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1 Chome-31-1 Asamaonsen, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 390-0303, Japan
At the new Kai Matsumoto inn, located in the historic town of Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps, the spa offers 13 different traditional Japanese bathing rituals in its eight baths. The alkaline water is drawn from nearby Asama Hot Springs, which...
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Annecy, France
While it would probably take well over a lifetime to visit all of France's picturesque and welcoming villages, there is, in my opinion, a simple solution to this "problem", if there ever was one. It's called Annecy. And it's wonderful. Sights in...
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Phaknam Bay, Phi Phi Island Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
On the island of Kho Phi Phi, there is the usual town that greets you with bars, restaurant and easy-to-get lodging if you didn't plan ahead. However, if you are so inclined, on the far side of the island there is a veritable Smurf village that...
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Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where...
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Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Benchamabophit gleams white and gold in the late morning sun, two huge singhas (lions) guarding the entrance to the Bot (ordination hall). The marble it is made from came from Carrara in Italy and is a working temple where Buddhist monks with...
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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations, going back millennia. It may be an important...
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Botswana’s most famous crafts are baskets woven from fan palm fibers. They are dyed with natural pigments: blue from fever-berry leaves, dark brown from magic guarri shrubs, and yellow from the roots of red star apple trees. Some baskets take a...
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Cooma Cairn Road, Mountain Pine Ridge, P.O. Box 170, Belize
Over 7,000 acres of adventure await visitors to Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve. This intimate luxury resort is situated in a guest-exclusive reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo District. The boutique property features 10 Estate...
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Mountain Pine Ridge,, Belize
Movie director Francis Ford Coppola had traveled the world, but when he visited Belize in the 1980s, in search of a “jungle paradise” like the one where he had filmed Apocalypse Now, he was taken by the untamed land and bought...
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Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Ubud, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
One of our top highlights from our honeymoon in Ubud was taking a cooking class at Lobong Cooking School. For ~$40 USD per person, we were picked up at our hotel, taken to a local market outside of Ubud (no tourists there), learned about the...
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Calle Sta. Teresa, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Breakfasts in Madrid are taken quickly: a cup of coffee and a plate of churros before one dashes off: it is if everyone is late for that all important meeting. But when Madrileños seek a more relaxed start to the day, they head to Olivia Te Cuida,...
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Panarea, 98050 Lipari, Province of Messina, Italy
After learning that our ferry to the mainland of Sicily was canceled due to strong seas, this picture was taken sitting on an inactive volcano with a view of Stromboli, an active volcano. At night we could see bursting lava into the night's sky.
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Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
If there were ever a three-dimensional ode to Nordic design, the impressive Oslo Opera House would be it. On the waterfront in the Bjørvika neighborhood with the Oslo fjord as a backdrop, the otherworldly building is home to the Norwegian National...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
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Universitetsgata 18, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Oslo might not seem like a big and bustling city, but even so, it can be nice to "get away" from all the modern noise that surrounds us on a daily basis. Norlis Antikvariat (Norli's Used Book Store) was founded by Olaf Norli in 1890 and though it...
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123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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It often seems there are as many cupcake shops in NYC, as there are hipsters. Everyone has a favorite. Butter Lane on East 7th (and now in Park Slope also on Seventh) is one of mine. They don't have the most inventive flavors in the world, though...
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Svartifoss Trail, Iceland
This was a pretty nice hike, the waterfall is about 1.5km from the information center and it's an inclined hike. It took us about 1 h there and less back as you go downhill on the way back. It was really worth the trouble to see this amazing...
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Alma, NB, Canada
Stop and stay at Fundy National Park, New Brunswick’s first National Park. Running along the perimeter of the Bay of Fundy means beautiful hikes and trails. We did a small hike to a waterfall and covered bridge with our short time in the area....
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San Francisco, CA, USA
If you're in San Francisco for just a day, a week, or even a lifetime, check out San Francisco City Guides walking tours. Tours cover the rich history and architecture of neighborhoods all over the city. There's even a Hitchcock tour for movie...
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20 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, France
The tacit canon of dining out while traveling mandates that we indulge in the local fare but if you're spending enough time in one place, why not discover how chefs and bakers locally adapt international classics? One of the most widely-disputed...
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Courchevel 1850, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
It’s rare to find a hotel that caters to kids, unless you’re in Disney World. Many fancy hotels ban kids altogether. But at L’Apogée everyone gets VIP treatment, especially the kids. This ski-in/ski-out hotel in the posh French ski resort of...
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Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
The first Saturday of the month, the Island of Kauai comes out of the woodwork to the Eastside’s Kapa’a Art Night. Down the main drag of Old Kapa’a Town, local artists, business owners, photographers, musicians, dancers, fire-twirlers, jewelry...
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Otago Peninsula, 9077, New Zealand
The Otago Peninsula outside of Dunedin is a place for a walk, a bike ride, a crawl, whatever you can manage. Slopes of green, icy blue waters, flocks of sheep... it's just country-side bliss. You can also check out the Albatross colon, new zealand...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle, located on a tiny island on Loch Duich, is one of Scotland's most famous castles, and a fun stop for both history buffs and scenic-seekers. I was surprised that even though it is one of the most visited attractions in the...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
Here at Horseshoe Bend, hundreds of feet above the Colorado River just south of the Utah border, my wife and I had, for company, a group of French high schoolers on a summer trip. At cliff's edge, there was no shortage of adolescent posing....
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Oia 847 02, Greece
Oia is a picturesque town on the northern part of Santorini that overlooks the famous caldera where some speculate the lost city of Atlantis stood before sinking into the sea. It is the perfect place to feel on top of the world and watch the sun...
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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Calle del Mercado 133, Xaltocan, 16090 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The system of canals and chinampas (cultivated artificial islands fashioned from the area’s swampy soils) that has survived in the far-south neighborhood known as Xochilmilco once stretched all the way to the Centro. To this day, the...
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Distrito Municipal 10, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
The Guembé Biocenter is a 60-acre environmental resort/preserve (if that's a thing) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It has a restaurant and swimming pools, as well as extensive grounds that contain a lake, tropical plants, an aviary, and a butterfly...
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Semey 070000, Kazakhstan
Semey is a little town located in Eastern Kazakhstan that is primarily famous for being part of the nuclear polygon, a part of the Kazakhstan used extensively for nuclear tests. But what few tourists know is that it is the perfect small town for a...
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Koure, Niger
Walking alongside a herd of wild giraffes quietly grazing in the acacia-specked countryside is a welcome respite from the bustle of Niger's capital, Niamey. Located roughly 60 kilometers southeast of the city, the Kouré Giraffe Reserve is easily...
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West Africa
As the wooden boat glides along the calm waters of the Niger River, white-faced ducks scatter upwards into the evening sky. Further along the shore, elephants lumber down the muddy bank. On the other side, a family of warthogs darts between clumps...
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Ali Barbours Rd, Diani Beach, Kenya
Residents of Diani Beach on the Kenyan coast must have a good laugh when the camels are brought out: travelers trip over themselves to ogle them. Something about seeing camels on a white sand beach in Kenya sends a clear message that you’re not in...
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Duma Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Our fist night in Nairobi at The Giraffe Manor, a giraffe stuck her long neck into the dining room. Her 18 inch tongue curled around our fingers as she plucked giraffe food pellets from our hands and watched us with dark soulful eyes. The next...
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Rivaz, Switzerland
Lavaux in Vaud, Switzerland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 830 hectares of vineyards just 20 minutes by train from Lausanne. Slanted dramatically, these fields stretch about 30 km along the banks of Lake Geneva producing mostly Chasselas...
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4500 Solothurn, Switzerland
Solothurn is a small city along the Aare River and is regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland. The old town traffic-free streets are a joy to wander, with many shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and churches to visit. During the...
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Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This "boutique coffee house" offers various pastries, macarons and croissants with wide selection of teas and coffees. It is a romantic place for coffee!
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Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770 Thoiry, France
Just 35 minutes outside of Paris is the Parc de Thoiry. It is three destinations in one: a historic Chateau, a zoo complete with an arc of small beasts, and a drive thru safari. Yes, a safari. We had the opportunity to visit the Parc and were...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Adorned with more than 20,000 blue handcrafted İznik tiles, stained-glass windows, and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590–1617). The young sultan audaciously wished...
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Sultan Ahmet Parkı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
When the sun finally dips behind the minaret skyline and the moon starts to rise, Sultanahmet Park—between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia—brightens up with a colourful lighting display. In summer enjoy the show by savoring a creamy Turkish ice...
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Beyazıt Mahallesi Çadırcılar Caddesi istanbul sahaflar çarşısı No.16-18-19-22-23, Beyazıt Mh., beyazıt, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Book lovers and bazaar hunters will revel in foraging through the Sahaflar Çarsısı (Beyazit Book Bazaar) for new titles, secondhand books, historical maps, the Quran (in various languages), ancient texts, and other rare finds. The bazaar, between...
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19-4178 Wright Rd, Volcano, HI 96785, USA
Finding accommodations near Volcanoes National Park can be tiresome. No big hotel chains provide accommodation near the park (or on the entire Hilo side of the Big Island). Hotel websites typically offer the best way to locate a suitable place to...
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831 Leilani St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
For travelers who visit Hawaii and want a quiet, tucked-away vacation from the rest of the world, Hilo is a fantastic town to find a condo for rent and sunrises from the local beaches or to enjoy quiet evenings staying in. While no one needs to...
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Old Puako Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
Perhaps Hapuna Beach Cabins are not living in the lap of luxury, but when hotels start to bore you and camping in a tent doesn’t quite appeal either, consider giving the cabins at this beach a go. The accommodations are quite rustic and bedding...
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40 Rainbow Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Just outside of Hilo is one of the Big Island's beautiful waterfalls. Rainbow Falls is a pretty sight, particularly when the sun is shining and its rainbow is shimmering in the mist. The rainbow is out on most days, so chances are that you will...
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Giverny, France
The sun was warm and had a different illumination that came through this photograph of Monet's gardens. This father and child felt like a moment in time captured that could be 1811 or 2011.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
It's the quintessential thing to do in Sydney, and it's alot of fun! You won't get a better bird's-eye-view of Sydney's amazing landmarks— including the Opera House and Luna Park— than from the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge. #afarexperiences...
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Sangkat 4, Mittakpheap, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
It sounds "too good to be true", right? No big resorts... miles of remote beaches... turquoise water... no crowds. The coastline of Cambodia is truly a tropical paradise! There are signs that things are changing, but today Otres Beach, just...
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Kon. Astridlaan 7, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
While there is plenty do do in Oostende beyond the beach, strolling the beach-side promenade is a must. Even if the weather is uncooperative, there are several covered sections to enjoy, like this one in front of the Thermae Palace Hotel. Enjoy...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
Who doesn't dream of escaping to the Tuscan countryside? Now you can at Castelfalfi resort. La Tabaccaia is a boutique hotel inside a former tobacco factory, in Castelfalfi, Italy. While technically a 3-star property (mainly because the restaurant...
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Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
If you are looking for a fantastic meal of regional Tuscan specialties, look not farther than the lovely trattoria-pizzeria, Il Rosmarino. The menu, devised by chef, Francesco Ferretti, features regional specialties and, of course, Castelfalfi’s...
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222 Main Rd, Claremont, 7708, South Africa
When you search for "gardens" and "Cape Town," you will inevitably be directed to the Company's Garden or world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Sure, those are worth a visit, but for something a little more unique and off the beaten path,...
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Budapest, Károly krt. 5, 1075 Hungary
It's a fun experience to sign up for a boat tour at night in Budapest. Not only you got to enjoy the great buildings in golden light, but also you will enjoy a hungarian style buffet on boat. Even better if you tag along a symphony concert right...
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800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Nearly a century ago, Jennie Butchart, wife of cement manufacturer Robert Butchart, transformed a depleted limestone quarry into these stunning, world-renowned show gardens. Allow ample time to enjoy the 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral displays,...
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Muir Beach Overlook, Muir Beach, CA 94965, USA
It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and people may visit this cliffside park when driving on Highway north of San Francisco and south of Stinson Beach. It has views of Pacific oceanside cliffs and on clear days you can see San...
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115 Lafayette St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA
Sign up for a tour of one of America's biggest and bloodiest prisons. See the conditions prisoners lived in, and learn about prison politics, inmates' pets, and famous escapees like James Earl Ray, who rode out of the penitentiary undetected in a...
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Japan, 〒130-0015 Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Yokoami, 1 Chome−12−1
A stone lantern and stepping stones on the grounds of Kyu-yasuda Teien (former Yasuda Gardens) in Ryogoku, Tokyo. This is a small Japanese garden located behind the Kokugikan (sumo hall) in Ryogoku that was once owned by Zenjiro Yasuda, founder of...
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44 School St #250, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Taking the self-guided Freedom Trail tour was amazing! A nice walk, a history lesson and beautiful architecture... Follow the red brick line and the trail will take you to 16 places of historic importance in the colonial revolution. Pop into the ...
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219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
It’s easy to love Seattle and the benefits afforded by its diverse, dense, urban environment. However, like most big cities, on any given day in downtown Seattle, you can often be faced with the impacts of the hustle and bustle that goes along...
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BTDC Area, Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Looking to get away from it all? Get ready for pampering at this four and a half star resort located on the southern tip of Bali. Situated on its own private beach, this exotic retreat immerses you in the beauty and heritage of the Indonesian...
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60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hong Kong
A serene respite from the towering urban sprawl nearby, this traditional Tang Dynasty–style landscaped garden is based on the design of the famous Jiangshouju Garden in Shanxi Province. Winding paths lead visitors past pines, cypress, and...
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Garden Bay, BC V0N 1S1, Canada
Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is a protected marine area with 200 metres of shoreline followed up by 163 hectare spread of forests and mountains. The park is easily found located north of the community of Madeira Park on the top end of Pender...
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Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Twelve distinctive rooms in a restored 1910 brick town-house mix sophisticated touches (marble bathtubs) with comforts such as sheep-skin throws and Scandinavian antiques. Guests have all-hours access to a kitchen with a fridge full of cheeses,...
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Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norway
For bookish types, Kafé Oslo is the place to go. This restaurant serves down-to-earth, fuss-free food – everything from appetizers to a full three-course meal. As a literary café, Kafé Oslo offers literary events where authors come to cook their...
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Localita' Villa La Rocca, San Gimignano, Si 53037, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
San Gimingnano is an old Etruscan walled town that is famous for their white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimingnano and their town center gelateria, Gelateria di Piazza San Gimingnano. This mid-spring view over looking the Tuscan land scape is what...
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Visiting a shopping mall isn't always on my travel list, however the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi is a uniquely entertaining experience. Opened in 2001 near the Corniche Road, they have nearly everything. In addition to luxury labels you can find some...
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Accra, Ghana
One of the most popular destinations in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is the Labadi Beach Hotel. It boasts a gourmet restaurant, stunning views, 5-star service and a central location. As a jumping-off point for your exploration of the wonders...
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Via Villa, 3, 39011 Lana BZ, Italy
Let Europe’s second-oldest cable car lift you nearly 5,000 feet to Vigilius Mountain Resort, hidden in the Adige Valley near the Dolomites. Tirolean architect Matteo Thun brought the surrounding landscape into the property by incorporating glass,...
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Dolomites, 38031 Campitello di Fassa TN, Italy
The most beautiful place I have ever been, hands down. The Dolomites are a mountain range in Northern Italy that will leave you speechless. Stay overnight in Castelrotto or one of the many equally quaint towns in the valley and get advice from a...
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Fitzroy Island QLD 4871, Australia
You have a good chance of seeing a sea turtle while snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but you have a 100% chance of spotting one if you stop by the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center on Fitzroy Island. At the facility, sick and...
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Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Camps Bay, from the peak of Lion's Head. Cape Town, South Africa.
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Dolphin Crescent, Dolphin Coast, 4420, South Africa
If you ever find yourself in Ballito (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa), make sure you stop in at The Waterberry Coffee Shoppe Restaurant for some AMAZING cuisine, and of course some divine, decadent dessert! While I was there, I had the Orange Twist...
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Av. Santa Fe 1860, C1124 CABA, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a city of readers—it supports more bookstores per capita than any other place in the world. The crown jewel of the librerías here is the Ateneo Grand Splendid. Housed in a theater where music legends such as Carlos...
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724 Jefferson St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Fleurir is a charming chocolate boutique that produces and sells exquisite chocolate bonbons and treats. Chocolatier Robert Ludlow creates innovative flavors out of quality ingredients that include lavender shiraz, peanut butter banana, and lemon...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Worth the 800 steps (though watch out for the mules), the Monastery is impressive even among the many ruins in Petra.
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Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
We set off not long before sunset, from the "new" village across the river. Passing over a modern bridge, I didn't feel at first like this trek in Morocco was much different than any other. Then the terrain changed, I had to pay more attention to...
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Morocco Camel Trekking Merzouga Night Desert Tours, Merzouga, 52200, Morocco
No trip to Morocco is complete without an overnight camel trek into the Sahara Desert. Erg Chebbi, the highest dune in Morocco invites you to ascend for a sunset view that includes vistas into Algeria. But the true treat is to be hosted by...
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3 Rue Mohamed Ben Messaoud, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

In an 18th-century riad (a traditional Moroccan home), Villa de l’O’s 12 rooms display sepia-tone photos of Essaouira on polished limestone walls. Berber cushions decorate the floors, and copper or wood-encased tubs are perfect...

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Kromdraai Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa
Take a tour down into the Sterkfontein Caves where you will see some beautiful underground rock formations, and also learn about one of the most important discoveries in the search for our origins. Forming from dolomitic limestone some 20 million...
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Lhasa, Tibet, China
Just before dawn, I’d set out to explore Chakpori—the “Iron Hill”—highest promontory in Lhasa. On its summit, Sangye Gyatsho, seventeenth century regent of Tibet, built the Mentsikhang, a medical college that turned out doctors until it was...
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216 Provincial Rd, Yanqing Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 102102
Off to the Great Wall! Badaling area is the most common area where all dignitaries are seen and where the wall has been rebuilt. It is 6700 kilometers long. After hours of steep climbing with thousands of our "closest" friends, we drove about 10...
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3 Chome-3-21 Ikenohata, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0008, Japan
At the Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou—located on the site of Meiji-era novelist Mori Ogai’s home—details include Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors, cypress and marble tubs, and a gardenrestaurant. —Marie Doezema This appeared in the...
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Japan, 〒151-8580 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sendagaya, 5丁目24−2
Deep-fried oysters, available only in the cold winter months, at Inaba Wako at Shinjuku Takashimaya. Inaba Wako is on the 13th floor of Takashimaya.
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Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
No trip to Madrid is complete without a tour of the Royal Palace, home to many of the kings and queens of Spain since the 1500s. Inside, every wall, ceiling, and floor either is a work of art, or hosts works of art. One room is made entirely of...
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Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Renowned chef Paco Roncero re-interprets everyday Spanish food without crossing the line into pretentiousness at Estado Puro; here, flavor matters more than presentation and dishes are perfectly portioned. Patatas bravas, fried potatoes spiked...
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90 Lake St, Avon, CO 81620, USA
The Avon Recreation Center is a modern fitness facility with 40,000 square feet of family fun and is open seven days a week. Lift weights, swim, do yoga, take kayaking lessons. Tourists can buy punch cards while local receive special deals on...
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82 E Beaver Creek Blvd Suite 104, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Loaded Joe’s looks like a modern cafe with garage doors that open to a deck. But those doors also open to gorgeous views of Beaver Creek Resort. The cafe features local artists on the walls and has a sound stage for musicians. Top it off with a...
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126 Riverfront Ln, Avon, CO 81620, USA
If you don't feel confident enough on your snow legs to try out skiing or snowboarding, you can drop your center of gravity to the ground and go tubing instead. At Beaver Creek Mountain's Haymaker Tubing Hill, people of nearly all ages and...
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บ้านหลวง ซอย2 Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand
One of two chedis rises adjacent to the top of Doi Inthanon summit. This one here is built for Queen Sirikit. From the King's chedi vantage point, it was significantly the smaller of the two yet elegantly feminine and equally as magnificent....
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Pa O Don Chai, Amphoe Muang Chiang Rai Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
While there’s no shortage of spectacular temples in Thailand – or Asia for that matter – one of my absolute favorites is without doubt the distinctive Wat Rong Khun. Perhaps better known by the name ‘The White...
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51/1 หมู่ที่ 7 ถนน แม่ริม - สะเมิง Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Located 11 miles outside of Chiang Mai, Tiger Kingdom is a great day trip where you can play, pet and take photos of tigers. There is no fee to enter the park, but if you wish to enter the enclosure with a trainer for 15 minutes at a time, you pay...
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Kasem Mai 3 Alley, Tambon Nong Han, Amphoe San Sai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
Recently stayed at this brand new resort just North of Chiang Mai. The resort is set in a teak forest - ideal for relaxing on the grounds. It is also well located for excursions to many of the sights in and around Chiang Mai. The resort facilities...
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Dobong 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
As an outdoor enthusiast I enjoy a tough climb. Dobongsan in northern Seoul is one of the best climbs around the city of Seoul. Offering varying paths the climb can take anywhere from 3-7 hours and the fir lined forest quickly turns into rocky...
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85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A steaming bowl of ginseng chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered—no matter what ails you—and To Sok Chon is Seoul’s top spot. Each portion contains an entire boiled chicken, accompanied by roots and herbs. Despite the quantity, you’ll hear...
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
The San Diego Botanical Garden contains 29 types of gardens. From New Zealand to South America to Africa, this huge botanical garden contains specimens from all over the world. There's even a native California plant section and also a gift shop....
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5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
If you love gemstones and fine jewelry- you definitely have to check out the Gemological Institute of America located in Carlsbad, CA. This is the place where students come from all over the world to learn gemstone analysis and grading. Many of...
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Kure Beach, NC, USA
Kure Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset...bring a picnic dinner and find yourself a spot on the beach. Watch the fishermen haul their catch up the height of the pier. Or just stroll hand in hand looking for seashells. Dip your toes in,...
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403 Rue de La Kasbah، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
The tiny coastal village of Oualidia’s low-key vibe makes it a popular retreat from Marrakech as well as the go-to spot for surfers—novice or otherwise. La Sultana, set against the flamingo-dotted Oualidia lagoon, has 11 rooms and suites that...
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Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Imagine with all the ice, sleet and snow right now plaguing the US, that in just over 3 hours from JFK you could be lazing about on powdery sand gazing out to an azure sea at Half Moon Bay Resort in Jamaica mon? This resort set on over 400 acres...
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Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
Just getting to the fabulous Aran Islands is an adventure. Planes make the short run from County Galway, swooping down to one of three short landing strips. Or you can take a boat over the often-lively swells from Doolin or Connemara; either way,...
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12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, USA
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If you're anywhere near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, you MUST eat here. During our week in Maine this summer (2013) we had our best dinner here - possibly one of our best meals ever! The ambiance was casual and relaxing - we were on the third floor...
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132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay, ME 04537, USA
As a garden and park enthusiast I was totally in awe of the "sights, scents and sounds" that make up the 248 acres of the Gardens, a paradise along Maine's beautiful coast.
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Without a doubt Versailles is the most luxurious palace in Europe, built to astound visitors and impress the king's subjects into awed submission with crystal chandeliers, gilt, and fine art. This opulent monument is also attractive...
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Brockagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
While I'm usually not a fan of organized tours, our quick trip to Dublin had me looking for the most efficient way to see some of the Irish countryside without the luxury of time to explore too far outside of the city. Enter Wild Wicklow Tours. We...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
I didn’t even realize that the Bernina Express scenic train journey was on the UNESCO World Heritage list until I arrived at the small northern Italian town of Tirano to start the trip. There are several different routes from which travelers may...
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Braunwald, Glarus Süd, Switzerland
Not too way from Zurich Drive hardly an hour from Zurich and reach the Swiss alpine resort. A place of alpine flowers, alpine herbs, Alpine air, sports - summer or winter, mountain biking or juts a walk in the fresh air on a weekend, However be...
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Attre, 7941 Brugelette, Belgium
You can find this former castle, now a country house or chateau, in Attre in the province of Hainaut. The town is very small, the kind that only has one main road and if you are not paying attention, you will be in and out of in three minutes. I...
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1 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris, France
During oyster season from October through April (any month with an “r” in it), locals flock to Le Baron Rouge, a lowbrow wine bar in the 12th arrondissement. Customers use just about any available space (the tops of recycling bins, the roofs of...
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Wildenau 3A, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
This region of Germany is near the Austrian border and offers the type of scenery you would imagine for this part of the world: jagged mountain peaks, cows grazing in rolling green meadows, and charming little Bavarian villages and churches. It's...
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Strada Pictor Arthur Verona 13-15, București 010312, Romania
At Cafe Verona,or Verona Garden you can chill out completely on a hot,summer day or,why not, on a summer night,either way it's located in the center of the Bucharest but at the same time you will feel somehow hidden and isolated from the city's...
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1103 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148, USA
There's something for everyone at the Enchanted Castle, a Lombard establishment since the early 80's. Wander the halls of this entertainment complex and you'll think you're in a medieval castle, complete with flickering torches and cut stone...
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8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513, USA
Located outside Chicago, the Brookfield Zoo is a true destination for the animal lover in all of us. The zoo has an array of services to make all visitors comfortable, and the website has a tool for planning your trip. From small and creepy to big...
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Henrys, Bridgetown, Barbados
There's simply no better place to get Caribbean spiny lobster on Barbados than Lobster Alive. Fact. Why? Because practically every lobster sold in every restaurant on the island comes through this one unassuming location. The problem is that due...
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3863 Gadmen, Switzerland
At 100 meters high and 170 meters long, the Trift Bridge, based on the three-rope Nepalese bridges, takes you over the Trift Glacier area and to a steady hiking trail. Take the Triftbahn gondola up to the trailhead of your hike to the Trift...
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3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland
Stop for coffee at the Berghotel Schwarenbach. This isolated hotel is located on the Gemmipass hiking trail between Kandersteg and Leukerbad, Switzerland. Late August...a good time to hike through these alpine mountains.
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29950 Paint Mine Rd, Calhan, CO 80808, USA
Around 30 miles east of Colorado Springs, Colorado is a place you would never expect to find out in the middle of the prairie lands. As you drive along through flat lands, tumbleweeds, and a horizon as far as the eye can see, you suddenly see a...
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Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with such a diverse selection of environments within hours of one another. Tea plantations, beaches, cities, mountains and flatlands, everything is beautiful and seemingly untouched.
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Sri Lanka
My driver spies the animals — jackals, boar, crocodiles and peacocks so far — much more quickly than I. Speaking of elephants… We see one, not far off in the distance. He’s gorgeous, and surprisingly graceful in his movements. Yes! This safari...
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Beautiful Auroras at Kvaløya outside Hammerfest, in Northern Norway!
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Drinking coffee in Ethiopia is not a very Starbucksian experience. You won't necessarily ever have to utter a phrase like "Venti, half-caf, non-fat, no foam, extra hot latte." At least not if you go to a traditional place. The beans are roasted...
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Saadiyat Island, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On Saadiyat Island, just to the east of Manarat Al Saadiyat, lies Fanr: a relaxed restaurant offering a wide variety of cuisines. Indoor and outdoor seating are available and the strong quality of design both inside and outside will want to make...
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The Collection - The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort,Saaydiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
At the St. Regis collection of restaurants on Saadiyat Island, you will come across great dining options, one of which is the Caramel Retaurant & Lounge. I haven’t had many Baked Alaskas in my life, and this was certainly a memorable one. Apart...
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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy - Saadiyat Cultural District، Saadiyat Island - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
Manarat al-Saadiyat, Arabic for "place of enlightenment," is a unique gallery and visitor center dedicated to the future. As Saadiyat Island undergoes a massive transformation into a modern cultural hub, Manarat al-Saadiyat tells the story of its...
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6108 St, Nazareth, 16125, Israel
Fauzi Azar Inn is the most fabulous place I have ever stayed! What says traveling in style like staying in a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned boutique hostel? The rooms are open and airy, and some of the high ceilings still have their original...
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John Evans Atta Mills High St, Accra, Ghana
The Center for National Arts and Culture, better known as Arts Center, is located next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, off the High Street in Accra, in the southern part of the city right along the Gulf of Guinea. All sorts of handicrafts...
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Liberia Rd Ext, Accra, Ghana
by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman Afia Beach Hotel’s 29 bungalows sit along the shore beneath arching palm trees. Snack on swordfish with fried plantains at the restaurant, and purchase handmade mudcloth and appliqué fabrics at the gift shop. Afia Beach...
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Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst SO43 7FZ, UK
Add a day to your next trip to London, and stay at Lime Wood, a hotel set within New Forest National Park. Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood head chef Luke Holder set a menu driven by locally farmed and foraged ingredients, such...
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Catching the sunrise over Haleakala requires a bit of an effort. You have to wake up really early. Then drive up winding roads with very little visibility. Then if you're early enough and you secure a parking spot close to the top, you have to...
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718, USA
The ire of Mount Kilauea reforges the world before visitors' eyes. Nicknamed "the World's Only Drive-In Volcano," it’s produced serious lava every day since 1983 with no signs of stopping. Pele—the fire goddess who lives here,...
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Kupu Pl, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
Kupu Maui, a roving farm-to-table pop-up restaurant, hosts communal meals for up to 60 people at farms and other al fresco locations. Chefs prepare a multicourse dinner from island ingredients and donate the proceeds to charity. Tickets sell out...
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08022 Cala Gonone NU, Italy
Renting a boat in Cala Gonone was just amazing. We went up and down the beautiful coastline with white washed rocks and water that continuously changed different shades of brilliant blue. Stopping to discover beaches and caves, diving in the clear...
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Dok Mai, Prawet, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10250, Thailand
If you’re looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, head to Suan Luang Rama IX Park and do what the locals do: Grab a good book and lounge on one of the hired mats. Get here early to take a tai-chi or aerobics class...
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Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Nhow Hotel Berlin is nicknamed the Music and Lifestyle Hotel, mostly because it is the only hotel in Europe that offers two professional music studios, well equipped with recording booth, mixing, and pre- and post-production options. So, among the...
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Füssen, Germany
Never-athletic fortyish women should not believe they can scramble up the side of a mountain after three able-bodied teenagers. Wearing a skirt. Yet there I was, in the Bavarian Alps, on a top secret mission, clinging to an old wire fence and...
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50679 Cologne, Germany
My wife and I just returned from our annual trip to Europe to visit Christmas Markets. Our first stop was Cologne, Germany. In researching Cologne several months ago I read about the Hohenzollern Railway Bridge, which crosses the Rhine into...
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Römerberg, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
There’s no better way to experience the festivities of the holidays than Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany, and Frankfurt's is particularly beautiful. The markets take place usually in the center of the town, and you'll find all...
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Masarykov put 20, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Palace is located on the Lapad Peninsula, two and a half miles from Old Town. The 308 rooms all have balconies with sea views. —David Farley

This appeared in the March/April 2018 issue.
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A. Weizenbergi 26, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
It is a haven in the city center where you can escape from crowd and enjoy nice weather while walking through the historical sights from Czars' time. It also helped me to understand why Tallinn is called "the green city" and Estonia is regarded as...
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Kungla 41, 10411 Tallinn, Estonia
Ülane's bohemian loft is the perfect place to stay at if you're tired of crowded hostels/hotels. This place really feels like home and all the wooden details make it really cosy. It's located in Kalamaja district, which is hip and upcoming area...
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Tarvantie 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
So many lifetime experiences await friends of Christmas in Santa Park: Elf School, Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen, Santa’s Office, Four Seasons Sleigh Ride, Ice Princess Ice Gallery, Giant Snow Globe, Post Office and much more to see and do....
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Valtakatu 20, 96200 Rovaniemi, Finland
We ate at Nili everyday while in Rovaniemi, Finland. Reindeer meat, sausages, Lappish cheese, fresh and smoked fish, fruit chutneys and the very popular Christmas drink, glogg. I will never forget it, one of the best culinary adventures.
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4a Ave Sur 24A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Menu changes daily in this local lunch spot. For less than $3 USD you get a complete meal and beverage. If you are in Antigua you are a fool of you don't eat here!
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4a Ave Sur 24A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Antigua is chockablock full of beautiful and intimate posadas. We stayed at Posada del Angel. The staff is so friendly and willing to take care of your every need. The bathrooms are large and well done. The best part about our stay was breakfast...
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Dunrobin, Golspie KW10 6SF, UK
The 13th-century estate, Dunrobin Castle, is beautifully situated above a gracious park with formal gardens, overlooking the North Sea, where fabulous falconry performances are staged daily in the gardens.
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Inverie, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK
You’ll explore the Knoydart Peninsula’s mountain passes and Small Isles on this 42-mile, eight- day guided hike, which includes sampling some of Scotland’s finest cuisine at a boat-in lodge. From $1,796. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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9990 Skagen, Denmark
This is the northern most point in Denmark! You can stand at the very tip where the sand recedes into the water. The waves from both the Baltic and the North Sea crash into your feet at the same time as they greet each other. The sky seems to hang...
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Strandgodsvej 10, 6854 Henne, Denmark
After nine years leading Copenhagen's restaurant, The Paul (1 Michelin star since 2004), british chef Paul Cunningham left the big city to reinvent himself at Henne, somewhere on Jutland's west coast. At Henne Kirkeby Kro, Cunningham does an...
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Chiawa, Zambia
The original Lower Zambezi luxury lodge, Chiawa Camp greets the eye as a thatched-roof monument of impressive proportions. Beyond the open-walled lounge and greeting area are nine platform tents. They’re comfortable, to say the least—indoor and...
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Zambezi Dr, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
I just kept saying “WOW!" Victoria Falls is twice as high as Niagara Falls. You'll stand in awe as you watch the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. Though none are visible in this photo, there are often so many rainbows that it’s hard to...
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Guyana
Any Guyana adventure should include a visit to Kaieteur Falls, a one-hour flight from the capital city of Georgetown. At 741 feet, this spectacular falls is one of the largest single-drop waterfalls in the world – and flying above its edge in a...
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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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Northern Europe
The charming coastal town of Vik is a perfect destination on any trip to Iceland. Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland and happens to be the wettest spot in the country. Arguably the best thing about Vik is its amazing beaches at...
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Northern Europe
During our trip in Iceland, before we took a fresh bath in the myvatn nature baths we had some fresh breakfast at Vogafjos Cafe. Sat outside and enjoyed the country side while we eat some fresh fruit and breathed in the wonderful air!
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Húsavík, Iceland
Adorning the Húsavík harbour front, Restaurant Gamli Baukur specializes in food from local produce. The fish comes straight from boats landing their catch in Húsavík and from local fish farms. Meat and vegetable is from farms in the region....
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80045 Pompeii, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Streets once lost to time come alive again
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Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as some may know it, runs like a well-oiled tourist machine. The only lodging options are owned by the same company and are all adjacent to each other. Tours and activities run with the precision of a small Aussie army and it...
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Red Sands Rd, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
You've probably heard of Gibraltar a few times. An industrial island, oddly still under the British crown, the shortest gateway from Europe to Africa - just over 13 miles. So short, in fact, that on clear days, you can see as far as Tangiers. It...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal is the no-brainer must-do Venice experience, and the best way to explore the city's main thoroughfare is on a vaporetto, or water bus. For a great introduction to the area, ride the vaporetto from the railway station, at the edge...
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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa
This shot was taken at one of the rest stops along the tour route. It seems like freedom is so far away... The thought of trying to escape that place by many of the inmates must have been dashed whenever they looked out to the mainland. Just...
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San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Alcatraz—the very name conjures dark images of impregnable prisons, infamous criminals, and daring escape attempts. But the island is not all murder and mayhem. “The Rock,” set a few kilometers offshore in the San Francisco...
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Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK
Regent's Park in London lives up to its name and is quite royal, boasting rows of manicured flowers and plants. (There's also a theater, zoo, and walking paths.) I always make a beeline for the Rose Garden: a circular garden chock-full of roses of...
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It's a night designed to impress. Tell the dark-suited man guarding the elevator you have reservations. You've timed it all perfectly. As you step out onto the 31st floor, the sun is setting over London's glorious skyline. A perfect backdrop as...
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Up the hill from town stands Casa Dos Chicos a four-bedroom residence of two structures connected by a rooftop bridge. Upstairs, under a thatched roof, the outdoor kitchen, living room, and soaking pool offer endless panoramas. From $570. ...
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Southampton, UK
A 12-room, pub-style inn sits opposite the harbor docks within Southampton’s medieval city walls. All room categories—“snug,” “cozy,” and “spacious”—come with retro alarm clocks, goose-down comforters, and larders stocked with pork cracklings and...
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Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7DE, UK
Stonehenge is definitely worth a day trip. We lucked out and was able to get a combined tour of Stonehenge and Bath. More for the money.
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Estr. do Aeroporto 65, 9060-382 Funchal, Portugal
We visited Madeira in May 2013. I wanted to hike for a few days during a week visit to Portugal. Madeira far exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful, the levada walks were great. The people were friendly. The wild flowers on the first hike were...
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D53, Thakadu Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve, Molatedi, 2838, South Africa
Patience Bogatsu, who is from Molatedi village just outside northern South Africa’s 185,000-acre Madikwe Game Reserve, is one of the few black, female game rangers in the country. She might be your guide at the Thakadu River Camp, a lodge run...
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Seal Bay Rd, Seal Bay SA 5221, Australia
One of my top must-do things for Australia was to see a kangaroo in the wild. After a short road trip, that was checked off my bucket list and then changed to feeding one. We were lucky enough to arrive at Parndana Animal Park, where there were...
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Kaghan, Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Local elders tell stories about the myth of a love story of a fairy Badee uJamal and a human prince Saif ul Malook, which took place centuries ago at this lake.
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Rodovia Br 469, Km 32, s/n - Parque Nacional Iguassu, Foz do Iguaçu - PR, 85855-750, Brazil
Ok, here's about a half-dozen reasons why Iguacu is better than Niagara... 1) You're in Brazil. 'Nuff said. 2) A few more steps and you're in Argentina or Paraguay. Way cooler than Canada. 3) It's about ten times bigger. 4) And you can go in it....
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Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
Kimamaya is the Japanese word for “be yourself,” and the laid-back nine-room hotel in the Niseko ski area encourages you to do just that. Snow Stats With a 600-inch average annual snowfall, Niseko has been called the Whistler of Asia. Kimamaya’s...
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On our way from Sapporo to Lake Toya in Hokkaido, Japan, what emerged from the road ahead was this beautiful snow-capped mountain that looks very much like the famous majestic Mt. Fuji (highest mountain in Japan). And as we jokingly called out Mt....
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When you arrive in India, whether it’s Mumbai or Delhi, you’ll think to yourself, “I better eat at the hotel, or the fancy TripAdvisor recommendation. Well that is WRONG. Embrace the streets! Indian street food is your most delicious, and in my...
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Whithorn, Jamaica
Aqua Nature Park, a well-maintained and verdant retreat 40 miles east of Negril, offers visitors a chance to take a dip and cool off in the Venture River. The river, which flows through a swimming hole on the property, has...
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Nuuksiontie 84, 02820 Espoo, Finland
Nuuksio National Park is the closest to Helsinki (an hour's drive) and combines great hiking trails with the Haltia Finnish Nature Center. The modern wooden structure houses a restaurant (take the buffet if you're hungry!) and an exhibition area...
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Bankass, Mali
Centuries ago, the ancient Tellem people of Mali built their mud homes high up on a cliff ledge on the Bandiagara escarpment. When I first saw the Tellem cliff dwellings, I was at ground level looking up at them; they looked like several rows of...
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Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
In Japan, food rarely is what it appears to be. Whether you try to discern it from the artistically crafted plastic displays out front, or from the signs, you don't always get what you expect. I passed by these signs many times in the Shimbashi...
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No. 142, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
Jiufen is a snacking-and-strolling town - the Jiufen Tea House is one of the nicest places to stop for tea when you need a break (or a different kind of snack...)
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Cross Seminole Trail, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Lake Mary is as bike-friendly as a city can be. Throughout the day—especially on the weekends—locals and bikers from neighboring cities can be found out and about getting exercise or enjoying a leisurely and scenic ride. Alongside the bikers on...
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3895 Lake Emma Rd # 101, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
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Take your taste buds to spice-infused Memories of India. Don't let the location in the corner plaza fool you. It's one of the best places for Indian food in Central Florida. The chicken tikka masala and garlic nan bread are my go-to comfort foods....
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383 Keltic in Rd, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0, Canada
Don't miss out on the carrot and ginger scallops - they were a welcome site after the more rugged surroundings of the Cabot Trail. The Purple Thistle restaurant is a part of the Keltic Lodge resort that can be found on a picture perfect peninsula...
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Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0, Canada
The Queen of all of Nova Scotia’s driving routes – the Cabot Trail – is typically littered with superlatives such as best, greatest, and most scenic. It certainly deserves praise as it provides a whole different feel of Nova Scotia than the other...
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233-245 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758, USA
The Rainbow Mountain Trail is the effort of the Madison Greenway and Trails to preserve the last of the undeveloped areas of Madison for all to enjoy. It is part of the Appalachian Trail, and provides fantastic hiking for visitors of all ages and...
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365 The Bridge St #106, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
People don't simply visit the beautiful Bridge Street Town Center to shop; it is one of the favorite places for locals to hang out. This open air destination has more than 70 upscale shops and restaurants, a carousel, train ride, and splash...
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Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
On a warm winter morning, the soft light of the French Riviera is streaming into the Cours Saleya Flower Market in the old section of Nice. Just a block back from the Mediterranean Sea, long rows of vendors are selling African daisies, violet...
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Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel And Towers, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
It's the setting for a glamorous evening: Oysters and wine, while overlooking the glistening Victoria Harbour. Have a seat around the classy oyster bar and choose your favorite wine from the expansive cellar. Or, if you prefer, have the sommelier...
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46000 Cahors, France
In the limestone gorge country of SW France, this bridge is a medieval monument to a legendary pact: a man wagered his soul to the Devil, and the Devil lost. While living in Paris, a friend of mine asked if I would like to visit his childhood home...
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1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA
Every year on December 7, survivors from the attacks on Pearl Harbor gather as the faces of remembrance. A ship's whistle is blown, flowers are thrown to the sea, the missing man formation flies overhead, the President makes a statement of...
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Bahía Dorita s/n, Cisnes, Región de Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile
Reachable only by boat, Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa has incredible views of virgin forest, mountains, and water. The Aysén region is one of the least accessible, less touristy areas of Chile, and it’s really worth going the extra mile....
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Avotu Iela, Latgale Suburb, Riga, Latvia
Riga has beautiful parks along the canal and it is great to walk, sit in the grass, watch all the wedding parties, rent a canoe, look at the sculptures and historic buildings...
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Camino La Planta, Naguabo 00718, Puerto Rico
Extreme rock climbing to find the best view.
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Buffalo Point Rd, Syracuse, UT 84075, USA
Gorgeous views outside Salt Lake City.
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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125/1 หมู่ 7 ถ.เชียงใหม่-หางดง ต.สุเทพ เมือง Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
The most delicious Pad Thai to be had is found on the streets. This one was at the Sunday Night Walking Market, which takes place every Sunday eve. The food section of the market, which takes up nearly a city block, is truly an adventurous...
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Petén Department, Guatemala
Yaxha is an imposing classic Maya archaeological site located just off the highway between Tikal and the Belize border.
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1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
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I've eaten lots of tacos during the decades that I've lived in Dallas, but last weekend I think I found my all time favorite... Good 2 Go is on my must-visit-list for every trip home to Dallas. You can kill two birds with one stone. Fresh, hearty...
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Fitzroy Island via Cairns QLD 4870, Fitzroy Island QLD 4870, Australia
While in Queensland, Australia take a day trip from Cairns out to Fitzroy Island to enjoy a day sunbathing on the coral beaches or snorkeling in the clear waters. To get off the beaten path, a short hike through the lush jungle will take you to a...
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Keukenhof, 9463 Eext, Netherlands
When you enter the park it's like you died and went to heaven but then you realize you're not because of the thousands of people around you pushing and shoving. That is the only con at Keukenhof, everything else is wonderful. You get to walk...
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258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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As a coastal state, New Jersey has always been known for top-of-line fresh seafood and Princeton is no exception. One of the best places to sample the wares is Blue Point Grill, located on Nassau St. just across from the eastern edge of campus....
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Poovar, Kerala 695525, India
After two weeks of being held hostage by the urban chaos of Mumbai and Kochi, I was in serious need of sensory detoxification. I hired a car and driver and went 250 kilometers south of Kochi to a small coastal village called Poovar. There flows...
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290 Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
I am a coffee-seeker. When traveling to a new area or country, I will always try the local brew. So, after tasting the typical New Zealand flat white and long black, I had to try the Thunder Thighs; a decadent and decked out mochaccinno from my...
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01-999 Warsaw, Poland
The area of today's Royal Łazienki Gardens equals to 76ha. The Palace on the Isle constructed in 1689 is only one of many old buildings in the park. http://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en,site.html http://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en,Gardens.html...
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01-999 Warsaw, Poland
Łazienki Królewskie is a Palace-Garden complex the most beautiful planned area in Warsaw. 76 hectares of nature, right in the city center. Łazienki performs a variety of functions: it is a museum, a place of cultural, scientific and entertainment...
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2678 Lower Lake Rd, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, USA
The state park system of New York has chosen some of the most beautiful spots in the state for its public camping grounds, and this one is a great example of how the community utilizes the grounds year round. The park begins along the lakeside and...
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Cantabria, Spain
Most places in Spain are unfortunately very brown. Asturias is not one of those places. The lushness and vividness of the green is enough to make you think that you are looking around through a photoshop lens that enhances color. Containing the...
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27715 Meirengos, Lugo, Spain
The caves and arches the erupt from the sand along Playa de Las Catedrales, also known as Praia de Augas Santas, or the "Beach of the Holy Waters" are best experienced at low tide. At high tide you'd need a sturdy skiff, though you'd still be...
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Rue du Cazier 80, 6001 Charleroi, Belgium
In the beginning of the last century the need for coal became great and in Wallonia mines were opened to extract the black gold from the ground. One such mine was located near the town of Marcinelle and was known as Le Bois du Cazier. The mine was...
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Huay Xai, Laos
While in Laos I did a jungle trek into the Bokeo Reserve, then spent three days ziplining from treehouse to treehouse. We would sleep up in the canopy and every morning and evening our meals would come zipping in.
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For blissful trails sounded only by the dongs of cow bells and surrounded by imposing iconic mountains, head to Villars-sur-Ollon in the Vaud Alps. This typical Swiss town, a bustling ski resort during the winter, offers several stunning summer...
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Veytaux, Switzerland
Expect to be transported back to medieval times during your visit to Château de Chillon. More than 1,000 years old, the beguiling castle has inspired many poetic greats, none more so than Lord Byron, whose poem The Prisoner of Chillon was...
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02118, 480 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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A very cozy spot in Boston's South End, Petit Robert Bistro is a good place to go if you want to have a "dinner in Paris" feel. They have a light-up Eiffel Tower outside their door to welcome guests (and a menu to match), as well as two other...
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Nambung WA 6521, Australia
After visiting 'The Pinnacles' at the Nambung National Park you can almost imagine what stepping foot on Mars would be like - sans space suit of course. The otherworldly limestone transformations, craters, and orange dust create for an eerie...
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Corner of Promenaden Road and Ngami Street. (Entrance in Ngami Street), Windhoek, Namibia
Each of the seven suites at a new retreat in Windhoek, Namibia, is inspired by a different region of the country. Landscape photography and lights fashioned from woven baskets decorate the Erongo suite (shown). From $243. This appeared in the...
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West Detusoko, Detusoko, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
It says, Kelimutu is one of few lakes that could change its colors. The fact the volcano has three lakes with different colors add more reasons to turn this spot as a must-visit for anyone traveling to Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. The trek...
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Washington Mall, 9 Reid Street, Hamilton HM11, Bermuda
October is a great time to visit Bermuda. The temperature is mild and the sun is still warm. But, of course, as the season turns to winter, it is not uncommon for a cold, rainy day to blow in. That was my luck and I was unprepared. In need of...
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Bermuda has long had the reputation of being the playground of the rich and famous, and with good reason. Its proximity to New York and the glut of corporations based there make it the perfect place for movers and shakers to relax. Just like...
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
I think this is the most mysterious place I have ever been. It is just crazy that no one truly knows who built these or why. Having been to Peru, I could definitely see the Inca influence on the base under the Moai. But I have also been to...
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4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA

The Spanish-style bed and breakfast is famous for lavender, the focus of lectures, festivals, cooking classes, and a line of spa products distilled on-site. Rooms feature beehive-shaped kiva fireplaces, wood floors, and traditional New Mexican...
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3809 Rue Principale, Dunham, QC J0E 1M0, Canada
Everything that is sold in this ancient market comes from local and regional small businesses. Legendary maple-syrup pies are so popular that people are willing to drive many kilometers to get their hands on one. And you can find classic chicken...
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Strada S. Rocco, 06089 Torgiano PG, Italy
Tuscany gets all of the press about wine but its sister Umbria is well worth a visit. Terre Margaritelli's chef not only provides locally-sourced, delicious food (I had this plate of meat but also a stinging nettle pesto that was fantastic), but...
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Dragonara Road St. Julian's MT STJ, 3143, St Julian's, Malta
Quadro is one of the most popular restaurants in Malta. It's perfect for an elegant night out; the venue is open and airy with gorgeous views of the sea. The fresh, Mediterranean, seafood-centric fare changes as often as the the tide.
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12 Rue de Sainte-Cécile, 84580 Oppède, France
Oppede-le-Vieux is a hidden treasure in Provence that so many visitors miss and I'd encourage you to put it (and a stop at this enchanting little cafe) on your must-see list. Due to the design of this hilltop town, you'll have to park in a...
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Carretera Federal Cancun - Chetumal Km. 282, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Occidental Grand Xcaret offers guests the opprtunity to interact and swim with dolphins
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Dordogne, France
The apéritif of choice in the Dordogne (and in many parts of France) is this sweet dark liquor called walnut wine, but there's nary a grape in site. The vin de noix is made from young green walnuts harvested between La Fete de St. Jean (June 24)...
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Haringkade - Westbroekpark, 2587 Den Haag, Netherlands
Westbroek Park, open to the public from sunrise to sunset, is the perfect place to relax on a summer's day in The Hague. As pets are not permitted in the park, it is an ideal place to take young children. "De Waterkant" on the Havenkade (Kapelweg)...
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Subida Sabas Nieves, Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela
One of my favorite things to do in Caracas is to climb El Avila. There are several different route access points that can be found on the cusp of the city. Make sure you hike during the day (it is safest when there are a lot of people around) and...
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Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora 98730, French Polynesia
Visiting the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Resort on assignment, I feel like the only single person from here to Guam. Every year, Bora is voted among the world’s top honeymoon destinations, and right away you realize everything is designed...
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116 S Main St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Rick's on Main is one of the best restaurants in what has become a culinary gem among small town American towns. The ambiance is upscale, and the menu is creative; try the shrimp Rangoon or ahi steak for something you wouldn't usually expect from...
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Igeldo, 20008, Gipuzkoa, Spain
After travelling in the fun[icular] to the top of Mount Igeldo, take in the views of the beautiful Basque coastal town. If you can pull yourself away from the views, you'll realize there's a small amusement park and cafe on top as well ! Don't...
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Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Staying at this hotel is one of my favorite reasons to visit Cape Town. Every detail embodies the sense of the city and a distinctively African style. The welcome amenity - Graham Russel wines. Yes! The delightful Charlotte Rhys soaps and bath...
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Via Savona, 50, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
An interesting place to have lunch with a friend, talking about work, reading a newspaper, or sipping very good wine. Chef Kokichi Takahashi elaborates on the Italian food culture. Taste fresh ravioli and oven-roasted cockerel or omori chocolate...
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59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
This historic nature park has gardens, cultural sites, and a waterfall that empties into a pool visitors can swim in. Don’t miss botanical specialist David Orr’s monthly full moon walks, which showcase plants that bloom at night. — Hoku Haiku ...
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A11, Sri Lanka
The Minneriya National Park circles a lake, or tank, created almost 2,000 years ago. The park is part of an elephant corridor that also includes Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks. Each year in August and September, over 300 elephants converge to enjoy...
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40060 Paws Up Rd, Bonner, MT 59823, USA
Pomp, affectionately named after Sacagawea's son Pompey, draws inspiration from nature to create rustic dishes in a refined space. The menu changes with the seasons, ingredients are sourced locally, and every course is expertly prepared. Look...
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Cerro de la campana, Santa María Atzompa, Oax., Mexico
On a hilltop adjacent to Monte Alban, just outside the city of Oaxaca, there is an archaeological site that has just recently been excavated. Atzompa was a satellite city of the great Zapotec capital of Monte Alban. The site provides breathtaking...
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Desert View, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
The Watchtower is located at Desert View, the eastern-most developed area on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. We got here right before the sunset and along with other visitors witnessed an unbelievable sunset. Everything around us was...
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Ovronnaz, 1911 Leytron, Switzerland
When the Romans arrived here in 15 b.c.e., they brought their thermal bath culture, and you can still see the ruins. But newer bains thermaux also abound. The village of Saillon has a Rivière Thermale, like a water park’s lazy river, lined with...
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Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia
One of the most spectacular libraries in the world is at the Strahov Monastery in Prague. While it is a bit off the beaten path for most tourists, it really is a must-see. Over 125,000 classic and rare books fill floor-to-ceiling bookshelves at...
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890 Buttermilk Creek Rd, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, USA
Few luxury experiences can top glamping in Montana. Sleeping out under the stars in the most spectacular tent you've ever seen as water rips along the river at your back, wolves howl in the distance, and open country surrounds you is one of those...
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Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Rimba has a lot to live up to being the little sister of the gorgeous Ayana with its world-famous Rock Bar and aqua therapy pool, but it definitely doesn't disappoint. It's a little younger and funkier than its older sibling with its crazy sunken...
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Nosy Boraha, Madagascar
Les Lemurien is a beautiful hotel located on Ile Nattes, a smaller island located off of Sainte Marie, and island in the Indian Ocean off of Madagascar! Private sand beach, bungalows on the beach, calm turquoise water, and leaping lemurs! This is...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
I saw this place in so many photos before but when I got there and saw it in person it was such an overwhelming experience. Getting there is easy. You take the Interstate 89 South from Page and after 7 minutes you get to the parking lot. The road...
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Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Soak up the sun and stroll the grounds of this centrally-located Barcelona park. Home to Barcelona's zoo, the Catalan Parliament, this park hosts interesting events (and political demonstrations) throughout the year. During La Mercé (Barcelona's...
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La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
The city’s old fishing quarter, Barceloneta, is a warren of narrow residential streets dotted with classic family-owned seafood restaurants. The neighborhood is charming, if a bit scruffy, but its biggest asset is its proximity to Barcelona...
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08600 Berga, Barcelona, Spain
Rent a car or hop an ALSA bus from Barcelona's Estació Nord to Berga for a 45 minute hike up Queralt Mountain from Berga's Plaça de Sant Pere. Besides getting a healthy dose of fresh air and some light exercise, you'll take in some of the best...
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Hāmoa Beach, Hawaii 96713, USA
Legendary travels scribes from Michener to Twain have written of the beauty of lonely Hamoa. Sandy, sheltered, and dripping in palms, this remote stretch of shoreline on the eastern tip of Maui can make a case for Maui's best beach. Nevertheless,...
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207 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Maui has a way of creating moments you wish could be frozen in time—isolated, perfect snippets of reality that you pray will never end. Here, in the waters off Kaʽanapali, as a rainbow arcs over rugged valleys, and the sweet melody of Hawaiian...
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671 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
While the Lahaina Visitors Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse has maps you can use for a self-guided walking tour, visitors who want to dig a bit deeper can take a guided walking tour of Lahaina. Run by Maui Nei walking tours, this two-hour tour...
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Nagarze, Shannan, Tibet, China
I’m an urban creature. I live and breathe in the hustle and bustle of city life every day. But when I travel, I often like to escape outside my comfort zone and head to remote parts of the world where little is familiar to me. On one of those...
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Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
We arrived on a day with a dusting of snow but the ferry man was still willing to row us over to the island in the middle of Lake Bled. Happy to have the fare, he broke a sweat as we huddled together for warmth. Slovenia is an undiscovered gem-...
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1345 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
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Tucked away from the main drag in St. Helena, Terra’s Michelin-starred, Asian-influenced cuisine is a much-needed departure from the chop-and-serve farm-to-table fare that dominates Napa Valley. The $75 tasting menu (black cod and shrimp...
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1340 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Cameo Cinema, a one-screen theater on St. Helena’s Main Street, has been showing movies almost continuously since 1913. Today, the meticulously maintained theater (complete with red velvet chairs and house-made popcorn) screens everything from...
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Dubai - Al Ain Road - Al Marmoom - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Camel Racing Festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates a sport that has deep cultural roots in the region. Much like the city itself, the current festival has a modern twist (as you can see): robot-jockey-mounted camels gallop...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Spend two hours relaxing and refreshing on the Dhow Cruise Dinner. Abu Dhabi looks marvelous from the water and you will undoubtedly have a restorative Arabian experience as you glide along while the ultra-modern city's skyscrapers stand still....
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Kompagnistræde 8, 1208 København, Denmark
Designers Malene Helbak and Mette Scherning sell the cutest, daintiest Danish ceramics at their combined store and studioHelbak/Scherning. Not really a shop for dudes. Or bulls.

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Copenhagen Towers, Oerestads Boulevard 114 - 118, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Originally opened in 2009, this hotel was designed with luxury and sustainability in mind. The building provides expansive views over the Ørestad area of south-central Amager. Situated near Ørestad metro station, you will have 24/7 access to the...
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Ndr Dragørvej 55, 2791 Dragør, Denmark
Traditional farmsteads in Denmark consisted of a square (or open square) of linked buildings around a central courtyard. One building was the family home, one or more was used for storage, and one or more housed the animals. Like other traditional...
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Athens, Greece
Wandering through Omonia, my fiance and I came across this massive music and electronics store called Metropolis. Best way to describe it is a copycat of a Virgin Megastore. Up on the top floor they had a nice, quiet cafe that I believe many don't...
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YS Falls, Saint Elizabeth Parish,, Jamaica
A quiet moan eeked out as I walked up the (really not-so-many) steps to the promised falls - but be assured when I got there, the gasp for breath was at the sheer majesty and beauty of it. Plunge in to the refreshingly cool fresh water river, or...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7, Canada
Open mid-November through the end of February, the Robson Square Ice Rink gives both residents and visitors an opportunity to skate for free in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Skate and helmet rentals and a concession stand are available on site....
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Jl. Raya Petitenget, Gang Cendrawasih No. 68, Kerobokan, Badung, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Although it’s located right near a popular stretch of Seminyak beach, this inexpensive, 16-room Puri Madawi hotel, set 300-meters back into the jungle, feels hidden and secluded. The resort is filled with authentic Balinese touches such as woven...
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14 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091, USA
The Woodstock Inn has a Rockefeller pedigree and the best setting in town. Bartenders are knowledgable about activities in the area, and rooms are spacious and comfortable. The gift shop features the work of several local woodworkers and glass...
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Garibaldi Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N, Canada
With aqua blue lakes, it is hard not to be tempted to hike into Garibaldi Lake Campground and explore the area of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. With phenomenal views, it is worth the work of getting there. Even though a day hike to Panorama Ridge...
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Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia...a beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth... One of the magical moment I experienced there was when I joined a hot air ballooning trip over the Sossusvlei. When I...
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Presidio Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Artist Andy Goldsworthy's Wooden Line meanders its way through a grove of Eucalyptus in the Presidio, inviting all to take off shoes and balance beam through the forest. The sculpture, formed from the trunks of eucalyptus, gently curves its way...
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Diablo Lake, Washington 98283, USA
In the summer, take at least a couple of days to drive the North Cascades Loop — four hundred miles of alpine splendor just to the northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. At Diablo Lake, pull off the highway and check out the...
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Peru
Trek through the Andes to the 15th-century Incan ruins of Machu Picchu on the lesser-traveled Salkantay Trail. Four luxurious lodges—three with outdoor hot tubs at the foot of craggy peaks, the last in a lush avocado orchard—will serve as your...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
This castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion...
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115 25 Djurgårdsbrunn, Sweden
Stockholm is an amazingly beautiful city with an extensive network of parkland easily accessible from the downtown. While visiting, I rented a bike and rode to the island of Djurgårdsbrunn, which is one of the Royal Parks known as Ekoparken (6,671...
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Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Once Amsterdam’s main public library, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht looks like a 1970s block on the outside. But inside, renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has transformed the space into a whimsical and grown-up homage to Alice in...
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Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a city with so much to offer that it can be overwhelming when planning your visit. With the museums, restaurants, canals, and nightlife to explore it can be even harder to plan your trip on a budget. If you are going for at least a...
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Malpais, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
The original farm-to-table eatery in the area, Mary’s Restaurant, lies just down the road from the fishing harbor in Mal País village. With its pool table, polished concrete floors, and chalkboard menu, it feels like a pub. But along with such...
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160, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Florblanca offers two kinds of holidays in one place. Scattered along white-sand beaches, nine villas with open-air living rooms were built for relaxation. But a personal itinerary of surf lessons, sport fishing excursions, and yoga classes will...
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16, Ologolo drive off lekki beach entrance, jakande lekki lagos, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki, Nigeria
There is a beautiful beach in Lagos, Nigeria. 30 minutes outside of the city limits, reachable by speed boat, this exquisite place is a sight for sore eyes. True, Lagos proper can be daunting, but when you land on this bucolic, ocean-lapped...
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Blue Eye, Albania
This place is in the middle of nowhere in Southern Albania. There is no bus stop. You just have to motion to the driver to pull over at the side of the road when you see a promising looking dirt trail. You take that trail off the main road, all...
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Indochina
Vast is an understatement. Unfortunately it is also very popular. Tour buses and crowds were hard to avoid. Go early in the morning.
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Mečíková 295, 252 42 Jesenice, Czechia
Průhonice Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the crown jewels of the Czech Republic’s national historic parks and an exceptional example of a European landscape park of this style. Covering an area of approximately 250 ha,...
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Southern Asia
Como Hotels and Resorts will soon operate two retreats in Bhutan. Uma Paro has long been a favorite for its nine villas, each with butler service, a bukhari wood-burning stove, and a massage room. Uma Punakha will open later this year, with...
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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This was the end of the Hana Highway in Maui. Our guidebook told of a red sand beach, but it specifically left out information on how to get there, in an effort to keep people from spoiling it. Before our trip, I printed out some instructions from...
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Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Sometimes all it take to make a road famous are eight, tight hairpin turns. This one way street was designed in this manner to compensate for the steep incline (27 degrees) of the hill it’s on. Traffic on the hairpin area is reserved for eastbound...
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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
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Benguerra Island<br />Mozambique, Mozambique
On Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Azura is made up of 16 white-walled villas with pitched thatch roofs. Each villa has an unobstructed view that extends from the sand out to the sea. In the evening, recline on a wicker chair with a...
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Graz, Austria
Advent, the month before Christmas, holds great significance in all of Austria, but the city of Graz takes holiday spirit to a whole different level. The entire city is transformed into a glowing winter wonderland, with ornate light decorations...
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Wiesern 48, 5754 Hinterglemm, Austria
Josef Kroll has reimagined his family’s 14th-century estate in the Hinterglemm valley and turned it into a modern, 24-suite hotel. Its outstanding restaurant serves updated versions of classic dishes using meat, vegetables, and fruit from...
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Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen, Austria
The largest ice caves in the world lie just 30 miles south of Salzburg in the Eisriesenwelt at Werfen. Only a portion of the more than 20 miles of caves are open to the public on a 75-minute guided tour, but what's available to visit is...
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8, Stiftgasse, 1070 Wien, Austria
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Located in the lovely Spittelberg neighborhood, tucked away in a secluded courtyard, Amerling beisl is a delightful Austrian bistro. Try the goulash!
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Estrada do Bom Jesus, 4715-056 Tenões, Portugal
Only the a local would have known to take us to Bom Jesus. While staying with a host through Airbnb, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend the day with her and explore Braga. She told us, in her broken but sufficient English, of a church...
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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
In 1755, Lisbon was all but devoured by an earthquake so strong that it still ranks as one of the most destructive in recorded history. One of the few structures to survive somewhat intact was the Carmo Convent—an impressive feat,...
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R. Barbosa do Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal
It wouldn't be hard to spend an entire day wandering Quinta da Regaleira, a fairytale-like estate in Sintra. Built in the early 1900s, the property belonged to the Viscondessa da Regaleira and was later acquired by Antonio Augusto Carvalho...
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R. do Ginjal 72, 2800 Almada, Portugal
The name makes justice to the location of this restaurant, as it is literally at the end of the river walk on the other side of the Tagus. To get to the restaurant you will have to cross the river on the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre (Lisbon...
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International Commerce Centre (ICC), Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Don’t let vertigo stop you from viewing Hong Kong's illuminated skyline from the highest bar in the world. Even the city’s tallest skyscrapers appear to be tiny dots when viewed from the Ozone, located on the 118th floor of West Kowloon’s...
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8 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong
Armani/Prive's is one of Hong Kong's prime nightspots and its rooftop terrace brings in crowds of the city's best dressed patrons year-round. In the summertime, this is the place to be for some of the city's best parties. Inside, music, spun by...
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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Late summer is the time to explore the 42 islands that make up St. Petersburg. Daylight stretches past 11 p.m., and a burgeoning arts and nightlife scene keeps locals on their toes well into the bright nights. On July 31, the party hits the port...
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Ooidonkdreef 9, 9800 Deinze, Belgium
The lovely Ooidonk castle, once the home to the Earl of Horne, is one of the finest in the country and is still inhabited by the owner. The castle was involved in numerous conflicts between cities during the 14th and 15 century and saw its fair...
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150 W 100 N, Midway, UT 84049, USA
Ever wanted to be an ice fairy? Here's your chance to be a queen! Walk through your very own ice castle. Open every winter, for 10 dollars and under you can be entertained by fire dancers, get a picture with a princess and explore a winter...
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Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia
High atop the island of Bali, a Hindu temple sits "on top of the world", situated in the crater lake of a dormant volcano. The temple is a popular location for devotees and tourists alike, so the site is usually include with day trips to the...
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Sunset beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Lembongan island, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Located just off the eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia, is a small island called Nusa Lembongan. It is a great place for a day trip if you're vacation in Bali, and it's only a 30-40min boat ride from Sanur. There is a boat that will take you...
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1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7, Canada
Most of Canada’s 19th-century hotels, such as this one, were built by rail companies to house passengers. The limestone landmark, furnished with Louis XV–style decor, overlooks the parliament buildings. Expect exhibits this year to celebrate the...
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Dakar, Senegal
Beautiful restaurant in the Almadies area of Dakar. Detailed mosaic artwork on the walls and tables which overlook the ocean with absolutely beautiful views. The upper level serves tapas while the lower level serves a full dinner and lunch menu....
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Kongostraat, 9000 Gent, Belgium
While many may think of the likes of Brugge and Amsterdam when it comes to cities teeming with canals, Ghent has much of the same charm, but without the swarms of tourists. The buildings reflecting off the water and boats docked in the canal are a...
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Avenida del Pescador 1, El Medano Ejidal, 23479 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
For our Christmas Eve dinner, we decided to go for some fine dining at Bar Esquina. Inside of the The Bahia Hotel and just one block from Medano Beach, this place makes amazing drinks and very good regional mexican cuisine. I had braised short...
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Tungurahua, Ecuador
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs...
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Kasteelstraat 40, 1750 Lennik, Belgium
A short train or car ride from central Brussels will get you to the village of Gaasbeek, home of the beautiful Gaasbeek Castle (Kasteel Van Gaasbeek in Flemish). This 16th-century chateau looks like something out of your favourite fairy tale. But...
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18, Komedieplaats, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
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Even if you aren't hungry, it's worth stopping for a drink at the stunningly beautiful De Foyer cafe in Antwerp. You'll feel like royalty under the magnificent dome of the the 19th century Bourla Theater . The stained-glass, rich velvet curtains...
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Jan Breydelstraat 36, 9000 Gent, Belgium
As Canadian expat in Belgium, one thing I miss is the sea (and good lobster), so when I saw "Lobster Six Ways" on the menu at the House of Eliott in Ghent, I had to try it. Far from the traditional 'crack it open and dig in' style lobster I was...
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Buizingen, 1501 Halle, Belgium
Hallerbos (Flemish) or Bois de Halle (French) is a beech forest just south of Brussels. It's a popular spot for walking, cycling and horseback-riding. Every spring, for a few short weeks, the forest makes a magical transformation into a blue...
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Karmelietenstraat 4, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
It's not easy to identify the Martin's Patershof as a popular hotel in Mechelen, unless you know what you're looking for. The outside still looks much as it was intended, when it was built in the 19th century as a Franciscan church. In 1999, the...
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Montevideostraat 3, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
A lowly warehouse in Antwerp may not seem like a life-changing sort of place. However, this was the start of a completely new life for over 2 million emigrants and a lifesaver for many of them. The brand new Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp tells...
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18 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 T3V8, Ireland
Sure, you fall in love with Paris through the literature about the city—Hemingway immortalized Paris, F. Scott Fitzgerald spent time there and so did James Joyce. However you can do the same with Ireland. JJ is still beloved in his native...
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St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
St Stephen's Green is a welcome spot of calm and green set in a Georgian square in the centre of Dublin. At around 20 acres, it's large enough to feel you have escaped the bustle, but not so large that you can't easily return to the fray once you...
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47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
On Saturday nights most of the streets are pedestrian-only, live music spills into the streets, and the frothy stout flows free. Locals are spoiled in that they can revel on these ancient cobbled streets as frequently as they like, while the rest...
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West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
My boyfriend and I took his mom, sister and niece to Glacier National Park in 2012 and used Trail of the Cedars as an easy hike/walk to introduce them to the park and take in its beauty. We had all kinds of fun walking through, posing for photos...
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1 Rte 3, Browning, MT 59417, USA
Forget about setting the alarm. The view from your lakeside window at Many Glacier Hotel is enough reward to lure you out of bed in the mornings. What makes this five-story Swiss chalet extra special besides its tremendous views from the shore of...
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Captain Cook Hwy, Palm Cove QLD 4879, Australia
Australia has its fair share of zoos but the best one I went to was the one in Cairns. Yes, Taronga has the views but Cairns Tropical Zoo is where you can get really up close to animals and some that Taronga doesn't feature. The big feature here...
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Fitzroy Island, QLD 4871, Australia
Known as where the reef meets the rainforest, Fitzroy Island is one of those secrets in Australia that you want to keep to yourself. A 45 minute Fast Cat ferry ride from Cairns, the journey is as dreamy as the destination. Once on the island...
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Finlayvale Road, Mossman QLD 4873, Australia
Imagine your hotel room looking out into the middle of the rainforest. At Silky Oaks, it's your reality. Some balconies have hammocks (my favourite feature in the room); other room balconies even have a bed! The restaurant also looks over the...
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R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal
A blend of neo-Gothic and art nouveau, the enchanting Livraria Lello bookshop dates to 1906 and is rumored to have inspired J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts in Harry Potter
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Jamaica
Jamaica's interior beauty includes several botanical gardens. Shaw Park, located in Ocho Rios' surrounding hillside at up to 800 feet above sea level, is a great stop for families, with a large waterfall cascading through, gorgeous flower gardens...