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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 crypt in the...
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D.S.Abdelaziz, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Getting lost in the souk, and taking a chance by following a local kid. Ended up at an 11th century tannery way off the beaten track. Relieved to make it back, with a camel-hide pouf, and not having vanished in a lime pit.
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25 Ngũ Xã, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Via AFAR.com, I met some American pilots now living as expats in Vietnam. They were nice enough to take us out to some delicious local dinner spots and on motor bike rides through the outskirts of the city! This place, Pho Cuon Huong Mai, was far...
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Mozambique Channel
Sleep is important, but not if you're sleeping through the sun rising over the Mozambique Channel. There's nothing subtle about it, the early morning African sun is breath taking. Its beauty will move you, and its warmth will energize you like...
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Aleja Hermanna Bollea 27, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Mirogaj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. The mortuary, and the impressive arcades with the church of Christ the King made it one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. This is where Dr Franco Tudman, Croatia's first President was laid to...
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Aleja Hermanna Bollea 27, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Mirogoj has been called an outdoor museum. With an eclectic mix that includes a neo-Renaissance arcade, towering cupolas, decorative gravestones of varying sizes, shapes and colors, it is definitely a place not to be missed.
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Great Ocean Rd, Victoria, Australia
What should have been a disastrous excursion--predicted heavy rain, long windy car trip--resulted in an incredible afternoon to take on one of those views that stays with you forever. Funny how little more than rocks, water, and the passage of...
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Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
Like many architectural wonders in India, the Agra Fort presents it self best under the setting sun. As the light fades, so go the turists, affording the the straggling spectator an opportunity to fantasize a life of power and beauty in a world...
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Meilan, Haikou, China, 570208
I volunteered at a local school in Hainan, China and these are some of my students. Hainan, to me, is the happiest place on earth. Everyone is kind and the happiest people I've ever met. They want nothing more in life than to just be happy. It...
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Al Haram, Medina 42311, Saudi Arabia
A steady stream of pilgrims files past deserted merchant stalls. Sleek Mercedes and muscular Fords are forced to pull to the curb, unable to penetrate the accretion of foot traffic surging toward the end of the road. There, like Disneyland on...
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
I will say a hundred times over, my experiences in Uzbekistan were less then ideal. I guess the great Silk Road cities had been built up so much in my mind that reality could never be satisfactory. In response to this feeling, I spent a lot of...
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I enjoyed admiring Ghent's quirky architecture along the canal. From Brussels, many visitors take day trips to Antwerp and Bruges, unaware that nearby Ghent has lots to offer. The old town has beautiful architecture, funky shops and a youthful...
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Caldera Cliffs, Agiou Mina, Fira 847 00, Greece
This was a moment after a quite adventurous donkey ride up the side of a mountain in Santorini, Greece. I talked to a few of the Greek men about why the donkey's weren't led but rather left to fly up the stairs!! haha!
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98050 Panarea ME, Italy
The Italians kept saying guardo elefante. Can you see it?
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Boulevard Al Yarmouk, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Dried fruits, nuts and more at Djemaa el Fna, I didn't know what most of the items were but was sure to try 90% of them and everything was delicious. Moroccan food is amazing but only when eaten in Morocco!
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6126 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 94558, USA
This winery is the only structure that Austrian artist/ architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) designed and built in the U.S. The building's playfulness will put a big smile on your face. It's a great break from the hustle and bustle of...
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Av. Benito Juárez 212, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
I wasn't too impressed with the food in Guanajuato, but Las Mercedes restaurant up on a hill outside town was a refreshing finale. The mushroom soup, poured over avocado and tortilla strips at the table was excellent, as was my chicken with...
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Southern Europe
Yes the island of Vulcano is always erupting! If you go to Sicily - you must go to the islands Vulcano, Lipari, & Panaera. These little islands will take your breath away! I stayed in Lipari and is the best place to stay within these little...
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This dramatic two-tier waterfall, whose name translates as "Golden Falls," a reference to the shimmering mist that sometimes appears around the falls, is one of Iceland’s most famous—which is saying something in a country...
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
The Grolier Club on east 60th in NYC is devoted to the art of the book.
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Rajasthan, India
For us, the vast dusty desert was a novelty act. We rode a camel. We dismounted and took a few photographs. We drank tea and pretended to be desert dwellers. But as we prepared to leave, I saw a sadness come over the local people's faces. It's...
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Jordan
A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the...
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Sana'a, Yemen
Yemen is really a mystical place and old Sana'a is the heart of it. It's a special place and you know it; you feel the pressure to be in the now. There really isn't anything like this city in the world. It's a sensory overload. A constant...
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Acropolis is one of the world's most famous landmarks and Greece's center of history and culture. The Parthenon is the largest structure of the Acropolis and is admired by the entire world. The temple was complete in 438 BC and was dedicated to...
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Elliniko, Greece
Don't forget to live the experience of the unique Greek nightlife. The capital city has most of the biggest clubs in the country with international, mainstream or greek music, which are full of people every single night. The "traditional" way of...
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Athens 105 58, Greece

You can’t miss the Parthenon, the majestic ruin towering above Athens. Originally painted in vivid hues, this feat of architecture, engineering, and artistry is still as awe-inspiring as it was almost 2,500 years ago. Le Corbusier, pioneer...

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Aleppo, Syria
While most Arab historic souq's are largely a tourist trap, Aleppo is a largely intact historic city of 15,000 limestone buildings linked by labyrinthine streets and peaked-roof tunnels. Aleppo's enormous traditional souq boasts more than seven...
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Exo Gonia 847 00, Greece
Yes, Vegas would do the trick, but a 12 days hopping between the Greek islands of Santorini, Folegandros, and Sifnos will be a matrimonial send-off you’ll actually want to remember. Cannonball into clear coves reachable only by boat, and...
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Khari Baoli Rd, Gadodia Market, Katra Pedan, Fatehpuri, Old Delhi, Delhi, 110006, India
After some crazy rickshaw driving and bargaining, we finally reached Khari Baoli. The morning sun was now creating rays of light that illuminated the swirls of dust.
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ตำบลประตูชัย อำเภอ พระนครศรีอยุธยา พระนครศรีอยุธยา 13000, Thailand
Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam before it was sacked by the Burmese. The Burmese were merciless, hacking off the heads and hands of the thousands of Buddha statues that lined the many temples in Ayutthaya. My Thai friend whispered under her...
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25 Airline Rd, Singapore 819829
Like a Hobbit, I had two (birthday) breakfasts today--both on Singapore Airlines: the first Indian, the second Chinese.
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Harar, Ethiopia
Outside the vibrant walled city of Harar, Ethiopia, I spotted an Afar tribesman so striking that I couldn't keep my eyes off of him. He met my gaze with an unwavering stare so intense that I quickly lost my nerve and scuttled past him, eyes...
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The King's Highway is the longest, winding road in Jordan. It stretches from Amman to Aqaba and is about 208 miles. It takes days to drive but you see everything from forested highlands, open farmland plateaus, deep ravines, the edge of the...
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Dublin, Ireland
I was standing outside a tourist office near Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland when I noticed a street artist carefully drawing a picture of Mary on the sidewalk with pastels.
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Camino Al Volcán 31087, San José de Maipo, Región Metropolitana, Chile
This poor, compact, city car was not designed to travel over the dirt tracks that we made it travel in Cajon de Maipo, in the Andes of Chile. It was a trooper though! And while the rental company employees gave me some pretty strange looks when I...
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Belleville, 75020 Paris, France
In the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, this wall that would otherwise be nondescript brick is covered in unlikely art, with the caveat: "beware of words." A bit of artistic 3-D in the 20th arrondissement, by the artist Benjamin Vautier. (To see...
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3era. Avenida NO y 1era. calle NO, Del Parque Central 2 cuadras al Oeste, 1/2 cuadra al Norte, León 21000, Nicaragua
In the heart of León, Nicaragua, the Hotel El Convento is located in what used to be the Convento de San Francisco, dating from the 17th century. Refurbished as a hotel in 2000, the lobby is full of colonial art and antiques--but I was a bit...
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Hải Vân, Hải Hậu, Nam Định, Vietnam
Our driver suggested we take in the famously spectacular views of steep cliffs, waterfalls, and the ocean far below by climbing the Hai Van Pass road through the mountains between Hue and Da Nang on our way to Hoi An. About two-thirds of the way...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
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La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
The aftermath of the opening parade for the International Theater Festival in Bogotá in April. I have no idea how they even got the paint this far up on the building -- or if it comes off.
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I wasn't expecting amazing fresh food in Serbia, but Belgrade has lots of bustling green markets selling everything from melons to bootleg DVDs. Around the corner from our apartment in Stari Grad, we found the Bajloni market, one of Belgrade's...
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If you are lucky enough to be in Croatia when they play football, join the locals in any bar, pub or restaurant for a fantastic time. I happened to be in Gundulic square in Old Town Dubrovnik when Croatia played Spain in UEFA Euro 2012. Wow!
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Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines
Everything changed when I found the skull. Bobbing softly in the surf, nestled between two blackened boulders, the unmistakable visage of a bleached skull stared at me and I stared back. I thought it must be a monkey, or a canine or some unknown...
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2001 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Detroit is a truly incredible city, and a place I highly recommend everyone visit. You'll find great food, beautiful architecture, wonderful people and vibrant art scene that can surprise you in unlikely places. We stumbled across this inverted...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
These beautiful pods are the immature flower buds of the corozo palm which is native to Mexico and Central America. The buds range from about 3 to 5 feet in length. In Guatemala, the bud of the corozo palm is an integral part of Semana Santa (Holy...
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400 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Scioto Audubon Metro Park is a reclaimed and restored 120-acre oasis for both migrating birds and local residents in the heart of downtown Columbus. The park sits on the bank of the Scioto River and features hiking trails, bird watching, fishing,...
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Calle Mexicanidad de Chiapas s/n, Barrio San Miguel, San Jacinto, 29160 Chiapa de Corzo, Chis., Mexico
The town of Chiapa de Corzo is famous for the Parachicos Festival, the embarcation point for the magnificent Sumidero Canyon boat tours, and for the lacquer work of various artists. Facing the plaza is a school that teaches traditional art; making...
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Pretoria, South Africa
While in Pretoria, South Africa I found out that there was a lion park. I had an opportunity to pet a lion (cub) and I took it. I was very glad that he was sleeping because he would probably be biting and scratching on me in a playful tone. His...
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125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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There are a lot of ice cream trucks in NYC. Only one started out as the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but became a brick-and-mortar Big Gay Ice Cream shop. Whether you flag down the truck somewhere in Midtown or wait in line at the shop on E 7th in the...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Part of the fun of visiting famous destinations in the USA is coming up with unique, original ways to photograph them. I've seen hundreds of images of Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park, but I wanted to come up with something that was wholly...
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Matura, Trinidad and Tobago
Every summer on the protected beaches of Matura Trinidad, Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings emerge out of the sands. They must make their way through a dead gauntlet of crabs, birds, dogs, and occasionally humans simply make it to the open ocean...