Where are you going?
Or, let us surprise youSpin the Globe ®

Wishlist

List View
Map View
AFAR Explorer′s Wishlist
Save Place
39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, USA
In 1967, Tassajara (already a storied hot springs resort) became the first Zen monastery outside Japan. Run by the San Francisco Zen Center, the monastery is open to the public from May through September and closed the rest of the year for...
Save Place
San Diego, CA, USA
Just a short drive north from downtown San Diego, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers an idea of what Southern California looked like before its coastlines were developed. Experience the area by taking a short walk from the...
Save Place
2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Mission Bay park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the United States. This park is 4,325 acres of water and land, over half of this area is water. On the weekends, you'll find locals here flying kites, picnicking, having family gatherings,...
Save Place
1498 13th St, Imperial Beach, CA 91932, USA
The Tijuana Estuary is a small intertidal coastal estuary on the international border between California and Mexico. This place is a fantastic place for bird watching. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded in this wetland habitat. This is...
Save Place
La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
Many people don't realize this, but although La Jolla, California, is portrayed as a separate city, it is actually a community within the city of San Diego. A short 15-20 minute drive from downtown San Diego takes you to the dramatic coastline....
Save Place
7477 Filisur, Switzerland
Narrow gauge railway fans will be in heaven on The Glacier Express, a scenic train connecting Zermatt and St. Moritz. The 7 hour railway journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels, and over the Oberalp Pass is operated jointly by the...
Save Place
Joe and I took the scenic GoldenPass train from Montreux (the unofficial capital of the Lavaux region) to Interlaken. The train links Lake Geneva with central Switzerland via the Bernese Oberland and the entire trip takes about six hours. Our...
Save Place
Rue de la Confédération 3, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
One of Geneva's most prestigious chocolate stores in the world is the Du Rhône Chocolatier in Geneva where manager Madame Liliane Fumex and staff hold court over an artisanal process that's been luring chocoholics, including some rich and famous...
Save Place
The tree-lined Utoquai and Arboretum at Enge offer excellent views of Lake Zurich and the snow-capped Alps, but the iconic spot for lake-gazing is at the Bürkliterrasse, with its statue of Zeus and Ganymede and straight-shot view of the Alps. ...
Save Place
Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
According to legend, Zurich’s most iconic landmark was commissioned by Charlemagne. While Fraumünster, across the Limmat, draws onlookers with its stained-glass windows by Chagall, Grossmünster recently acquired destination-worthy...
Save Place
Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Museumstrasse 1, 8021 Zürich, Switzerland
Look familiar? If the Swiss Federal Railways clock looks instantly recognizable, that’s because Apple used an eerily familiar design for its iOS 6 operating system used by its iPhone and iPad mobile devices. (It turned out to be an expensive...
Save Place
Limmatquai 144, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
The terrace at ETH Zurich—where Einstein was an alum—lords high above the city for catch-your-breath views beyond to the lake and the Alps. A number of trams will take you to the terrace, but the most fun way to get there is on the fire-engine red...
Save Place
Münsterbrücke, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
I love the bicycle, and cycling is an activity I try to do in every single place that I visit. There is nothing like exploring a city on a bike, although in some places this can be a challenge. Zurich, Switzerland, has made it incredibly easy to...
Save Place
Bürkliplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
One of the biggest Flea markets in Zurich is the one located in Bürkliplatz square. The market is opened on Saturdays from 6am to 4pm. May-October, so if you visit Zurich on Winter time, you will not find the outdoors traders. The market is well...
Save Place
Hauptbahnhof Zürich, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
When you visit Zurich you feel like you’re at the epicenter of Western European intellectual thought. Since the Reformation, Zurich has been an incubator for progressive ideas as a peaceful axis of European cross-cultural academic, artistic and...
Save Place
Masoala Hall, in the Zurich Zoo, is a glass house reproducing a piece of Madagascar jungle. The 30C temperature and 80% humidity make you feel like you are truly in a tropical country. More than 60 animal species and about 170 species of trees and...
Save Place
Falkenstrasse 26, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
This treasure trove of curiosities by Susanne Schmid and Simon Wirth in Kreis 4 sells all sorts of vintage objects and upcycled items, including Indian Mrinmaya statues, a mango- and teakwood art deco locker from a colonial hotel in Sri Lanka, and...
Save Place
Badenerstrasse 500, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland
In the Swiss city of Zurich there are two soccer teams—Grasshopper and FC Zurich. I was lucky that FC Zurich was playing at home at Letzigrund. The stadium holds 25,000 and is actually in a hole in the ground!
Save Place
Münsterhof 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This small, elegant church near Paradeplatz has been around since 853, but it wasn’t until 1970 when it received its crowning touch: five glorious stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall when he was in his 80s. Also not to be missed: Augusto...
Save Place
Mühlebach, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
Locals are fanatic about the lake. They boast the water is clean enough to drink; boating is a favorite pastime, whether it’s on a sailboat, paddleboat, yacht or public boat from the ZSG network (included in the cost of a daily tram card); and...
Save Place
Aix-en-Provence, France
The small town of Aix en Provence is underrated. A great spot to hide away for the weekend and close enough to the French Riviera (especially with a French mad man driving you there), it is a real pleasure to walk its streets, admire its...
Save Place
10 Avenue Pasteur, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Coffee To Go is hands down the best coffee you will find in all of Aix, and one of the few places that you’re able to get your coffee in a to go cup. Owner and barista, Adrien (the most beautiful man this side of the Atlantic) brought his talent...
Save Place
Aix-en-Provence, France
While traveling through Provence, we stopped in a local village to buy some wine, baguettes, fromage and variety of tapenades and fresh fruit to enjoy while taking in the view of the French countryside.
Save Place
Rue Espariat, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
The early morning suns pours down the Rue Espariat. While the tourists are still sleeping a local office worker kick-starts her day with a café.
Save Place
2 Place Bellegarde, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
For the entire time I was in France, no one I knew could recall the actual name of this place, and instead knew it simply as “the place with the amazing steak frites.” Steak frites – hamburger, vegetables, sauce, and fries in a demi-baguette (not...
Save Place
70 Place Richelme, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
The daily, year-round marché at Place Richelme in Aix-en-Provence is tucked into the center of the Old Town and has been going on since the 14th century. It is just south of another large square at the Clock Tower (l'horloge) and City Hall (Hotel...
Save Place
30 Rue Mignet, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
“No doubt you’ll find what you’re looking for here” – L’Aixtra’s motto says it all. You can find anything there: incredible coffee, pastries, sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juice and some of the only free WiFi in Aix (and that’s hard to find anywhere...
Save Place
2 Place Bellegarde, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
When in France, you should eat nothing but baguettes, cheese, and crêpes, right? Wrong. You should eat the incredible Chinese and Vietnamese food at Au Lotus Bleu. The wonderful Sintes family owns the restaurant, and I got to know them pretty well...
Save Place
10 Avenue Pasteur, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Very good coffee!
Save Place
48-50 Place Richelme, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Other than my host mom, the coffee, French culture, and jetsetting most weekends, there is nothing I miss more about Aix than Pizza Capri. There’s something incredibly comforting about the knowledge that you can get a cheap yet awesome slice of...
Save Place
Nice, France
On our recent trip to France we had the best ice cream we’ve had. Ever. Anywhere. We chanced on Fenocchio while we were driving along the French Riviera. On probing a couple of locals, we found out that it is something of an institution in Nice....
Save Place
Nice, France
Seabourn has been recognized as a leader among cruise lines when it comes to its dining options. The ships’ Restaurants serve haute cuisine in an elegant setting, while the Restaurant 2 on each ship is the small-plate alternative, letting guests...
Save Place
Cours Saleya, 06300 Nice, France
The picture-perfect Provençal market Cours Saleya in Nice is a visual bouquet of regional bounty, with colorful floral displays, golden zucchini blossoms, red tomatoes, and green greens. Camargue sea salt, pressed olive oils, and...
Save Place
96 Boulevard de l'Observatoire, 06300 Nice, France
In the Alps above Nice, the Côte d'Azur (or Nice) Observatory is surrounded by 35 hectares of regional forest. Built by iconic French architects Charles Garnier and Gustave Eiffel, the striking observatory played a memorable role in Woody Allen’s...
Save Place
35 Boulevard Raimbaldi, 06000 Nice, France
The French and Italian rivieras are some of the most glittering stretches of the Mediterranean, a world of ports filled with yachts and hotels that still evoke the languid leisure that captivated F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. There is, however,...
Save Place
Nice, France
I loved this delicate church nestled among tropical palm trees - the epitome of Nice! French, man-made beauty rubbing shoulders with tropical playground surroundings.
Save Place
Avenue Nicolas II, 06000 Nice, France
Located in the center of Nice, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a must visit during your stay in Nice. The architecture is very stand out from the rest of the buildings in the city. It's a quiet area surrounded by tall trees. While you are...
Save Place
Nice, France
While troubled artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin were drawn to the sombre color palettes deep in the rural Vaucluse region of Provence, more chipper painters like Matisse and Chagall made their home in sunny Nice. Local tour operators...
Save Place
32 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
It was a great sunny day, after a walk along Nice's pebble beach, we found this restaurant facing the waves. The lunch Manu was very simple yet still very hard to just pick one dish. It's the first time I tried the raw artichoke salad (beside...
Save Place
13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
A sundial in the medieval center of St.-Rémy-de-Provence...Its inscription distills the allure of the South of France: "It is always time to do nothing." Relax. Find a hammock, sip a pastis, inhale the lavender-scented air...
Save Place
13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
The landscape of Provence is a piece of art. It's no wonder that Vincent Van Gough was inspired to create over 150 paintings in Saint Remy in his final months. During a bike trip through Provence with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, I...
Save Place
3 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
While on a trip to the wonderful Provence region of France, one of the best days was the day we visited Saint-Remy. It is beautiful in itself, but one of the true gems of the area is Joel Durand's chocolate shop. We had the honor of a private...
Save Place
Place Saint-Paul, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Vincent van Gogh was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy from May 1889 until May 1890. During much of his time there he was confined to the grounds of the asylum, and his works are great studies of the landscape and...
Save Place
Velleron, France
Early summer in Provence--cicadas in the trees and lines of lavender stretching to the horizon under a Van Gogh sky...Clichéd it might be, but the setting is heady...
Save Place
84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
A short train ride from Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue and an even shorter walk from the train station to the market, you'll find the linens, lavender and soaps of Provence, some good brocante treasures, local art and plenty of good food. Make...
Save Place
400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
This amazing ancient Roman aqueduct highlights the brilliance of the Roman engineers.
Save Place
Arles, France
Looking down the rooftops of Arles from the Arles Amphitheatre.
Save Place
12 Rue de Sainte-Cécile, 84580 Oppède, France
Oppede-le-Vieux is a hidden treasure in Provence that so many visitors miss and I'd encourage you to put it (and a stop at this enchanting little cafe) on your must-see list. Due to the design of this hilltop town, you'll have to park in a...
Save Place
11 Place du Forum, 13200 Arles, France
Once known as the Cafe Terrace, this is the place captured so colorfully in Van Gogh's painting of Place du Forum in Arles, in September of 1888. Still in operation today and now named Cafe Van Gogh, it's a lovely little spot to have your espresso...
Save Place
84250 Le Thor, France
Ahh, to lie in a hammock on a summer afternoon in the South of France... My wife and I had gone to visit friends who lived in LeThor, a town of a few thousand on the banks of the Sorgue River in Provence. (Between the very visited cities of...
Save Place
84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
I have selectively framed food photos from my travels for my kitchen and this photo might be a new personal favorite! Not to mention that the olives were some of the best I've had the pleasure of eating! If you are looking for a Sunday outing...
Save Place
13810 Eygalières, France
Eygalieres is an endlessly charming, Provencal town, tucked just outside of the Les Alpilles range. In all of those years living, working and biking through Provence, I found no more perfect place for an espresso stop en route to and from some of...
Save Place
57 Avenue de la Vallée des Baux, 13520 Paradou, France
In a quiet little village south of St Remy de Provence you will find this gem of a bistrot. It's a fixed price menu with just a few options but all oh so delicious. A red wine bottle is open and waiting for you at the table as you sit down. It's a...
Save Place
Miramas le Vieux, 13140 Miramas, France
My first day in the South of France, I spent the June afternoon on a borrowed bike, coursing through olive trees around hilltop villages... Although Provence is just a few hours' train-ride south of Paris, when you step off the TGV, you encounter...
Save Place
13550 Noves, France
Noves is a small commune just south of Avignon. It resides in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of France and, as we found out, provides very easy access to the entire region of Provence. Being first-timers to Provence we did not know what to expect...
Save Place
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
During a cycling trip through Provence, my group and I began our 10-day adventure with a journey up an 800-foot rocky plateau - also known as the village of Les Baux de Provence. The ride up the plateau was a gorgeous trek filled with scenic...
Save Place
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Giant images of beautiful art projected on every vertical surface of this interior space carved out of the mountain. It's like nothing you have experienced before. An amazing 30 mins show with a great soundtrack is featuring works by Monet,...
Save Place
Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
The ancient village of Les Baux sits atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alpilles in Provence, France. The village is no longer active, but an attraction for tourists who want to see the ruins of the castle and the beautiful vistas. The most...
Save Place
Arles, France
Wandering through the narrow streets of Arles, France, was like stepping back in time. Everything felt so magical and surreal.
Save Place
Arles, France
Arles is a super quaint French town on the south eastern coast of France that is a "must see" if you're looking to travel to France and want to feel like you're "in France." Arles is one of the photogenic places that probably looks a lot like it...
Save Place
2 Montée des Moulins, 84000 Avignon, France
Escape the hot, rabbit-warren of medieval streets in Avignon for the cool and shady oasis of Rocher des Doms. The park is a popular spot for families to relax and offers stunning views over the town of Avignon. It is also an easy access point for...
Save Place
Lake Aloha, California, USA
Welcome to Northern California's Desolation Wilderness, the perfect place to hike near South Lake Tahoe. Lake Aloha is a well-deserved and divine place to take a dip after having tackled the climb up from Echo Lake. I'd suggest parking your car at...