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250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
My editor, Julia Cosgrove and I hopped in her Mini last minute on a Friday and drove to La to check out amazing street art show at the Moca. Many of the artists we highlighted in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue were represented. The show was fantastic and...
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Crescencio Rosas 4, Centro, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
This year, I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Adventure Travel World Summit. It was truly one of the coolest things I've been part of! Put together 600+ people passionate about using tourism/travel as a way to preserve indigenous...
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
I lived in NYC for nearly ten years. So when I returned last week for my first visit since my move to San Francisco this summer, I was curious what, if anything, would feel different. The High Line, the urban park that was built on an old elevated...
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Mansheya Nasir, Al Abageyah, Qism El-Khalifa, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Faces of challenge, unrest, and the pure joy of discovery. The Manshiet Nasser neighborhood of Cairo is largely built on the remnants of landfill. It is one of Cairo's most dynamic and underserved districts. The young people love to engage with...
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Roca, Tristan Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
If anyone ever says "What were you doing- living under a rock"... if you go here you can almost claim that to be true. I took a 7 day cruise around the various Galapagos Islands & it was so much fun. Pick your boat wisely and you can get a great...
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Sucumbíos Province, Ecuador
Walk the plank at Sacha Lodge in Ecuadorian jungle in Cocoa.
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Benavides 1566, Cercado de Lima lima 01, Peru
Driving along the beautiful Lima coastline recently, our view was accented with this incredible sunset.
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899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
San Francisco's Muni system can be scummy, inefficient, and scary, but I'd recommend any visitor take the bus vs. a cab at least a few times. Other than walking, riding the bus is the most entertaining and memorable mode of transportation. In a...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
This champagne bar looks like a mirage as you're coming down the last stretch of the narrow Sunnega run back into Zermatt. A classic après-ski spot, it’s where the local instructors gather at day’s end. The Cuban-born bartender...
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Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Head up the Filbert Steps (Sansome St. at Levi Plaza) and check out the amazing views. The plants are pretty darn cool too.
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111 Chambers St # A, New York, NY 10007, USA
I didn't have change for the meter, but then I looked up and saw the bank. Problem solved! But then I realized it was closing in 30 seconds. I had a decision to make... Do I take a shortcut to the teller and get the change...or do I waste money in...
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Eureka, CA, USA
When my wife and I moved from the Pacific NW down to Arizona, we made a road-trip out of it...which meant bringing our two little parrots along on the drive all the way down the West Coast of the U.S. Surely, in their little bird-brains, in their...
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Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA
Lunch like the 'Suits' of Midtown. There is nothing like a little picnic lunch and ping pong in Bryant Park to celebrate the first signs of Spring.
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22, Raj Bhavan Rd, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500082, India
Every morning, the Eco-friendly Park Hotel offers an amazing selection of fresh in season juices. I tried a new mix each day, but my favorite combo was carrot, watermelon and cucumber.
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Scottsdale Vista Estates, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
In downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, there's a new taco place called Barrio Queen Tequileria. They serve more than 50 kinds of tacos, and I wish I could have tried them all. I lingered there yesterday, and enjoyed a long lunch of shrimp and carnitas...
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Tanzania
I expected to witness the great migration, determined by the availability of grazing, of herds of Wildebeest and Zebra while visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania during the migration season. As the larger animals blanketed the vast African...
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317 Cedar St # A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
David Wright introduced me to pu-erh tea at his happy, mellow, stimulant-infused palace of tea culture in Santa Cruz. I went to the city with this stop in mind, and am so glad we made it a priority. David let me taste teas, and even made "tea" (a...
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Ios Island Main Village,Greece Cyclades, Ios 840 01, Greece
These windmills were actually places that you could stay. I loved how they added something different to the caldera. At sunset, they became colorful. But, I was drawn to the abstract shape of the wooden arms of the windmill against the post sunset...
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California, USA
I started to rock climb outside this year. Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne meadows can be climbed in 5 pitches. This is the view from the top.
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15 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Across the street from the Lama Temple is the Guozijian, or Kong Miao. However, as my philosophy teacher warned, the Confucian philosophy is not to be confused with religion—that is to say, this is not really a worshipping temple. Rather, it’s a...
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Upphéraðsvegur, Iceland
I was there for a weekend and wanted to maximize my time. I highly recommend taking a bus tour to see everything and there are sooooo many to choose from. It's great to have a guide to tell you about the country and some history or interesting...
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1004 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
While hiking through the Lands End area of San Francisco I came across this gem. Built in the late 19th century as the world's largest indoor swimming pool complex, visitors could take a dip in one of the seven pools or take a stroll through a...
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Nyamata, Rwanda
My first experience in Rwanda was a volunteer photography assignment for the Maranyundo School in the small town of Nyamata. I knew the area had been devastated by the 1994 genocide, but when I arrived I learned that the school had been built on...
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SH 36, Khandwari, Uttar Pradesh 232109, India
Around the Ganges, the streets and alley-ways of Varanasi are packed with sellers of anything you can imagine. I passed this flower market on the way back to my hotel, and loved the bright red wall behind the man and his flowers. The text above...
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Southern Africa
At the Weltevrede lion farm in Heilbron/South Africa you can come very close to a cheetah. His name: Juba. Was awesome to hug him and to lay right next to him while he was snorring like a little kitty... In case you ever will be in that region, go...
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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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Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
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129 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
I have never been to Taipei. But after tasting a fresh grapefruit and green tea from CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, I was ready to pack my bags and move. This juice company, based in Taiwan, is dedicated to serving the highest quality ingredients to its...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
We visited the Hermitage Museum on Monday (the day it's closed to the public) and were able to witness art students painting some of the museum's most famous works. If you go, definitely try to arrange a private tour. On a typical day, 10,000...
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El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Life's a beach... Or if you're in this part of Mexico, it's an indescribable piece of heaven. This was just one of many sunsets a group of friends and I enjoyed during a month long Mexican adventure in El Pescadero. A shanty little town 20 minutes...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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New York, NY 10004, USA
2 amazing acro yogis at Wanderlust Yoga Day Fest in NYC
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Mt Everest
The most exciting plane landing ever is in Paro, Bhutan - an approach through tight mountain passes to the only flat spot in Bhutan large enough to accomodate a runway. But just when you think you had won the "best flight ever" lottery - the trip...
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Scandinavia
I can remember being a kid at summer camp and never wanting the day to end. Those that know little of Scandinavia are fascinated by the idea of short days in the winter and long days in the summer. As the long summer days stretch into infinity,...
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Scandinavia
Even though Smögen is said to be one of the most popular fishing towns, a Swedish friend of mine tells me it still feels like a secret, even for them. These beautiful cozy and colorful fishing huts line the pier with a rocky coastline in the...
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64200 Biarritz, France
The view from this corner bar encapsulated great people watching, excellent French cider and a surreal view of the ocean looming above street level.
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Excerpt from a daily report aboard National Geographic Explorer on February 23, 2013. Just off shore, in deeper water, lay the massive rotting tabular bergs that may stay locked up in the sea ice for years as they bounce around the Weddell Sea. In...
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Penguin behavior is endlessly fascinating. In the Antarctic spring, hundreds of Gentoo penguins parade before us, reestablishing their bonds, mating, staking their claim, and thievishly stealing stones from one another for their nests. And you are...
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Glasgow, UK
Even some Americans who saw Brad Pitt’s zombie blockbuster World War Z last summer were likely fooled into thinking the film was shot in Philadelphia—the city it supposedly takes place in. But Glaswegians knew better. They remembered the film’s...
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Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
"First stop in Barcelona is Bar Mut. Great vibes, wine, and this house classic of egg yolk, prawns, and crispy potatoes. Hot damn, it's good to be here."—Matt Duckor
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During the salmon run in southeastern Alaska (typically starting in early July), the region’s rivers swarm with pink salmon converging to spawn in the very riverbeds where they once hatched. Since grizzlies are among the predators that gather to...
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Icy Strait, Alaska, USA
The numerous fjords and small islands surrounding Alaska’s southeastern “panhandle” teem with sea life, including sea lions, otters, and harbor seals; porpoises, humpback, and gray whales; and orcas (known in these parts by their noms de guerre,...
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Petersburg, AK 99833, USA
There’s a huge number of humpback whales who really know how to live: They winter near Hawaii and summer in the waters off of Petersburg, a small Alaskan town that leans decidedly Norwegian. Though the whales might not care about the...
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Ship passengers traveling the fjords of southeast Alaska often hear the mighty cracks and crashes of glaciers “calving” ice chunks into the sea. Once they’ve separated from the glaciers, these masses become free-floating, wind-sculpted icebergs,...
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The best place on earth to see a healthy population of wild polar bears is the Svalbard Archipelago, in the northernmost part of Norway that falls inside the Arctic Circle. More than 60 percent of the landmass in this island group is ice-covered,...
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Svalbard and Jan Mayen
While the beauty and curiosity of polar bears can make them appear friendly, it’s essential for Arctic travelers to stay a safe distance and explore with an experienced expedition team. The best way to observe the bears and other wildlife is from...
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Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Exploring the ice floes and glaciers of the high Arctic—particularly around Spitsbergen Island, the largest in the Svalbard Archipelago—can be especially serene in a kayak. The icy waters here are still, quiet, and crystal clear, and paddling near...
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Svalbard and Jan Mayen
When you’re traveling just 600 miles south of the North Pole, you can’t take an ordinary cruise ship. That’s why tour groups exploring the waters of the high Arctic need to sail on ice-class vessels—with reinforced hulls to let it break through...
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Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal is a mind-boggling feat of human engineering. The canal’s series of mechanized locks, extending almost two miles in length, move some 26 million gallons of water every time a freight ship passes through (up to 40 per day),...
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Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Set on Costa Rica’s verdant Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado National Park is one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet. The 161 square miles here encompass old-growth lowland rainforest, mangrove swamps, cascading waterfalls, and 23 miles of...
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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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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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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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Bartolomé Island, Ecuador
Though the wildlife in the Galápagos gets most of the hype, the archipelago’s fantastically colored beaches get raves, too. These vary dramatically from island to island; while a beach on Rabida Island is crimson red (due to a high concentration...
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
While Charles Darwin didn’t much care for the marine iguanas of the Galápagos (he dismissively dubbed them “imps of darkness”), modern-day travelers may find them fascinating. Endemic to the Galápagos, they are the only iguanas on earth that feed...
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
No less than ten different subspecies of giant land tortoise are endemic to the Galápagos (meaning they’re found here and nowhere else). Up to five feet long and weighing more than 500 pounds, these primordial-looking, slow-moving creatures are...
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Española Island, Ecuador
The wild creatures of the Galápagos Islands are unique in several ways. Not only have species evolved independently—and thus, differently—than any place on earth, but they’ve also done so without natural predators. That means many of the animals...
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Svalbard and Jan Mayen
It’s only in the northerly waters of the Arctic Circle that travelers can encounter wild walruses. The enormous heft of these animals can only really be appreciated in person; a male walrus can weigh more than 3,000 pounds, twice the weight of a...
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What’s magical about Antarctica isn’t just its otherworldly ice—and seascapes, or its proliferation of rare wildlife species; it’s that travelers here get to experience these wonders in relative solitude. While ships of any size can cruise...
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Seeing penguins in the wild is one of the major draws for travelers to Antarctica. And since the frozen continent is home to massive colonies of Gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap penguins, visitors have plenty of chances to see the (sometimes...
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Almost anyone who’s visited a penguin tank at the zoo has noticed how these aquatic birds seem to fly underwater—flapping their front flippers and soaring as if in air. Only travelers encountering penguins in the wild, though, have been able to...
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During the dark Antarctica sea ice freezes in sheets radiating out from the continent. And when the southern-hemisphere summer months of November and December arrive, icemaster captains with an abundance of experience and a ship with a...
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Climb into a sturdy kayak for a polar safari, where you encounter the ice and its creatures such as the Crabeater seal, up close. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic experts were the first to pioneer kayaking in the polar regions, which means...
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7500 St Moritz, Switzerland
The Segantini Museum is the true gem of St. Moritz. A beautiful turn-of-the-century rotunda displaying several of the Italian painter's masterpieces including the top level Alpine Triptych, three larger-than-life oil paintings with scenes of the...
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Thun, Switzerland
When traveling in Switzerland with my family when I was growing up, we always took public transportation. So when I took friends over there in the autumn of 2010 for a tour, for which they wanted to rent a car with me as the driver, I was a bit...
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3800 Sundlauenen, Switzerland
While many walked through the streets of the small town, I decided to head along the river and came across this beautiful view of Lake Brienz.
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Lugano, Switzerland
Lugano, Switzerland is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. With the Mediterranean climate of the Ticino region and the Swiss-Italian culture, Lugano is not your average stadt der Schweiz. Palm trees sway and colorful flowers...
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Amazing snow capped Alps, the greenest grass, and the tinkling of cow's bells in the background.
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Hiking down the Schilthorn may be hard on your toes, but it's a high-altitude feast for the rest of your senses...From the Lauterbrunnen valley south of Interlaken, you can take a cable-car up to the summit and then hike down to Mürren, across...
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360°-Restaurant Piz Gloria Schilthorn, 3825 Mürren, Switzerland
Outside the Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant atop the 9,744-foot Schilthorn that featured prominently in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, workers have built a new observation deck with 360 panoramic views of the Alps....
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Mürren, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing...
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Wengen, 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
The North Face, one of the most famous mountains in the world is located near the picturesque village of Wengen, Switzerland. It is one of the climbing world's Shangri La's with heroic and tragic stories of men and women climbing to glory or to...
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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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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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V Kotcích 516/15, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Beautiful, kooky old houses like this dotted throughout the city centre really helped Prague live up to my expectations of a fairytale city. Prague was a fascinating contrast of old and new, so it both lived up to my expectations and surprised me
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Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of the most beautiful magical places I have been. It reminds me of a less commercialized Paris or Barcelona
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Kornhauspl. 16, 3011 Bern, Switzerland
Rösti, a pan-fried grated potato dish, is famously associated with Switzerland’s German-speaking population. In fact the “Rösti Divide” is a term jokingly used to refer to cultural differences between Switzerland’s German and French linguistic...
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7551 Ftan, GR, Schweiz, 7551 Scuol, Switzerland
The Swiss Cheese Union declared fondue the national dish in 1930, but the tradition of dipping bits of bread in bubbling pots of melted cheese dates back centuries. Indulge in this typical Swiss meal at Restaurant Engiadina, a cozy pine-paneled...
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Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
With its sausage-centric food culture, Zurich may not be the most likely home for the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, but family-owned Hiltl has been serving up vegetarian fare for over four generations. This restaurant competes with the...
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Avenue d'Ouchy 15, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
Switzerland certainly doesn’t lack for world-class chocolate, and Durig Chocolatier continues the tradition with a focus on organic and fair-trade ingredients. At the chocolaterie in the French-speaking Swiss city of Lausanne, master chocolatier...
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Seestrasse 559, 8038 Zürich, Switzerland
Located on the shores of Lake Zurich, Fischer’s Fritz restaurant is located on Zurich’s only campground—a favorite camping destination for the well-heeled city dwellers on holiday. The catch comes straight from Lake Zurich; the restaurant employs...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Housed in an old chalet in the hamlet of Finland, Restaurant Findlerhof has one of the best outdoor patios around. It’s spacious and sunny—and overlooks the Matterhorn. The restaurant itself is rustic yet comfortable, offering a mix of...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Named among the best mountain restaurants in the world by The Telegraph, Chez Vrony sits on Rothorn Mountain, a short ski down from the Sunnegga Express in the hamlet of Findeln. Housed in a rustic-chic Swiss chalet, it’s been in operation...
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Chemin du Vignoble, 1971 Grimisuat, Switzerland
Switzerland’s largest and oldest wine region (viticulture in this area dates back to the Roman Era) stretches fifty miles along the Rhône River in the canton of Valais. Plan an excursion along the Chemin du Vignoble, a meandering wine route...
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Rue du Mont-Blanc 26, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Since 1930, Café de Paris in Geneva has been doing just one thing and doing it really well: an unforgettable version of classic steak frites. Every diner enjoys green salad and hot rolls before the one and only main course—Entrecôte de Café de...
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Switzerland’s favorite cold weather libation is a piping hot glass of glühwein, a German-inspired mulled wine infused with the sweet and spicy flavors of cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The best place to enjoy a glass? The Basel Christmas Market,...
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Skip the terra cotta warrior knock-offs and take home something truly unique that not only embodies a traditional Chinese art form, but adds a noteworthy color pop to your sofa: a Nankeen pillow case. LuRu Home is the brainchild of Claire Russo...
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653 Waima Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The Cool Docks is a restored grease factory sitting on the South Bund. Along with housing a number of restaurants and bars, the area is also used to host events, openings and shows and is home to the Eco Design Fair every April. Check out the link...
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Loisium-Allee 1, 3550 Langenlois, Austria
In the wine region along the Danube in Lower Austria, acclaimed American architect Steven Holl designed a striking contemporary building for the Loisium World of Wine in Langenlois. Surrounded by centuries-old vines, the building is a prime...
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Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Blobitecture, or Blob Architecture, landed in 2003 in the heart of historic Graz, Austria’s second largest city, in the form of the Kunsthaus Graz, a museum focused on contemporary art that welcomes visitors drawn by both its unusual exterior and...
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Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Star architect Zaha Hadid’s first work in Innsbruck was the soaring Bergisel ski jump which opened in 2005. Two years later, the four stations she designed for the Nordkettenbahn hybrid funicular line took architecture to new heights, literally...
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Wilhelm-Spazier-Straße 7a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Hangar-7 in Salzburg is a place you have to see if you love airplanes, cars, art, food, and/or architecture. It is located right at the Salzburg airport. The Red Bull co-founder and CEO is the founder of this amazing place. It's not only the...
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Xuhui, China
In the case of Lolo Love Vintage, charming might be an understatement. Far from Shanghai’s ultra-modern glitz among the trees of the former French Concession, you’ll find Lolo Love Vintage, a boutique celebrating times past. Hailed the “vintage...