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Jordan
There is more to Petra than its iconic Treasury building and the winding Siq leading to it. Known as the Vegas of its time, crowds still converge to marvel at the ancient tombs, temples, and churches. Through the ages, it has acquired a myriad of...
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Peru
To celebrate my husband's 40th birthday, I planned a trip to Peru for the two of us, scheduling our itinerary so we would spend the day of his actual birthday at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. I wanted him to always be able to remember exactly...
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Jerash Governorate, Jordan
I'll be honest, the primary reason I went to Jordan was to see Petra. But rather than fly in and out, I decided to spend a week exploring the country. One day I went to the ancient city of Jerash. It was beautiful - well preserved with the avenues...
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During a recent destination wedding shoot in the Caribbean, our boat tour guide took us to a shipwreck off the coast of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. La Famille Express, a general cargo ship, ran aground during Hurricane Frances in 2004...
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Achen Lake, Austria
Known as “The Heart of the Alps,” Austria’s Tirol region beckons visitors with an abundance of shimmering Alpine lakes. Lake Achensee is the largest, drawing swimmers, couples in paddle boats, and even scuba divers thanks to its...
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Paulitschgasse 13, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Carinthia's capital, Klagenfurt, may not be a top draw in Austria, but it does offer a few gems. The Dom St. Peters und Paul, originally a Protestant church, is one of the most beautiful in the southern part of the country.
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Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen, Austria
The largest ice caves in the world lie just 30 miles south of Salzburg in the Eisriesenwelt at Werfen. Only a portion of the more than 20 miles of caves are open to the public on a 75-minute guided tour, but what's available to visit is...
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5440 Golling an der Salzach, Austria
Around 17 miles south of Salzburg between Golling and Kuchl is the Golling Waterfall, a popular motif for 19th-century painters of the Romantic period. A path follows the Schwarzenbach (“Black Brook”) leading to the lower falls and natural pools...
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Bergl 56, 8333 Riegersburg, Austria
Chocolate in every conceivable state of production; chocolate of every color, flavor and texture. Chocolate everywhere. The Zotter chocolate factory is easily one of the most delicious places in Austria, if not the world. The brand founded by...
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Tummelpl., 8010 Graz, Austria
Easter can be a great time to experience Styria. In Graz, there are three notable Easter markets. Pick up local meats and cheeses at Franziskanerplatz, browse handcrafts at Hauptplatz and sort through an assortment of more international items at...
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Hauptpl. 1, 8010 Graz, Austria
Graz is Austria's second-largest city and the capital of Styria. Its old town is filled with beautifully adorned architecture from the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Begin at Hauptplatz and check out the 19th-century Town Hall...
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Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria's second biggest city, is sometimes overlooked by travelers, and thus remains a somewhat secret jewel of the country's green south. One of the most striking aspects of this historic town is its integration of modern design and...
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Hochschwab, 8621 St. Ilgen, Austria
Styria's Salza River Valley is a sparsely populated region filled with mountain streams, dense forests, and the crystal-clear waters of the Salza River itself. The Hochschwab massif, with its 7,470 ft high summit of the same name, towers...
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Herrenstraße 22, 4020 Linz, Austria
The city of Linz claims this torte is the oldest known cake in the world (dating back to the 17th century) and, true or not, there's no arguing that it's delicious. It's usually filled with red current jam, but there are a few variations and it is...
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Hauptpl., 3920 Groß Gerungs, Austria
While Linz isn't really a top destination in Austria, it does have its charms. Everything seems to center on the main square, a place to meet, hold markets, and occasionally protest something. It's one of the largest enclosed squares in Europe,...
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Melinda Esterhazy-Platz 1, 7212 Forchtenstein, Austria
In the midst of Burgenland’s western hills lies stately Forchtenstein Castle, built as a protective bulwark against invaders in the 13th century. A tour of the fortifications and the castle’s treasury will give you a lively impression of castle...
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Esterhazyplatz 1, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria
Of all the grand palaces in Austria, Esterházy is one you definitely don't want to miss. It's second, perhaps, to Schönbrunn. The 13th-century palace was acquired by the Hungarian family in 1622 and remains in their care. Magnificent rooms like...
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Dompl. 1, 3100 St. Pölten, Austria
The Dom zu St. Pölten, also known as Dom Mariä Himmelfahrt, dates back to the 13th century. Though the exterior might appear somewhat plain, the beautiful Baroque interior makes this cathedral in the capital of Lower Austria worth checking out. ...
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Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Straße 1, 3390 Melk, Austria
Towering high above the banks of the Danube in the Wachau Valley, the bright yellow Melk Abbey is one of Austria's most beautiful Baroque buildings. It's been rebuilt several times since its 11th-century origins, with its present form dating to...
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3601 Dürnstein, Austria
Wachau Valley is perhaps Austria's best kept secret...at least to travelers. Locals already are well aware of this hidden gem and for good reason. Less than an hour train ride from Vienna's city center, Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage...
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Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
While "Belvedere" might provoke an image of just a single palace, it's actually a large complex with two Baroque palaces (Upper and Lower), Orangery, Stables and beautiful park space in the 3rd District. It was built as a summer residence for...
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Gumpendorfer Str. 11, 1060 Wien, Austria
Viennese coffee culture is world-famous. Try your hand at ordering a coffee in the historic Café Sperl (founded in 1880). Sugar junkies will enjoy an "intermezzo" a concoction combining coffee, chocolate and whipped cream, while traditionalists...
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1010 Vienna, Austria
The Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral in St. Stephen's Square (Stephansplatz.)
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Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Arguably one of Vienna's most beautiful landmarks, the Opera is a cultural treasure. Not only has it hosted many outstanding works since its origin as the Wiener Hofoper in 1863, it's associated with one of the world's greatest philharmonics. The...
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Rua D. Joao de Ornelas, 2510-074 Óbidos, Portugal
The Mariquinhas was one of the first houses in Portugal to promote the cherry liqueur of Óbidos. This family enterprise, with more than 50 years of history, still follows accurately the recipe of its mentor and creator. Start off with a visit to...
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Another wine bar located at Bairro Alto, this one has a selection of Portuguese wines, also served by the glass; to get to know better the wines, enjoy a wine tasting. Of course don’t forget that you can accompany the drinks with the tasty...
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Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Martinho da Arcada is a Lisbon legend. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I passed through it just to experience the phenomenon and look inside. The cafe was founded in 1778 as Café do Gelo (the Ice Cafe) and mostly sold beverages and ice. After...
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12710 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA
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Al-Ameer restaurant has one of the finest reputations in the metro Detroit area for Middle Eastern cuisine. And that's saying something in a neighborhood that's home to America's largest Arab American community! Owners recommend visitors order the...
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3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
Renting a canoe at Gallup Park is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Detroit. The beginner-level river is known for being smooth, with occasional drops and small rapids, making it safe for families. Be sure to pack a picnic: There are plenty of...
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481x74, 29350 Northline Rd, Romulus, MI 48174, USA
Who cares if it’s cold outside when you can race around indoors and work up a serious sweat playing paintball? Whizz around the minimal cover "speedball" court or get stealthy in the corridors of the camouflaged court and test your sniper skills...
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19355 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075, USA
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See what the locals have been raving about for years at this exported-from-Portland gem that specializes in incredibly calorific—and truly wonderful—pancakes and waffles. Give the house favorite Apple Pancake a whirl and swoon over the perfect...
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7650 Merriman Rd, Romulus, MI 48174, USA
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This cozy, unpretentious Middle Eastern-style café is decorated with murals so colorful you might imagine yourself a world away from the area around the Detroit airport. Shawarmas, salads, hummus plates, and more come fresh and can be ordered...
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20145 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48167, USA
With almost 1,000 acres of rolling hills, open meadows, and forest, and home to a variety of flora and fauna, Maybury State Park offers ample opportunities for hiking, biking, or horse riding. Horses can be rented from the riding stables. Before...