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Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
The little brother to Chichén Itzá in the family of the Yucatan's ruins is Uxmal. It's still a stunning place. These less crowded grounds offer space to slowly reflect on the daily life of the Maya and their religious ceremonies, lively (and often...
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1415 м. Орехите, Bulgaria
I never thought I'd actually see someone walk across a pile of hot coals--and I'm still not sure if I did. (Doesn't it defy science?) The Bulgarian tradition of nestinarstvo harkens back to a pagan ritual with bagpipes and processions, designed to...
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Sisimiut, Greenland
This area of Greenland has been inhabited for over four millennia and some things haven't changed too drastically--like fishing for your dinner. Far up in the arctic circle you'll find the ruggedly handsome Bo Lings, a local who runs Sirius...
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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

I saw this exquisite chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady With An Ermine on the ground in one of the main plazas in Firenze. It started drizzling and I just had to take this photo before the rain washed it away!

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Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Smaller than the Grand Bazaar but more intense, the Spice Market is equal parts tourist trap and necessary shopping stop for cooks and foodies. Meet the original spice girl at Ucuzcular (remember Area 51 to find her booth), one of the few...
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Jackson, WY, USA
After a few brave hours on the Jackson Hole hills, I finally defected from my winsome but indefatigable group of snow boarders. I dropped my skis, lumbering on unbuckled boots into the Four Seasons' Handle Bar. Their extensive whisky menu was too...
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Montana, USA
We stopped to take in the view before wandering through the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier. This river was so quiet and peaceful below one of the many beautiful mountains in the park and during a busy family trip it was a moment of calm.