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Ko Lipe, Satun, Thailand
I had seen a postcard of this beach before I ever came to it, and I thought, no, it couldn't be that beautiful. Goes to show... One day while on the island of Koh Lipe, a tiny speck of a thing in the Andaman sea, I made my way over to the other...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s...
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Haad Tien, Koh Phangan, อำเภอ เกาะพะงัน สุราษฎร์ธานี 84280, Thailand
When I came upon this scene on the Haad Tien beach on Koh Phangan, I immediately thought of The Girl From Ipanema, even though we were hundreds of miles away from the crowded beaches of Rio, were in fact on a quiet beach owned by The Sanctuary, a...
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2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
The original street food, chaat means to lick and is common all over India. Vik's on 4th Street in Berkeley probably serves the best chaat in the Unites States. It is a no muss no fuss restaurant, a warehouse actually. Served in paper airline...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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21000 Dijon, France
What an amazing impression the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Dijon make, leering down at you with grotesque stone faces. Added to the facade of this medieval church in the 19th century, the gargoyles serve no other function than to grimace and gape,...
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Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
Sometimes you amble unawares into the most truly astonishing scenarios, that in retrospect seem like something out of a strange and beautiful dream. Such was the case when I was out once on the tropical island of Ko Pha-ngan in the Gulf of...
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6100 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, USA
This place rocks. When I moved to the area I practically furnished my apartment with the great stuff to be had here. I got a great solid oak fireplace surround with carved detail for $80. The guy who owns it, Claude, is a soft-spoken man with whom...
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Embudo, NM 87531, USA
It's a gas. On highway 68 - or 'the high road to Taos' - is a place you might miss if your eye weren't drawn to the old rusting chevrolet out front and the many antique gas pumps that stand idle and rusting in the late afternoon sun. All are...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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Ko Phi Phi Lee, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
Everyone wants to go to 'The Beach'. Leonardo Dicaprio has a lot to answer for. Because when you actually go to 'the beach', which is called Maya beach and is on the small island of Ko Phi Phi Le in the Andaman sea off Thailand, everyone and their...
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Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 FCY8, Ireland
Trim by name, not by nature, for this sprawling mass of old masonry known as Trim Castle cries out for Hugh de Lacy, its original owner, to come back from the grave and set things right. One of its modern claims to fame is that it appeared in the...
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Dorsoduro, 1, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
We came into Venice from the sea which is the way to see a city that is so influenced by the waters that surround and flow through it. As you can see from the picture that weather was perfect. We went in mid October and it was still in the...
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84480 Lacoste, France
'Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.' Thus spake the Marquis de Sade, perhaps while surveying the Luberon valley from one of his château's windows in the hill town of Lacoste. Perhaps the tyranny he felt was...
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Clare, Leamaneh North, Co. Clare, Ireland
In the wild limestone vastness of the Burren in county Clare stands a dilapidated castle, home of an ancient chief, Conor O'Brien and his wife Mary Rua (or Red Mary). The castle, Leamaneh (or Leaping Horse) is obviously host to a number of...
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Rue Yves St Laurent By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
In 1923, the artist Jacques Majorelle acquired a four-acre plot of land just outside the center of Marrakech. Inspired by numerous travels around the country to paint scenes of village life, and funded by painting more illustrious portraits such...
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210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
I stumbled across this Hostel while driving up the Coast Highway and took a quick pitstop. The view was amazing with cliffs on either side of us, a lighthouse in the middle, and ocean everywhere in front.
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7 Rue Drevet, 75018 Paris, France
Within the 18th arrondissement in Paris France, high atop the city, resides the wonderfully beautiful, hilly neighborhood of Montmartre. This diverse and eclectic section of the city can be a bit busy with tourists, but the views of Paris and the...
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84220 Gordes, France
In the early hours of a summer morning I visited the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque in Provence near the crumbling hill town of Gordes. It was completely silent, with not a soul about. A purple swathe of lavender cut a dash as it graced the old...
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V Kotcích 516/15, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Beautiful, kooky old houses like this dotted throughout the city centre really helped Prague live up to my expectations of a fairytale city. Prague was a fascinating contrast of old and new, so it both lived up to my expectations and surprised me
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82/4, WHS, Furniture Block, Furniture Block, Kirti Nagar Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110015, India
I love the Egyptian Museum at the Louvre. In fact, no matter how many times I vow to see some of the many other galleries, I always end up here, surrounded by canopic jars and vividly-coloured shabti statues. The Louvre has such a fantastic...
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Père-Lachaise, 75020 Paris, France
Pere Lachaise has got to be the coolest cemetery in the world. Although that claim is subject to personal opinion it is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris and one of it's oldest (Note that I have also visited Lafayette in New Orleans and...
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Kilafin, Laragh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The road to Sally Gap in the Wicklow mountains cuts a swathe through the russet blanket bog with its furze of stunted trees and unfathomable purple heather. It's a wild place, where a storm can blow up unawares out of the blue gloom of a a late...
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34500 Béziers, France
They call it an incredible feat of civil engineering. They say it is one of the longest canal systems in the world, the most spectacular man-made waterway. They inscribe it a World Heritage Site. But the Canal du Midi is a living work of art that...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
I had been skeptical of the Venetian gondola ride, thinking it too touristy and overpriced. Last summer, however, I discovered what is so special about this Venetian tradition. A gondola ride provides a unique view of Venice from the quiet...
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Big Sur. I have very special memories of this place. It is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever been to, even though it has suffered at the hands of tourism in recent years. McWay falls is a splendid little waterfall that plummets into the...
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An amazing camel shaped rock sits off the road at Pojoque, between Santa Fe and Espanola in New Mexico. It gazes away, as if disgusted, from the huge sprawling casino across the road that bears its name; looking outward across the desert, perhaps...
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Lipstown Upper, Narraghmore, Co. Kildare, Ireland
I like graveyards. The spookier the better. I like the cracked and crusted tombstones, the coverings of moss and ivy, the degraded stone and crumbling facings. I like the feeling of... otherworldliness. The graveyard of Moyle Abbey is imbued with...
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11000 Carcassonne, France
Carcassonne looks like it was cut out of an animator's scrapbook of fantastic castles. But this is the real thing. The last stronghold of the Albigensians or Cathars who, unfortunately for them, took a different view to the catholic church on a...
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Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's explosion of pure originality is to be seen everywhere in the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Everywhere you look is pure visual genius. It reminded me of an Egyptian Temple, and its forms burst out of living stone...
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Giza, Al Omraneyah, Giza Governorate, Egypt
To call a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza a highlight of one's life has to be one of the all time biggest understatements. I was on a very special trip with John Anthony West, rogue Egyptologist and symbolist interpreter of the ancient...
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Lough Tay, aka 'the guinness lake' is named for its obvious resemblance to 'the black stuff' with its head of creamy white sand. These features stand out even more in infrared, and if you like guinness, you could happily while away a few hours...
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The Quay, Cloonmonad, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Westport is one of the most beautiful places in the world. When I arrived, the tide was out, marooning a number of boats amid the sand and bladderwrack. Seagulls swoop and cry and you are consumed in the dense, leathery smell of seaweed and ocean....
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Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
I'll never forget the winding road to Lough Dan that my brother and I took a few years ago. The road curves through the Wicklow mountains like a black snake set against the pure emerald of the surrounding land. Through my infrared camera the...
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Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand
Leaving Bangkok was more a sweet than bitter experience. The day before I went to the Damnoen Saduak, the tour mini van spending an hour collecting people from various hotels around the huge sprawling polluted stinking city that was already...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Some people say they can't sleep in Cambodia. I must say I slept pretty well but had very strange dreams. It must be all the souls who died violently flitting about the edges of consciousness. I can't help feeling I am now on the Asian conveyor...
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Kildare, Ireland
Slow, slow, slow. No time to think. This is the Buddha Way, this gentle movement through the lush green landscape of Kildare on a barge that moves no faster than fifteen miles an hour. You have time for clouds, for slowly passing trees, for...
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38 Ngõ Cầu Mây, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
The Hmong women of Sapa are a strange breed of delightful entrepreneurs, possessed of ridiculous amounts of guile, persistence and charm when it comes to flogging you the many trinkets they carry around with them. This diminutive hardy beauty let...
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7 Trần Quang Khải, Lộc Thọ, Thành phố Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa 650000, Vietnam
Unique boat made in bamboo basket to float on the sea? Would you dare sail the coast in it? Vietnamese do! The only control they have is a paddle.
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Boating Through the Jungle
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Royal Canal, Ireland
Travel by barge through pristine countryside all the way down the Royal Canal that links Dublin with the west of Ireland to the Shannon. This huge river connects the beautiful lakes that are strung like a necklace down the length of the country....
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Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish (which means “valley of two lakes”), is a quiet, picturesque valley near the Wicklow Mountains. Its 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin is one of the most...
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41, Mường Hoa, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Sapa is the highest region of Vietnam, boasting the tallest mountain in South East Asia, Fansipan, at 10,312 feet it's called 'the roof of Indochina'. I hired a guide and we drove on motorbike up through the mist towards it, mountains spiking all...