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There are so many messages around us everywhere we go. Here are a few that folks have made photo-notable.
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23240 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
Since I’m still relatively new to San Francisco, I’m still discovering all of the amazing places just outside of the city. Every weekend I try to hop in a car and explore. My latest discovery is Nick’s Cove, a restaurant and cottages located in a...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
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Leiden, Netherlands
Just a short ride from Schiphol airport (the home of many long layovers), Leiden is a fairytale-like city which presents the best of what the Netherlands has to offer: a wonderful university, museums, windmills, and canals. The city also has a...
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84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK
Daunt Books really is special. Even if you are not a big reader, it is well worth a visit because the space is so beautiful and filled with exceptionally well-chosen books. Daunt is the ultimate antidote to the Amazon generation and connects you...
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Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
We woke up on day two, intending to wander around, grab lunch and then spend the rest of the day in the park. However, our host suggested a book market only open on Fridays. Within minutes of the suggestion, we were out the door, armed with...
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Pimlico, London SW1V 2DD, UK
Brixton Market is hands-down the best place in London to have Sunday brunch. Choose from any of the stalls serving grub from Mexican tacos to traditional English-style breakfast. I ended up at the Crepe restaurant the day I visited, and I loved...
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Ohara, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture 298-0004, Japan
Ohara is a small town known for its fishing port (in fact, roughly 60 percent of all of the ise-ebi, or Japanese spiny lobster, caught in Japan comes from Ohara Port). It is about a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Tokyo Station on the Wakashio express....
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51160 Hautvillers, France
I love this tongue-in-cheek prayer that someone has posted on their house in the Champagne village of Hautvillers. Here's the translation: MORNING PRAYER Give me health for a long time, Work, not too often, Love, from time to time, But Champagne...
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1511 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
This photo shows a local neighborhood "map" in the window of one of my favorite stores anywhere, Metsker Maps in downtown Seattle. "Without geography, we're nowhere," proclaims a bumper sticker from what's been a family-run institution for over...
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185 W 80th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
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Apparently this place, in a quiet-yet-lively residential area of Manhattan's upper west side, occasionally has free wine tastings at various nearby venues. It's really close to a few chic bistros & a Ricky's (drugstore) location, so you can pick...
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19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
The present-day Summer Palace is China's largest royal park and was once called the Garden of Cultivated Harmony. It took its current name when Empress Dowager Cixi, in a controversial action, used some money earmarked for the navy and rebuilt the...
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Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
This is the original handwritten manuscript by Nelson Mandela of his famous statement from the dock at his trial on April 20th, 1964. In this statement he declared that apartheid was "an ideal for which I am prepared to die" These handwritten...
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Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA
We often refer to this trip as our “doomed trip to Maine” because if anything could have gone wrong, it did. However, now, we think our “doom” was quite delicious, and, in the end, one of our most memorable trips. As teachers, we decided to spend...
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Belleville, 75020 Paris, France
In the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, this wall that would otherwise be nondescript brick is covered in unlikely art, with the caveat: "beware of words." A bit of artistic 3-D in the 20th arrondissement, by the artist Benjamin Vautier. (To see...
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4726 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
Being a runner, it grounds me when I have the chance to run on a beach in a new city. Not only do you get a nice workout in, it's a great and efficient way to get the vibe of the locals. Try and write the word "Run" in as many languages and as...
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Bishan, Singapore
Despite the “Speak Good English” initiative introduced by the Singaporean government, the use of Singlish—a slang-heavy spoken language that mixes English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese words—persists throughout the country. Lah is the quintessential...
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Az-Zubārah, Qatar
We came across this sign at a beach in Northern Qatar. It still puts a smile on my face; I have a thing for 'culture' specific signage. Next runner up was the 'burka crossing'...
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Horný Smokovec 51, 062 01 Vysoké Tatry-Starý Smokovec, Slovakia
Along the way, it's nice to see little guideposts to ensure that you are headed in the right direction. But what happens if THIS is the sign that you come across? Are you there yet? I mean, would you really ever know? I came upon this lovely...
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261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...

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Matakana 0985, New Zealand
Have time to explore beyond Auckland’s CBD? 45min north is the village of Matakana that gets inundated ever Saturday morning by Aucklanders going to its Farmers Markets. Fresh organic produce, whitebait fritters (a local delicacy), hand-made...
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8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
It’s easy to miss the discreet sign for “Book Soup” after passing the more obvious marquees for Sunset Strip’s famous nightlife and entertainment destinations. This cozy, out-of-place bookshop feels endless as it lures you in and slows down time...