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Giudecca, 810, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
In Venice, it's hard to get a moment alone with a loved one or even with the city herself. The crowds of tourists reaching over your shoulder to snap shaky photos of the aged Rialto can become a nuisance as you try to realize the historical...
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132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
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When you've had enough of the hectic hustle of tourists and traffic in Times Square, seek refuge at Haven, a rooftop lounge located on the top of the Sanctuary Hotel on 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The owners of this chic establishment...
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828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
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“18 Miles of Books” is the slogan at this nearly century-old Union Square bookshop—and it’s not hyperbole. The Strand’s warren of high-ceilinged rooms contains more than 2.5 million new and used titles, and browsing...
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154 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Three Lives bookstore in the historic West Village caters to serious book-lovers. The individually owned store and its employees are warm and full of character—it feels like you wandered into your best friend’s (large) library in which...
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Old Dock St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
You know a carousel must be quite special if it is the first to make the National Register of Historic Places. Jane's Carousel, located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is truly unique. The fully-restored antique carousel...
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112 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
This may have become one of the legendary flea markets in Manhattan, as it has been around for so many years. The market is located in a car garage on 25th street (in the Chelsea area), and is active every Saturday and Sunday, from 9am-5pm. During...
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Early this spring, I had an hour to kill in Manhattan, so I ducked into the Grolier Club, where I saw a fascinating exhibit devoted to Wunderkammer, the cabinets of curiosities that originated in 16th-century Europe. I am a big fan of visiting...
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88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
NYC can be a place of such stress that it becomes a need, rather than a want, to have a haven where I can go and find restoration for my body when I'm home. Aire Ancient Baths is my new favorite place. Part Roman bath, part Turkish hammam, part...
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150 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
"Institution" doesn’t begin to describe this eatery, where patrons are followed by TV cameras, the staff giggle and scream with laughter, the passers-by pretend not to see who’s eating there and the wine just keeps on flowing. SPQR...
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19 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Unity is what all bookstores should be: a good collection of global newspapers by the door, a room stacked to the gills with curated books and magazines, and an extremely well-read staff. Three people is a crowd here; 30 is a very civilized riot....
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33 Sale St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The restaurant’s decor plays with industrial roughness and sumptuous luxury in a really intelligent way. Rich leathers and curtains of black cord enfold each round table, while overhead concrete beams and ductwork are left exposed. I love to...
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27 Galway St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
On Friday nights the basement here is a haven from the madness swirling in the main bar above. I drink a Hendrick’s martini with an olive: dry and clean, not dirty. Stirred not shaken. James Bond can take his vodka shaker elsewhere....
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Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Our first stop in Auckland, NZ, was the top of Mt. Eden. It's an old, dormant volcano and happens to be the tallest one in the city. You'll find the best views of Auckland here and a fascinating crater.
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50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Aotea Square is a large main square right smack in the middle of downtown Auckland. Located near plenty of shops and cafes, it's a great spot to meet with friends, listen to live music, and get to know Auckland. Heading toward Queen's Street,...
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Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street, Britomart, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The Britomart City Farmers' Market is literally the country coming to town. Located in Auckland's hippest, newest precinct on a 'walking street' between towering office blocks, every Saturday morning up pops the freshest seasonal produce, herbs...
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Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
The biggest market on Auckland's North Shore is the Takapuna Markets, best known for its range of fresh flowers, artisan produce, handicrafts and antiques. Less than a five minute walk from Takapuna's famous beach, the markets take over the whole...
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A market concept with a difference: not one location but five. The Auckland Night markets are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Pakuranga, Onehunga, Glenfield, Papatoetoe and Whangaparaoa. With a real international flavour to...
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510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
The Grey Lynn Farmers Market in Richmond Road is run by people "fired up about being a local alternative to large supermarket chains". Completely local and with more stall holders joining them every month, a Sunday morning visit is worth the trip....
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137 Westhaven Dr, Westhaven, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Even if you're not a water baby, it will be hard to resist the charms of the Waitemata Harbour. Auckland is New Zealand's sailing capital, and as previous host of two America's Cup regattas as well as being a Round the World Yacht Race stopover,...
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15-31 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Elliot St Stables is an upmarket food court where everyone at your table can eat separately, together. Simply give your table number to whichever eatery takes your fancy - Spanish tapas, French creperies, Italian bruschetta, German sausages - and...
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1A Beachfront Lane, Browns Bay, Auckland 0630, New Zealand
Not so much a restaurant meal but more a Kiwi classic that can be picked up at any Fish 'n' Chips store across Auckland. Always wrapped in paper, often battered, sometimes lemony, every Aucklander has their favourite shop. Snapper, hapuka,...
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136-146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Eight restaurants, 6 produce sellers, 5 retail stores, and 1 cooking school. When Ponsonby Central was first mooted no one really knew how successful it would become, a de facto melting pot and one place where everyone can agree on for a bite...
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27 Drake St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Tom Tom has a big deck (this is only funny if you say it with a New Zealand accent). With a really relaxing ambiance, table service, views over Auckland's Victoria Park and live music, Tom Tom is a great place to end your weekend. You can even...
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146 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
K Road should only be explored on foot—in fact, that should be a local bylaw. If you're into the alternative scene you'll completely love it; if not you'll completely marvel at it. Whichever camp you fall into you'll need to take a break halfway...