Collected by Kareem Yasin, AFAR Contributor
Kareem Yasin′s Wishlist
17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA
This Napa Valley winery is the only structure in the United States designed by the famed Austrian artist, architect, and ecologist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). The building's playfulness will put a big smile on your face, and best of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
196 หมู่ที่ 4 Khlong Tho Rd, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 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...
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...
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...
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...
Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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...
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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...
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...
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