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Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Greece
American students practicing Qigong at the Temple of Poseidon.
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Olympia 270 65, Greece
Located in the western Peloponnese, Olympia is home to the most important athletic event of our time, the Olympic Games. Come see the Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held. It's often considered the most important ancient site in Greece...
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Dio-Olympos 270 65, Greece
Olympia is where the first-ever Olympic Games took place, in 776 B.C.E., held in honor of Zeus, the Greek god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Today, visitors can walk through the ruins of the old stadium, as well as see the flickering...
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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
All the way across the landscape from the top of the Acropolis is a green-covered hillside topped with an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos. This site is not only historic but an...
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Athens is the capital of Greece, a city where you can find anything you want. Delicious greek but also international food, the unique greek nightlife and the beautiful archaeological places. What makes this city so special? Ancient Greece had a...
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In Athens, Greece, another example of old meets new - an ancient showplace for a modern play.
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Outside of the Parthenon, the Erechtheum is an amazing work of art. It's hard at times to imagine this building in its full glory, but the odd shape and the added Porch of the Caryatids makes me look at this temple as the height of ancient Greek...
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Kissamos 730 01, Greece
Crete has an abundance of shoreline, and its Elafonisi Beach is one of the best in Greece. This sprawling piece of pink and white sand opens up to the turquoise sea. Lifeguards keep a constant watch, and so the beach is suitable for all ages. You...
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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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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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Cyclades, Greece
If you've never embarked on a sailing trip before, the Mediterranean is the place to do it. Especially when it comes to the Greek islands. The best part? It doesn't matter what your budget is, you're sure to find something that suits your style....
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Parnitha 136 72, Greece
Just 40 kilometres from Athens is Mount Parnitha National Park -- the only national park in Europe located this close to a country's capital city. This mountainous area is excellent for short hikes or long treks, and is home to a great deal of...
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Fira 1564, Thira 847 00, Greece
The unique quality of soil on Santorini is all due to the island's history of volcanic activity. The soil is known as "aspa," and is rich in essential minerals. Santorini is home to some excellent wineries, including Santos Wines Winery, Gavalos...
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Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece
Exploring the back streets of Mykonos town.
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Ornos 846 00, Greece
On a typical day during Mykonos’s high season, you can see why Santa Marina has cemented its status as the ultimate jet-set destination. Megayachts bob in the bright blue waters of Ornos Bay, and a long pier lined with stylish couples curled...
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Dapia, Spetses 180 50, Greece
The 105-year-old Poseidonion Grand Hotel is to Spetses—a car-free island popular with elite visitors—what The Plaza is to New York: a much beloved landmark. Originally owned by the local hero who saved the island’s pines from...
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Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK
The vaulted Central Hall....
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Tower Bridge, United Kingdom
Day at the Tower and Tower Bridge.
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Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX, UK
This is actually three theaters—the Lyttleton, the Cottesloe, and the Olivier—in one incredible 1960s complex on the Southbank. It's the absolute epicenter of London's vibrant theater culture, putting on both the classics and the most...
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Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK
Having built the Savoy Theatre, English agent Richard D’Oyly Carte opened a nearby hotel in 1889 to accommodate the wealthy American patrons who came to see the celebrated Gilbert & Sullivan operas. In the years following, the hotel...
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49 Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HW, UK
Diane von Furstenberg’s Piano Suite is a sea of raspberry, chocolate, and ivory patterns. It features handcrafted Balinese trunks, Murano glass sculptures, a leather-top bar, as well as travel photos taken by the “Queen of Print”...
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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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St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
History comes alive at the Royal Palace and Fortress on Tower Hill. Seeing the armory and the dungeons once used to imprison queens, kings, princes, and the crown jewels elicits some extra-sensory experiences, conjuring voices in the walls as if...
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Thames Embankment, London SE1 9JE, UK
The southern terminus of the Millennium Bridge offers a perfect frame for the juxtaposition of London's old and new. The bridge's sleek lines of glass and concreate rise and point to the dome of St. Paul's cathedral. It's also a great spot to...
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Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK
Museum cafes are often depressing affairs, white formica boxes where you grab a curling sandwich on your way to the next piece of tourism. But the main cafe's trio of rooms are nothing like that. Designed, respectively, by William Morris,...
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Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK
Start by admiring the mighty Thames from Tower Bridge before heading down the stone stairs to the riverside walkway. Go ahead and take a selfie with Tower Bridge and the Tower of London as your spectacular backdrop—you know you want to. Continue...
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The View from The Shard opened in early February 2013 and is located in the tallest building in Western Europe. Plan your visit and purchase tickets ahead of time online. Check an almanac and schedule your trip up to Level 72 around sunset for the...
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8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
Monmouth in Borough Market has the most divine coffee. The coffee is so sweet and smooth you don't need to add sugar. They also serve fresh breads and jams on long communal tables inside.
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103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA, UK
It's on again this Spring-- the Cheese and Wine Festival. Spend an afternoon sampling cheese, enjoying delicious food and sipping wine by the Thames. There's loads of food to explore and demonstrations from which to learn, but whatever you do,...
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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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South Bank, London SE1 7PB, UK
This picture was taken aboard the London Eye of the House of Parliament and "Big Ben". It perfectly captured what London was for me, with all of its old world charm standing out in a very modern city. Along with the persistent fog and gloomy...
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Covent Garden, London WC2E 8HD, UK
To a Hermetic Voyager synchronicity is the link between the temporal and the spatial, the intersecting point where human experience resides. To truly live is to improvise but not without a vague sense of destination. I have been to London many...
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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
For a memorable afternoon tea, head across the River Thames to the Tate Modern. The modern art gallery, housed in a former power station, stands tall in Bankside and is accessible by the Millennium Bridge. After all that walking and seeing a few...
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
The National Gallery in London holds art works of the masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Most importantly, entry is free!
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Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK
I took this photo 1 year before going to Easter Island. At the time I had no idea how important this stolen statue is. The Moai statues were part of religious and political lives (Ancestor Cult) of the Rapa Nui people, their lives pretty much...
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Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK
Once a year, when the Queen and you are both on vacation, you can visit her home. Be sure to check their website before booking your trip, just in case they are open for public during that time. It's totally worth the visit, even it's on a rainy...
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Broad Walk, London W2 4RU, UK
When you've had your fill of dinosaur bones, mummies and museums, let the kids run wild in this Peter Pan themed playground at the edge of Kensington Gardens. A pirate ship floats in a sea of sand while squealing children shimmy up the mast or...
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Walk the gangway to the Imperial War Museum's H.M.S. Belfast, a retired WWII Royal Navy Cruiser moored on the Thames. Pull levers, climb ladders and explore every nook and cranny as you work your way through 9 decks of naval history. When you...
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Hidden treasure you say? Pull on your boots , grab some gloves and head to the mighty Thames River. Today, you're going Mudlarking. This isn't your usual day out. You'll be combing the shore of the Thames for pieces of London's ancient history....
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London, UK
I'm a zoo lover at heart. I will always be a zoo lover, especially if every one I visit from now on offers a happy hour for adults and kids just like the ZSL London Zoo. That's right, friends. Join the party animals every Friday night during the...
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160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB, UK
A great place for an earl grey tea, the best scones, and a great cucumber sandwich.
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150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK
I wanted to try a quintessentially English tea and was not disappointed by the Ritz. The staff was welcoming and helpful and the tea was remarkable! (Not to mention the sandwiches and sweets!) Don't forget to add a little milk for a fully English...
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The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Delicious scones with clotted cream, cucumber sandwiches, cakes, mint tea...these are just a few of the goodies you will receive during this affordable (less than 17£) and delicious afternoon tea. It's the perfect place to relax after...
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6-7 Chandos Pl, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HU, UK
Do you fancy tootling around London on a classic double-decker bus whilst sipping tea and eating pastries? Of course you do. BB Bakery adds wheels and a French twist to the tradition of afternoon tea. A uniformed driver zips past London's iconic...
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Lille Taarne Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Located on a side street in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas are these innocuous looking steps; but they are far from average. The 99 steps (they total 103 actually) lead to Blackbeard’s Castle, one of five National Historic Landmarks in the...
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161-A Subbase, Charlotte Amalie West St. Thomas, VI 00802, USVI
This sports bar located in Sub Base is impossible to miss as it’s shaped like an old sugar mill. Inside you’ll find a shrine to top USVI sports heroes. Collectible memorabilia and press clippings celebrating five-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan are...
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Crown Mountain Rd, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Sometimes you have to be a tourist to enjoy the great pleasures that travel offers. That’s why a visit to Mountain Top on St. Thomas is a must-do activity for any visitor. In 1949, a British restaurateur began a mission to develop the best...
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7150 Bolongo, St Thomas 00802, USVI
In addition to the three main islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John, there are another 80 or so islets, cays, and rocks scattered about the U.S. Virgin Islands, a few of which you can see while sailing across the Pillsbury Sound. Lovango,...
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St John, USVI
An island mostly protected by the U.S. National Park Service, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands provides many a beautiful scene for nature lovers everywhere. The Ram's Head Hike takes you to the edge of massive cliffs, a hike most often done at...
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Sandy Point, St Croix 00840, USVI
Yes, this is a totally biased recommendation. Being born and raised on St. Croix, I know my heart overrules my mind when it comes to this particular beach, but so what! It's got incredibly white sand, it's wide, long, possessed of crystal clear...
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St John 00830, USVI
Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 63% of the island of St John, has converted me into a Caribbean traveler. With protection of the shorelines, reefs, and land provided by the national park's services, much of the island is still rustic...
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Braved a little hike across the island and through the rocks to soak in a secret rock pool behind Mermaid's Chair on Botany Bay in Saint Thomas just where the Atlantic meets the Carribean.
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Honeymoon Beach, St John 00830, USVI
Just a short hike from the St. John visitors center, Honeymoon Beach is a quick, quaint and romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big island St. Thomas. Seeing the aqua ocean through the trees as we neared the beach took our breath...
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Hull Bay, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Of the few surf spots available on St. Thomas, Hull Bay is widely recognized as the best. Surf season runs from November through March, bringing modest but steady four- to six-foot swells. Board rentals tend to be scarce, so be sure to bring your...
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St Thomas 00802, USVI
Lindquist Beach may not be the most stunning of St. Thomas’ north shore beaches, but that’s not a bad thing when you’re trying to avoid crowds in other more touristy shores nearby. Part of the protected 21-acre Smith Bay Park, Lindquist is known...
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Hull Bay Hideaway on the shores of Hull Bay is widely recognized as St. Thomas’ original beach bar. The laid back party spot opened its doors back in 1970 and has continuously served up a unique brand of tropical good times for as long as most...
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Rte 37, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Overlooking the pristine Magens Bay on an innocuous bend of the road is one of the best views on St. Thomas, Drake’s Seat. The bench is named after the British privateer Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have used the bay as an anchorage...
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Living on St Thomas was a fantastic experience! However even when you are living on a Caribbean island, once in a while you forget to appreciate where you are. Stopping on a hill on the drive to the beach on a perfect sunny day was a great...
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Outer Brass Island, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Tantalizingly set at the mouth of Magens Bay, Outer Brass Island tempts exploration. Small and uninhabited, the islet is owned by the USVI Government and is designated as a wildlife sanctuary mainly benefiting a wide variety of sea birds. It’s not...
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St Thomas 00802, USVI
Forget Dominoes, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut et al – when you have a craving for some ‘za in St. Thomas, only Pizza Pi will do. No ordinary ristorante, Pizza Pi is actually a 37-foot aluminum hulled sailing vessel that owners Sasha Bouis and his wife,...
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6280 Estate Nazareth, St Thomas 00802, USVI
During a family vacation to the US Virgin Islands, we decided to go to a nearby beach called “Secret Harbour” for the day as it was a little more hidden away from the cruise ship crowds that you see during your stay on the island. The beach was...
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Sunsets and sailing are already a great combination. Adding champagne to the mix just makes the whole experience sweeter, especially in St. John. Cruz Bay Watersports delivers all of this island niceness with 2.5-hour sunset champagne cruises...
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St John, USVI
Tucked away on the secluded south coast of St. John in the Virgin Islands National Park, is none other than the majestic Lameshur Bay Beach. Surrounded by leafy Acacia trees and fringed with broad sea-grapes shrubs, this is untouched seclusion at...
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Charlotte Amalie West, St Thomas 00802, USVI
There are many wonderful places to enjoy sunset in St. Thomas. Brewers Bay is one of my favorites, though not just because of the view. The beach is located at the west end of St. Thomas just beyond the airport and the University of the Virgin...
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U.S. Virgin Islands
I loved the Danish colonial architecture and history of this place. It is rather touristy due to the number of cruise ships coming into the harbor, but is a must-see. Enjoyed the shopping and was able to find some cool stuff.
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St John 00830, USVI
Set off the eastern edge of Leinster Bay on St. John’s north coast, Waterlemon Cay satisfies a full day’s worth of adventuring both on land and at sea. It’s a hike to this remote offshore islet, literally. From the road to the...
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Since 2006, the 90 year-old 137-foot S/V Roseway has spent her winters in St. Croix. Originally constructed and pressed into service in New England back in the 1920s, the Roseway was acquired by the World Ocean School, a non-profit educational...
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Christiansted, St Croix 00820, USVI
I get around. It's probably for this reason that I count sunsets above my home island of St. Croix as some of my favorite. Each one comes with decades of memories. Some of the best places to catch the last rays of the day are out west at places...
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Trunk Beach, St John 00830, USVI
Take a taxi from the St. John harbor to Trunk Bay in the National Park and then sit down and take it all in. If you want, they've got snorkel equipment to rent - worth it.
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Honeymoon Beach, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Accessible by ferry from Charlotte Amalie, Honeymoon Beach is a 10 minute walk (or a golf cart hire) from the ferry terminal. I arrived with a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen and a book at 10am. There was virtually no-one on the beach and even when...
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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

I saw this exquisite chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady With An Ermine on the ground in one of the main plazas in Firenze. It started drizzling and I just had to take this photo before the rain washed it away!

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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

On the Ponte Vecchio with two of my bother and our close friend.

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Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
While in Florence this May, my husband and I decided not to walk to the top of the dome of the Duomo but, instead, to make the climb to the top of the tower next to the Duomo to get a great view of the dome itself. I shot this from the stairwell...
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68r, Via dei Servi, 66, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence - home to the Italian Renaissance. It is so amazing to walk the streets and imagine all those who have walked there before you...Dante, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Boticelli, Ghirlandaio, Galileo and many more. You almost start taking for...
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Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
This centuries-old "pharmaceutical workshop" gives visitors a chance to experience part of Florence's unique bespoke heritage. It was established by Dominican monks of the adjacent Santa Maria Novella church around 1221 and opened to the public in...
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Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
One of the more unusual ways to see Florence is by taking a river cruise on a traditional wooden barchetto. These small boats (originally used to transport building materials) hold up to 12 passengers and ply up and down the stretch of the Arno...
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Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Fans of the Four Seasons brand will be delighted with the Florence version, located a short walk north of the city centre. Housed in grand Renaissance Palazzo della Gherardesca and the adjacent Conventino, it stands in the largest privately-owned...
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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
JK Place Firenze is a far cry from Florence’s obsession with all things Renaissance. Set amid the buzz of Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, this onetime private mansion is decked out in black, white, peach, gray, and chrome, with inflections of...
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Piazza Ognissanti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
The 5-star St. Regis lies on the north bank of the river, a ten-minute walk from the city center. The opulent interiors are fitting for a grand Renaissance palace (or a St. Regis hotel), but that doesn’t mean that this place is stuffy, and...
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Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence’s most lively square is dominated by the blank, unfinished facade of Brunelleschi’s last church. Lined with trees and centered around a pretty fountain, the piazza plays host to a small daily market (where local ladies do their shopping)...
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Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Despite the fact that it was the last week of October, the line to climb to the top of the Duomo dome was wrapped around the building. The line to climb Giotto's bell tower, right next door, was nonexistent. Lucky for us, we had our walking shoes...
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Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Most people who visit Florence know that walking to Piazzale Michelangelo is a must. However, fewer people know that walking a little higher to the old church of San Miniato al Monte is an even better experience. Amble down the Arno River to Viale...
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The Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (to give its full name) is now a global brand, but this is where it all began, in a frescoed, 13th-century chapel in Florence. The place is as stunning as the products that are still made...
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Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
If you have time to see just one piece of art, make it David. Carved in 1501-4 from a single piece of milky-white Carrara marble, Michelangelo’s magnificent statue, an icon of power and wealth, originally stood in Piazza della Signoria, but...
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Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
I was walking around taking photos at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, while waiting for my friend. As the evening draws near, I found myself enjoying the sculptures inside the Loggia dei Lanzi, which I was not able to visit in detail...
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Piazza S. Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
When French writer Stendhal saw Giotto's frescoes in Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), he wrote: "Ero giunto a quel livello di emozione dove si incontrano le sensazioni celesti date dalle arti ed i sentimenti...
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Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
While visiting Florence in May, my husband and I made the trek to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city. We wandered around a bit to try to find a quieter place from which to enjoy the view of Florence and came upon this...
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Piazza San Marco, 3, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Housed in the monastery of San Marco, this museum pays homage to the delicate, spiritual work of Fra Angelico who lived and worked here as a monk from 1435-1445. Some of his most celebrated paintings and frescoes are on show here: the famous...
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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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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
On Tetiaroa, a private island in the Society Island group that is owned by Marlon Brando's estate, the Brando Resort (accessed via private plane transfer) has been getting good press since its recent opening. Brando bought the Tahitian royal...
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Tikehau, French Polynesia
This oval-shaped atoll in the Tuamotu island group strung across the South Pacific Ocean some 300 kilometers from Tahiti is covered in pink and China white sand and surrounded by a jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise, jade, and cerulean hued lagoon...
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Diving in French Polynesia one supposedly gets used to the seeing black tip reef sharks. You actually feel comfortable in their presence (after all we are not a part of their food chain). We took a few dives with our kids while traveling on the...
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Lesser known (and less expensive) than its sister island Bora Bora, Moorea is just as beautiful with as many (or as little) activities as you can jam into a day. Although the best thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the gentle breezes,...
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French Polynesia
It's hard to beat the setting of the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora—it is on a private motu in one of the world's most gorgeous lagoons and feels completely secluded and honeymoon perfect. Although you can choose from over-water bungalows...
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Patio, 98733, French Polynesia
While pensions in French Polynesia are often touted as overpriced accommodations with no amenities, Fare Pea Iti proves this is not always true. In fact, this family home pension is downright luxurious, with an in-ground pool, well-manicured...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
Ninamu resort is the newest resort in Tikehau. The resort is the only establishment on the island and consists of just 6 bungalows, a common area, bar, restaurant,kitchen, boutique, and equipment room. Ninamu is the place to go if you really want...
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BP 680, Uturoa Raiatea 98735, French Polynesia
The Raiatea Lodge Hotel located on the island of Raiatea is one of French Polynesia's only 3-star hotels (most are budget pensions or luxury resorts). Guests can enjoy comfortable and stylish accommodations in an intimate boutique hotel that...