Sur, Mexico
When down in Cabo San Lucas, I always try to avoid the normal "tourist" destinations, but make a point to take a boat taxi to El Arco, Land's End, and Lovers Beach. There is something so special about this view.
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Ricardo de Ferrari 692, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
The poet Pablo Neruda redefined the city with hisOde to Valparaíso, calling it “the patched bow of a small courageous ship.” Today, visitors can tour his home, known as La Sebastiana. The building is now a museum with one of the city’s finest gift...
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Rua Pacheco Leão, 915 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil
Corcovado. Check. Sugarloaf. Been there. Ipanema. Yeah, I saw that girl on the beach too. Botanical Garden. Now that’s a new one. Located at the base of Corcovado Mountain, and under the right arm of Christ the Redeemer, you will discover the...
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I love the sea. One of my favorite things to do on the road is take my camera and my tripod and wade out into the ocean where I can be on my own in total peace. Malaysia's Perhentian Islands offer some of the most incredible beach vistas in the...
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Sinanpaşa Mahallesi, Köyiçi Meydanı Sk., 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
One of my favorite foods in Turkey (and there are many) is a serving of fresh kaymak clotted cream, drizzled with honey, and spread on bread. You can buy it in the supermarket or find it in some breakfast spots, but everyone's favorite is Pando in...
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5a Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Few cities in Central America can rival Antigua Guatemala for its setting: a mile high, surrounded by volcanoes, with a spring-like climate all year round. The first time we visited Antigua, we spent a week here, taking intensive Spanish classes...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
At the end of a week-long stay in Antigua, attending intensive language classes, my brain was full of newly acquired verb-tenses and vocabulary lists--pleasantly full, but tired. I let my wife sleep in as I went for an early morning walk around...
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RN68, Salta, Argentina
On the road between Cafayete and Salta. You gotta pull over ever 100m.
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Latin America
Salinas Grande. After going up and over the mountain pass from Quebrada de Humahuaca, you drive through the clouds, then drop down to the salt flats. Eerie. Zero humidity. Intense sun. Your own mirage.
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738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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Right off of Highway 29 is the Long Meadow Ranch and their Farmstead Restaurant. Every so often they host three-course lunches right under a tree canopy. Before lunch, the staff gives a garden tour of the fresh ingredients; one garden is even...
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Japan, 〒381-0401 長野県下高井郡山ノ内町平穏6845
I left tropical Southeast Asia for Japan in the dead of winter for one reason - to see snow monkeys. I'd always seen pictures like the one above, of zen macaques in steaming hot springs surrounded by snow, and had no idea how accessible they were...
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El Bolsón, Río Negro, Argentina
I never felt such good vibes as I did in El Bolson/Lago Puelo. One of the best places I have ever been. Days spent hiking in the mountains, drinking craft beers and hanging in the park, eating at the artisans market, or chillin' at Lago Puelo....
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113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Before the French Revolution, this park used to be the site of the Royal Palace. Today, the garden, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, is a place where Parisians and tourists stroll amid Rodin and Maillol statues or relax...
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Americas
About two-and-a-half hours NE of Québec City, take a ferry from the Charlevoix coast to the Île-aux-Coudres, a 7x3 mile (11x5km) island in the St.-Lawrence. Here the wide river becomes an arm of the sea; belugas ply the brackish waters. Settled by...
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Norra Esplanaden, Helsingfors, Finland
At midnight in June and July, Helsinki glows. Here, AFAR's founders stroll the Esplanadi, a grassy park and cobblestone walkways bordered by two avenues in the heart of the city, after a dinner at Restaurant Gaijin (www.gaijin.fi). In the day,...
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Latin America
For a real latte, I went to Baja Beans. They're off a dirt road between Pescadero and Todos Santos, and a little hard to find but they have a sign off of Mexico 19. They get their beans from Oaxaca, and the roasting happens at their headquarters...
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Latin America
We had a fishing day with Lee and his captain Emanuel, of Todos Santos Fishing Charters. I really recommend this 3-hour (or 6-hour) fishing experience on Lee's traditional Mexican Panga. This rock formation is something we passed by on the tour....
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Periférico Norte 4, Ojo de Agua, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
One of the highlights of any trip to San Cristobal de las Casas is a visit to the Orquideas Moxviquil. Cisco Dietz, the owner, is a most knowledgeable person and is in love with rare plants. He designed and built the green house (pictured) for the...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama is located on the northern end of the Chilean salt flats. The landscape is a mix of ragged mountains and barren desert, resembling what I picture the surface of the moon to look like. At night you can take a ride out to the...
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415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814, USA
Anchored off Sand Island, Lake Superior was a picture of calm and peacefulness as the sun began to set just before the Fourth of July. It was a perfect way to end the day - and quite a change from the storm that rocked us throughout the previous...
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Iberia
I love the places AFAR doesn't have on their maps! Okay no one goes here, which is great. But so many people are talking about going to Spain right now. Prices are low and it is a great time to go to Spain, help the Spanish economy! But try to...
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Boulders Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
The land that The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, is situated on includes some of the most beautiful cactus species that I have ever seen. Take their Desert Photo Tour with nature photographer Linda Covey. Linda will show you around the...
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Cotogna is dangerously close to the AFAR Media offices. This rustic sister restaurant to Quince opened last year, and the roomy bar is a cozy place to sit mid-day with a double espresso served neat in a Heath Ceramics cup. The pastas are all...
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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
The Santa Barbara Mission is by far my favorite mission in California. It's not hard to understand why the original missionaries choose this spot with its close proximity to the ocean, mountains, and canyons. Pack a picnic and hang out near the...
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Hands down... my favorite place for Sunday brunch in Austin is the South Congress Cafe (note that they serve brunch every day of the week). The restaurant is also a great place for lunch or dinner, but I love hitting the SoCo Cafe late Sunday...
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Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town celebrates its centenary this year. Following a similar idea to that of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew who some years ago built their famous Xstrata Treetop walkway, Kirstenbosch in its 100th...
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I don’t trust currents, so I always think twice before swimming. Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) is like an oasis to children, grandparents and me. It is small and sea is almost flat, so do not come here if you are looking for surfers. Praia Vermelha...
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29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040, USA
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Valley of Fire is the oldest state park in Nevada, and a great place to see 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs and explore the red sandstone formations created during the age of the dinosaurs. Bring your camera to photograph the landscape while...
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434 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
At Home in the City is an eclectic home and gift store on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis. The shop is filled with quirky trinkets, gorgeous home accents, and other unique finds. The best part about the store is the large selection of products...
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9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris, France
Booking a room at Le Relais Saint-Germain, managed by the beloved chef Yves Camdeborde, is the only surefire way to score a table at his bistro next door, Le Comptoir. Each hotel room is dedicated to a prominent author who was inspired by Paris,...
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D831, Namibia
The best features of Namibia is the sheer quietness and endless vistas. The photo above was taken on our vacation there last year in the Namib Rand Reserve. We had stopped for a quick beverage break and realized we were the only ones for miles....
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112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
Once a meeting place for alumni of the elite Ecole Centrale school in France, and built as the private home of the Duchesse of Rivoli, Princess d'Essling, the Maison Champs Elysées was recently turned into a discreet luxury hotel, designed by...
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Chenini, Tunisia
Chenini is one of the best-known Berber towns in southern Tunisia, and with good reason: the second that white mosque comes into view, you're struck by how beautiful it is. (And you may also be struck by the number of visitors - as with all...
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24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
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Twice a year Paris goes on Sale, with bargains to be had in almost every store in the City. Some of the luxury boutiques, like Louis Vuitton, don't participate at all, while others just keep it discreet, placing the sales items in a back room....
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Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
I have lived in Oklahoma City since 1985 and I have spent a lot of time in the Paseo Arts District. I've seen it go from boarded up and urban blight to the vibrant community it is today. It's like a little Spanish village with stucco buildings --...
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Siebensterngasse 19, 1070 Wien, Austria
This place is big with tables for parties, tables for couples and a bar and bar stools for solo drinkers. I was the latter when I visited. The beer was lovely, there are 7 on their usual list and there were also a few Christmas ones available, as...
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
This stunning beach is perfect for a romantic sunset stroll. Rock cliffs and formations in front of rollin blue waves make for beautiful photo opps.
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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This is what I love about seeing a region from the saddle of a bicycle. You're able to really witness all that is around you, none of it becomes a blur outside of a speeding car window. It was late morning on the second day of a six day biking New...
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Lighthouse Road, West End, Negril ., Jamaica
Built on the edge of limestone cliffs, this secluded resort features 12 charming rooms, all of which have ocean views. Guests can dine on authentic Jamaican cuisine in a private grotto, or take in the scene at the candlelit Cave Rum and...
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200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
It might be a part of the Colorado River—a man-made reservoir carved out of the river in 1960—but everyone calls the body of water bisecting Austin Lady Bird Lake. On hot summer days, scores of walkers and joggers move...
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of...
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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The de Young Museum, with its perforated copper facade and spiraling tower in the center of Golden Gate Park, is as dramatic outside as it is inside. Follow the widening crack in the sidewalk into the atrium. It's an Andy Goldsworthy–created...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. In a single day in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, we were lucky enough to see herds of guanaco, baby ostriches, and condors gliding through the sky. The clouds parted to give us a...
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84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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The menu at the Meatball Shop is a food lover’s playground. Laminated front and back, your server will hand you the menu and a dry erase marker to make your selections. Choose from balls like classic beef, spicy pork, chicken, vegetable or special...
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31 Cape Clairault Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Pick one of 10 villas at Injidup Spa Retreat to be your Aussie beach pad. Each features a jarrah-wood deck and private pool as well as a kitchen stocked with organic Busselton eggs and a bottle of Lamont’s Quartet white wine. Draw back the...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−1−9−1 東京駅一番街 東京ラーメンストリート内 B1
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Rokurinsha’s original shop was in the suburbs of Tokyo, a considerable hike from the nearest train station, and still patrons waited for over three hours for a bowl of soup. Neighbors complained, and when the store was given a chance to open up on...
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Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
You could easily walk right by the entrance to the International Rose Garden of Coloma, without a hint to the beauty that waits inside. The small town of Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, not far from Brussels, is home to one of Europe's largest rose gardens,...
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22 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Built in 1928 by Asia’s oldest hotel brand, the Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the most historic properties on the Kowloon Peninsula, just across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island. Designed originally as an upscale accommodation for...
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3046 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, USA
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For homemade ice cream, sweets, and old-fashioned flavored sodas, take a step back in time to a real soda fountain in Cincinnati. Aglamesis Brothers has been a Cincy institution since 1908 and there is no better place around town to get old-school...
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Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 8217, Indonesia
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most important and most iconic temples on Bali, which also makes it one of the most visited. It is one of the six cardinal temples, and on a very clear day you can see all the way to Uluwatu Temple on the very...
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21047 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441, USA
Catelli's Restaurant sits on the 2-block main drag of the tiny town of Geyserville in Northern California. This town is part of the wine country that runs north-south through the Alexander Valley. Even though the town and its run-down structures...
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857 N W Point Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands
Dine at the oceanfront Cracked Conch for a great surf-and-turf menu, beautiful views, and a lovely outdoor patio. Try the conch ceviche or chowder, or be adventurous with an order of the octopus pan fried in chorizo oil. The Cracked Conch has...
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Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
What will make the Spire disappear? The trees around it that will go bigger? Or time that will make the Spire collapse?
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Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia
One of the many enjoying experiences as a part of the Afar Sydney Experience we visited the home of Wendy Whitely. There we enjoyed a fantastic picnic lunch and soaked up the beautiful surroundings.
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Müürivahe 20, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Must Puudel is a popular café among locals and the perfect place to enjoy your morning over a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. The interiors boast cool nostalgic details as well as design elements from the Soviet era. It’s definitely worth...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557, USA
I first attended Mass in this church in 1968, nearly 200 years after it's construction began in 1772, and have been visitng it every since. It is not old by European standards, but for America's brief history, it is. Although construction was not...
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Playa La Ropa, La Ropa, 40880 Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
While visiting the area on a golf vacation, eight of us decided to go to dinner at this restaurant because it offered seating on the sandy beach. That is where I ordered a tequila up. And while watching the sunset, I noticed the reflection in the...
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Arnarfjörður, Iceland
Iceland’s Westfjords have always possessed a character and culture that’s markedly different from the rest of the country. Extending like a lobster claw from the northwest of Iceland, the region combines geographic remoteness with the...
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Window Trail, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834, USA
The Window Trail, my hands-down favorite hike in Big Bend National Park, is a 5.6 mile scenic venture located in the Chisos Mountain Basin. We were hiking with kids in the 110-degree mid-summer heat so we shaved off a mile of the trek without...
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Gate 3,Garden Off 5 Senses, Said-Ul-Ajaib, Paryavaran Complex, Sainik Farm, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Just when you thought New Delhi was going through a dry spell of romantic setting restaurants, Magique opens up… Nestled in the corner of the ritzy shopping area, the Garden of Five Senses in South Delhi, Magique offers several reasons to check it...
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Hong Kong, 上環皇后大道中327-329號地下
I'll admit, I wanted to ease myself into Hong Kong's food scene. I pictured a nice sit-down restaurant with menus in English. My husband wasn't having any of it. Steps from our hotel, he saw pork hanging in windows and he wanted it now. We sat...
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675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
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One of the best parties in Aspen is the closing ski season party at Aspen Highlands. For the last day of skiing, locals and visitors dress up in colorful costumes and crazy 1980's-styled ski outfits to celebrate the last day of skiing in the Aspen...
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Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
The architecture of Dornier's modern cellar and production facility is quite different than the traditional 18th and 19th Century buildings you'll see in the winelands. The pool of water above the wine cellar is an eco-friendly way of helping to...
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3079 Sinks Canyon Rd, Lander, WY 82520, USA
The Popo Agie (locally pronounced puh-PO-zhuh) flows down from the Wind River Range, through Lander, Wyoming and on to the Big Horn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. In Sinks Canyon State Park outside Lander, the river abruptly...
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Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Mossy landscapes and ancient, indigenous cedar trees make for fairytale hiking heaven here, and moisture is plentiful at this elevation – Yakushima is the highest mountain in southern Japan. The exquisite scenery of this island, its mountains and...
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Trinity Alps, California 96048, USA
Mount Shasta sets a lovely backdrop from the camp spot at Heart Lake up in the Trinity Alps. The magic of this place is just beyond words, the sunsets are a finale and the sunrises a symphony. About 6 hours north of San Francisco, it's a lovely...
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424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
The Pfister Hotel was built in 1893 and this ceiling is right above the lobby. Renovated in 2008, This hotel is my first lodging suggestion for anyone that wants a hotel that has no chain feel. The lobby bar is a logical meeting place, and across...
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Japan, 〒299-5503 Chiba-ken, Kamogawa-shi, Amatsu, 1072
The Torii Arch reaches skyward on a small islet off the Pacific coast of Amatsu-kominato in the Boso Peninsula of Chiba. I came across this after walking around the breakwater of the fishing port located in front of Tanjoji Temple, birthplace of...
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Navarre, Spain
Imagine 100,000 acres of dry, clay desert landscape. Whoever said that Europe doesn’t have the great outdoors has never been to Las Bárdenas Reales Desert. Likened to Nevada or a Utah landscape, wind and water is acting architect, forming...
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13600 Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
Originally a Moorish fort and a testament to Almohad architecture, the Royal Alcázar is one of the three buildings that put Sevilla on the UNESCO World Heritage map. But the secret is its gardens. The intricate tile, latticework and beautiful...
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Cuenca, Spain
The remaining casas colgadas or “hanging houses” in Cuenca Spain have been refurbished over and again. It is said that the entire face of the Huécar Gorge was once lined with hanging houses dating back to the 15th century, but now only three...
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Av. Sarmiento 784, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Cachitas knows how to mix a killer cocktail. It's got retro style with an international crowd. The space is intimate and well-designed with sidewalk seating. Try the Passionfruit Mojito and the Espresso Martini. Av. Sarmiento 784; +54 261...
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Barossa Valley, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
Australia possesses some of the most ancient soils and world’s oldest vines, but its winemakers are embracing both old and new ways. Join a winemaker at a cellar door and taste the difference for yourself. Just one hour’s drive from Adelaide, the...
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627 S Broadway E, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
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The author does some research at the Southern Sun, a family-friendly brewpub in south Boulder; pictured above, Annapurna Amber and Quinn’s Golden Ale. The Southern Sun (627 S Broadway St, Boulder, 303-543-0886). The ample space, enormous...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust. For my inaugural highlight on AFAR, I am starting with my wife's favorite quote, and a local sight in Chicago. Sometimes people feel they...
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1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is a breathtaking vantage point from which to see Sydney's beautiful harbor in its entirety. The chair, carved of sandstone, is famously significant for being the vista point of Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of the governor of...
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Isla de Coiba, Panama
The miniscule, idyllic island of Granita de Oro (meaning “little grain of gold”) is one of 38 small, wild islands that comprise Panama’s Isla Coiba National Park, in the Gulf of Chiriqui. The cyan-blue waters here swarm with a jaw-dropping array...
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Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
The Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is lined by some of the country’s loveliest golden-sand beaches. Surfers love them for their gnarly offshore waves, but wilder species converge here, too—including several endangered sea turtle...
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It's not just the country's largest national park: The 417-square-kilometer (161-square-mile) Corcovado National Park could be described as Costa Rica's Amazon given its remarkable biodiversity. The trees here can soar higher...

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10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Yen pairs exquisite Chinese gastronomy with iconic views from the 31st floor of the W Taipei, known as the city's best designed hotel, for an incredible dinging experience. Chef Ken Yu masterfully cooks up some of the best contemporary Chinese...
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When the sun sets on the Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita, chef Sarah Simmons goes to work. Several nights each week, she and her team transform a daytime retail space into a chic dining room, from which they operate City Grit, a culinary salon...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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Hanapepe, HI 96716, USA
At the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail lies the most perfectest beach. Gorgeous 360 degree views of cliffs and ocean, fine white sand, natural waterfall for your bathing and hydration needs, tropical fruit ripe for the picking, sea caves, and...
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Madison Ave & E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, USA
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The baby of food brainchild Danny Meyer, Shake Shack has become a staple for New Yorkers and tourists alike. What makes it so special? The food is scrumptious, the shakes are heavenly, and the location is perfect. Shake Shack sits smack in the...
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220 Market Street, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
The photo is of the entrance into McIntyre's mystery room. Filled with mystery novels, posters and crime scene tape. If you like books in your hand, visit here. The staff and their personal recommendations are worth the trip. I liked the...
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400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
Chuan Body + Soul is the only international spa concept based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. The spa menu is extensive and includes a variety of stress-relieving treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. After your treatment, you...
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75-5828 Kahakai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Where Kahakai Road and Alii Drive meet, adjacent to Java on the Rock in Kailua-Kona, lies a small open space where a few perfect palm trees sway next to Pacific, as it ebbs and flows. Kailua-Kona has a perfect view of sunset each day—an evening on...
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Nothing showcases the Hawaiian Islands better than a tour by air. In fact, it is the most comprehensive way to see the Big Island if you only have a couple days to explore. With commercial helicopters departing regularly from the Hilo Airport and...
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Keauhou Bay, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 96740, USA
The most colorful of all the state fishes also has the most spectacular name: Hawaii’s Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. While the name is unusual, the Humuhumu (for short) is fairly easy to spot at any good snorkeling beach in the Hawaiian Islands. The one...
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We stayed in Hilo—hot, wet, and tropical Hilo—in a rented, Japanese-style house. Since I'm an astronomy nerd, I had to take the tour up to the observatories on Mauna Kea—way up on the top of the Big Island. The van trip was fun and educational,...
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78-6772 Makenawai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
For a rare and wonderfully crafted chocolate experience on the Big Island, visitors who book a tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Farm will learn about the chocolate making process from growing and harvesting to packaging. Only offered on...
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75-5669 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona coffee is famous around the world as one of Hawaii's best known products. The relatively small coffee growing area on the Big Island of Hawaii produces only a small fraction of the world's coffee beans. The limited production makes Hawaii...
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For travelers seeking a beautiful and quiet bay for ocean sports like snorkeling and paddleboarding, a trip to Makaiwa Bay allows swimmers and floaters to indulge their inner fish. An abundance of reef fish and clear water create a beautiful...
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Kalapana - Kapoho Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. Her power still holds the imagination of people in Hawaii today as legends suggest that taking rocks from her home on the island of Hawaii will lead to bad luck. She is said to...
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Ninole Loop Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
Punaluu Beach attracts visitors and locals to its black sandy volcanic shore. The beach is out of the way (between Volcanoes National Park and South Point), but worth a stop. Punaluu is not overly crowded, but the green sea turtles and uncommon...
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The sweet smell of plumeria floats on gentle trade winds into each guest room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. When entering the room, you may be surprised that floor-to-ceiling picture windows and a beautiful private lanai (patio) beckon you to step...
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Ka Lae Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
South Point on the Big Island is the most southern point in the United States. The cliffs were ancient mooring places for canoes belonging to the first settlers on the Big Island. Fishermen still use this place to cast their lines, and adventurous...
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Winemaker Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer says that the boutique wineries Gimenez Riili and Caelum provide a family-style experience. At Gimenez Riili, try the 2009 Gran Reserva malbec. Caelum serves homegrown pistachios to accompany the wines....
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Passeig de Gràcia, 200, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Gracia has never been one of my favorite Barcelona neighborhoods---it's a bit out of the way from other parts of the city, and I don't know it as well. So when Devour Barcelona Food Tours invited me to go on their tour of the neighborhood, I...
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900 E Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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For 20 years now, the Spring Mountain corridor north of the Las Vegas Strip has been a hotbed of hot pots—and every other Asian dish under the desert sun. When celebs such as Anthony Bourdain and Penn Jillette raved about the real-deal...
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As part of their reimagination of this 19th-century residence, New York–based Roman and Williams added a new wing to the 1850s Greek Revival building. The décor in the 20 guest rooms combines objects from Nantucket’s history (whaling artifacts,...