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20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
William and Kate’s wedding brought a 21st-century focus to this 700-year-old abbey, which is built on the same spot as a Benedictine monastery enlarged by Edward the Confessor in the 1040s. The site of every coronation since 1066, it boasts...
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Giudecca, 810, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
In Venice, it's hard to get a moment alone with a loved one or even with the city herself. The crowds of tourists reaching over your shoulder to snap shaky photos of the aged Rialto can become a nuisance as you try to realize the historical...
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4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Confusion. I think that’s what some people feel when they first lay eyes on the Montelucia Resort & Spa. With its ornate entryways and floral squares, the resort looks more like a charming European village than an Arizona resort. But, you know...
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Wyoming, USA
Having been raised on National Geographic magazines, I have always been fascinated by western landscape of America. The jagged peaks of Tetons have been on my to-see list ever since I have known the works of Ansel Adams. Last labor day weekend, my...
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4726 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
Being a runner, it grounds me when I have the chance to run on a beach in a new city. Not only do you get a nice workout in, it's a great and efficient way to get the vibe of the locals. Try and write the word "Run" in as many languages and as...
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9881 CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
This state park offers all the ingredients for a great family trip to the mountains. For starters, there’s the beach at Calawee Cove, with its gently sloped sand, crystal-clear water, and rounded granite boulders that make for sublime...
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Amphitheater Lake, Wyoming 83414, USA
On a brief visit with my brother in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we hiked up to Amphitheater Lake in the Teton range. It was gorgeous! It was kind of a strenuous hike (especially if you're coming from sea level like I did), but well worth the climb. The...
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2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
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Though I had read a lot about Nepenthe, as it is a "must-see" if you are in the Big Sur area, I still wasn't prepared for just how beautiful the views were. We were planning on setting up camp and then coming back the few miles to eat dinner at...

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734 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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You don't need to work hard to explore New Orleans' diverse architecture. Take a walk around the French Quarter and you'll see Creole cottages and pre-Civil War townhouses with wrought-iron balconies. Hop on a street car and take in the antebellum...
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Big Sur’s winding roads, plunging cliffs and canyon-spanning bridges may cause nausea but they provide some of the most striking scenery in the country. After miles of lush green forests and sapphire blue oceans, the palm trees and turquoise...
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24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Burney, CA 96013, USA
only 4 hours up north of san francisco is Burney Falls State Park. The 129 ft falls is a beautiful Oasis set among pristine forest area. There are campgrounds not far from the falls and you can catch Rainbow Trout in the picturesque river..... The...
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99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
The Cloisters, a museum devoted to medieval art and architecture, is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. This tranquil treasure is definitely worth a half day (or more) trip on your next visit. A branch of the Metropolitan...
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1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
The American Sign museum is a must for anyone interested in the art and design of advertising. Having recently heard about an independent film on sign painting, this museum piqued my interest—as handmade signs age, it's phenomenal the way that...
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6 Rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris, France
Passages were designed in the 19th century to give Parisians protection from muddy streets and horse-drawn vehicles. Some 20 of these covered walkways remain today, including the Passage Verdeau; they are an excellent way to journey back into...
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8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
This beautiful courtyard, modern art installations, hundreds of Corinthian columned walkways and perfectly placed fountains and gardens, make the Palais Royal a photographer's playground. Personally, I can never get enough of the reflection...
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Île Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris, France
Just east of the magnificent buttresses of the Cathédrale Notre Dame, across the Pont Saint-Louis, lies an island sanctuary in the middle of this chic, bustling city: Île Saint-Louis. The one-way streets are narrow, with views of the Seine River...
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nothing is a more powerful symbol of the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris Exposition, it's one of the world's most-visited monuments, with nearly 7 million people ascending the 1,062-foot...
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Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Opened in 1914, this is a New York institution. Its been owned and operated by four generations of the same family. You really feel like you're stepping into a NY deli 50 years ago.
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
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The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering wonder and an architectural one as well, a masterpiece of design that has inspired acclaimed poets (Hart Crane, Marianne Moore), writers (Jack Kerouac), and painters (Joseph Stella). While...
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6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Nothing beats the Bowery. We’ve probably played here more than anywhere else in the world. It’s a nostalgic concert hall for us, and one of the better places to see live music in New York. I often opt out of bigger venues in the city, but if a...
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205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for...
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Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy
A stunning piazza with the 3 boulevards of the il Tridente converging at the Obelisk and 2 cathedrals. A more grand example of urbanism you'll be hard put to find, anywhere in the world. From here, shopping (till you drop) and eating like there's...
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Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Even with Segway tours rolling through and street performers loudly competing for audiences, the 15th-century Piazza Navona somehow retains a shred of grace and elegance in modern Rome. Calm Renaissance palazzi face the piazza’s centerpiece,...
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Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
The Capitoline Museums house a collection of ancient sculptures in a pair of buildings designed by Michelangelo in the mid-16th century. The architecture on its own is stunning, but add to that brilliant frescoes and museum halls decked out with...
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Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This 1st-century wonder will take your breath away. Not only is it one of the city's most ancient sites, it's been in continuous use for centuries. Originally built as a private temple, today it is a Catholic church and the resting place of...
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Shoshone Falls Grade, Kimberly, ID 83341, USA
Shoshone Falls is magnificent! Who knew southern Idaho had falls like this?! This photograph was taken when the water was low, but rumor-has-it Shoshone looks like Niagara when the snow melts in Spring!
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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Color, shape, and naked geology: Northern Arizona appeals to the senses in the most elemental ways. Agnostic hikers, secular scientists, souls searching for spiritual energy — all end up in Sedona, seeking and finding. Mid-week in this red-rock...
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525 Boynton Canyon Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Sitting at the entrance to a secluded red-rock canyon eight miles outside of Sedona, Enchantment Resort may be the Southwest's most visually stunning accommodation. And while the indigenous people who originally inhabited the canyon had more...
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Flagstaff, AZ, AZ, USA
As Phoenix heats up, many locals are desperate to escape the desert's barren landscape and head north to Sedona. Only a two-hour drive from the city, on average, Sedona sees about 60% local valley traffic over the weekends. Route 89A, leading up...
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1185 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Escaping the lower elevation heat of a southern Arizona summer, my wife and I headed up to the mile-high red-rock country around Sedona. This was the view from our hotel: red rocks all around... Sky Ranch Lodge is perched on the summit of...
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4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
The red rocks around Sedona are a trekker's dream, and if you know where to go, you can jump in a creek as well. Just to the southwest of Sedona, check out Red Rocks State Park. Take a short hike then cool off with a swim below Cathedral Rock. (By...
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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Sugarloaf summit is a fantastic hike with great views of the town below. It is not too steep and easy to access from the Little Elf Trailhead. It is common to see local families hiking.
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Prescott, AZ, AZ, USA
The red rock formations in the valley are amazingly beautiful!
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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
We went before breakfast to the top of the Mesa to find the vortex. The energy of the space was awesome.
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54 Bowstring Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
2012 Sedona trip.
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Viale Regina Elena, 90151 Palermo PA, Italy
Entering the bustling city of Palermo, you would never imagine that just a short local bus trip away is the beautiful Mondello Beach. Known as the spot for the 'in' crowd or potentially the 'out' crowd - if you include Burlesconi who apparently...
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43 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
Cafe La Palette is one of the iconic cafes in the Latin Quarter in Paris, located in the gallery and art district of Saint Germain. The cafe is known for its large terrace overlooking rue Jacques-Callot and is popular among Fine Arts students and...
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Père-Lachaise, 75020 Paris, France
We don't know if Chopin, Molière, Colette, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and other famous denizens of Père Lachaise were disturbed by the keening sounds of Bruce Ackley's soprano saxophone on this cold January afternoon. But a security...
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75001 Paris, France
Stand on the the quais beneath the Pont Neuf bridge—the city's oldest crossing of the Seine—and look up. Staring down at you are mascarons, stone faces that resemble gargoyles, but without bodies. No two of these grotesque visages are the same....
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8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Sainte Chapelle is a true Gothic masterpiece located on Île de la Cité. Sainte Chapelle was founded by King Louis IX as a chapel for the royal palace. Sainte Chapelle houses a small chapel downstairs that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The...
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6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
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One part tourist trap, one part beloved café, Les Deux Magots is a legendary spot that everyone should visit at least once when in Paris. Most famous as the place where the likes of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway...
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
Even though Paris is one of the most visited cities in Europe, it is still possible to feel like you have the place to yourself...that is if you don't mind setting an alarm. Want beautiful tourist free photos of Paris sites like Sacre Coeur - then...
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66 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
Before wandering around Paris for two days, I asked my French friend Nadine, "where do I eat?" She directed me to Cafe Louis Phillipe for a lovely French lunch. The beautiful blue cheese, walnut, and endive salad arrived first, followed by a roast...
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41-741 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA
The only reason why we found this place was because we were headed to see the Halona Blowhole and we just stopped just to see the water. Love at first sight! The sand was soft, the water was a beautiful aqua color, and the waves were gentle. Not...
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2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
In an island area of West Maui that draws many transplants and seasonal employees, Dale Simonson’s longevity at 40 years behind a bar is amazing. But top that with his expertise at making tropical drinks and his friendly attitude and the Tiki Bar...
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56-505 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA
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Take a road trip up to the North Shore of Oahu and go hungry! A stop at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is a must if you are a garlic and butter lover...and really - who isn't? Make sure you have plenty of napkins!
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72 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
One of Big Islands nicest beaches, sans prominent road signage. Look for Kekaha Kai state park on your roadmap and find this gem of a beach, white sand, great waves. Only minutes from Kona airport, I was able to soak in some December sun before...
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3838 Wyllie Rd, Princeville, HI 96722, USA
If you want big waves or big cliffs, head to the Napali Coast. If you want white sand and gentle ripples, a more relaxed beach, lay your towel down at Anini Beach on the North Shore. Sometimes the wind picks up a bit, but put on a mask and snorkel...
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La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
The city’s old fishing quarter, Barceloneta, is a warren of narrow residential streets dotted with classic family-owned seafood restaurants. The neighborhood is charming, if a bit scruffy, but its biggest asset is its proximity to Barcelona...
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Sommarøy, Norway
Situated upon the northern tip of Norway, Tromsø is an arctic gem well worth hopping on that 2 hour flight from Oslo. The city itself is reflective of its inhabitants; friendly, slow-paced and possessing a beauty so natural and fresh you have to...
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551 Eberhardt Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712, USA
I gave myself the challenge of photographing the Northern Lights. First, I had to go where I could see them. Taste of Alaska Lodge is set up nearly ideally for this. Rooms in the lodge have patio doors for exiting mid-night to check the sky, with...
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Costa S. Giorgio, 2, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The Bardini Garden is one of Florence's best kept secrets. It was built in the 12th century as part of a large estate owned by the Mozzi family. During the 20th century it was closed for many years and only reopened in 2005 after significant...
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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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Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Walking through the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence one night, I caught many glimpses of normal life for Florentines, from solitary people walking the dog to groups of young people crowded in restaurants, sharing laughs and evening drinks. No...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Located in the famous Navigli neighborhood in Milan, Mag is a cozy space to relax with a good cafe and brioche by day, and by night a bustling local hangout. Never short on atmosphere or great jazz soundtracks, this bar is bursting with details...
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Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Once home to the Medici princes, Palazzo Pitti is now our portal to Renaissance Florence. It is divided into six sections and, after three visits, I still cannot choose a favorite. The left wing is comprised of the Royal Apartments—a section that...
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50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
This must-see spot in Normandy is a little city on an island just off the coast that gets cut-off by the tide on a daily basis. At the peak of the town (is nice walk up!) is the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel where you can see a view for miles, once...
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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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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Walk into Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and look up to the heavens to see why so many conquerors and their respective religions claimed this basilica turned mosque turned museum as their own. Visitors will swoon over the Byzantine gilded mosaics,...
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III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
In Prague, the grand St. Vitus Cathedral is a wonder to see. Unfortunately it's lack of space outside makes it difficult to grab a good shot of the front of the building, so many have to settle for close-ups of the details. Surprisingly, this...
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Rooseveltplatz 8, 1090 Wien, Austria
Inside of the Votive Church (Votivkirche) in Vienna, Austria. Absolutely stunning gothic church with gorgeous stained glass--a must-see in Vienna.
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Oxford, UK
Oxford is a picturesque town full of history and impressive architecture at every turn. Just an hour's train ride from London, it's a perfect day trip destination. The town is super walkable, with helpful street maps on every other corner. Make a...
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Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
After paying your patriotic fee of 10 Euro to enter the Royal Palace, you will notice the Almudena Cathedral beyond the courtyards gates. While I was too late in the day to be graced with the inner divinities of this structure I did in fact, get...
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Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
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1 Place du Général Eisenhower, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Is Strasbourg really in France? A decade ago I lived here for a semester abroad, and although it's only 2 hours east of Paris, Strasbourg seems so different, so special. It must be the proximity of Germany that separates, or rather mixes with the...
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Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
The landmark cathedral in Cordoba, Spain is the Mosque of Córdoba. You might be amazed by the bell tower, the stone path, and the orange trees. However, the moment you stepped into the prayer hall, it will take your breath away.
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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228 Old Santa Fe Trail #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Turquoise Trail is a National Scenic Byway in New Mexico linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. If you plan to drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, avoid the interstate and take this well beaten path instead. You will be rewarded with majestic...
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105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The entire north side of Santa Fe's downtown plaza is taken up by the 1610 Palace of the Governors, the oldest continually occupied public building in the United States. Its front adobe facade is completely shaded, and in this "portal," the Native...
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301 Opera Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
This brilliant, partially covered amphitheater offers views not only of the stage but of the stunning Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges in the distance. The world-renowned opera company presents five works in repertory each...
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Socorro, NM 87825, USA
Featured in the 1997 Jodie Foster film, Contact (based on the Carl Sagan book), the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is an impressive, stunning radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin. The massive dishes are arranged...
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121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The Chez Panisse of Santa Fe has been helmed by the same Berkeley-bred chef-owner since the 1970s. While the restaurant isn’t for New Mexican food purists, the local dishes are solid and range from classic renditions to enchiladas gussied up with...
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1607 Paseo De Peralta #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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A new Santa Fe tradition has emerged, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, held at the Farmers Market Pavilion. In 2014, the Second Street Brewery burger titled Original Alien Burger reigned topped with a blue corn chile relleno with pepper...
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217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Located in downtown Santa Fe, this perfectly sized museum is dedicated to the artistic life of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and houses the single largest collection of the artist's work in the world. Rotating exhibits...
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1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Don't miss strolling around the impressive Santa Fe Farmers' Market with its glorious abundance of beautiful and colorful produce, artisanal soaps, flowers, cheese, grass-fed meats and of course, peppers for miles—both electric-green and...
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Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0, Canada
The Queen of all of Nova Scotia’s driving routes – the Cabot Trail – is typically littered with superlatives such as best, greatest, and most scenic. It certainly deserves praise as it provides a whole different feel of Nova Scotia than the other...
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Peggys Cove, NS, Canada
If lighthouses or great drives are your thing - then don't miss this famous Nova Scotia driving route along the south shore. It will wind you along the seacoast through fishing villages and harsh landscapes. And yes - you'll see a few lighthouses...
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26 Dufferin St, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, Canada
Last summer, I decided to spend time exploring my home province of Nova Scotia. My curiosity took me to the Southern Shore area of the province, all the way down to Port Mouton. One of the towns I’d wanted to visit for a long time was Lunenburg,...
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2011 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 2G8, Canada
Should you be despondent over the idea that letter writing is a dead art, the designs at Inkwell will revive your love of pen and paper. Featuring stationery and letterpress artwork that is modern, retro, minimalist, and ornate, the shop stocks...
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70 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C2, Canada
The coffee world keeps getting smaller. First, there was cheap, mass-produced beans like Folger's, then Starbucks introduced latte to the world's vocabulary, and now micro-roasteries are the next wave. Anchored Coffee is Nova Scotia's small-batch...
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Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, Canada
Though there is an abundance of Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Lunenburg, you may be seeking something a little more remote, spacious and modern. The Shobac property located in Upper Kingsburg, a 15min drive from the heart of Lunenburg is a...
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1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3H 2P6, Canada
Experience Halifax and all that downtown has to offer or enjoy a stroll by the boardwalk of Halifax Harbor. Stunning harbor and park views.
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1579 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3, Canada
Halifax is in love with "eat local," and well they should be. With bounty from sea and land, it's a food lover's destination. The Stubborn Goat pairs big flavors with local and other craft beers in a friendly, relaxed environment. Should you tire...
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2534 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C5, Canada
When your travel companion needs coffee but you're ready for a beer, the Lion & Bright is your answer. It's part café, part wine bar and open early to late; there's a small variety of things to eat, but you won't get any attitude if you just want...
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1661 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
It's rare that a clothing store elicits rave reviews from both men and women, but the Biscuit General Store has achieved just that. It goes beyond the outfit and has been making friends out of customers long before social media existed. A modern...
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5688 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 1H5, Canada
Stillwell, one of Nova Scotia's most beloved beer bars, goes into pop-up mode for the summer, opening a converted shipping-container bar in a former performance space on the boardwalk. Pouring daily during the summer as long as the weather...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market was established in 1750 - just think about that for a moment - and now houses more than 250 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood, fish, meat, bread, veggies, cheese, coffee, and just about everything else...
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Chef Jenna's gluten-free homemade cupcakes are the stuff of local lore, but the rest of her culinary delights are making a big impression on the East Coast. Vegan shepherd's pie made with lentils isn't something you're going to find in many other...
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1537 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z4, Canada
Chives is probably best described as eclectic Canadian fusion, with flavors from all over Canada popping up on a breezy little menu. The restaurant itself is cool and casual, though it has a hidden trick up its sleeve you'll have to ask to see:...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Located at the south end of the Halifax waterfront the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is the oldest continually run farmer's market in all of North America, having opened in 1750. Here you can find fresh and local foods along with handmade arts...
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1707 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C6, Canada
The Wooden Monkey in Halifax is a restaurant made for all tastes. The menu features all organic and locally grown produce served with free-range meats and local seafood. There are also many options for vegetarians, vegans, and even those who...
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Halifax, NS B3H, Canada
The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the best places in the city to go for a stroll, have a picnic, get an ice cream, feed some ducks, and (literally) stop and smell the roses. The gardens opened in 1867 and occupy 16 acres of land in the middle...
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1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
Located next to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Garrison Brewing Company opened its doors in 2007 and has been tickling Halifax's tastebuds with its fine brews ever since. At the brewery you can learn how the beer is made, try some taste...
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1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
The perfect place to buy souvenirs or to take home a little part of Nova Scotia for yourself. The Historic Properties are located along the north end of the waterfront boardwalk in downtown Halifax. These buildings were originally warehouses that...
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5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
Since 1749, there have been a series of four different forts on top of citadel hill in the middle of downtown Halifax. The highest point in the city, the current fort was built in 1856 is now a popular tourist attraction. Recognized as a National...
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1740 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B6, Canada
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The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill has been voted the best Seafood Restaurant in Halifax for many, many years. While their oyster & wine bar is very popular, their formal dining room offers a surf-and-turf option, where you pick any kind of...
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1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
Sure Halifax has a bunch of Tim Horton's, Starbucks, and some other, local coffee places, but there is one that rises above the rest, and that is Two If By Sea. The original store is located in Dartmouth, but in the past couple years they have...
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5245 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1J8, Canada
The intersection of Grafton Street and Blowers Street in Halifax is affectionately known to locals as Pizza Corner. Three of the four corners of the intersection were once home to pizza shops; however, one has now been converted into a MYO frozen...
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1507 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S2, Canada
Halifax is a small city that is a bit spread out. If you don't have a car or you don't want to deal with parking, seeing the city by bike is a great way to go. I Heart Bike offers day and night bike tours throughout the city as well as bicycle...
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5530 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
Point Pleasant Park sits at the south end of the city, occupying 190 acres of land. A serious hurricane leveled many of the parks old trees several years ago but it hasn't lost its charm. More trees have now been planted and the park is a favorite...
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Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada
Spring Garden road in Halifax is the busiest street in Canada east of St. Catherine Street in Montreal, and is one of the best places in downtown to go shopping. The most popular span of the road stretches from Barrington Street to South Park...
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5361 Inglis St, Halifax, NS B3H 1J4, Canada
Vinnie's Pasta Bar is one of Halifax's hidden gems. It's popular enough to always draw a crowd, but just enough of a secret that there is never an enormous line to get into the place. This is by far my favorite place to get pasta in the city. The...
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1512 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS B3J 2K2, Canada
When you travel often, sometimes a yoga class is necessary. Moksha Yoga offers many opportunities to do just this, with classes throughout the day, seven days a week. This studio is located downtown, and for rentals of mat and towel, as well as...
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1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B2, Canada
Neptune Theatre has been delighting audiences in Halifax since 1963. With two performance spaces, Neptune's season runs from September to May. They have performed everything from Cats, to Westside Story, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Ticket...
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Guysborough, NS, Canada
As the old truck lumbered down the highway we talked about the type of photography I normally like to do and he was able to narrow down some key stops for our morning where I’d be able to get some great shots that fit my style. It really is rare...
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Peggys Cove, NS, Canada
It's so beautiful to reach the calm water of Peggy's Cove after rounding the wave-battered headlands outside. The small cove feels like an oasis of calm after an exciting open paddle. And the oatcakes at the small restaurant are divine.
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The narrow coastal road around Aspotogan Peninsula takes you right beside the coast into active little fishing villages and along empty sand beaches. You can stop and fish for mackerel from one of several wharves, or clamber on the granite rocks...
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895 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G1, Canada
The name "underground city" does not refer to some post-apocalyptic shelter. Mind you, it could very well act as such, but not just yet. Indeed, the Montreal underground city is more of an ingenuous network of tunnels, each connecting to office...
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10235 Peggys Cove Rd, Glen Margaret, NS B3Z 3J2, Canada
Drive the South Shore of Nova Scotia from Halifax to Yarmouth. One would think this route was full of lighthouses—it has its fair share—however there's much more than just lighthouses to satisfy your eyes. We left Halifax and headed for Peggy’s...
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NS-331, LaHave, NS B0R 1G0, Canada
From Halifax follow the Lighthouse Route to the LaHave Ferry. After ferrying across the LaHave river you be deposited right next to the LaHave Bakery. Pull right in and enjoy this slice of small town life. The general store feel will immediately...
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4 Dufferin St, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, Canada
They hesitated slightly and then a smile came across their face, and I knew they had an answer for me. The woman and her friend excitedly told me about the Knot Pub and the great salads and seafood to be had. I had asked locals in Lunenburg, a...
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1729 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 2A4, Canada
One of Halifax's quirkier stores is the Freak Lunchbox. Inside you can find pretty much any candy imaginable. From old school Big League baseball chewing gum to (disgustingly) flavored Harry Potter jelly beans that taste like ear wax. They also...
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1157 W Halls Harbour Rd, Centreville, NS B0P 1J0, Canada
It's not easy to get to - but it's worth it when you get super fresh lobster! When we arrived at Hall’s Harbor in Nova Scotia not only were we in for a beautiful view eating outside with harbor views of the Bay of Fundy, but we were also ready to...
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323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0, Canada
Fishing boats resting on the ocean bottom is not an uncommon sight around the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy tides are a unique and destination worthy phenomenon – it’s claim to fame is having the highest tidal range in the world....
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195 Main St, Wolfville, NS B4P 1C3, Canada
I love it when people understand the importance of good service. From the moment I walked in the Blomidon Inn - I could tell it was a special place. A family run business (brothers are the manager and the head chef), the Inn was a source of great...
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23475 Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0, Canada
Make sure you stop at this picturesque hotel and restaurant along the Cabot Trail. We were blown away by the row of colorful chairs up on the cliff - the perfect spot for a break to soak in the beauty of Cape Breton. The property is a hotel and...
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90 Church St, Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0, Canada
Head to the docks when the fishing boats come in with the rest of the locals and pick our your dinner for the night. We picked up lobster and the chef at DesBarres Manor Inn cooked them up for us! The loveable town of Guysborough where they brew...
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Norbert Kungl has been on the front line of the local, organic food movement on the East Coast since the late 1980s, with Selwood Green, the family farm, producing some of the province's most impressive veggies. Norbert’s Kitchen in Selwood Green,...
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Confederation Bridge, Canada
For some strange reason, I have always wanted to drive over the Confederation Bridge, the fixed link that connects Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and I finally got that chance this past summer. My main purpose of that road trip was to visit...
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3560 Big Harbour Rd, New Harris, NS B1X 1T1, Canada
The Trans Canada Highway can be boring ; straight stretches with trees, road and other vehicles to look at. There's a part of this highway that is different from the rest and has scenic views, a mighty mountain with look-offs and a spectacular...
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11865 Highway #1, Grand Pré, NS B4P 2R3, Canada
How far will you go for a fresh cup of coffee? The Just Us! coffeehouse and roastery in Grand Pré is about an hour from Halifax in the Annapolis Valley. Not only is the coffee organic and fair trade, but the milk is local, the syrups and flavors...
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2053 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3B2, Canada
One of Halifax's most progressive restaurants, Edna has an urban aesthetic, an artisanal cocktail list that would be very much at home in New York or San Francisco, and a minimalist menu that's representative of Nova Scotia. You might try the...
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18 Villagedale Loop, Barrington, NS B0W 1E0, Canada
The heart of Nova Scotia is tucked among the purple lupine, the swaying beach grass and the sweet salt air. It’s in the fog that cools skin and curls hair. It resides in the ebb and flow of the tide, its silent predictability a reassuring...
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381 01 Český Krumlov, Czechia
A photo taken from the bridge crossing the river to enter the town. Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I visited in October 2012. This town was beautiful in its entirety, clean and the people extremely friendly and helpful. While I had...
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36743 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, NS B0C 1K0, Canada
For years, the one thing that was missing from the town of Ingonish was a coffee shop. You had to drive for over an hour for a decent cup of coffee until someone decided to open The Bean Barn Café in the center of the town. I spend a lot of time...
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3885 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2P2, Canada
Dating back to the 1860s, when it was known as the York Mills Hotel, nowadays the Miller is more country club than village pub, especially after a recent $10 million renovation, but you’ll still get a warm welcome. Snuggle in at one of the cozy...
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
On Lummi Island, about three hours from Seattle, you can bike miles of farm roads, search for an ancient Native American petroglyph on Sunset Beach, and take a “wild foraging-and-feasting” sea kayaking trip with Elakah Expeditions to prowl the...