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Tomtom Mahallesi, Tosbağa Sk., 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Ara Kafe offers delicious food, and it's filled with oversized prints by the master, plus a case full of his books. One of the inexplicable joys and surprises of a recent trip to Istanbul was the privilege of touring Ara Güler's private gallery. I...
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Merkez Mah., 34421 Fatih/Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
There are two ways to walk up to the Galata Tower from Karakoy Tram Station: One is to follow the pedestrian traffic and ascend an uninviting steep staircase close to the tram way; the other is to take the more picturesque Kamondo (Camondo) steps...
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Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk., 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul's most striking landmarks. The nine-story stone tower offers a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul and its environs. Save Galata for the end of the day, timing it so that you reach the top just in time for sunset...
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2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
The world-class Singapore Zoological Gardens are famous for being open, natural, and perfectly in tune with their lush jungle setting. Stroll between enclosures or take the tram to see thousands of species from all over the world. The Night...
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262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Haw Par Villa, a theme park containing more than 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas that highlight Chinese myths and legends, might be the best-value entertainment in Singapore. (It’s free!) Built in 1937 by the creators of Tiger Balm (the...
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9 Commonwealth Ln, Singapore 149551 Commonwealth Ln, Singapore 149551
It's pretty unusual for built-up and densely populated Singapore to have much open space, but in the midst of a popular public housing estate and just a five-minute walk from Commonwealth MRT lies this strange sight: a small plot of gravestones...
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File this pic under Very Unexpected! We rounded a corner in Singapore, and boom—a bunch of folks doing a line dance! Definitely an AFARish moment!
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1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Due to its proximity to the equator, the climate in Singapore is hot and humid year-round and can prove difficult to adjust to: Never in your life will you be more thankful for air-conditioned shopping malls. This climate, however, also blesses us...
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1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
There are many ways to get to Sentosa, Singapore's playground island to the south. You can take a cable car, a monorail, a taxi or, if you fancy a stroll, walk 10 minutes across the bridge from outside Vivocity Mall at HarbourFront MRT. In the...
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9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
I fell in love with this independent bookshop in Singapore. Browse hard-to-find magazines, art books, and novels plus vintage sunglasses and Pez dispensers at this independent shop. You’ll also find handbound notebooks and letterpress postcards...
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44 Eng Hoon St, Singapore 169786
The Monkey God Temple (Qi Tian Gong) in Tiong Bahru dates from 1920 and is a reminder of the ethnic Chinese soul of this neighborhood, which has recently undergone somewhat of a transformation. When you visit this temple you breathe in the vibrant...
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1G Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301
The Pinnacle is a posh apartment building in Singapore’s hip Duxton Hill neighborhood, known for its Skybridge. Soaring 50 stories above the city, it offers views that are arguably the best in Singapore. The bridge is open to both apartment...
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151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059443
In Singapore the mid autumn festival presents another opportunty to see the cultures of the east together. The Sri Mariamman hindu temple is in the heart of Chinatown, looking particularly beautiful with the light of the Chinese lanterns.
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Wandering around Singapore's Chinatown, I stumbled upon the city's oldest Hindu Temple. Somehow both beautiful and creepy, it is full of intricacies and mystery.
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Some call it "Singapore Inc.," but I think it has a lot more soul than its nickname. We took three walking tours by Singapore Walks, which gave us insight into the city-state's fascinating cultural history—from the indigenous Peranakan...
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288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
In itself, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most visually stunning pieces of architecture in all of Singapore. But it was the surrounding grounds that really drew me in. Chinatown is certainly a bustling section of Singapore, but the...
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Singapore
When in Singapore, one thing not to miss is a stroll around Marina Bay in the evening. The lights and the colors from the Singapore skyline and Marina Bay Sands are stunning. If you don't feel like walking, then get on a riverboat from Clarke...
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8 Marina Gardens Drive #01-03 Marina Barrage, Singapore 018951
There is a lively park here that is a great place to come and picnic with friends on a hot day in Singapore. Bring some water, a frisbee, a football, and a kite!
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18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
This new botanical garden features two cooling conservatories, where plants and trees from various parts of the world gather under one glass roof. It's the best place to stop by and smell the flowers, and to practice photography in Singapore.
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10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
One of the most beautiful walks in Singapore, the waterfront walk offers you charming views of Singapore's landscape. Enjoy the pretty sunset here, a backdrop for the Singapore Flyer soaked in golden hues.
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Singapore
In most of Singapore, street art is still considered vandalism. But the city has started to sanction some street art projects that are adding a lively new dimension to the urban landscape. At the pedestrian Helix Bridge, which opened in 2010 and...
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30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
The skyline of modern day Singapore from this highway of a bridge is marvellous. You can see the ArtScience Museum (at Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort) and the Helical Bridge. There are also footpaths for pedestrians on this bridge highway.
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30 Raffles Ave, Singapore Flyer, Singapore 039803
The Singapore Flyer was once one of the highest ferris wheels in the world, though it was quickly eclipsed by other high-flying and overachieving wheels. Each rotation (or "flight") is about 30 minutes, though not cheap. On a clear day, however,...
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Singapore
In a land with no seasons, colorful festivals with fireworks, parades, and special treats mark the passage of time. Chinese New Year, the country’s biggest holiday, means lion dances, drums, and elaborate meals. On this weekend, family and friends...
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3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
The Fountain of Wealth, located in Suntec City Mall in Singapore's central business district, is the largest fountain in the world. Based on a Hindu mandala representing the universe, the fountain is lovely in the afternoon, when you can enjoy its...
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90 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189562
Singapore attracts world-class international and local talent to stages and venues across the island. Theater offerings run the gamut from beloved musicals performed at Marina Bay Sands’ theater, to open-air Shakespearean productions by Singapore...
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Orchard Rd, Singapore
While in Singapore, a great way to spend a few hours during the Christmas holiday is viewing the beautiful illuminations on Orchard Road. Singapore takes its Christmas decorations very seriously, and Orchard Road is the best place to see them.
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181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
Throwing and eating yu sheng (or lo hei in Cantonese) is a Chinese New Year tradition unique to Singapore and Malaysia. This celebratory salad is piled with shredded veggies, raw salmon, and condiments like lime juice and crushed peanuts—all...
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E2 Area, West Coast Park, Singapore
I love to chase the sun. While in Singapore recently, I went to East Coast Parkway to watch the sunrise. It was enjoyable, but apparently it's a night spot, too!
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858 Tampines Ave 5, Block 858, Singapore 520858
Sometimes you find the most unexpected things when you least expect them. As I dropped off a package in Tampines, a neighborhood in the eastern part of Singapore that I hardly frequent, I chanced upon this cheery playground, one of the rare few...
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9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA
Matheson Hammock Park is a park on Old Cutler Road, just south of Coral Gables. The park surrounds the north and western ends of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
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2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133, USA
A 9.4-acre public park in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami with a great fireworks display for the Fourth of July.
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3400 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133, USA
When in Miami, be sure to take a sailboat ride and experience the ocean breeze while you take in the views of the Miami landscape. Sailing on Biscayne Bay, LLC, specializes in intimate voyages on Biscayne Bay. The boat holds a maximum of 6 guest...
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2212 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135, USA
When traveling to Miami, it's important to get a taste of the Cuban culture that started this community decades ago. To immerse yourself in Latin music and Cuban tradition, head to Hoy Como Ayer, a high-end Cuban nightclub in Little Havana. The...
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174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131, USA
Downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater was built in 1926 as a silent movie palace and still is a glamorous old soul on Flagler Street. Performers from Elvis Presley to B.B. King to Luciano Pavarotti have graced the stage, and today it...
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301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA
An evening of quiet reflection at the Bay Front Park, Miami, Florida
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601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA
While strolling through bustling downtown Miami, be sure to stop into the city's main attraction, the American Airlines Arena. The stadium is a large concert/sports venue, hosting musical act such a Madonna, Taylor Swift and Laday Gaga. Other...
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1800 Biscayne Blvd Unit #110, Miami, FL 33132, USA
Critical Mass is a cycling event for the Miami community, usually held on the last Friday of every month, where bicyclists, skateboarders, in-line skaters, roller skaters, and other self-propelled commuters ride around the streets of the...
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1717 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132, USA
On the former site of Bacardi’s U.S. headquarters in Miami Beach sit two stunning Latin Modernist structures that recently secured landmark status. The cantilevered Annex has exterior walls composed entirely of stained glass murals that were...
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90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Indie cinema in the arts district of Miami.
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Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
One of the main reasons I love Miami is Wynwood District. The area is an ever-changing canvas of graffiti and social commentary. What was new yesterday may already have been re-purposed/-tagged/-painted today.
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4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA
“Zaha Hadid was the recipient of Design Miami’s first Designer of the Year award in 2005. I commissioned her to design Elastika, an installation for the atrium of the Moore Building. The white sculpture is a futuristic contrast to its...
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212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137, USA
Hawaii famously embraces a diversity of cultures—it’s another aspect of the aloha spirit. In addition to the original Hawaiian population, the islands have long been home to white and African-American settlers from the mainland and Asian...
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Miami Beach, FL, USA
Just another hot summer day in Miami beach with a little decoration by Mother Nature . Simply a gorgeous breezy afternoon .....the photo speaks for itself .Life
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Glorieta Sar Don Juan de Borbon y Battermberg, 5, 28042 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's largest park, named after King Juan Carlos I, is a short metro ride from downtown, but from the moment you leave the station you feel as though you've been transported to a faraway land of fairy tales. Giant sculptures decorate the...
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Cmo. de Perales, 23, 28041 Madrid, Spain
I went to Madrid on business and discovered the new Madrid Rio ... opened in May 2011 and in an area alongside the Manzanares River and highway that was converted into 15km of parks, historical moments, outdoor concerts, & gardens. It's for sure...
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Calle del Payaso Fofó, 0, 28018 Madrid, Spain
After a La Liga game the night before, I wanted to visit yet another stadium but could only see it from the outside. I guess they were still cleaning up the mess from the game the day before. But this is where Rayo Vallecano plays in the Spanish...
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Parque Tierno Galván, Av. del Planetario, 16, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Just outside the Planetarium in Madrid you can find quite a bit of graffiti, as well as homeless people living in the area under a bridge and makeshift shelters. The planetarium is up on a hill and not very far from the train museum.
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Atocha, Madrid, Spain
This historic train depot is the heart of transit for Madrid. Serving local as well as high-speed AVE trains, it also plays a key role in the ever-expanding railways of Europe. I stumbled upon Madrid's first railway station, which was inaugurated...
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Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
This has got to be my favorite train in the Madrid train museum - its so retro yet also looks futuristic.
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Calle de Juana Doña, 28045 Madrid, Spain
This building, which looks run-down but I think is still used for something, is close to the Legaszpi Metro station. It has something of a prison motif about it, with some children thrown in for good measure. From what I'm told it was once a...
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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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Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's Prado Museum, home to Goya, Velazquez, Murillo, El Greco, and numerous other greats, has so much to see that just one visit isn't enough! If you have a few days in Madrid, drop into the museum in the afternoons (after 5pm) when there is...
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After Spain won the 2010 World Cup, the team came home for a victory parade. All of Gran Via was packed with fans dressed in red & yellow, singing and cheering, waving flags, and... believe it or not, the bus actually made it down this street!
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Plaza de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
If you visit Madrid, don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana. They are situated right in front of a fountain and early in the morning the water mirrors the statue—making it feel...
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Visit for one of the most unique experiences in Madrid. Not only does it afford amazing views of the palace and cathedral -- the Egyptian Temple is amazing in its own right.
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Moncloa, 28008 Madrid, Spain
A locals-only sunset spot just outside the exit of Metro Moncloa is wonderful vista of the golden hour in Madrid. Many people, young and old, bring beers to enjoy while chatting with friends and waiting for the street lights to flicker to life....
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Cuesta San Vicente, 28008 Madrid, Spain
On the western side of Madrid, just below the royal palace, is a typical-looking European train station, but inside it’s not. The Estacion de Principe Pio was remodeled to incorporate all the metro and commuter rail stations, stacked up on top of...
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Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Stumbling around Madrid I came upon this crypt down from the Royal Palace. I finally decided to check out this exemplary architecture haven amidst the jamon and shoe shops in the vicinity. This Neo-Romanesque crypt bears the remains of many in its...
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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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Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
If you decide to take a walk around Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain on a December night, brace yourself for the crowd. Puerta del Sol is one of the most crowded squares in Spain, especially during the Christmas season. It is, after all, the heart...
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80 21st St, Astoria, NY 11102, USA
And to believe they used to say the East River was only for dumping bodies...
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1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, USA
Think you are overwhelmed by the beautiful churches in Europe? Check out the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. In fact, by area this is the 4th largest church in the world! Not only the building itself is stunning, make...
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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

The McQueen exhibit at The Met is a must see. Greek dinner in Queens, watching engagement shots all over the park in Brooklyn, new architecture, and general people watching.

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New York, NY, USA
Life in NYC is never dull! It is vibrant, exciting and every day is an event, and I absolutely fell in love THE city from the first moment I step foot in it. Human interactions and emotions are in your face and displayed in the open for anyone who...
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W 72nd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
My son Julian laughing over the Imagine mosaic. Over one my generation icons... Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City.
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Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10024, USA
I could not have staged this better … classic NY scenery!
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5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
Magnificently done!
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151 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
Energy overload...
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You don't want to miss T-Rex at the Toys 'R Us in Times Square. It moves through a 2-3 minute cycle in which it looks around, moves head and arms, breathes heavy, and roars. It's pretty impressive! There are many other great reasons to spend a...
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Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA
Lunch like the 'Suits' of Midtown. There is nothing like a little picnic lunch and ping pong in Bryant Park to celebrate the first signs of Spring.
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
one of the best not-so-hidden treasures
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
There’s no better place to see the city in motion.
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115 E 34th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10016, United States
Hundreds of Santas meeting on the steps of the NYC Post Office at 34th street in December. A great annual meeting with tons of good cheer, quirky Santas, great music and lots of drinks :)
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Flatiron District, New York, NY, USA
You don't always have to rush in NYC. Take the time to explore in the shadows of the famous landmarks. This is where beautiful things often go unseen.
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Portobello Rd, London, UK
Portobello Road is a colorful stretch of shops and stalls selling bric-a-brac and antiques. Part trendy neighborhood, part flea market. On Saturdays, thousands of people flock there for bargains. I recommend going on a weekday. You can have the...
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Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, UK
The Serpentine is a gallery in Kensington Gardens. It’s a place where nature and culture converge. Each summer the gallery commissions international artists and architects to create a pavilion for concerts, talks, and presentations. The 2012...
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London, UK
All around London you'll find Barclays bike stands. These automated rental stations are really easy to use. While I don't recommend riding downtown (I can barely cross the street let alone cycle down it), there are bike lanes in all the major...
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There are many places to escape city life in London. One lovely place for a warm afternoon is the Hampstead Heath, a natural area filled with trees, greenery, and lakes with swimming areas. Parliament Hill is a favorite spot for picnicking, kite...
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Abbey Rd, London, UK
For any music lover I don't think a trip to London is complete without taking an attempt to recreate the infamous Beatles album cover. Most of the time we didn't time it right or we were distracted by Londoners headed to work, but it's a memorable...
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Beatles Coffee Shop, St. Johns Wood Underground Station, Finchley Rd, London NW8 6EB, UK
First time I went to London I liked it, but that was pretty much it. I thought it was a great, solemn, (stylistically) cold, masculine European capital. Then I lived there for 3 months, and fell in love with it. Yes, I still believe its solemn and...
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Lots of people don’t know that there’s a canal,Regent’s Canal, that winds through the middle of London. Hire a bike at Broadway Market, and you can carry on down the canal to Olympic Park. I want to get everyone rambling around London on back...
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Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK
Regent's Park in London lives up to its name and is quite royal, boasting rows of manicured flowers and plants. (There's also a theater, zoo, and walking paths.) I always make a beeline for the Rose Garden: a circular garden chock-full of roses of...
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Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK
It's James Bond's 50th anniversary. The new movie "Skyfall" has just come out. You're a big 007 fan. And there's nothing you want more than to meet the man himself. What do you do? Go to Madame Tussauds in London - he's there waiting for you!
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84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK
This independent bookshop resembles the libraries of a bibliophile's dreams. The Edwardian exterior is beautiful and befitting of the elegant High Street, but the interior took my breath away: long oak shelves, stained glass, and skylights....
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London SW1A 1AA, UK
This was too good to miss. The streets were empty, and as I journeyed towards Buckingham Palace, I stood in awe at the magnificent image of Big Ben in the early morning light.
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20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
Beautiful arch and vault inside of the Westminster Abbey frames the colorful glass windows, and defines a small area when the sunlight cast through.
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20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
The famous Westminster Abbey is a must-go place in London. It's where the recent Royal wedding taking place in 2011. As their own website described: "Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a...
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103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA, UK
From the London eye, you are able to view many aspects of London with a quick glance, easily understanding how and where items to visit lie on the ground from way above
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London Eye Millennium Pier - Embankment Pier, London, UK
The most epic weekend in all of England since the Royal Wedding, her Majesty the Queen is celebrating her 60th year on the throne! The Diamond Jubilee River Pageant parades down the Thames, with more than 1,000,000 spectators along the embankments...
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Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8SW, UK
London's most infamous, clever, and elusive street artist, Banksy, has somehow kept his identity a mystery for many years. Yet his art can still be found in spots around the city (if you can get there fast enough). This was taken at the "Cans...
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101, 3 Whitehall Ct, Westminster, London SW1A 2EL, UK
Taken on a cloudy night...1:00 am... this made it great to shoot for one big reason...... no one in the streets..... i like the way light reflected from the clouds... no filter was use just a time variance..
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Cranbourn St, London WC2H 0AP, UK
Leicester Square is the centre of blockbuster movies in London. It's a little park surrounded by cinemas and movie premiers are usually held here. Even though I had been here countless of times when I was living in London years ago, I never really...
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Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK
This is a great way to get a birds eye view of London, and the line moved at a pretty steady pace. Avoid the ticket scalpers as most seemed far from legit. There is a nice little Japanese restaurant to the left of the Eye of London.
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London E20 2ST, UK
What an incredible experience to be at the Opening Ceremony of London 2012. The spirit of over 200 countries united as one is unbelievably felt.
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Giza, Al Omraneyah, Giza Governorate, Egypt
To call a visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza a highlight of one's life has to be one of the all time biggest understatements. I was on a very special trip with John Anthony West, rogue Egyptologist and symbolist interpreter of the ancient...
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Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Planning on stopping by the Great Sphinx while on holiday in Egypt? Join the millions of other easy targets that are there with you. While I highly recommend this iconic experience, be aware of some of the most common traps await you. For example,...
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Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Avoid the bus tour at all costs. A horse ride is an incredible way to see the pyramids in relative isolation. Indulge in your Lawrence of Arabia fantasy by galloping past ancient stones. It takes a few hours but you get to see the Pyramids at...
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Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 München, Germany
One of the best experiences in Munich is hitting the Allianz Arena to catch a top-class soccer game. The city has two teams—Bayern Munich, who play in the top division, and 1860 Munich who play in the second division. The hardcore fans love to...
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Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München, Germany
The next time you visit Europe, don’t opt for the train. Instead, cruise Germany’s Autobahn at speeds up to 100 mph (or the speed of your choice!), with the top down in a MINI Roadster. Driving through the curvy, emerald-green fields and...
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Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7, 80992 München, Germany
Take a quick, ear-popping elevator ride to the observation deck of the Olympiaturm (190 meters or 623 feet), in the center of Olympic Park, and see across the whole city—as far as the Alps, in clear weather. The last elevator goes up at 11:30pm,...
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Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany
The Olympic Park from the 1972 games, is still very much alive with activity. Today concerts are held in the arena and the main stadium also hosts sporting events. The funny thing to me was that although it was an Olympic venue, there are no...
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Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
When in Munich, enjoy the excellent food but also plan on seeing the Numphenburg Palace. This often overlooked European palace can be found on the outskirts of Munich in southern Germany. It's a stunning palace that will transport you into a...
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Munich, Germany
Year round there is a fantastic little fake wave constructed on the south side of the garden where people can take turns catching a few waves far from the real tide. Even if you are no Johnny Tsunami, stopping by to watch is just as gnarly. Hang...
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80336 Munich, Germany
Every year from the end of November to December 23, you can take a ride on the Christkindl Tram, while drinking mulled wine (punch for the kids) and listening to Christmas music as the tram makes its way through some of the most scenic streets in...
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Pestalozzistraße, München, Germany
Pestalozzistrasse isn't something you find unless you're looking for it, even though it is relatively central. The small creek that runs through the residential area of the Glockenbachviertel makes for a nice quiet walk, while giving you glimpses...
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Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München, Germany
In 1886, Carl Benz filed a patent application for a “vehicle operated by a gas engine.” He constructed his Benz Patentwagen, the first gasoline powered car in the world, out of bicycle parts and a 1-cyclinder engine. Top speed was 7.5 miles per...
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Rindermarkt 10, 80331 München, Germany
Lüftlmalerei is a Tyrolean native art form of facade painting that can be found throughout parts of Bavaria. The photo shown above near Viktualien Market is a good example of the elaborate style from the Baroque era. The images are grouped in a...
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The Palace of Justice ("Justizpalast" in German) is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Munich. It was constructed from 1890-1897 by the architect Friedrich von Thiersch in neo-baroque style. The highlight of the building is the 67m...
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Much of Munich was bombed in WWII, but here and there you can see glimpses of what it looked like before the war. One such example is the remains of the historic gate sandwiched in between two more modern buildings (pictured above) on...
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Neuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany
This 16th century church is in downtown Munich, and, other than its amazing architecture and ceiling paintings, it is also where King Ludwig II of Bavaria rests. The mad king drowned in 1886, close to his fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein. The...
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Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany
On a clear day, head to St. Peter’s in the heart of Munich’s Old Town and get ready to climb. Visitors can ascend 306 stairs to a lookout that wraps around the church’s clocktower. After braving the narrow staircase, you’re rewarded with bird’...
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Marienplatz 8, 80331 München, Germany
The Neues Rathaus has an interesting show three times a day that you shouldn't miss. The character figures located right below the clock will rotate and play a story show.
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Marienplatz 1, 80331 München, Germany
Munich in winter has it all: Christmas markets (the largest and most famous is in Marienplatz) redolent with roasting chestnuts and mulled wine; historic baroque architecture topped with fluffy white snow; and easy access to the best ski slopes in...
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Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 München, Germany
Fun for children and adults alike, the Children's Museum is a great place for exploration. They not only display classic toys, but they host interactive exhibits, children's toy swaps and many more culturally immersive events! While there I...
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Isartorpl., München, Germany
One of the three remaining gates, Isator is the only standing medieval gate in Munich that has a restored tower. The gate dates back to 1322. Of special interest are the frescos along the top of the gate which depict the triumphal procession of...
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80538 Munich, Germany
Münchers love the Isar River, which runs through Munich. It's a popular spot for walking, cycling, and in warm weather hanging out by the river's "beach"—don't be surprised to see naked people in some places. Müncheners aren't shy! There are also...
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Max-Joseph-Platz, München, Germany
Max-Joseph-Platz is a large square in the heart of Munich. It's flanked by the impressive National Theatre and the Munich Residence but unfortunately the driveway to the underground parking garage disrupts the aesthetics of the neo-classical...
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Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany
The Munich Residenz was the seat of government and residence of Bavarian royalty for over 400 years. It's also home to the Treasury which showcases the jewel collections of former Bavarian rulers. A self-guided audio tour of the Residenz and...
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Odeonspl. 1, 80539 München, Germany
Odeonsplatz is a large square developed in the early 19th century. It is flanked by the Theatine Church, the Residenz and the Feldherrnhalle and several cafes, making it a perfect people-watching spot. In 1923, the square was the scene of the Beer...
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Wittelsbacherpl., 80333 München, Germany
It won't take more than a few seconds from entering the Middle Ages Christmas Market and you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time a few hundred years. Vendors are dressed in full medieval costumes selling primitive medieval wares and homemade...
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Theatinerstraße 22, 80333 München, Germany
Theatine Church (Theatinerkirche in German) towers over Odeonsplatz. The inside is mostly white marble, a contrast to the bright yellow facade. It's much more formal inside than many other churches in Munich and is the burial place for many...
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Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 München, Germany
While touring Munich recently, I came across one area with a few statues of German notable people standing up on pedestals. Nothing special about that really until I came to the one of Roland de Lattre (who I have never heard of). This one was...
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Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München, Germany
The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum is a bit off the beaten tourist path, appearing to attract mainly Germans. It is a big, beautiful building with many floors and wings. Bayerisches tells the story of Germany, with objects and sculpture tracing its...
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Max-Planck-Straße 1, 81675 München, Germany
The Bayerischer Landtag (Bavarian State Parliament) is housed in the Maximilianeum, an impressive, palatial building at the end of Maximilianstrasse on the border of Haidhausen, overlooking the Isar River. Construction first started on the...
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Rosenheimer Str. 5, 81667 München, Germany
Gasteig is Munich's cultural center. It hosts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Richard Strauss Conservatory, the Volkshochschule (continuing education courses) and the large municipal library which has a section of English language books....
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81667 Munich, Germany
The "French Quarter" of Munich is also one of the most popular, hip places for locals to hang out, amidst beautiful architecture—one example being the stately Maximilianeum, which is home to the Bavarian state parliament. Wiener Platz is an...