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I've done a fair bit of traveling over the last few years and have always told myself that I should visit somewhere new before returning to a place that I had already visited. The problem is, with each trip I take (and each highlight that is posted by other AFAR readers!), that strategy is getting harder and harder to stick to!
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Geylang, Singapore
Bam, slap, thwack. Woosh, woosh, sss. Ee, zzz, clang, plop. Thank you, auntie! Szrkst, szkst. Aaahh. This is the audible life cycle of Mr. Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata. The libretto of the above prata operetta goes something like this: Mr....
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Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 東京都 渋谷区宇田川町4−3
Noticeable by a bright yellow sign with a pig eating Ramen, Hakata Tenjin offers the best affordable Ramen in Shibuya. Perfect for the day after a late night out in one of the many bars in Shibuya. Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-5-4
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2148 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Little known fact: After Los Angeles and Houston, Chicago has the third largest Mexican population in the United States. Unlike those two cities, the praises of its deep Mexican heritage and food have yet to be sung. Consider me, then, the fat guy...
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5014 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Just steps from the colorful Argyle CTA stop in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Ba Le Bakery specializes in Vietnamese food—efficient, fast and tasty fusion food. You can’t go wrong with the Bun Thit Nuong ($7.95)—piping-hot grilled pork, cold rice...
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
A visit to Granada, Spain isn't complete without a stop at the Alhambra. The Moorish architecture, robust gardens, and stunning views of Granada combine to make a truly memorable experience. Start your day with a tour of the Generalife Gardens....
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Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As Malaysia is a Muslim country, mosques can be found everywhere. One of the most famous mosques in K.L. is Masjid Negara (the National Mosque). It was built in 1965, and can accommodate some 15,000 worshippers. This photo is of the Mihrab. It's a...
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1700 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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If you are in Chicago and have a hankering for some great sushi, you have a ton of choices at your fingertips. I'm just gonna tell you about one, or maybe two. Located in Bucktown is Coast Sushi, which is BYOB, difficult to get into, but always...
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián, or Donostia in the Basque language, is a Belle Époque resort town built around the Bay of La Concha. Stroll the cobblestone Old Town streets in search of cozy shops, the city’s oldest church (San Vicente) and celebrated restaurants...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
Thirty years ago, Lawrence Durrell wrote of Santorini in his book "The Greek Islands", “It is hardly a matter of surprise that few, if any, good descriptions of Santorini have been written: the reality is so astonishing that prose and poetry,...
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Fira, Thira 847 00, Greece
Open your villa door to a private view of the sea and volcano. We grabbed a bottle of wine any time we could and sit and enjoyed the unobstructed view. Still one of the best views we have ever experienced.
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Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid, Spain
When in Madrid, I highly recommend to visit Circulo de Bellas Artes. The views from the rooftop of the Fine Arts Circle is breath taking. Buy a ticket at the reception, speed up to the roof and stand by the feet of Goddess Minerva. Highly...
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Jl. Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Set on cliffs above the Indian Ocean, this posh resort is made up of 59 spacious villas that blend local stone and wood with Bulgari-made fabrics. It’s a luxurious combination of contemporary Italian design and Balinese traditional architecture. ...
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18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
With its domed greenhouses of epic proportions dotted across some 100 hectares (250 acres), the sustainable Gardens by the Bay are educational and fun. The Cloud Forest is a misty, 42-meter-high (138-foot-high) “mountain” that...
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foça Mah 1332 Sokak No:86/d Çalış fethiye, Foça Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Spent some days close to Fethye in Turkey on board of a 6 cabin boat where the Captain and two sailors prepared fantastic meals. Even had a chance to eat line caught tuna. Hiked off the boat, met with a shepherd and his family and tried some of...
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Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the USA. It's bursting at the seams with fantastic restaurants, hole-in-the-wall pubs and bars, world-class stadiums, art galleries, and everything else you'd expect in an Alpha World City, though it retains...
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Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I once heard that eating tapas while standing builds character. Going into a tiny dark tapas bar in Madrid and ordering parts of a pig that aren't normally consumed does too. Toni, owner and cook at Casa Toni in Madrid, sautées this...
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Passeig de Gràcia, 120, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
This is my favorite table at my favorite restaurant in Barcelona, Buenas Migas in the Gothic Quarter. I spent my days in Barcelona wandering through the city with my camera while my husband was working and I enjoyed every minute of it. I planned...
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La Rambla, 115, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This is Mark Bittman's favourite sandwich ever: a flauta d’ibéric jabugo at Cafe Viena on La Rambla in Barcelona. I can attest to the fact that it is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had! The ham is just delicious and the bread is crispy...
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Calle Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
If you're in Madrid and in the mood for tapas, you might not know exactly where to go or what to taste. The Mercado San Miguel (metro Sol) takes away all that decision-making by providing you with a taste experience all under one roof. The old,...
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17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
Tossa de Mar, along the Costa Brava, is just under two hours away from Barcelona by bus, but it feels worlds away. Even on an overcast evening, the quaint little town still manages to shine. Hotel Cap d'Or, on the edge of the main strip, is a...
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of...
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Santa Korda Kalea, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
At La Cuchara de San Telmo, on the corner of the plaza Valle Lersundi in San Sebastian, the specialties were hot pintxos, quickly prepared to order--from the menu or the specials board, or by pointing to what your neighbor was eating. This was one...
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Carrer del Bruc, 162, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
On any visit to Barcelona, a trip through the city's charming Gothic Quarter shouldn't be missed. You'll find everything there from historic buildings and fun shops to entertaining street performers and delicious restaurants like this one. I love...
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Albaicín, Granada, Spain
No trip to Granada is complete without wandering the narrow streets of the Albaicin neighborhood. The courtyards, baths, parks, churches and views of the Alhambra are a collective and colorful open air museum of patterns. This part of town feels...
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San Martin Kalea, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The Charmed Life. Driving into the coastal city, weaving through shirtless surfers and foxy longboarders. How did I even get here? Spanish hospitality allowed us to stay beachside for the weekend. Posh clubs twirls, pintxo hopping, cafe breakfasts...
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Japan, 〒605-0862 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Kiyomizu 1-chōme, 294

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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Oia 847 02, Greece
Sunsets in Oia are unmatched. Hike up any of the streets and you'll find a ledge from which you can enjoy the view.
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Oia 847 01, Greece
In dreams of heaven and paradise you might walk through the marbled streets of Santorini. You might bask in a warm sun (my heaven is a warm one) and not think about what you'll do that day. Breakfast will appear on your balcony and you will drink...
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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Golden Gate Park was formed out of an expanse of sand dunes to the west of the city in the nineteenth century—a history that is still discernible in the rolling topography of much of the park’s more than 1,000 acres. Over 13 million...
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1135 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
I hadn't read about the Agora art installation in Grant Park in Chicago, and so I was surprised to see dozens of nine-foot-tall, headless, armless figures wandering around the park! The piece is by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. These...
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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China, 623400
Jiuzhaigou Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park) is located in Sichuan, China. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is the longest hiking experience I've ever had - it took me two days to finish every part of the park! However, I...
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Fira 847 00, Greece
Being in Santorini was like a dream come true. The breathtaking views were like none other I had ever seen. The white buildings against the beautiful blue sea. I spotted these two dogs and thought to myself, "Wow! What a life. What I wouldn't give...
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Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
We picked up some gyros to-go during our stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood below the Acropolis. Thespidos street was particularly memorable for the cafe we stopped at and discovering Brettos bar, which we decided to come back to enjoy...
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1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960
A great way to get to know local cuisine is to visit a food center, that is, a hawker center. You'll find a vast array of local dishes that are inexpensive and delicious. The crowd situation here is, well, it's basically too crowded during the...
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Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130, USA
Treasure Island is still technically located in the city of San Francisco, but you probably wouldn't venture to the island unless you're making a trip over to Oakland and the east bay. I have often noticed the great views of SF from the bay...
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Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Get on the Turyol ferry across the Bosphorus for a budget friendly no frills tour offering excellent views of Istanbul. Departing every hour from Eminonu between 10am and 7pm, this simple 1.5 hour round trip cruises along the Asian and European...
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Japan, 〒606-8402 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Ginkakujichō, 2
November is the time for luck in japan. In Kyoto, the temples are crowded with Japanese school trips to pray for good grades. You have to be creative to find the quiet. http://havefunflysafe.com/2013/05/05/things-i-have-learned-in-kyoto-japan/.
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Japan, 〒112-0003 Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Kasuga, 1 Chome−1−1
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She was a pleasant breakfast companion albeit somewhat reticent like her Scandic forefathers. But it was her table I joined so I was in no place to remark: It was, after all, the first time I had the pleasure having a meal with a child-sized...
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Calle Gran Vía de Colón, 5, 18001 Granada, Spain
Granada's Cathedral of the Incarnation is a lovely must. The cost for entrance is 4 euros, and the structure is striking from within. It was meant to be the royal mausoleum (before Phillip II of Spain decided that the El Escorial, outside of ...
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
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Andifli Mahallesi, Hükümet Cd., 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
It's on the south coast of Turkey. Kaş has an amazing nature with its wonderful blue -green water. You can do scuba diving, yacht tours to see its beautiful bays, paragliding, sea kayaking among the ancient ruins and eat delicious food at the...
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75 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, USA
I spend a lot of time in NYC for work, but most of my meetings etc. pull me up to Midtown, Soho or closer the the Upper East Side. I've spent much less time exploring the Financial District and Wall St. area. On a recent trip I stayed down in that...
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1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Disney's California Adventure is right across from Disneyland and is worth the park-hopper pass. And if you're in town for long, the best deal would be an annual pass. I think California Adventure complements Disneyland very well in that it has...
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Went on a 'two-world' tour that showcases Japan's futuristic cities in contrast with it's Zen-like past. Spent 4 nights in small, locally-owned ryokan, and contributed directly to the local economy, and by using trains rather than minibuses for...
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Reyes Catolicos Kalea, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
No one is the wrong age for Reyes. This pedestrian street, which stretches south from the cathedral, is lined with bars. They range from classic pintxo spots to a craft beer pub to late-night drinking holes. Perfect for anyone, at any time of day....
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Central, Hong Kong
No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Lan Kwai Fong. LKF is where expats are seen drinking, dancing, and partying the night away on any given night. The area forms a small rectangle in the Central districts with D'Aguilar Street and...
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49 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428768
Katong is an ethnically rich neighborhood on Singapore's east coast, where Peranakan roots run deep. (The Peranakan culture sprang from the intermarriage of Chinese tradesmen and local Malay women centuries ago.) Increasingly, new eateries and...
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8330 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Pétronille, QC G0A 4C0, Canada
If you never experience winter, Quebec City is a good place! -20 celsius degrees... it's an arctic city... But on normal minus degrees for winter, -10, skating in the old city, skiing 30 minutes from town, crosscountry skiing in the Plaines...
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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The High Line, a public park built on an elevated train track in NYC, should be on the top of any visitor's list. It is an outstanding example of a visionary, innovative urban park that has saved an important piece of NYC's history. Built in the...
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One Ferry Building, #6, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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Excellent grid chicken sandwich, coffee shake, garlic fries and Cheeseburger. Been here more than four times; almost every visit to San Francisco and can't wait to go back.
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Boat Quay, Singapore
Boat Quay is the easternmost section of the Singapore River. The original shophouses erected here by Singaporean tradesmen have been turned into bars and restaurants with river views. It is a lively scene with English pubs showing sports on big...
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Japan, 〒101-0025 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Sakumachō, 1 Chome−1−6−5 アキバ・トリム 3F
Muji reigns supreme in clean Japanese design. Muji sells clothes, home goods, and furniture and has a deliberately simple approach to the way they design their products. The clean and pure design of Muji products has made it a beloved brand both...
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La Rambla, 138, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Located right on the famous, tree-lined La Rambla near Plaza de Catalunya, Hotel Continental Barcelona is an affordable and charming accommodation in the heart of Barcelona. The vibrant city in Spain was the first place I traveled to abroad and my...
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Printer's Row, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
With the many street festivals that squeeze into Chicago's short number of summer weekends, hawking fried 'fill-in-the-blank' food and disturbing neighbors with loud cover bands, this festival is a breath of fresh air. The annual Printer's Row Lit...
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Pandawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Catching the sunrise at Pandawa Beach, also known as the “Secret Beach” in South Bali, was an adventure from beginning to end. After learning about it from Rob, the owner of Suara Ombak Cottages (www.wavevoice.com) where we stayed during our SURF...
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1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
So spectacular is the 82-hectare (200-acre) Singapore Botanic Gardens that it is the rare horticultural spot to have earned UNESCO World Heritage site status. Established in 1859, it’s responsible for Singapore’s...
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Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
On my first night in Hakone, I was walking from the hotel into another part of town when I saw the sun setting over Mount Fuji in the far distance. Fortunately, I had my tripod with me and quickly set up for the shot. As I watched the sun setting...
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5 Chome-7-29 Minamiazabu, 港区 Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0047, Japan
I discovered Arisugawa a few weeks after moving to Tokyo and it quickly became my quiet haven in the city. The park used to house the villa of a feudal lord and was donated to the city in 1934. Arisugawa is simply enchanting. There are small stone...
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Unnamed Road, Santorini 847 00, Greece
Santorini has long been called the diamond of the Greek Islands. Its white sculptured villages are nestled atop steep volcanic cliffs that fall sharply to the deep blue Aegean Sea. This is paradise for shoppers, photographers, artists, or anyone...
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Fener Balat Mah. Fener Kirechanesi Sok. No:12, Balat Mahallesi, 34087 İstanbul/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
It's easy to stick to the historic core of Istanbul because there is so much to see. But an adventure out of the city to Balat is worth the time. Took us a while, but we finally found the core of this old Jewish sector with its colorful wooden...
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5 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris, France
Shopping passages were built in the 19th century to give Parisians protection from muddy streets and horse-drawn vehicles. Galerie Vivienne is a beautiful restored 19th-century passage with entrances at the Rue des Petits-Champs, Rue de la...
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Houlakia Bay, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
To whoever seeks a completely different way to spend his vacation, Mykonos is a MUST destination. But it’s not just important where to go but also where to stay! It’s a crucial factor that determines how fond the memories of this vacation will be...
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Giverny, France
The sun was warm and had a different illumination that came through this photograph of Monet's gardens. This father and child felt like a moment in time captured that could be 1811 or 2011.
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Am Stadtpark 1, 1030 Wien, Austria
So much to see and do in Vienna, including things as simple as wandering the streets and the city parks. This photo is of the administration building for all of the city gardens, it was situated on a street corner, and one of my favorite photos I...
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Boston, MA, USA
Boston calling you to celebrate this Christmas ?! Wondering what to see in Boston? The city has witnessed a lot of historically significant things. If you are heading out for a family vacation, The Public Garden in Boston should be on your ‘things...
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5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The Picasso Museum in Paris has a collection of thousands of Pablo Picasso’s works, many of which were donated by his heirs in the ‘70s (in lieu of inheritance tax) or were gifted by friends and family....