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80 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Who doesn't want to know how to cook French cuisine? Even I, lacking any sense of cooking, would love to learn how to make a delicious chocolate mousse, for myself and my guests. For this matter, Paris is filled with cooking schools that offer...
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Via Cristoforo Colombo, 141, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
After discovering a scene from one of my favorite movies "Under the Tuscan Sun" had been filmed on a balcony at Hotel California Positano (the particular room is now named after the film), and being that I’m from California, I felt I was meant to...
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Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Hot air balloons sailing over the plains of Bagan, Myanmar.
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Oberkrimml 42, 5743 Krimml, Austria
Austria's historic and cultural allure may only be surpassed by the country's natural beauty. The Krimmler Waterfalls in the Hohe Tauern National Park are a perfect example of how mother nature must have taken a particular liking to our Alpine...
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Fira, Θήρα 847 00, Greece
Santorini, Greece is an unquestionably beautiful island, but you can take the island experience up a notch, from beautiful to breathtaking, by hiking the ancient footpath from Thira to Oia. Start just before sunrise and meander the ancient dirt...
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Nahuala, Guatemala
One of the best ways to connect with a culture is to connect with it's people, and hiking from village to village in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala provides you just this opportunity. The majestic lake is overlooked by three equally majestic volcanoes,...
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
Shopping in Chefchaouen is hard to resist. There's so much to choose from and so many interesting shops in hidden alleys and corners. The clothes are slightly different in this town in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Make sure to check out the...
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St John, USVI
Many islands have laws with steep fines against wearing beach wear when not on the sandy shoreline and while you may have heard of folks going au-naturel on St. Martin, that’s certainly not the norm throughout the region. On St. John, however,...
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Port Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34950, USA
There are many beautiful beaches on Hutchinson Island in Florida. Some of them like this one in Stuart have huge rocks and boulders. When the tide is low you can walk up the beach in front of these rock formations. Don't forget to bring along your...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
first night in Istanbul, summer breeze cool and uplifting, local beer in hand - cold, delicate on the palate - food ordered... the sun setting, casting shades of peach and blue and glowing shadows across Hagia Sophia. I felt like I could reach out...
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Petite Tabac is one of five tiny islets that make up the Tobago Cays archipelago in the Grenadines. Everything you could ever want in a deserted island paradise is here. You’ll find shallow, crystalline waters teaming with colorful sea life...
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Salmond, Barbados
Heading up north in Barbados is a great way to get away from the bustle of Bridgetown and the hustle of the west coast. And if you’re going north, why not go all the way to North Point? First off, Mondays are the best day for this excursion as...
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Crocus Hill 2640, Anguilla
Anguilla has plenty of large, world-class beaches (many with equally alluring beach bars), like Meads Bay and Shoal Bay. But my favorite beach by far is the aptly named Little Bay Beach. This secluded, tiny strip of sand roughly 40 feet long is...
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8600 Lagos, Portugal
The Praia do Mos is a beach in Lagos, Portugal on the Algarve's rugged west coast. The beach is long and clean with golden sand.It is beautiful in February and March and wonderful in August. Sunbathing, fishing and boat tours make for a great...
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
On the Clare coast, not far from Ennis is O’Brien’s Tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornellius O’Brien to mark the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher and as some stories have it, to serve as an observation tower for Victorian tourists. The climb is...
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Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Spanish Riding School is one of the most iconic attractions in all of Austria. It is absolutely unique in the world, and preserves an art so refined and courtly that it transports any viewer back into imperial times. The white horses, the...
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Heiligenstädter Str. 41, 1190 Wien, Austria
When Dom Perignon had his first sip of sparkling wine, he supposedly exclaimed: “Come quickly, I have tasted the stars.” After trying the Sekt of Vienna’s Schlumberger, you might find yourself agreeing with him. Their 300 year-old cellars hold a...
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Feuersbrunn, 3483, Austria
Break out the pots and pans next to Austrian star chef Toni Mörwald. The culinary legend will help you prepare some delicious Austrian specialties, and entertain you with some fun anecdotes at the same time. The school is located just south of...
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7071 Rust, Austria
Somewhere, there is a golden wine so exquisite that royals would travel the whole world to find it. That somewhere is the small town of Rust and their wine is the “Ruster Ausbruch,” which has enchanted kings and emperors for centuries. Rust itself...
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San Pedro, Belize
Belize by far as the most amazingly crystal clear blue water and breathtaking aquatic life in the most swim-able stretch of ocean I have ever encountered. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, it is no wonder that scuba divers and...
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954 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Rootstock crafts great drinks and bites with laid-back style and without pretension. Chef Duncan Biddulph pays attention to the details—he focuses on incorporating locally farmed produce whenever possible and produces their wine and beer in...
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Spa Shop Inn, 1743-45 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The Ruby Room is a distinct spot on Division Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Located in the center of shops, cafes, bookstores and people from all walks of life. There is a salon and spa on premises as well as a yoga studio! They also have...
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125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
In the funky neighborhood of Decatur is one of the country's top rated beer bars. The old wooden doors make you think this place comes right out of the Old South, but it has a touch of Europe. Upstairs there is a bar devoted completely to Belgian...
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65 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Tesori is a new Italian restaurant located in the heart of the Loop. It features a wonderful bar area to pop in for a quick drink, or a large dining room for a more in-depth food experience. But the real treat is that it's located in the same...
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Plaza de España, 16, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
The morning after a heavy thunderstorm over Vejer, the town awoke to a heavenly sunrise which we viewed from the hotel's Africa Suite.
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Wandering the many alleyways of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Such a beautiful place!
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S42 W31320 WI-83, Genesee Depot, WI 53127, USA
Owner and chief bartender Curt started collecting single malts over 20 years ago. He merely says he has one of the best single malt collections in the upper midwest. Once when I was visiting, I met a man who travels the world sampling single malts...
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1314 W Wrightwood Ave #1, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
A Chicago institution since 1992, Rose Angeli's is a quaint establishment tucked away within a cute neighborhood in Lincoln Park. It's actually a house, which makes it that much more endearing, since as you stroll the tree-lined streets, you don't...
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20063 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
San Francisco is a great starting point for a road trip. Drive north or south on the HWY 1 and you're bound to find fun towns, beautiful winding roads and gorgeous coastal scenery. This cave is about an hour drive south of San Francisco, and then...
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Omar Al Mukhtar Street, Area 61, Al Dafna, Street #850, Doha, Qatar
The most exhilarating thing we did was go on a desert safari. They usually cost about $60 a person and take 8 hours but we arranged for a private half-day tour for $220 total. Natalie and I went with two very cool staff members from W Doha and we...
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Being on a cruise doesn't mean you have to see everything from the water. Our ship docked in Sorrento on the second night of the trip and although the town itself is pretty enough, one of the highlights was the bus trip out of Sorrento along the...
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Marinero, Brisas de Zicatela, Oax., Mexico
Brad's Split Coconut has been going strong for over 12 years in Puerto Escondido, and its latest location under a set of shady palm trees on Marinero Beach is its best. Grab a plastic chair, dig your toes into the sand, and dive into a rib dinner,...
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Latin America
The walk up from the dock to Taquille plaza....steep, at least 25 minutes but worth the awesome view!
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Sukakarya, Sabang City, Aceh, Indonesia
Iboih is small village in the Weh Island of Indonesia. It offer tranquility and serenity while enjoying the breeze of seashore. From the terrace of the lodge, you can jump into the super clear turquoise sea water. Swim and snorkel with so many...
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4 E Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
When a friend told me about WAR Chest, I loved the concept. I knew as soon as I entered the store that I would love every part of it. First, this isn't some place that sells camouflage jackets and replica bayonets. WAR stands for Women at Risk,...
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Supai, AZ 86435, USA
Struggle all morning and afternoon through the canyons leading to the Havasu Reservation at Havasupai to be met by some of the most gorgeous water you've ever dreamed of swimming in. Rich with lime, the water constantly changes the landscape,...
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08024 Barcelona, Spain

Great use of public space and gardens. Also has some fabulous mosaics and examples of of Gaudi's architecture and urban design

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Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Moraine Lake was part of my trek down through Jasper and Banff National Parks of the Canadian Rockies back in July of this year. This lake might be one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen in my life. It's almost a surreal jade color due to...
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Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Cape Porpoise is quite the charming small village in the Town of Kennebunkport. The harbor is a safe haven for the many lobster boats & dingy's that call this place their home & office. The islands can be a great escape for camping or exploration....
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ΟIA Santorini Cyclades, Oía 847 02, Greece
Walk 15 minutes down the farthest road on the tip of Oia, towards the harbor. Turn left and jump and scoot over some boulders, then rest your head on a warm black volcanic rock. After you warm up, plunge your body into the invigorating salty water...
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Amongst the world's greatest dive spots, the area around the Komodo Islands is lesser known. To the general public maybe. But to Wally Siagian, the waters of Flores are more his home than land is. He's the best dive master to learn from in...
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Ametzola, 48012 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Bilbao November
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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada should be on everyone's bucket list. It is spectacular in its natural beauty. This picture was taken from atop Mt. Gros Morne, which provides breathtaking views of the...
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I don’t trust currents, so I always think twice before swimming. Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) is like an oasis to children, grandparents and me. It is small and sea is almost flat, so do not come here if you are looking for surfers. Praia Vermelha...
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1 Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, USA
I am in love with St. Lawrence Islands National Park. An hour and a half drive from Ottawa you can take a river cruise from Gananoque. Alternatively, you can also cruise out of cute little town named Rockport. Besides weaving the many shipwreck...
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Wall Street, Utah 84764, USA
Bryce Canyon is an amazing collection of Terrt-cota colored rock formations called hoodoos. The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon continue to erode and change; wind and rain remove approximately the thickness of a sheet of paper from them each year. Most of...
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Praia do Arpoador, Avenida Francisco Bhering, s/n - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22080-050, Brazil
Leaving Rio de Janeiro without knowing the Arpoador beach is almost a sin. Between Copacabana and Ipanema, this beach is mostly known for being one of the best surfing spots in Rio de Janeiro. It was also here that I saw how elders look so young....
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42 Cayuga St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, USA
If you’re looking for a place to stay that combines hotel level service with the personalized attention of a home stay, a bed and breakfast is the way to go. This house has a great history that has been well researched and documented. Its...
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3550 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402, USA
One of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast. A well worth it mini-hike to explore the volcanic rock plates jetting up from the oceans shore. Visit for a day or camp near by with your horses to ride in the national park. Always a pleasure...
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Díli, Timor-Leste
I'm a newcomer to town but have already started calling this my hometown since I'll be here a few years. In this short time, I've come to find,it's all about the beach. After a long work week, it's the place to relax - and it's serene. Yet nearby...
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Beautiful McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer State Park on the way to Big Sur.
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390 Moo 2, Ao Nang Beach, Muang, Krabi 81000 Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180, Thailand
This is where to go. You will need to get yourself to Krabi, Au Naug or Phuket on the south western coast and then take a boat. There is no other way to get here.
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Hurricane Bay, California, USA
The best way to see Lake Tahoe to get out on it, or in it. The crystal-clear waters make for beautiful float-seeing. Look for big boulders below you and scan the shoreline for hidden cabins and mansions you can't see from the road. Kayaking and...
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1137 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
I'm a huge fan of Pho soups but I'm picky too—I want a rich broth with light springy noodles and slivers of meat, a contrast of textures and tastes. Pho 888 is not only reasonably priced but offers up some of the best Pho I've had in North...
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Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
This Gothic monastery houses collections from Barcelona's City History Museum, but if you've got only an hour or so, skip the exhibits in favor of a walk around. Founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326, the monastery (or monestir in...
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2555 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA
I have always been partial to crystal clear water and white sand. So why, might you ask, did I buy a house in the lowcountry? Well, Hunting Island is the reason. Hunting Island is a state park just past Beaufort, SC. With camping, trails, fishing...
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809 Port Republic St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
Situated two blocks back from the waterfront, nestled in among hundred year old houses, eclectic shops and restaurants, the Beaufort Inn is the perfect base for your lowcountry exploration. You literally can walk all of downtown Beaufort by...
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Dr, Michigan, USA
Michigan's Leelanau peninsula was covered in the brilliant reds and golds of autumn during the first week of October. Taking advantage of the "peak", we stopped to enjoy this vantage on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes...
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62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
I've been all over the California coast and Point Lobos is my favorite place to hike. We have hiked every trail in this reserve and never tire of this magical place. You can see many animals, such as sea otters, seals, elephant seals,sea lions,...
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4563 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
If you're looking to stay in a bed and breakfast in the heart of Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, this is it. I'm a sucker for Victorian architecture, mansions and anything stately, so I'm sold on the Welcome Inn Manor. You can choose...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
At playa Corozalito my group and i got to do a short beach clean up and later enjoy the beautiful day by looking for seashells, the view there was amazing :) Learning AFAR, in partnership with Global Explorers, promotes cross-cultural exchange by...
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View from my deck out to sea....
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Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Perfect hotel to escape life for a long week...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Finally got to take my daughter to Venice, some place we had planned to visit for a while. I hadn't been there for many years and so it was great to return and see that nothing much had changed.
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
Jump off the train (40 mins ride) in Cascais from Lisbon and borrow a free bike from the stand right outside the station. Weave through the ancient cobblestone streets and ride the rolling bike path along the coast to loosen up your legs and free...
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Lake Como, Italy
While boating on Lake Como we happened upon a peaceful corner of the lake. My husband took our daughter to explore, climb and jump off the rocks. It was a wonderful morning of swimming, and cruising in our little rental boat, and then it was onto...
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Pleasure Point, Opal Cliffs, CA 95062, USA
East Cliff Drive in the Pleasure Point neighborhood of Santa Cruz overlooks the expansive Pacific Ocean and some of the best surfing in the country. Jack O’Neill lives here, along with many neighbors who live to surf. This is a side of Santa Cruz...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Georgetown, on the Malaysian island of Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage location. I recently returned there for a week's photography and thoroughly enjoyed it, Malaysia is a real melting pot of ethnic backgrounds, Malays, Chinese and Indians. One...
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Karagözler Mahallesi, Fevzi Çakmak Cd. No:1 D:57, 48300 Fethiye (Mugla)/Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
The James Bond movie, Skyfall, featuring Daniel Craig hit cinemas in 2012 and the movie featured one of Turkey’s finest travelling experiences – a ‘blue cruise’ on the Mediterranean from Fethiye. You too can live like Bond, James Bond on the...
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Savaneta, Aruba
Zeerovers is the restaurant people come to when they want to eat truly traditional Aruba cuisine. It is always full of locals, so you know it has to be good! The small restaurant sits directly on the water and serves the freshest fish (and drinks)...
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Conchi, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Also known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," the natural pool is a unique sight: the formation of rocks and volcanic stone literally create a small 'pool.' Constantly cleaned out by waves and full of hundreds of tropical fish, the natural pool is...
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200 Marilla Ave, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
Catalina Island is a short ferry ride from several points in the Orange County and LA County area, and it perfect for a weekend! The main town is Avalon, while most of the rest of the island is undeveloped. You can rent a golf cart and explore the...
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9800 Lønstrup, Denmark
Lønstrup is a wonderfull small town at the nortwest sea with great food at Restaurant Villa Vest, local crafts and beautiful houses. A great place to visit in Denmark.
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Myeik, Myanmar (Burma)
Uncharted, Tropical Myanmar? Yes it does exist and it’s called the Myeik Archipelago, a cluster of 800 idyllic islands straight out of a fairytale book of your dreams. As the New York Times recently reported, this tropical archipelago -- which is...
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Piazza di S. Francesco, 5, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Sunsets on Val D'Orcia are one of the most incredible views for those who are looking for an unforgettable Tuscan experience. From Piazza San Francesco in Montepulciano, you can admire an infinity of colors, changing every season. This hotel...
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Iberia
There's a great hike you can do before sitting down to lunch or dinner at the Restaurante Mirador de la Victoria on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca. Begin the hike from the parking lot heading toward the "Three Crosses". You'll have a...
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
Forty-five minutes to an hour away from Florence awaits the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bordered by 13th-century walls and featuring a triangular central square lined with historic houses, the town is...
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28500 Overseas Hwy, Little Torch Key, FL 33042, USA
"Some of the world's finest cuisine can be experienced in the Palm Island resort’s Dining Room. Lead by Executive Chef Luis Pous and his culinary team have been recently recognized as the Best Hotel Dining in Florida and Number Three in the US by...
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Boracay, Malay, Philippines
Even during the low season White Beach on Boracay Island is full on. Dance music blares out of clubs and bars. Restaurant hawkers shout out their daily deals in front of massive seafood buffets. Korean tour groups block the beach path and touts...
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1 Lake Front Drive, Zion, IL 60099, USA
Thirty-five miles north of Chicago. The park is 1 mile from the Zion Metra stop, so you don't have to drive. Just pack your gear and take the train. The park is right on the lake, so you can spend the day on the beach or hike through the dunes....
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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Central America
Located on the more remote, northern side of Little Corn, Ensueños (literally "in dreams") is a magical place that begs you to slow down, relax, and let your worries float off into turquoise blue sea or drift off with the breeze. Bring a good book...
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Carrer de Querol, 21, 17520 Puigcerdà, Girona, Spain
Oriol, the chef and owner, will welcome you with a beaming smile. Your wallet will thank you because an afternoon of wine and cheese tasting will not break the bank. Close to the border of France, in the small town of Puigcerdà, Tap de Suro is a...
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1 Ibrahim St, El Korba ,Heliopolis, المنتزه، Cairo - Egypt, Please select 11757, Egypt
Multiple generations ago, when the suburb of Heliopolis really was a countryside destination, the man responsible for the urban planning of the district was given his own plot of land to build his home on. Fascinated with the Indian culture and...
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2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
I never stay in swanky hotels. Ok, ok, I have stayed in a few, but only when I did not have to foot the bill. But when I decided to attend this years’ ESTC12 Eco tourism conference, I could not resist staying in a hotel that is claiming to be...
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I am a wanderer. And like all the other times I've traveled, I had no plans (and no clue). While wandering around Little Tokyo in L.A. (which is awesome by the way), I came across a little cafe that, thank God, was not Starbucks. At Cafe Dulce, I...
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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Perfect weather for a picture perfect location. Soaking up the Amalfi sun is a must!
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Calle Bélgica, s/n, 07108 Port de Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain
Opened this summer, and rapidly becoming a must-visit. One of the best hotels in Mallorca in my opinion. Seamless service, large rooms with breath-taking sea views, very good spa facilities, and great cuisine. What else can you ask for?
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2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Driving thru the wine fields of central California wasn’t technically on ‘the list’ of things to see or do while we were out exploring, but wow was it pretty awesome! If I remember right this was right outside Paso Pobles, and the best part about...
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You can cruise the fjords by either going on the "Norway in a Nutshell" tour or doing it on your own. Getting to the fjords isn’t as easy you think. You need to take a series of trains, buses and ferries. After a lot of research, I found that the...
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Nashik, Maharashtra, India
Near the Pandavleni Caves in Nashik my wife and I were headed home when we stumbled into an Indian wedding party on holiday. This young bride had some of the most beautiful henna tattoos I have ever seen. The Pandavleni Caves are a group of...
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Located about 90km west of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, a tiny archipelago of nine islands make up the Similan Islands. Travel is only permitted during non-typhoon season, from November-May, since the only way out to the islands is about an hour...
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3625 1 St, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
In the Okanagan valley there are about 140 wineries and that number is growing every year. A range of grapes are grown here including the finicky Pino Noir. But it is a bold statement to say that this relatively new wine region (in comparison to...
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20 degrees outside at 6:30 am? Who cares! Under the balloon burners you're nice and toasty and the view at sunrise is serene and silent. Winter also means fewer balloons in the sky to share your experience and a light dusting of snow on the ground...
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Cabo Vidio, Spain
My relentless pursuit of photographic glory leads my travel partner and I to suspect locations every now and then. She would say more often than that, but I choose to plead the fifth. At any rate, I found Cabo Vidio by scouring Google Maps/Earth,...
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138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Over 1600 feet deep in parts. 193 square miles. 71 miles of shoreline. 335,000,000 gallons of clear blue water evaporating daily. Most beautiful lake in California. And all I can think is, my awesome Icelandic sunglasses are at the bottom...
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McCormick Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076, USA
Located a bit north of downtown Chicago is the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. This two-mile stretch of McCormick Boulevard runs north/south between Touhy Avenue and Dempster Street and features over 60 incredible sculptures. The one featured...
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Masarykov put 20, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
They call the Dalmatian Coast the next Riviera...
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Loitoktok District, Rift Valley, Kenya
Amboseli is the Elephants paradise
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
After a day of hiking, relax with a short climb down the 300 steps to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of whales!
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119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
So ridiculously expensive; so ridiculously good.
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5425 N Kolb Rd #115, Tucson, AZ 85750, USA
A little over a mile from where the deer roam in the saguaro-studded foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, sit down for some izakaya-style dining. Japanese "tapas" might not be a completely accurate description for this genre of shareable...
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2005 B Nile City Towers Corniche El Nil، Boulaq Num.1, Boulaq, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
this picture taken from the top the famous Hotel for luxury hotel from top we can see all Cairo and the river Nile .
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Payson, AZ, AZ, USA
Driving between Globe and Show Low in the White Mountains east of Phoenix, US 60 curves and descends dramatically into the Salt River Canyon. Some call it the 'mini Grand Canyon.' The highway snakes down some 2000 feet before climbing back up......
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1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
For the most relaxing beach experience, travel a short distance north on Lakeshore Drive and you will find idyllic beaches that you can have almost all to yourself. Here you'll feel free to play, exercise or take a romantic stroll away from the...
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392 La Push Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
You'll find the Second Beach trail head located on La Push Rd on the Quileute Indian Reservation. After a 0.7 mile hike through the Olympic National Forest you'll emerge from the trees to a nest of driftwood clustered up to where the the trail...
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Morro da Nova Cintra - Catete, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
This place was recommended by my Brazilian friends so I knew we would be in for a treat. On top of the hills of Santa Teresa, with amazing views of Rio down below. Great food, caipirinhas de maracuja (passion fruit)... life is good there...
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Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
No cars, parachutes, fresh fish and margaritas. Many reasons to not just tour Yelapa for a day but spend a week.
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Via S. Martino, 17, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italy
Medieval hill towns in Italy were built for security. They endure for romance. San Gimignano, about 30 miles south of Florence and 35 miles north of Sienna, is one of a the best loved and most visited.
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We had been hiking through the red and rose valley of Cappadocia with our guide, Suat, when we happened upon a cafe serving coffee, tea and fresh juice in the middle of nowhere.  I sat and played a game of backgammon with Suat while looking...

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Pass through Canyon Village and take the North Rim Drive. Park at Lookout point and take the paved trail down to Brink of Lower falls. As you descend you will indulge yourself in the sounds of rushing water and the smell of fresh pine. Butterflies...
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Caribbean
This stunning stretch of white sand beach lives up to it's reputation as the prettiest beach on the island, even the locals agree. It's not terribly difficult to find if you have a car. Just head east toward Lucaya National Park (location is...
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Hoogpoort 63, 9000 Gent, Belgium
This area along Graslei is one of the most popular areas of the city, just a few blocks from Gravensteen Castle and Vrijdagmarkt. This area of the canal is lined with beer cafes and restaurants overlooking the river, with boats gingerly cruising...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
I look this picture on the ferry on the way back from Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbor. I thought it was interesting the way the sunset made the Sydney Harbor Bridge look red.
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Grljevacka, 2A Podstrana, 21312, Split, Croatia
A table with a view of the sea in Split, Croatia is a whole different thing. Walk on the beach and go left from the hotel and you will find little restaurants like this. For more info read Things I Have Learned in Croatia...
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30 El Portal, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Spending a night in Inn above water, Sausalito is truly memorable. Each room comes with private balcony to fully enjoy the harbour view.
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Salento, Quindío, Colombia
Strolling through the mountainous coffee country
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Carretera Bogota - Manizal Km. 45, Murillo, Tolima, Colombia
The tallest palm trees in the world, this national park has deep valleys and clouds to join them. A hummingbird park at the end of the trail with authentic drink and food.
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Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
Many confuse the Cape of Good Hope to be either the most Southern point of the African continent or where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meets. It is actually neither. The most southern point of Africa is Cape Agulhas and where the Indian Ocean...
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Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
No trip to Madrid is complete without a tour of the Royal Palace, home to many of the kings and queens of Spain since the 1500s. Inside, every wall, ceiling, and floor either is a work of art, or hosts works of art. One room is made entirely of...
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Bulleen VIC 3105, Australia
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Fitzroy Falls NSW 2577, Australia
This sight is pretty easy to get to by car and a beautiful hike. The falls are part of the the back-up reservoir for Sydney.
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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Seriously. We were there for almost 3 weeks and this never got old. Make sure you go to the bar along the edge of the opera house for a nice glass (or bottle!) of wine and soak up the views.
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Greycliffe Ave, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia
The view of Sydney and choppy waters from underneath the cliffs of Nielsen Park. Note: wetsuit required in winter!
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
on a stretch of coastline between malibu and oxnard, i encountered a rare find: crashing waves, tide pools and rock formations reminiscent of the pacific northwest. the small, easy to overlook access to el matador beach keeps it quiet.
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Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Ascending high places like the top of Gibraltar is inherently gratifying. The earth grows quieter, the sky comes closer, you transcend the chaos of life below, and the planet you see becomes, if only briefly, perfect, peaceful and powerful.
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Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
The Mediterranean lies below the sheer faces of the rock, where cargo ships look like bathtub toys and streets and buildings that hug the base of the rock look like scale models of seaside resorts.
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British Lines Road, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Unless you sail into Gibraltar, you are going to arrive via the airport. Well, actually, via the runway. You see, the runway slices across the narrowest bridge of land running north and south that connects Spain to the rock. The runway stretches...
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North of the bridge, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Belize
a morning walk to ak'bol for multigrain banana pancakes and a chilled banana smoothie was a delightful start to the day, and offered up some great photo opps. the view of this abandoned shack against the turquoise reef signified a simpler time and...
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Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
From azure to aquamarine, the landscape presented an alluring shade of blue that I still couldn't quite believe. The tranquility of the Island is intoxicating; I became transfixed at first contact.
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Every year, Bondi Beach, Australia, hosts a beautiful collaborative art event that lasts around two weeks. It is beautiful, and wonderful, and creative in every single way. Known as "Sculpture by the Sea", the annual event provides a...
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Hwy 50, Waimea, HI 96796, USA
Polihale is one of my all time favortie beaches. The ever changing conditions from morning to night. Be prepared for a bumpy ride depending on the road conditions; highly recommend 4wd. What awaits you at the end of the jouryney is well worth it....
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Kastro 840 03, Greece
If you find yourself on the quiet island of Sifnos, make your way to Kastro, once the ancient capital of the island. As you wind through the small, white-painted pathways you can peer into the old homes that have been in the same family for...
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2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
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San Blas Islands, Panama
About a 45 minute boatride from Panama City, you can spend the day at the beach in San Blas. I loved how quiet and laid back the town was. There were a ton of sea shells on this beach as well. I had fun collecting along the beach and then tossing...
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After Thailand, my favorite place in the world is the incomparable Lake Tahoe. And the jewel of the Lake Tahoe area has to be the amazing Fallen Leaf Lake. Growing up in Sacramento, my family and I were frequent visitors to Lake Tahoe and spent...
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Baie de Saint Jean, Saint Barthélemy 97133, St Barthélemy
Every place has a history & Eden Rock is no exception. Dating back to the 1950s, Eden Rock was the first hotel built on St. Barth, before the island was even a travel destination. At the time, Eden Rock was a guesthouse, a sanctuary for those...
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
In Morocco, I learned, when choosing a place to stay, it's all about the roof terrace. Having a quiet place to drink mint tea in the open air is a plus; but if there also happens to be a breathtaking view, then you've hit the jackpot! At Casa...
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Erfoud, Morocco
We spent the night in this Bedoin tent in the Sahara near Erfoud, Morocco. The sand is this color, orange. The desert was actually wet in April, the night was cold and clear. The stars were amazing. Recommended. Many tour companies can arrange an...
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French Polynesia
On a recent trip to research resorts, I had the opportunity to visit Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the island of Taha'a. All were fabulous places to explore, but my favorite stay was at the Five Star Taha'a Island Resort and Spa on the island of...
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19 Rue Riad Sultan, Tangier, Morocco
There are many things to love about staying at La Tangerina, but the panoramic views from the roof terrace are at the top of my list. In this photo, the Strait of Gibraltar is visible under a cloudy sky. Standing at this viewpoint, if you turn a...
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Rodovia BR-363, s/n - Vila do Vai Quem Sabe, Fernando de Noronha (Distrito Estadual) - PE, 53990-000, Brazil
At the Pousada Maravilha, the view is just jaw-dropping. The light and sea colors change by the minute. So relaxing, looking out over the bay loaded with sea turtles, it was hard to leave....to go to the beach...
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Via Trara Genoino, 27, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Everything in Positano is either up the hill or down. This hotel is up. Perfectly perched on the waterfall of villas streaming down to the base of the bay, Albergo Miramare is nearly perfect. A nest of rooms and balconies hanging over cliffs,...
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Via S. Giovanni del Toro, 28, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
Ravello is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The writer Gore Vidal lived here for decades in his own palazzo. But you too can have your own at Palazzo Avino, thousand of feet above the Amalfi Coast, with incredible food, nice thread...
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R. Morro do Humaitá, 10 - Centro, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil
It has been awhile, but this is one of the best views of any hotel I've stayed in. A small little boutique hotel called Casas Brancas, just the perfect walking distance away from the downtown, with nice big rooms and incredible sunsets. And...
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Via IV Novembre, 21, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy
Taking the train from Sestre Levante to the last town of the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, is a great start to hike through the 5 cities. The views are amazing and each town has its own distinct feel. You can stop for snacks in each city and admire...
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Marinette, WI 54143, USA
From the outside, the M and M Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast looks the part. I found this place online and booked a room, thinking that it would be a restful little stop during my motorcycle trip across the upper peninsula of Michigan, and down...
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Rue Yves St Laurent By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Located on a quiet side street, in the upscale neighborhood of Guéliz, is a garden called Marjorelle. The garden is named after its creator, Jacques Majorelle, a French born artist who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 to continue his career as...
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Girona, Spain
When you decide to head out to a new place, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can find "best kept secrets" galore. That's what we were looking for when we decided to spend a few days in Girona, Spain. Our goal was to get to Barcelona. But...
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This was our late afternoon view as the sun began its descent to the horizon in St. Lucia. Happily situated on Sugar Beach, sipping cocktail number who-knows-what, and enjoying the Caribbean breeze, we were basking in the amenities of the Hilton...
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California 190, Death Valley, CA 92328, Death Valley, CA 92328, USA
The Inn at Furnace Creek is far too calm, comfortable and watery to actually exist, here in the middle of Death Valley. Still, a lovely hallucination all the same.
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130C Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, khu phố 2, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Vietnam
Minh Tam isn't a luxury resort, it doesn't serve the best food in the universe, and it isn't situated right on the beach - you have to walk a few hundred meters for that. What Minh Tam lacks in creature comforts it more than makes up for in...
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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. This is the view of the Manuel Antonio National Park and surrounding areas from the town above (Manuel Antonio/Quepos). We took a guided tour in the park and had a great time but be...
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Via Francesco Caracciolo, Napoli NA, Italy
Via Caracciolo is one of the most beautiful and panoramic streets in the world. It has recently been made carfree, so pedestrians can enjoy walking, running, biking and skating nearby the sea. Grab your best shoes and walk from the majestic Castel...
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Mile8 Pine Ridge Rd., 00000, Belize
Anywhere whose address is "Mile 8" of a pot-holed dirt road is my type of place (even when your busted rental car shocks are creaking and only one headlight is working because the battery has bounced out of place). Arriving at Mountain Equestrian...
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Southern Region, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. Around the start of our trip I started counting random waterfalls we passed through (apart from the obviously famous ones - the ones with...
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When my friend and I were given the option to do an afternoon tour of the ruins at Yaxhá, we were told that “sunset comes with the tour.” Sold! Who doesn’t love a good sunset after wandering through jungle ruins? We found out upon arriving at...
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Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
It's our last day of surf camp at Waves Costa Rica and our instructor, Allen, has surprised us with a visit to Jaco beach. We sit in the back of the school's van and watch experienced surfers shred as the day ends with a fiery sunset over the...
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Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala
No trip to Guatemala is complete without at least a couple days of R&R at one of the best hidden lakeside hotels in the world, Casa Palopo. By the numbers: 7 -- the number of villas the hotel has. 5 -- the amount of stars I'd give this place. 3 --...
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11 Carretera Norte, Managua, Nicaragua
A two and half hour drive, down the Pan Am highway, and then dirt roads takes you to this idyllic spot on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. Famous amongst surfing aficionados, it's also just a beautiful spot to relax, or hike the jungles and look...
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Central America
Just down the coast by boat is the fishing village of Santa Margarita del Carmen. A few bars, an empty perfect white sand beach, cold cervezas, and friendly locals.
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745 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
Willis Creek Slot Canyon was my first introduction to any slot canyon and was such an amazing experience. This particular one is off the beaten path so there was hardly anyone on it except for a few hikers here and there. You can walk for hours...
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Kristallweltenstraße 1, 6112 Wattens, Austria
Swarovski, world-famous Austrian crystal maker, has made it its mission to amaze. While the glittering creations do that on their own, the family has also built a whole world of wonder for you to enjoy. The Crystal World is a dream-like place of...
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Innsbruck, Austria
Step into another age in the historic center of Innsbruck, where the city’s medieval settlements have survived until now. The pastel colored houses, which boast ornately decorated facades and archways, form a kind of time capsule that offers...
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Passeig del Born, 26, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
On a crisp December afternoon, there's a great little square in the cool El Born neighborhood, devoid of most tourists, just the Neighborhood. You see lots of pics of sunny Barcelona in the summer, but the winter is a great time to go…with the...
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8650 Sagres, Portugal
Sagres, the Southern most tip of Europe, also fondly known as the end of earth is a lovely rather quiet spot, away from the busier areas around the Algarve coast. I loved this time of day, when it became so peaceful and calm. The perfect spot to...
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8321 Sankt Margarethen an der Raab, Austria
The setting of St. Margarethen’s natural stage may feel a little more Greek than Austrian. The stunning rock formations that have created this amphitheatre-like structure are a perfect backdrop for the operas and jazz concerts that take place here...
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21200 Beaune, France
Tucked away on a side street in Beaune, you will find the enchanting Caves Madeleine. It is a wonderful little gem that locals frequent because of its incredible food and wine selection. Seating is communal, which instantly gives an air of...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
Central WA is a beautiful place. It's where families are on camping trips and avid outdoors enthusiasts intersect. Blue Lake is a great place to stretch your legs from a long drive on Hwy 20. It is an easy 4.4 mile roundtrip hike in the shade --...
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Lenika 67 Elounda, Ag. Nikolaos 721 00, Greece
Snuggled high on a hill in eastern Crete is Adrakos Apartments which overlooks the Elounda Gulf and the Mirabello Bay. It’s a place I dream about regularly! It has everything you could want in terms of the BEST in Cretan hospitality and culinary...
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Jaibalito, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
These two brothers were the life of the party at La Casa del Mundo. One minute they were lying with each other sweetly, the next they were clawing at each other and rolling around meowing. A true sibling relationship! There was a great swinging...
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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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Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India
Believe it or not, there is actually more to do in Agra than just see the Taj Mahal. An hour outside of the city you will find Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I took a harrowing one-hour cab ride to see one of the best-preserved...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Situated high on a hill, and overlooking Maota Lake, is the Amber Palace. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the Jaipur area. It is also one of the 'coolest' places to visit as well. This holds true for two main reasons: 1) water...
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835 George St, Montara, CA 94037, USA
On way to Half Moon Bay, CA
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Alwar, Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan is famous for it's beautiful architecture, and Alwar is no different. What is different about Alwar is the gorgeous cliffs that surround the Palace. Alwar is definitely off the beaten path, and not one of the major Rajasthan sights. But...
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
I've always loved pictures of the exterior of the Sagrad Familia in Barcelona, but finally seeing the inside was spectacular.
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Carrer Nord, 2, 17001 Girona, Spain
Located near the French border, Girona is a beautiful city where you will discover a real feeling for its history by simply walking around the ancient streets.
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Cool village and beach for activity and relaxation. Join surfers, paddle boarders, swimmers, beach combers and sunbathers for watersports and local fare. Have your pick of roaming shrimp kebobs, donuts (yes, donuts!) and local jewelry, fashions...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
It's about a ten-mile round-trip, but a summer hike up to Goat Lake in the Central Cascades will reward you with a glacially-colored mirror of snow-clad crags and distant waterfalls. An easy day-hike from Seattle (if you get up early), it's also...
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Plaza de Sta. Ana, 28012 Madrid, Spain
The beautiful blue roof of the ME Madrid glows down the rainy side street, just off the Plaza Santa Ana. This area is ground zero for great Tapas bars.
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Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
We were fortunate to get tickets to the last bullfight of the season at the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza de Seville in Seville, Spain. We paid a bit extra, 34 (US$48) for the Barreras (front seats) where we sat with the upper crust of Seville....
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Calle Doncellas, 15, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Patio un Santa Cruz is on a street leading down to the Cathedral and is lined with many tapas bars.
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This ceiling in one of the rooms in the Alcazar in Sevilla, Spain makes you feel as if you are staring into the heavens. The hypnotic effect provided by the shimmering gold made me want to lay on the floor and look up for hours.
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My husband and I just returned from Iceland for my 40th birthday. What a beautiful country! Because of technical problems with our plane leaving JFK, we ended up arriving in Reykjavik at 2:00 a.m. We drove straight from the airport to Gulfoss,...
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Härjedalen V, Sweden
This is a great view of an amazing geological event. The water here is coming up from the earth through the lava fields and emptying into the river. The river is all glacial melt and is bluish white from aeration and calcium carbonate. Another in...
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Madrid, Spain
In my travels, I've found no place better to view art than on the streets of Madrid. I don't mean the museums, although they're worth a visit, but rather, the graffiti and other street paintings. I'm not sure whether these would qualify as murals...
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Iberia
Table wine is not the first thing that comes to people's mind when they think of Douro valley, the biggest port wine producing region in Portugal, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Yet when we went to Douro Valley, we were pleasantly surprised by...
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Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Palau Güell is an early Gaudí masterpiece, designed for his longtime benefactor, Eusebi Güell. The mansion, one of Gaudí's first big projects, was recently restored and re-opened to the public. The centerpiece of the building is the amazing...
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Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
After your visit to Barcelona's Palau Nacional, take a short bus ride up the hill to Castell de Montjuïc. The 360-degree views of the city and sea are fantastic on a clear day. You may even be able to pick out La Sagrada Familia. The castle...
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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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Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
When you travel to a new location, the only way to see it is through the eyes of a local, which means finding the local hangouts. If you happen to be in Madrid, this means strolling the afternoon away through Retiro Park. This isn't any ordinary...
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
If you find yourself in the Andalucía region in Spain, take the time to stop in this quaint little town with historic bridges and white houses.
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Via Pagana, 19, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
Hot days and comfortable nights. One of the most beautiful places I've been to. EVER
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Riomaggiore SP, Italy

I first laid eyes on Portofino watching an episode of the Bold and the Beautiful they had shot on location.  From that moment, I knew I had to see this breathtaking scene firsthand. 

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Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The staff of Madrid's Chocolatería San Ginés might be a bit brisk, but they more than make up for it in taste and atmosphere. Over a century old, take a few turns off the main "calle" and follow the pink neon sign to the small elegant interior....
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Monasterio de Montserrat, Plaza del Monasterio, s/n, 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
There's so much to see at Montserrat, the picturesque mountain located a few hours outside of Barcelona. Nature lovers will enjoy the wide range of hikes while, non-sporty types can bask in the breathtaking views available from almost any vantage...
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Carrer del Consell de Cent, 292, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Make sure to sample some hot drinking chocolate in Barcelona. I chose a mug from Cacao Sampaka, a gourmet chocolate shop where you'll find all sorts of delightful dessert concoctions. The rich, velvety drink is nothing like American hot chocolate....
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
Everyone always boasts about having spanish sangria in Spain. But I have to say that the best sangria I've ever had the delight of touching upon my tongue was in Portugal. The sangria was made with red wine, brandy, and the deal breaker-...
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Calle Alfolí, 11, 28280 El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Tapas in Madrid are usually eaten before lunch, at “vermut” or “aperitivo” time. This can be done before lunch or after work. Apart from eating the Madrid tapas and drinking sangria or beer, these bars are a good place to watch football games and...
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Cabra, Córdoba, Spain
The mountains and scenery of Cordoba, Andalucía, Spain, were some of the most physically beautiful things I've ever seen. The photo above doesn't feature extreme filtering; that's just the way it was.
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Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I spotted this beautiful residential building while walking from the Prado Museum to Parque Buen Retiro in Madrid one morning. Were the residents recovering from a late night tapas crawl or were they up enjoying a cafe con leche?
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
I love to just walk around the Boqueria, buy some fresh fruit or food from Bar Pinotxo, and watch the vendors arrange their goods and the (other) tourists walk around and photograph it all.
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After a month in Seville I understand that this city has many faces, a diverse history, and labyrinth streets that move in triangles. It seems that there is always something new to discover. Away from the busy city center and the beautiful but...
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Carrera del Darro, 13, 18010 Granada, Spain
There are many places to view Flamenco in Granada. There are large shows in Sacramonte that cost 25-35 Euros and have a flare for showing the dramatics and storytelling of the dance, and there are shows that have no dance and play in dark...
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Ul. od Sigurate 7, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When in Dubrovnik you have to walk atop the city walls. Try to go all the way around, its well worth it and you will get a great workout. Every corner you turn offers fantastic views.
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Kotor, Montenegro
A full moon and atmospheric cloud cover made the view of old town Kotor in Montenegro extra special. The walls are lit up on certain nights and the coincidence of the moonlight and the beautiful lighting of the old town made for a favorite photo....
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Av. Costa Brava, 25, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
Unlike many of the neighboring towns along Spain's Costa Brava, the fishing village of Tossa de Mar has managed to retain its simple, distinctly laidback charm. The narrow, cobbled streets of the old town still house funky paella dens and outdoor...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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Plaza Tres Estrellas 50, 37286 Trancas, Gto., Mexico
Think Mexico is all about tacos and burritos? You haven't been to Hacienda las Trancas, a sprawling estate in colonial Mexico's fertile Bajío. Once a fort on the original Camino Real, it's been lovingly restored by a North Carolina couple who gave...
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La Rambla, 65, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Croatia

While I was planning my second trip to Croatia, I researched other sites to visit besides Dubrovnik’s Old City and islands along the coast. One of my Croatian friends told me to look into the Plitvice waterfalls. As soon as I saw some photos...

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48291 Axpe, Bizkaia, Spain
Michelin-starred restaurants sometimes appear in the unlikeliest places and have the unlikeliest views. That's the case with Etxebarri, a gem of a Basque restaurant -- it received its first star a couple of years ago -- where grilled food takes...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
I did not take this picture because I thought it made my legs look fabulous. I took it because I could not believe how perfectly clear the water was. It was cool, refreshing and hidden. I was standing in Vlaka cove, on the tiny island of Sv....
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08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Jamon Iberico is a true jewel of culinary Spain. Not only is this ham delicately raised on a steady diet of acorns but is also crafted from exclusively pigs with black hoofs, pata negra. After spending the day in Sitges, a city 40 minutes outside...
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After going to a friend's wedding in Belo Horizonte, I could not leave Brazil before visiting the "Cidade Maravilhosa." Leblon Beach in Rio de Janeiro is a must. Rio is so vibrant, and what a better place to experience the city's culture than the...
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Americas
Some stunning views on Highway 50 driving through Utah towards Moab. Don't speed through, pull over and enjoy the scenery.
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Iguazu falls from the Brazilian side is one of the best view ever. But it's priceless take the helicopter tour over them. The tour of 30 minutes over the falls remind you how fragile is life and how big is nature. Impressive
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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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Misiones Province, Argentina
Certain things in life are simply impossible to adequately capture in a mere photograph. Iguazú Falls is definitely one of them, and above is my best effort to convey the epic expanse of 'The Devil's Throat.' Situated on the border of Brazil and...
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
If you are in the area its definitely a place one needs to see, you will be impressed by the scale of it all. if you go to the SKYWALK, the horseshoe configured walkway above the Canyon you will be able to look through the glass floor at the...
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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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Machu Pichu, Peru
We were among the first 50 or so people into Machu Picchu in the morning and the fog completely set the scene. It really made you feel like you were in a lost city and helped you understand how it could have been lost for so long.
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Rodovia Br 469, Km 32, s/n Parque Nacional, Foz do Iguaçu - PR, 85855-750, Brazil
Ok, here's about a half-dozen reasons why Iguacu is better than Niagara... 1) You're in Brazil. 'Nuff said. 2) A few more steps and you're in Argentina or Paraguay. Way cooler than Canada. 3) It's about ten times bigger. 4) And you can go in it....
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Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
The Napali Coast is one of the world's most beautiful places. I was so struck by the beauty of the green mountains rising out of the sea, and the dolphins swimming right under our boat, and the humpback whales too numerous to count that I forgot...
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Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Quimet y Quimet served the most original pinxtos we found in our trip around Spain. Just walk up to the counter, stand on the sidewalk, and let the bartender/barrista serve you whatever he or she thinks will be good. And it will be. That's some...
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Bahía de La Concha, Spain
Great view of the Bahia de La Concha in San Sebastian. A beautiful summer day.
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Paseo de Los Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos, Bahia de Banderas, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico
I was staying at the lovely Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort while my friends were just down the beach at the Riu. While heading back to my hotel just before dinner, I came across these two men, who had been selling sunglasses and sarongs on the...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Another great reason to visit Costa Rica.
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Iberia
We walked to the end of the La Concha beach in San Sebastian and stumbled upon these "Wind Combs" by Eduardo Chillida. Not only are they placed in an amazing setting, but their installation was truly a feat of engineering.
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Madrid, Spain
There are a lot of performers by Puerta del Sol—it's a great way to spend the day! It took us a while to figure out how this was done—perhaps great mind control and discipline? They were there for hours and surely the best we saw.
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Máncora District, Peru
Mancora, a tiny fishing village in northern Peru near the border of Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful beach towns I've ever visited. Walk the beach and you pass fancy boutique hotels, old wooden fishing boats, vendors hawking coconut water and...
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I love wine. But, I also love vineyards. I love the bright green leaves; the green, red and purple juicy grapes; but, mostly, I love the symmetry of the rows of grapevines. There is something orderly to it all. And throw in a brightly-colored red...
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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
One of the best things about Texas is the BBQ and the best ones are an hour or so outside the city. I went to the Salt Lick at Driftwood, about an hour or so outside of Austin. They have the best smoked sausage! Make a day trip out of this and...
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Lake Quinault, Washington, USA
I think we often forget to appreciate the amazing travel opportunities that exist close to our homes. Lake Quinnault, near Washington state's coast line, is home to some of the most breathtaking hiking trails one could ask for. It is also the...
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89450 Vézelay, France
We stood on this overlook and saw the most quaint village situated among lush tree lines and serene fields. It seemed idyllic, like a painting. I was really into the tilt-shift photo effect at the time.
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83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
A slice of heaven in CR. In the past few yrs Tamarindo has become more touristy and prices have increased but it is all still worth the trip. A great vacation spot to do a lot of outdoor adventure day trips.
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Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Climbing up the steps to the iconic statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) on Corcovado mountain, you can view all of Rio de Janeiro and you get a sense of how marvelous this city really is.
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Go for a quick drive east of Portland, Oregon. Enter the Columbia River Gorge, winding above the southern bank of the river...and you'll be able to walk a short trail to Multnomah Falls—the height of a 60-story building, one of the tallest...
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Utah, USA
The US national parks are all wonderful, but the ones in Utah are the most diverse and amazing. Each one is different with dramatic rock formations and ecosystems. Arches Park is full of sandstone that has been weathered into arches, deep gorges,...
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Latin America
In February, off the coast of Southern Baja at Todos Santos, the setting sun turned the beach into an artist's palette of pastels after a day of whale-viewing at the steep shore. The hulking creatures came so close to the shoreline that my...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Watch the surfers, haggle with the beach vendors selling wooden bowls or jewelry and sit back and relax while you enjoy the local beer Imperial or my favorite Bavaria Dark in one of the many beach cafes. PURA VIDA
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Foz do Iguaçu - State of Paraná, Brazil
Experience the largest waterfalls in the world by doing the catwalks that hang over the falls on both the Brazil side and Argentina side. You are guaranteed to get soaked! For more action, take the 15 minute boat ride that takes you under two...
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
Morocco is a great place to travel to. One of several locations I visited was the town of Chefchaouen. I had seen images of the town and wanted to capture a few of my own. I chose this alley-way for my shot and just waited for a figure to enter...
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Jordan
I walked through the Street of Facades and saw remnants of tombs and homes stacked one on top of the other. The doorways were so dark I wondered if they were a black hole able to transport me to another place and time if I crossed the threshold. I...
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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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Kanam - Kanjirappara Road, Marry Church, Payikad, Near St, Kanam, Vazhoor, Kerala 686515, India
On the windy way up to the mountainous landscapes of Cardamom Hills, a stopover at Serenity at Kanam Estate is a must. This glorious redesigned 1920s bungalow is nestled deep in a belt of rubber plantations and fragrant spice gardens. Each of the...
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
Esthetically speaking, there are not many architectural wonders in the world that could compare to the Alhambra. Every inch of the Nasrid Palace there are examples of intricate, nature-inspired arabesques; painstakingly exact stone, wood and...
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
After finishing the walk through the palace, you emerge in a little garden area where you can find some shade while you decide whether you want to head off to the Generalife or visit the alcazaba next. Either way, it's a great place to find some...
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Paseo de la Sabica, 18009 Granada, Spain
While in Granada, Spain, I chose to stay at the Hotel Guadalupe, a lovely hotel just minutes from the main entrance to the Alhambra. This was the view from my balcony. The hotel is about a 20-minute walk to the main part of town, but the wooded...
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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
This was the beautiful and exquisitely made cathedral in the middle of Sevilla. I went in with my mother for a moment of prayer. It was a great moment.
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastian, muy bonito!
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...
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Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
The tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao has as much information about the architecture as it does about the art inside. This museum is part art installation, part business development site. I was blown away by all of the detailing that Frank Gehry put...
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17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
I just don't think you can find a better place to drink Sangria on the beach with such a beautiful view. Tossa is a hidden gym along the Costa Brava region of Spain.
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2579 W Shore Dr, Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
Last year the New York Time's named the Willows Inn on Lummi Island one of 10 restaurants in the world worth a plane ride. Suddenly, the tiny island with a population of just 816 became a mecca for the food obsessed. Chef Blaine Wetzel, an alum of...
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Puerto Ferro, Puerto Rico
One of my favorite places in the whole world—Vieques! I'm actually a little apprehensive to share, because I'd love to keep it the semi-secret it is. If you time it well, you can have this beach all to yourself.
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Costazul, Rio das Ostras - RJ, 28890-000, Brazil
Brasil is famous for beautiful beaches like Ipanema & Buzios. To experience the real warmth of Brasil, get to a small town & hang with the locals. There are hundreds to choose from but I found my special experience in Rio das Ostras, in the state...
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nº 13, R. Bartolomeu de Gusmão 11, 1100-000 Lisboa, Portugal
Nutty bread layered with olive oil, jam, salt and cured pig's neck were the perfect accompaniment to rich Portuguese wine and 80 year old port. When visiting wine bars let the staff select your wines ask for the stories behind them. You'll feel...
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Av. Virginia Subercaseaux 210, Pirque, Región Metropolitana, Chile
As an avid wine lover, I make it a point to visit various wine regions around the world. When I came across a place like Concha y Toro, and their sprawling caves of wine, I couldn't help but feel that I had stumbled upon a little slice of heaven....
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415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814, USA
Anchored off Sand Island, Lake Superior was a picture of calm and peacefulness as the sun began to set just before the Fourth of July. It was a perfect way to end the day - and quite a change from the storm that rocked us throughout the previous...
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Paje, Tanzania
The east coast of Zanzibar is known for stunning beaches and fickle tides. When the water's out, it's way out; when it comes back in, arrange a sailing trip on an outrigger canoe to skim along the shore. The lower tides reveal the hangouts of the...
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24442 Las Médulas, León, Spain
Las Medulas UNESCO World Heritage Site: A Roman gold mine dating back to the first century AD. The hill formations were all dug by hand!
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Latin America
Tonina is my favorite of the Mayan ruins. It is in a temperate zone, not wet and steamy like Palenque. It's the highest pyramid in all Mexico, but that is a result of topography. The people of that area used an existing mountain, one that...
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Iberia
I love the places AFAR doesn't have on their maps! Okay no one goes here, which is great. But so many people are talking about going to Spain right now. Prices are low and it is a great time to go to Spain, help the Spanish economy! But try to...
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An Abaco out-island in the Bahamas, Green Turtle Cay is a magical place. New Plymouth is the main village on the island and is home to some 400 - 500 inhabitants -most of whom can trace their roots to the Loyalists from the Revolutionary War who...
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Av Cto Baluartes, Zona Centro, 24000 Campeche, Camp., Mexico
Campeche is a small city located, in the southwestern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, along the Gulf of Mexico. After Spanish occupation, pirates and marauders terrorized Campeche until 1686 when a wall was built around the city to protect it....
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10066 Torre Pellice, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy
Quiet, peaceful mornings in this small northwestern Italian town are lovely! I enjoyed sitting on the balcony outside my bedroom in the mornings, watching the line-drying clothing come alive in the breeze and the shades of the colorful houses...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
Our villa's patio in Santorini was equipped with some comfy benches that provided the perfect, secluded oasis to enjoy the sunset from the hordes of people who flood the northern town of Oia at day's end. The soft dusk light blankets the...
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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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Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
The town of Imerovigli in Santorini, Greece, is sometimes missed by tourists because it's not overdeveloped yet like its famous cousins Oia and Fira. But at the highest point of the cliff, the view is spectacular!
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Centro, La Palmita, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
While watching a bull meet its grisly end is not everyone's idea of a pleasant afternoon, the costumes and fanfare accompanying a bullfight are worth the price of the ticket. This bullfight in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX featured a...
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Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Before Barcelona I knew very little about the famous architect Gaudi. Yet, before I left I was mad about Gaudi.
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Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain
One of the best things you can do in Madrid is go on a guided tapas crawl. If you don’t know much about Spain and/or don’t speak Spanish it’s best to have someone that knows what’s going on with you. Here are a few high notes from the crawl. My...
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Granada, Spain
Crispy stacks of churros and a cafe con leche in the Spanish morning sun. Welcome to Granada.
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28013 Madrid, Spain
While in Madrid last month, I spent a day walking around Puerta del Sol, one of the busiest and best-known parts of the city. You can see more photos on my blog here: http://stevecookphotography.com/puerta-del-sol/.
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Plaza del Castillo, 44, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Tortilla Espanola is made with slow cooked potatoes, onions and eggs and it's the breakfast omelette of Spain. Most of the time it's served room temperature, sometimes with vegetables or cheese and ham. And of course bread, because everything in...
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Plaza de Platerías de Martínez, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The evening of my arrival in Madrid I stumbled to an outdoor tapas restaurant on Calle las Huertas, across the street from the Prado, called La Tapería. I ordered vino tinto, a pequillo pepper stuffed with bacalao, and pan tomate con jamón. My...
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Calle Lope de Rueda, 7, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
These are the views of the impressive Seville cathedral (the third largest in the world) from the rooftop terrace of one of the best private penthouses in the city (available for rent). The place is magical, especially at night. And yes, it's one...
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Latin America
We had a fishing day with Lee and his captain Emanuel, of Todos Santos Fishing Charters. I really recommend this 3-hour (or 6-hour) fishing experience on Lee's traditional Mexican Panga. This rock formation is something we passed by on the tour....
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Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
The Costa Brava of the Mediterranean is truly a magical place and there is no wonder why so many notable artists frequented the small town of Cadeques, Spain over the last century. This old fishing village is the epitome of picturesque with its...
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Córdoba, Spain
A lovely boutique hotel in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, named Balcon de Cordoba. Walking distance from the famous Mosque, cozy rooms and rooftop terrace
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Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.94, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
We arrived in Bali to start a five month Indian Ocean surf trip. When we arrived at the Uluwatu Temple on the Bukit Peninsula, the surf was huge with a 12 foot swell, much over our intermediate surfing abilities. We watched from the cliffs as...
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
The Robberg Nature Reserve is one of my favorite hiking spots. It takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to walk to the Point and back. Try to go around low tide as this will make some of the areas easier to traverse. There are stunning views on the entire...
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Plaça Atlàntic, 2, 17210 Palafrugell, Girona, Spain
I realize that this is a highlight that may not even need words, since the image is so very convincing. If you find yourself exploring the Costa Brava ('Rugged Coast') of Spain, be sure not to miss the beach town of Calella and have lunch at the...
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calle la Llibertad, 2, 46130 Massamagrell, Valencia, Valencia, Spain
On our Biking Andalucia Casual Inn trip with work, we stay one evening at the Convent de la Magdalena, just outside the town of Antequera. Ideally situated in some of the most glorious cycling roads in all of Spain, it can be the perfect,...
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The 'pueblo blanco' (white village) of Grazalema in the northern part of the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga is a small, visual treasure. The town clings to the mountains of the Sierra Grazalema Natural Park and the whitewashed buildings with red...
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Andalucia has recently stolen my heart, while working in Spain for Backroads and this town in the province of Malaga is a gem. Our staff hub is based in the town of Ronda and the old, historical parts of town and the breathtaking views you'll find...
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Motu Piti Aau Bora Bora French Polynesia, 98730, French Polynesia
Visiting the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Resort on assignment, I feel like the only single person from here to Guam. Every year, Bora is voted among the world’s top honeymoon destinations, and right away you realize everything is...
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Carrer Bisbe Cassador, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
An activity that is taking place at the Palau Requesens, the current headquarters of the Real Academia de las Buenas Letras, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, that combines an evening tour, a popular history talk, and an attractive culinary...
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70044 Polignano a Mare, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
If narrow winding streets, lethargic cafes, and warm salt air rumble through your dreams, than Polignano should be in your plans. This seaside town on Italy's southern Adriatic shores is remarkable in every sense. Perhaps its best feature is that...
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Via Omero s.n.c, 73026 Roca Vecchia LE, Italy
The article in Conde Nast was the sole reason for our journey to Rocca Vecchia...and the site is as stunning as the picture suggests. You can choose to jump from high (and low) cliffs into the Adriatic Sea and swim through a grotto to the large...
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Funikular Plaza, 4, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
If someone says they can only go to one city in Spain, I would suggest making it San Sebastian. This picture doesn't do it justice. 1 hour flight on Vueling from Barcelona (a pleasant surprise by the way. So clean!) We stayed at Astoria 7 and...
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Playa las Gatas, Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
We hiked along a rocky trail starting at Playa La Ropa to get to Playa Las Gatas. You can make it in sandals although it's not a walk in the park. Once we arrived we were met with a crowd of locals enjoying their weekend. As you stroll the beach...
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Camino Escénico a Playa la Ropa S/N, Playa La Ropa, Playa la Ropa, 40880 Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
When we decided to spend a long weekend in "Zihua" we wanted a hotel with great views, conveniently located near a beach, and within walking distance of town. Casa Que Canta delivered these in addition to a tasty good restaurant with helpful,...
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3400-382 Avô, Portugal
Just because you're in the centre of Portugal it doesn't mean you can't go to the beach. There's a whole network of river beaches and Ilha do Picoto in Avô is one of my favourites. There's a small island in the middle of two rivers which means...
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Carretera Cap de Creus, s/n, 17488 Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
A short drive from the picturesque fishing village of Cadaques and Dalí's House Museum in Port Lligat, Cap de Creus is one of my favorite places in Spain when it comes to natural beauty. Sweeping views of the ocean from atop the cliffs are even...
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Praia de Porto Mós, Portugal
While staying at the Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda overlooking the beach of Praia do Mos in Lagos, I gazed at this stunning beach many times. I don't know how many photos I took of it. This is a long beach with golden sand, sparkling waters, and...
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100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
While visiting family in Chicago, my cousin and I went for a drive and came across this intricately carved structure just north of the city. The Baha'i Temple in Wilmette is an unexpectedly stately building on the shores of Lake Michigan. With...
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This idyllic village matched the picture in my mind as to how I always thought southern Spain would look. Declared a site of historic interest, Montefrio was an important border town between the Kingdoms of Granada and Castile. American author...
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fafa island resort is a short boat ride away from Nuku'alofa, but it is the place to go if you want remote yet luxurious island bliss.
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Valletta, Malta
Get off the touristy streets and wander around the neighborhoods of the old town of Valletta. Take in the beautiful wooden balconies that stretch around corners and cross over cobblestone streets. But be prepared for some hill work—this old city...
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Breathtaking views of the rugged Na Pali Coast from our "doors off" helicopter tour
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84017 Positano, Province of Salerno, Italy
Panoramic view from San Pietro hotel of Positano.
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Pserimos, Greece
While there are only around 130 folks that call Pserimos island home fulltime, pleasure cruises out of nearby Kos island dump at least that many somehow both burnt and pale (mostly British) tourists every couple hours on her best beach! This could...
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Paradise beach, Greece
There are two Paradise Beaches on Kos. One is northeast of Kefalos. It's quite nice with facilities, a bar, and crystal clear waters. The other is southwest of Kefalos. It's also quite nice with facilities, a bar, and crystal clear waters. The...
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Fernando de Noronha - State of Pernambuco, Brazil
A trip to Fernando de Noronha is well worth it if time and finances allow. The beaches are desolate and frozen in time.
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999 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
Vintage kitchen is a committed farm-to-table restaurant. Cordon Bleu graduate Chef Philip Craig Thomason uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to assemble varied lunch and dinner menus. The dinner entrees include a few American classics, updated...
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Ceuta, Spain
Ceuta is located next to Morocco in Africa. While on vacation in the Costa do Sol, Spain, I decided that we should take a day trip to Ceuta. We boarded the ferry in Algeciras and passed the rock of Gibraltar. In Ceuta, We walked down the gangplank...
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Žrnovo, Croatia
The rooms are on the small side but the view out of our window was spectacular and the service was extremely friendly and accommodating. This boutique hotel with modern accents is the perfect spot from which to explore the island.
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11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain
If you are traveling through southern Spain, you don't want to miss out on the small beach town of Tarifa. Traveled through for a weekend and found myself in a place that seemed to have it all with feeling overpopulated. It is a wonderfully laid...
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19032 Lerici, SP, Italy
After 2 weeks exploring the Ligurian Coast, we ended our trip with a few nights in Lerici. It wasn't on our original agenda like all the well known areas of Portofino and Cinque Terre but it Lerici was recommended by a travel agent that used to...
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16032 Camogli GE, Italy
When people think of the Ligurian Coast, Portofino and Cinque Terre come to mind. But go north and explore the little town of Camogli. You won't be sorry. We were staying in Rapallo and we got there on a short train ride followed by a bus ride and...
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Cl. 107, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
For the cost of a metro ride in Medellin you can transfer at Acevedo station to the Metrocable line, a gondola system that will whisk you up the side of a mountain to Santo Domingo. The ride is comfortable, and the views are stunning. Traveling...
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Beacon Hill Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
The runway at Princess Juliana airport on Sint Maarten runs right to the beach, and you can get as up close and personal as you'd like with jetliners on approach. A couple of beach bars provide pleasant venues for watching, but to get the full...
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For a bit of physical effort it is possible to feel castaway on a deserted island in the Seychelles without blowing the budget on a 10,000 euro a night hotel. Everybody who goes to La Digue dips their toes into the aquamarine water off infamous...
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Shop UG- 12, Vinyak Plaza, BEPQUEGAL, Vodlemol Cacora, Goa 403706, India
The best period to journey in India during monsoon is the months of June, July and August. A lot of people take a trip of Goa among their families in these months. The time of your vacation you need the finest accommodations for your stay. So we...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Bogotá in notorious for the security of its taxis. The latest murder of a DEA agent in a taxi has made taxi safety an even more frequent topic among both locals and internationals. So, it is important to not hail taxis from the street. I use a...
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Cudillero, Asturias, Spain
Cudillero is a pretty fishing village popular among vacationing Spaniards, and travelers lucky enough to survive the descent from the freeway down the ancient cobbled road to the waterside. After feasting in the town square, we routinely set out...
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Cariño, A Coruña, Spain
The wind carried us up and past Cariño to Cape Ortegal, where we looked out over the end of the world (and clung to the lighthouse like scarecrow on a stick in the middle of a Tornado). Experiencing the cape in a relentless storm was something...
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Ungasan Beach, at the southernmost point of the Bukit peninsula, is pure heaven. Miles of white sand stretch on and on along the Indian Ocean—perfect for beachcombing or snorkeling. We often were the only people there besides the local fishermen...
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9200 W 6 Mile Rd, Brimley, MI 49715, USA
Brimley State Park is not much of a state park if you're a hiker and adventure lover, but if you need some down time, this is the place for you. The campsites are basically on the beach and you can fall asleep to Lake Superior waves each night....
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Utah, USA
this hike is the perfect morning trek...not too long or strenuous (around 5 miles) but climbing up the steep trail with railings (pictured behind me) is both exhilarating and fun! a must-do in zion. incredible views of the valley from the top.
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Great Ocean Rd, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia
There is something primitive about seeing Twelve apostles - like earth trying to come out of ocean. It feels like traveling in time. This time, I also took a short helicopter ride above them and it was astounding.
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92010 Caltabellotta AG, Italy
The central backbone of Sicily runs along a series of mountainous peaks. Caltabellota lies on the top of one of these spikes. It's a sleepy town that drapes itself on the mountainside. At the very top, it can be very windy. So windy that snapping...
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Access Lane To Caalan Beach, El Nido, 5313 Palawan, Philippines
One of the top spots to watch the sun set behind the islands that make up the Bacuit Archipelago, Cadlao Resort is also one of El Nido's most enticing resorts.  Most of the 25 rooms offer views of El Nido Bay or the South China Sea--but, for...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
There is no shortage of beaches in El Nido on the long island of Palawan, Philippines. While most are best accessed by boat or kayak, Las Cabanas Beach is reached on foot or tricycle (the Filipino motor-taxi or tuktuk). We had heard that the beach...
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1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Praised by everyone from the James Beard Foundation to Anthony Bourdain to Esquire to RateBeer.com for its massive selection and delicious eats, the Porter Beer Bar is one place well worth a stop. The Porter opened in 2008 in a narrow space in...
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Haicang, Xiamen, China
For the travel-weary, a relaxing day at Riyuegu Hot Springs (日月谷温泉) is exactly what the doctor ordered. This exquisitely designed, family-friendly resort is a subtropical paradise. Kids will enjoy wandering the paths through the forest and...
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México 307, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Tucked along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Rosewood Mayakoba features 120 suites as well as an overwater spa, which specializes in Maya health rituals. The spa’s Temazcál Ritual draws on ancient customs while providing mental...
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Jaipur is capital and the largest city of the largest state Rajasthan in India. The city is stood at the foot of the sprawling 300 year old hilltop Amber fort just on the outskirt of the city. Jaipur is also called the pink city due to its pink...
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Voted by unesco as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
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1301 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Gluten-free folks will appreciate this Mexican food truck, where the entire menu is gluten-free. They offer tiny tacos with handmade tortillas in flavors like chicken mole and spiced mushroom with poblano cream, as well as gorditas — fat little...
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Puerto Deportivo Zona Técnica Nave 5, 20280 Fuenterrabía, Guipúzcoa, Spain
For less than two euros, you can spend the afternoon in another country. If you need a break from Hondarribia, or have an intense craving for some stinky cheese, you can catch the ferry. This tiny boat pulls out every 30 minutes, and after a...
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Fortaleza de Sagres, 8650-360 Sagres, Portugal
When you drive along the sun-baked Algarve coastline in Portugal, every beach you visit seems more amazing than the one you just left. Portugal is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, and I'll cast a vote for the wide expanse of...
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Calle 41 x 14 s/n Ex-terrenos \\\"El Fénix\\\", industrial. CP. 97150, Köln
The weather and the warm beach is an ideal 300 days a year. Simply low key and best fish ceviche and guacamole in the winter.
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11903 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
This family owned and operated shop has one of the largest and arguably one of the best selections of cigar and hookah products in the area. The place has been around for nearly twenty years, and even if you're not a smoker yourself, it's an...
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Praia do Leblon - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
The sparkling sea serves as a backdrop for what can only be described as the world’s prettiest gym. Rio’s athletes tend to hang out on the shores of Ipanema. This is the best spot to watch (or join) a pick-up football game. Pull up a chair, and...
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Peter White Dr, Marquette, MI 49855, USA
Marquette, Michigan is known for its natural beauty and Presque Isle Park may be the loveliest place of all. There are numerous things to do here. For the more laid-back types, there are numerous easy hiking trails through the woods and along the...
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A short five-minute ferry ride from St. Maarten, Pinel Island is a beautiful destination littered with laid-back restaurants, beach bars, hiking trails, and a great beach. It's part of St. Maarten's Marine Reserve, and is a popular spot for water...
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Tungurahua, Ecuador
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs...
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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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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
There’s no denying that Dubrovnik is a gem of a city – lots of things to do and see but, if you go any time starting in May, it can also be sweltering hot. The cool blue waters of the Adriatic Sea will look ever so inviting but there are the old...
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Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
The Maya ruins of Tulum are already spectacular, but then you peek over the cliffs at one of the most beautiful beaches ever seen. It's no surprise that the Maya chose this spot for their city. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and some towels (maybe...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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Rua de Baixo – Casa da Pedralva, 8650-401 Vila do Bpo., Portugal
Aldeia da Pedralva is more than just a hotel. It's an actual village hidden away among the wildflowers and beaches of Portugal's Vicentina Coast. The owner Antonio Ferreira was looking for a career change and when he stumbled upon Pedralva village...
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Antelope Canyon, east of Page, is one of the "slot canyons" caused by erosion in Northern AZ and Southern Utah. Located on Navajo land, you must go with a registered guide. Speaking to the French and Italian tourists in our jeep-group, our guide...
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100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006, USA
Bharata Natyam - BHA-va, emotion RA-ga, melody TA-la, rhythm Dance (Natyam) is the confluence of rhythm, melody, and human emotions. Bharata Natyam developed centuries ago as the dance of the deities in south India. Later, it was banned during...
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Calle Francos, 39, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Dancing. Always search out the dancing. Such a beautiful thing to see rich cultural expression through body movement and costume.

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Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
My favorite museum in Seville is the Flamenco Museum. It has a fascinating history of flamenco dancing in southern Spain and there a terrific series of short films showing the different styles of flamenco. There are also romantic old posters of...
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106 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Fran’s, Theo Chocolate, Dilettante, Chocolat Vitale…with the abundance of excellent Seattle chocolatiers, how can you hope to try them all in one visit? Chocolate Box simplifies your dilemma by bringing a variety of local chocolates and wines...
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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
On the border of the state of Chiapas (Mexico) and Guatemala, there is a national park, Lagunas de Montebello. It contains numerous lakes and cenotes, mostly spring fed from waters deep in the mineral depths of the earth. Each body of water is...
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Plaza de Armas, 14, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Whether you're looking for coffee or a warm bed, the Parador of Hondarribia is your place. The thick stone walls of this 10th century building will have you feeling historical. The interior is splendid, as is to be expected from a hotel in the...