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a very random collection of all the places I want to go or things I still want to do around the world
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61 Rue du Général de Gaulle, 51530 Pierry, France
Visitors who stay at this restored 18th-century chateau, about six miles south of the grape-growing village of Hautvillers, feel like house-guests, especially when gathered for dinner at the communal table. Owner Elisabeth Vollereaux prepares...
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Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 21, 1034 ZL Amsterdam, Netherlands
What could easily be considered an icon of Holland is becoming harder to find: The traditional windmill. While windmills can be hard to come by in Amsterdam, rent a bicycle and ride through Noord-Holland, where you'll find this traditional...
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Looking at the bright colors of this portico and hearing the sound of laughter of a family that was standing nearby, it was somehow hard for me to believe that I was one floor above rooms where African men, women, and children were purportedly...
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267 Agramonte, La Habana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba is a living, breathing piece of art. The sky and sea battle daily for the most brilliant, striking shades of blue, and the decay on the buildings creates a contrasting natural canvas with varying hues of rust and oxidation. As the...
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20100 Punta del Este, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Punta del Este has long been a European hotspot for beach time during the winter in the northern hemisphere (seasons are reversed of course), but it has it's charm in the fall and winter as well (spring and summer in the northern hemisphere). We...
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363 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton, CT 06612, USA
I'll let you in on a little secret: the tiny rural town of Easton, Connecticut, has a restaurant serving some of the best breakfast around. Easy to overlook, the Old Blue Bird Inn at 363 Black Rock Turnpike (also known as Route 58) dates back to...
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Iceland
My husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland for my 40th birthday - what a country! We were lucky enough to be there during a solar storm that last occurred about 7 years ago. The solar storm made the Northern Lights brighter and more...
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Dương Đông, An Minh, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Call it yard bird, call it squab but don't call it disgusting. These little guys are bursting with flavor. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland

Three days in iceland. Doesn't sound like much time?  I'm here to convince you otherwise.  We experienced glacier hiking, ice climbing, waterfalls, volcanos, Icelandic horses, snow-capped mountains, lava fields, Vikings, Viking beer,...

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311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
A destination since 1919, Tucson's Hotel Congress is home to the Cup Café—one of the best places in town from breakfast to happy hour and on into late night. Look up when in the restaurant. A couple of 'dead soldier chandeliers' will light your...
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Latin America
Life's a beach... Or if you're in this part of Mexico, it's an indescribable piece of heaven. This was just one of many sunsets a group of friends and I enjoyed during a month long Mexican adventure in El Pescadero. A shanty little town 20 minutes...
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100 Main Ave, US-163, Mexican Hat, UT 84531, USA
For those weary adventurists traveling Southeast Utah’s backcountry, craving something more than Boiled ramen and Clif Bars... Cold beer and juicy steak awaits them at the Swingin' Steak. This outdoor steakhouse is located in Mexican Hat, a tiny...
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2740 S Pacific St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA
For those of you familiar with the iconic 1985 film, the Haystack Rocks meant the world to kids from the Goon Docks. It had always been a lifelong dream of mine to venture to the setting of the movie and find my own "treasure." The Pacific Coast...
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Landing in an airplane on a glacier is for sure in my top 10 experiences so far in the world. There are several companies that offer flight tours and glacier landings on Mt. McKinley out of Talkeetna Alaska. The landing by a small airplane on skis...
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Myrdal, Norway
Few countries can rival Norway for dramatic, jaw-dropping scenery. This view was captured on board the scenic Bergen Railway on a "Norway in a Nutshell" tour that took in the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and...
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Hintergass 9, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

By Eric Weiner

Owned by the prince, Torkel serves classic Swiss fare (veal cutlets, fish in Riesling sauce) matched with a superb wine list. Dine on the covered terrace looking out to the Alps. This appeared in the July/August 2012 issue. Read Eric...

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Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-240, Brazil
Take a taxi up to the Corcavado (Cristo Redentor) instead of the touristy train ride, so you can ask the driver to stop at one of the many view points along the way up or down. The view points allow you to overlook many of Rio de Janeiro's...
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Av. Vereador Benedito Adelino, 3185 - Praia Grande, Angra dos Reis - RJ, 23900-000, Brazil
I was looking to do a yoga retreat and found an incredible program that is on the island of Ilha Grande in Brazil. It takes about 3 hours to get to from Rio and is absolutely amazing. I spent a week on the island doing yoga, hiking, swimming and...
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Union St, Aberdeen, UK
In my year of living in Scotland, Scots had always told me to not go to Aberdeen. "There's nothing there. It's ugly. It's boring. It's dead depressing", they would say. But in my current trip to Scotland, I would have to say I really enjoy the...
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Sanur, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
Sanur is a beautiful and quaint part of Bali with hotels along the boardwalk that lines the beach. The boardwalk really makes Sanur special, as walking in Bali can be treacherous in most of the towns with narrow streets and tiny sidewalks, but...
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1004 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
September and October are the months for warmer days and beautiful evenings in San Francisco. This comes from Sutro Baths, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Just west of the city and a short bus ride down Geary, this is also the trailhead for...
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South Africa
A superb short vacation where we stayed at the Guernsey Game Reserve, Thornhill Safari Lodge (www.thornhillsafarilodge.com). Thornhill is situated in a premier eco-tourist area with several different animal rehabilitation center. The staff and...
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138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Growing up in California, I spent many a summer day camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking with my family in the spectacular Desolation Wilderness backcountry around Lake Tahoe. I now live in Connecticut, but my heart will always belong to...
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South Harbour, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
Cruising the Baltic in the middle of summer is an experience not to be forgotten. We had the opportunity to dock in the South Harbor, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's center. This is a view looking north toward...
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Vyborgsky District, St Petersburg, Russia

By Nick Marmet

In a palace that dates back to 1820, the Four Seasons St. Petersburg opens this fall. Suites offer terraces that overlook St. Isaac’s Cathedral (by Auguste de Montferrand, the same architect who designed the palace). The hotel has a...

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Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Philippines
I feel like I'm betraying a well-guarded secret by telling people about this secluded slice of paradise, but it's bound to be discovered sooner or later. Malapascua, a tiny little island off of Cebu's northern tip in The Philippines, is known as...
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Phewa Lake, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Spending hours rowing on the lake enjoying the weather, scenery, great company and a picnic. Pokhara perfection.
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151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico
Still a high school student at the time, I was thrilled when my cousins invited me to spend a night out on the town in San Juan. After a few rounds of tequila, an adventurous friend invested $75 in an oversized box of fireworks. We found a...
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastian, muy bonito!
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Old City, Jerusalem
You'll want to ignore the caution statements about eating food from street vendors, at least long enough to stop by a bagel vendor outside of the Old City. These aren't your frozen bagels or even your local cafe bagels. These are the kinds of...
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia
A visit to the Perhentian Islands is a must if you find yourself in Malaysia and want some beach time! If you want a nice quaint island stay on Perhentian Besar. If you are looking for more action then stay on Perhentian Kecil, but even Kecil is...
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La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway from Cancun. Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself is enjoyable, as you float over shallow reefs...
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Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
I love the lighting and dignity of this cat, just standing near the Rijksmuseum.
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Beit Eshel St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
While wandering around Jaffa, one of the oldest settlements in the world and now connected to Tel Aviv, I stumbled upon a restaurant called Dr. Shakshuka. The specialty is--wait for it--shakshuka, a concoction of poached eggs, tomato, onion,...
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01030 Calcata Vecchia VT, Italy
Abandoned in the 1960s for fear its cliffs were crumbling, Calcata, Italy was discovered by hippies and artists soon after and today, the "paese dei fricchettone," is still made up of the same "freaks." I lived in Calcata, wedged between Tuscany...
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The longest teak bridge at 1,300 yards, the 200-year-old U Bein's Bridge is just outside of Mandalay in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. The best times to go are sunrise and sunset. When I was there--at sunset--I strolled across the...
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1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891, USA
An Easter break in Rhode Island did not deliver the weather we'd hoped for. The misty effect on the photograph above was not achieved with Photoshop; that is genuine New England mizzle. And while it was a shame not to be able to see the famous sea...
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Middle East
The night I spent in Egypt’s White Desert, the moon shone so brightly that the rocks towering over our campsite cast shadows on the sand. The White Desert is known for its stunning rock formations, made of pure-white “chalk rock” that the wind and...
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16 Saad Zaghloul Square، Corniche Road، Al Mesallah Gharb WA Sharif Basha, Qesm Al Attarin, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
Strolling along the edge of the harbor in Alexandria, Egypt, it’s hard to miss the vibrant colors of the fishing boats lining the beach and boardwalk. The morning sun lights up the boats like an artist’s palette. Their hulls are covered in Arabic...
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The Alma G is a freighter that blew ashore during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Rent a boat in Treasure Cay and head to Guana Cay for a day of snorkeling on the Atlantic side of the island. On your way from Treasure Cay, the Alma G will be visible off...
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Located right next to the ancient site of Akrotiri is the Red Beach, where the sands are in rare red color. After you park the car, you almost have to hike a little bit in order to reach the beach. Right there, you can rent two benches with an...
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Placencia, Belize
A beautiful laid back town on a small stretch of peninsula. We took the bus to Placencia from Belize City for the local experience (4.5 hours) and a small plane for a quick flight back to San Pedro.
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum is one place that is truly unique. It's eco-chic off the grid style and location while simple by nature is truly a magical experience. a 10km strip with jungle on one side and beach cabanas on the other all with a different flair, flavor and...
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Kenya

Five open-plan huts sit on the shores of a private island, deep in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Lake Baringo. In the morning, after a breakfast of fresh fruit, take a canoe out to spot hippos and some 450 species of birds. This appeared in the...

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Narchyang, Nepal

In the mountain village of Koto, Nepal, there is a path that branches off the legendary 150-mile Annapurna Circuit and passes—ceremoniously, tantalizingly—through a large stone gate. This trail is off-limits, a nearby sign reads, unless you have a...

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Levant

A route created by local guide Yamaan Safady ensures that hikers arrive at Petra the way pre-Christian-era travelers did: out of virgin desert, no tour buses in sight. The six-day, 50-mile “back door” route begins in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; at...

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Latin America
The big winter draw in Baja California Sur is whale watching. Magdalena Bay, with its entrance to the Pacific Ocean, is a favorite for female whales to calve and nurse their babies until they can make the trip north in the spring. Every other year...
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Puno, Peru
During a trip to Peru's Lake Titicaca, my husband and I debated whether to visit the Uros Floating Islands - we'd received mixed reviews from travelers who had already visited the islands. We decided to give it a shot and hired a private boat to...
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Latin America
For a real latte, I went to Baja Beans. They're off a dirt road between Pescadero and Todos Santos, and a little hard to find but they have a sign off of Mexico 19. They get their beans from Oaxaca, and the roasting happens at their headquarters...
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287A Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường Hàm Tiến, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Vietnam
Beyond the property, there are several things to check out like the Sea Link Golf Course, Jibe's Bar Diving Center, and Ponashu Tower. Sea and sand can be found about seven kilometers away at Phan Thiet Beach. Expertly blending Vietnamese...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 67, 4050-284 Porto, Portugal
A cute restaurant in one of the nicest streets in Porto, Rua da Galeria de Paris, named after the street. The restaurant is quite low key, buffet style. You just need to grab a plate and choose your dish from a selection over the counter....
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San Pedro, Belize
My girlfriend and I were wandering along the beach and saw this pier beckoning us to stop and stay awhile. We did and had a magically glorious sunbathing experience, including swimming with barracuda under the dock, a diving contest and swimsuit...
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Medhufushi, 20188, Maldives
Sunset behind Medhufushi Resort, Maldives.
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Rangali Island Rangali, 20077, Maldives
This is a no child allowed pool on Rangali Islands in Maldives. Endless pool overlooked Indian Ocean view is timeless. I can laying there all day doing absolutely nothing! That's real vacation!
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Paradise Island, Dominican Republic
Paradise Island is one of the many excursions you can enjoy while visiting the north coast of Dominican Republic. The day begins with being driven out to a beach near Monti Cristi and dropped off. From there you are taken by speed boat to Paradise...
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Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia
It doesn't get much better than snorkeling from the gorgeous white-sand beach of Turquoise Bay through the crystal-clear waters of Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. In what’s known as one of the greatest places on Earth for...