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Loei, Thailand

There are several steps to become a monk in Thailand and it is expected of any person expects to be respected in society. Most males in Thailand will be a monk once, usually before marriage. I had stayed at this temple many times so all I had to...

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A/13,, Broad St, Ballygunge Park, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India
I remember waking up with the sun my first morning in Calcutta, all hazey brained and wired with jetlag. I set out and wandered and watched as the streets woke up and clamored to life. I ate breakfast at a street cart where they were making a...
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Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador

19,374 feet above sea level, standing on top of Cotopaxi one of the planet's largest active volcanoes. Climbing this Ecuadorian monster has been my most physically demanding accomplishment to date.

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
There are a lot of great reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands, but getting up close and personal with some strange animals is one of the best. On Puerto Ayora there is a tortoise sanctuary where you can spend some quality time with 100 year old...
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111 Chambers St # A, New York, NY 10007, USA
I didn't have change for the meter, but then I looked up and saw the bank. Problem solved! But then I realized it was closing in 30 seconds. I had a decision to make... Do I take a shortcut to the teller and get the change...or do I waste money in...
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524 Fuzhou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
After a delectable meal of steamed pork dumplings at a traditional Shanghainese restaurant, the owner took my friends and I to the back to show us his studio. He had sheets of rice paper and hundreds of fans with beautifully precise calligraphy.
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f45 3rd avenue lal bhadur sl marg, Shri Vihar, Mahaveer Nagar, Durgapura, Nagar, Rajasthan 302018, India
While on a Fulbright Summer Seminar in India, I walked into this classroom to many warm smiles and greetings of "Hello Sir."
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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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Şahkulu Mahallesi, Galip Dede Cd. No:75, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The Sema ceremony at the Galata Mevlevihanesi in Istanbul can be described in three words: hypnotic, tranquil, solemn. It was a beautiful experience.
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Jiao Dao Kou Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
I kept running into this fellow who took a fancy to me near my hotel on Jiaodaokou East Street in Dongcheng, Beijing. Great, friendly smile and we always interacted, without either of us understanding a word the other said. Often such encounters...
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Pharping, Dakshinkali 44600, Nepal
While in Nepal, I had the opportunity to host an event at the sacred Dakshinkali temple honoring abused Nepalese women. The temple was built to honor Kali, a powerful female Goddess, so naturally it was the perfect place to invite them. Hoping to...
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Süleymaniye Mah., Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar cad. No:1, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
It was a cold and snowy day in Istanbul as we made our way to the mosque. Despite the vibrant and beautiful interior, I found the benches compelling for what they represent.
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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8/r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. Spanning the Arno's narrowest point, this is the only bridge to have survived the German bombing of the city in 1944. There have always...
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Wakhan, Afghanistan
Sadly, few people at present refer to Pakistan and Afghanistan as heaven. But during my time in Tajikistan's Wakhan Valley on the top of the old fort Yanchuu, with the setting sun as my backdrop, the valley and mountains bordering these nations...
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Concord, MA, USA
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy - a carer, a writer, a musician, an artist. Many girls grew up with these 'Little Women' in their minds. So did I. The creator of these literary characters rests in peace at the Sleepy Hollow in Concord. It was humbling to have...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
This is what you came for. Sure it's the exotic smells, the snippet of a town almost buried between two rivers flanked by jungle carpeted hills... ...but it was somebody's promise that this part of SE Asia had actually held time at bay. And in a...
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Rajasthan, India
For us, the vast dusty desert was a novelty act. We rode a camel. We dismounted and took a few photographs. We drank tea and pretended to be desert dwellers. But as we prepared to leave, I saw a sadness come over the local people's faces. It's...
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Nice, France
After climbing up to the old fort and perusing the shops in Vieux Nice the breeze along the Mediterranean was the perfect rendezvous with much needed rest.
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New York, NY, USA
Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. Stretching between 59th and 110th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues, the park covers a total of 843...
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Midtown East, New York, NY, USA
The building that I thought was the Empire State Building... Oops.
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Dublin, Ireland
I was standing outside a tourist office near Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland when I noticed a street artist carefully drawing a picture of Mary on the sidewalk with pastels.
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Peru
The easy way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus. It's can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. So instead, hike up There are cut-troughs will help. It won't take more than an hour, and it will...
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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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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Stone by stone, second-century BC Debod Temple was reconstructed in Spain in an effort, called to action by UNESCO, to save its demise when the site was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. As a sign of gratitude for the help...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 景山前街4号 邮政编码: 100006
There is a saying that the walkway between the tall walls are "the road of the Yin and Yang" - because no matter what time of the day, there is always one side bright and one side in dark shadow. *and don't ask about what happen during the night...
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Otavalo, Ecuador
The 'Panama' hat, which incidentally, is from Ecuador.
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71 Trần Hưng Đạo, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang 8477, Vietnam
Sometimes the purest foods can be the most fulfilling. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Lincoln Square, New York, NY, USA
After being stuck on the train, I took this photo to capture the various moods / personas on the train. Enjoy this NYC moment.
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New York, NY 10012, USA
No matter when you visit Washington Square Park, and especially in the spring and summer months, live musicians and performers are there to entertain. Location-wise, the park couldn't be in a better spot. Surrounded by the New York University...
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999 หมู่ 1 Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
One of my favorite airports in the world is Suvarnabhumi - It may take an hour to say its name but it is truly an incredible place. It is clean, efficient and comfortable and is a frequent midpoint to many a travelers' routes. Suvarnabhumi...
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Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buller is the first brewery in Buenos Aires. Ask for the beer sampler with 6 handmade beers. Very good!
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Stepping into the enormous main concourse of this landmarked architectural jewel—with its sweeping granite staircases, hulking columns and 38-meter (125-foot) ceilings painted with night-sky constellations—can be a jaw-dropping experience. What’s...
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Civic Center, New York, NY, USA
Always remember in the frenzy of the city to look up.
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These monks in training gather in large groups arguing over Buddhist philosophies and testing each other's knowledge of their belief system.
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check out the kapawi ecolodge in ecuadorial amazon. remote area on tributary of amazon river. thatched huts on stilts looking into virgin rainforest. I was there not too long ago shooting, and the people were amazing. private huts and great...
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Lebuh Muntri, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The island of Penang is an interesting place. It has been a boiling pot of culture and religion for centuries due to its geographical location. This island has been a major port for a long time and it has seen an its cultural identity shift after...
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80045 Pompeii, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Witness the destruction wrought by Mt. Vesuvius nearly 2,000 year ago at the archaeological site of Pompeii. The ancient village was frozen in time beneath a blanket of hot ash during an eruption in 79 C.E. Among the ruins that have been uncovered...

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Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA
Lunch like the 'Suits' of Midtown. There is nothing like a little picnic lunch and ping pong in Bryant Park to celebrate the first signs of Spring.
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Lake Michigan, United States
Nothing beats coming home for the summer and meeting up with your old high school friends. Part of the yearly reunion is meeting on the beach and having a bon fire while watching the stars come out.
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Sanford, NC, USA
To those who don’t understand, a cup of coffee is nothing more than a vile brown bean juice - halitosis in a cup, with cream or without. Regular partakers, like so many addicts, sport trophies of stained teeth and caffeine shakes and brown drips...
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21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Chicago has a beautiful view at dusk!
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Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA
In New York City, the perfect getaway when you can't get away is Governors Island. This former Army and Coast Guard post is a cool combination of manicured parkland with art installations and a Stepford-ish ghost town. Its appeal isn't just its...
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Kyaukse, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the ancient city of Inwa, the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery is constructed entirely of teak wood and is a representation of the Wayzayanta Palace, which is the highest level of heaven in Buddhism. Built in 1838 A.D., the entire monastery is...
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602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Have you ever seen a man in a wet suit playing the bass cello? How about a band of 5 guys in wet suits? Walking into Side Bar (East 7th and Red River) I thought to myself, how weird and so very appropriate to stumble upon this sight while at SXSW...
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86 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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...on a spring day in Pike Place Market in Seattle--the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in the U.S--the bounty of tulips and the echo of song...Wool and daydreams by Elliott Bay... (for the 'Markets' theme, March 22-28)
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6 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
In the backstreets of the mile-high mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, some unlikely art: a stencil of Mona Lisa? blindfolded? framed by Buddhist philosophy? This is some of the street-art that inspires residents in this SE Arizona town to display...
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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tired, but determined not to succumb to jet-lag on my first evening in Seoul in almost two decades, I went for a walk in the Bukchon neighborhood...no backpack, no camera--just my iPhone in my pocket. One of the first things that caught my eye was...
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Holy Hill, Erin, WI 53033, USA
Beautiful nature and history of Christ combined on 1 path
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Wheeling, WV-OH, USA
This peaceful place is one of the home of the Lord Krishna in the USA. I love the drive from Pittsburgh to here. It is very pleasant and picturesque. People are friendly and surrounding is beautiful. Perhaps I can say that Arjuna in me was seeking...
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Cape Point Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Along some of the more rustic roads between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, there are stone sculture parks in the woods along the way. Craftsmen carve from local stone and the results range from small pieces to large scale pieces. I bought a...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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136 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Expecting a stuffy museum, I found the King Sejong Story was a pleasant surprise. This monument in the center of Seoul, housed underneath one of the hippest areas, is worth a look. No amount of rambling can present how great King Sejong was for...
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Drive In Rd, Nilmani Society, Gurukul, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380052, India
You will find everything here in much lesser price than the big brands though quality maybe compromised. But this is a fun place to visit if you want to see the old structures, small shops, hawkers and street vendors selling myriad things.
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Abasto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Turning the corner onto Pasaje Zelaya in the Abasto area of Buenos Aires reveals a shocking array of colors in a celebration of all things Argentinian. The walls on the buildings here are covered in poetry, song lyrics, tango dancers, portraits of...
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Mattituck, NY, USA
During the all too brief summer months in New York, a drive out to the beaches of Long Island calls for a stop for some amazing fresh produce at one of the many roadside stands you will pass along the way. You can, and should, get everything from...
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Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the best things I ate while in Rio was Pao de Queijo (cheese bread). It is basically a baked ball of dough and cheese that melts in your mouth. Almost every cafe in Rio sells these...usually they give you a little bag filled with them so...
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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Pokhara, Nepal
If you find yourself in Pokhara, there's no doubt you'll hear about the sunrise hike to the top of Sarangkot to witness the morning glow light up the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. With absolutely stunning views of Machapuchare, you're wise to...
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Av. João Luiz Alves, 378 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22291-090, Brazil
While in Rio you must go to Sugarloaf Mountain. It has beautiful views of the entire city. I went on a day that was misty and cloudy and was a little disappointed that I couldn't see the Christ the Redeemer statue from the mountain, but soon the...
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East Africa
My colleagues and I at e2 education & environment (www.e2education.org) booked a stay at Bush Adventures (http://www.bush-adventures.com) to augment research for our distance learning program, The Mizizi Project. We went in wanting a rich...
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Plaza de San Miguel, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is one of the best places to go for a little of everything local, or tapas-style shopping. They are always busy. Whether you are looking for ham or oysters, fresh fruits or desserts, coffee or wine, they have it...
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Hyderabad, Telangana, India
In the middle of a private courtyard in Hyderabad lies a workshop where several women sit at traditional looms. The women, who are all widows, weave intricate cotton-and-silk floral patterns by hand as part of the Suraiya weaving center. Suraiya...
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Wadi Rum is one of those places you visit and then think about for the rest of your life. A place so stunning and bizarre it permanently etches its memory in your bones. I ended up there with no plans or expectations, and no clue what was in...
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Navyug, J.V.P.D, Scheme, V M Road, Vile Parle West, Yamuna Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Raman Patel knows a lot about silk. He works at Kala Niketan, a Mumbai-based fabric warehouse that started in the south of the city and now has four retail outlets plus exporting offshoots. The company supplies many local fashion designers, who...
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375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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A key player in the "third wave" coffee movement is Four Barrel Coffee, founded by Jeremy Tooker—who has a particular love for light roasts and the bright, acidic flavors that come with this method. Don’t let that description deter you, though;...
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Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
While in India we hired a rickshaw driver to take us around Udaipur--4 of us piled in and it was the best way to see the city. He took us to a market just outside of the center city where locals were buying fruits, veggies and spices. I loved the...
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Demak-Isthmus Bridge, Jalan Keruing, Sejingkat, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
As we strolled along the boardwalk of the daily fish and produce market in Kuching (the large city on the northern--Malaysian--coast of Borneo), this wee boatman pulled into his own berth. It doesn't look like he was bringing any fish to market.
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Palais des remparts hôtel - 18 rue Ibn Rochd - Essaouira (médina), Essaouira 44000, Morocco
On the water is an old fort where artists bring their wears for sale. Bargaining is the way of the world here. I bought some amazing hand painted dishes my favorite leather belt and don't forget to pick up some argan oil here.
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Kochi, Kerala, India
Cochin also called kochi is a bustling town with lots of places to sit back and enjoy. Take a boat ride at sunset and see the scenic fishing nets that line the shore.
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Sha Tin, Hong Kong
We took so many pictures here, as well as on the short hike to the temple. Such an inspiring place. Shortly after, a baboon chased us off.
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Great street to walk by Drum & Bell Towers, Beijing
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
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The Forbidden City is not so forbidden any longer...based on the thousands and thousands of people there visiting it! I love the huge city, however it's a hard sight to visit because of all of the people, the massive space to cover (178 Acres),...
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Budapest, Petneházyrét, Hungary
We have all tossed a coin or two into a fountain. And maybe you have hopped into a fountain during one of your worldwide voyages. But have you ever just ventured in and out of a fountain without getting wet? Well in Budapest you can do just that....
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Zhujiajiaozhen, Qingpu, Shanghai, China
On a trip to Shanghai, I took a few days to visit nearby water villages which are considered to be suburbs of Shanghai. These are the places where the canals dominate the village landscape. Often, getting from point A to point B requires transport...
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Piazza del Duomo, Milano MI, Italy
The historic and modern center of the city, the Piazza del Duomo (the square surrounding the cathedral's base) remains a popular meeting place, hangout and hub of Milanese life. Local vendors setup shop (selling fresh coconut in the summer, toys...
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Calle del Príncipe de Vergara, 92, 28006 Madrid, Spain

My hotel was in aneighbourhood called "Salamanca", just north of the centr - I stayed at the NH Principe de Vergara. It was just renovated and re-opened Sept 2010 - it was great! Fresh, clean, modern, a great rate, and good service. I had studied...

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Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Chili fish cakes, deep-fried squid, zucchini and dumplings... anything more perfect on a cold day in the city?
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19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
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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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24 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Explore the back streets near Andingmen Station for a glimpse of everyday life in the hutongs of Beijing. While in the area, stop for a drink at the unexpectedly hip Siif Cafe. As the sign out front says, they have good coffee, along with...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China
This adorable old woman reminded me of my grandmother despite the fact that they look nothing alike. I saw her outside Mr. Shi's Dumplings (74 Bao Cao Hutong) which was written up by Time Out Beijing and consequently was filled with white tourists...
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Cần Giờ, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
While hanging out on the beach I snapped this portrait of one of the ladies selling dried fish.
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Howtown, Penrith CA10 2LZ, UK
I took this photo at Howtown, just above Lake Ullswater, whilst researching my book A Lake District Journey. I discovered that this rare native breed was created through selective breeding by shepherds around wild and remote Wasdale. Wasdale is...
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Americas
All year I can't wait to get back home to traverse city, MI and hang out on the beach
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Cadillac, MI, MI, USA
These waterfalls are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and turn brown from a certain acidic element in the water, the water however, does not harm wildlife or fish. Beautiful place!
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Grand Haven, MI, USA
South Haven, Michigan, is an ideal summer vacation spot. This quaint little town has several public beaches, a busy marina, and several charming B&B's. It's only a short drive from Chicago or Detroit and a great place to spend the weekend.