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4 Chome-4-13 Shibakōen, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0011, Japan
Tokyo Tower may not be exactly the Eiffel Tower, but at night it is pretty damn close! Sitting near the base of this enormous TV tower is an amazing restaurant that offers fine tofu cuisine in a traditional Japanese garden setting and dojo-style...
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Cooling off in the Aguas Agrias swimming hole on the backside of Mombacho volcano was relaxing after the thrill of getting there in off-roading tuk tuks.
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Mombacho, Nicaragua
After many hot days in Nicaragua, it was a relief to get up into the cloud forest on the Mombacho volcano. We did a short hike that took us past lots of cool plants and fumeroles where you could feel the steam coming out of the mountain. We even...
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Lampa, Peru
While visiting Peru in 2011, my husband and I spent some time with a local guide exploring the lesser-known towns around Lake Titicaca, one of which was the beautiful Lampas. I was struck by Lampas' beauty, not least of which was this splendid...
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Lago Sandoval, Peru
One of the most memorable day trips you can take on a visit to the Peruvian Amazon is to the one-of-a-kind Lake Sandoval, a short hike from the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon. My husband and I visited Lake Sandoval during a...
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Pisac, Peru
One of the best things to do while in Cuzco is to visit the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean town of Pisac, taking either a taxi or a more economical bus to get there. The villagers surrounding Pisac come from miles around to sell their...
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
When my husband and I visited Italy last May, our favorite Tuscan town was the enchanting San Gimignano. With its traditional Tuscan architecture, amazing views of the surrounding countryside, and mouth-watering food and wine, San Gimignano is not...
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Calle El Calvano, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Colibri From our experience, Nicaraguan cuisine is not the most exciting in the world. It’s not bad, by any means, but once we’d had our fill of rice and beans, and gotten some fresh fish and shrimp down at the touristy restaurants along the beach...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Plaza San Jacinto 11, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once a separate municipality, San Ángel—in the city’s south, nestled into its western foothills—is a leafy, genteel enclave whose relative isolation adds a soigné feel (for better or worse) you won’t find in...
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Slip Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
The Maasai Market is an excellent spot to get all kinds of handmade crafts, jewelry, beads, woodwork, and art in the middle of Nairobi. My favorite items were the stacks of fabrics with Maasai prints, plaids, and Barack Obama screens. At this...
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Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand
Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) market is the alternative to the tourist obliterated markets of Bangkok. The crowd here is 100% locals and teenagers, and it makes for some great people-watching. I had my tarot cards read here in enthusiastic if not...
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Bodie, CA, USA
The old west town of Bodie is straight out of a Larry McMurtry book, if Stephen King wrote it. This classic mining town once thrived with multiple hotels, saloons, newspapers, brothels and even a Chinatown. But one day, everyone vanished. Look...
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Latin America
If you are traveling in the area, don't miss out on all of the amazing cenotes that dot the region. I usually rent a car and drive down the highway towards Tulum and stop at small signs that says "cenote." Many are on privately owned property like...
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Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Founded by the owners of the original – and much-adored - House of Small Wonder in New York’s hip Williamsburg neighbourhood, this Berlin iteration puts the same Japanese twist on American brunches and lunches. Traditional croissants...
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38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Fujiyama is dedicated to the Japanese art of eating and drinking—that is, eating small plates with free-flowing booze and conversation. The restaurant offers simple sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls that pair nicely with frosty glasses of Saporro,...
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Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
The wax resist dying technique of batik is one of the symbols of Indonesian culture. Although it actually came from Java to Bali with the Majapahit Kingdom in the 14th Century, the Balinese now consider it as much part of their culture as the...
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Jl. Pesagi, Karangasem, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia
Freshly-dyed wool dries in the afternoon sun above barrels of indigo dye. The region of Karangasem in eastern Bali is too dry to cultivate rice like the rest of the island, so they must rely on weaving for their income instead. You can watch the...
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Jl. Raya Candidasa, Sengkidu, Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Visit this quiet village in eastern Bali for hand-loomed geringsing ikat weavings. Protected from outside development, the village still operates according to ancient traditions, and the residents are descended from one of the oldest Balinese...
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Jl. Sari Dewi No.17, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
It may sound a bit rough, but Straw Hut is actually one of the trendiest little bar/restaurants in Seminyak right now. The atmosphere is really laid back and beachy (even though it's not on the beach). The glass doors open wide so there is plenty...
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Jl. Banjar Baung, Desa, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Bambu Indah is the most recent addition to Ubud's bamboo building revolution. The location of this boutique resort is stunning, the staff wonderful and the food at their restaurant fresh, organic and delicious. They also have some of the best...
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Ometepe, Nicaragua
It was dark when the old farmer who I would deem the Machete Murderer happened upon my porch. He found me, Alejandro and Mara on a rocking chairs staring at the star pocked sky. We didn’t notice him at first. In Ometepe, a farmer yielding a...