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Plot No.77, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
When you gotta go, you just gotta go! There is an amazing labyrinth of flamboyant architecture in the stunningly white City Palace just blocks away from this “throne.” Granted, we only paid the $6 equivalent in rupees for what really was a...
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High Trestle Trail, Iowa, USA
A great bike trails stretches 25 miles north of Des Moines, but the HIGHlight is the High Trestle Bridge that spans the river between Madrid and Woodward on a former railroad trestle. The sculpture's design honors the historic coal mines in the...
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Beyazıt Mh., Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
We found shops throughout Istanbul selling these colorful candle holders, but this shop in the Grand Bazaar had the best display.
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
The markets in Delhi are a crowded assault on the senses: the smell of curry and ginger, the taste of pillowy naan, the sight of sari stalls draped in unbelievable color. But nothing rattles you out of your routine quite like this guy: “Teeth?...
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104 E Munising Ave, Munising, MI 49862, USA
The locals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or U.P., are called Yoopers, and you’ll have to talk to a bunch of them if you want to find blueberries in July. The best patches are closely guarded secrets. But if you keep asking around at the Falling...
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500 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA
Most people who visit the Polk County Courthouse are too busy fighting traffic tickets (or worse) to notice the 28 stone faces that stare down from the second-story windows. But they're worth a look. The stone carver who chiseled them out of...
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Sitka Harbor, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
He will raise you up...and up...and up... There are so many eagles in Alaska, but this great creature watched me as I watched him and then, WOW! When he took flight he looked back as if to say, “Now pay attention. Notice my feathers. Check out my...
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200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Take a deep breath and be prepared, for you are about to journey to the center of the earth—without ever having to leave Boston. Located on Massachusetts Ave in Boston's historic Back Bay, this beautiful globe is one of a kind. Chester Lindsay...
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Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Well, I know he was here just a moment ago! Just five minutes from the quaint and colorful town of Dingle is this secluded beach on Dingle Harbor. Craggy cliffs drop precipitously to the shore below so, as the sign suggests, watch your step. Take...
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Alpena, MI 49707, USA
Not to worry. After this little creature was banded for the annual bird count, it rested peacefully in my hand. Then, with just a slight tip of the wrist, off it flew to resume its own agenda for the day. Friends of ours have a cabin on the lake...
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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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No matter the attempts, exercising, hiking, biking--- a back-end like this just doesn’t happen. And to think, this fine example, has remained tight and toned since about the 2nd century BC. Just a short ferry ride from beautiful, colorful island...
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Villas Tulum, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Walking along the beach we found large piles of hermit crabs. You can pick up handfuls and let them crawl all of you.
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Sultan Qaboos St, ولاية بوشر، Oman
While working in Muscat we found time to visit the Grand Mosque. The scale of the mosque is so large that it is difficult to photograph. It is one of the largest chandeliers in the world. The craftsmanship that went into this structure is...
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Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
...but DON’T shake it all about. Hold very, very still while a henna street artist works her magic. It's fun, beautiful—and the designs last for days. We stopped at a dhaba (roadside stand) for a local lunch of dosas and ice cream. The dhaba was...
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1356 Ross Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373, USA
I don’t know who is in charge of birds when they take flight, but someone or some-bird was obviously coordinating flight commands when these roseate spoonbills went into motion. This flight of fancy was spotted at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding...
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Lamoni Bike Trail, Iowa 50140, USA
Actually, I was hoping I would NOT find any creature at home when I was walking a beautiful 6 mile rail-trail in Lamoni, IA. The vistas across country fields and open water are fine, but sometimes it’s noticing the tiny little miracles along the...
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
About to ascend the steps of the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, I am forced to shelter when a sudden storm breaks over Old Delhi. An elderly Indian and I look out at the mosque from the safety of a nearby shop.
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Bhishma Pitamah Marg, Block B, Defence Colony, Block B, Defence Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
It’s always fun to take the bike-rickshaws in New Delhi. But it’s even more fun to pedal them yourself. When I lived in Defence Colony, one of the friendlier neighborhoods on the city’s south side (named for the military personnel who retired...
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Sujan Sing Park North, Sujan Singh Park, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Khan Market is consistently ranked one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in the world. But don't let this deter you from visiting the collection of shops and restaurants. There are several moderately priced stores, like Fab...
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Wandering the many alleyways of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Such a beautiful place!
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Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
The City Palace in Udaipur is stunning --- inside and out. The palace was built over several centuries by multiple rulers. Looking at the enormous white, domed and towered exterior is overwhelming in itself, but it is not until you wander the...
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1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus is a trip in itself...and you don’t even need a passport! This photo could have been taken in France or Italy or Greece, but it is right in the center of the United States. There are rose gardens,...
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Playa Tamarindo, 152, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
One of the best places to surf. Long left breaks with constant swells make for a great week trip of sun, waves, food, and friends.
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you are staying anywhere near Tulum, Mexico, plan a visit to Sian Ka’an Reserve, a 1.5 million acre protected UNESCO World Heritage site. The company that runs the Reserve offers several different tours. We signed up for the canal tour. After...
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1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125, USA
Each year in August there is a spectacle of high-flying color in motion in the sky over central Iowa. Hundreds of hot air balloonists take flight over the fields of corn and soybeans. For several days, masses of people bring their lawn chairs and...
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Just near the Maritime Museum, along a narrow shopping street one will find this shop of intricate, glowing whiteness. Just as so many of the buildings in the Creek Islands are stunning in their whiteness against a blue sky, this shop was...
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Thera 847 00, Greece
Santorini should be experience by "Donkey". The sense of the Donkey wanting to either walking off the cliff or run over walking humans is so funny. Yet, so freaking scary. During the ride my donkey was moving quite fast up the stairs, the reason...
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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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Thera 847 00, Greece
Being in Santorini was like a dream come true. The breathtaking views were like none other I had ever seen. The white buildings against the beautiful blue sea. I spotted these two dogs and thought to myself, "Wow! What a life. What I wouldn't give...
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522-525, 3rd floor, Khari Baoli, Lahori Gate, Delhi-6, Katra Asharfi, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
In the bead shop in Old Delhi market it was hard to choose just the right color for a souvenir. Half the fun was talking with the vendor while he measured and weighed my purchase. I'm sure the women of Delhi have put their purchases to better use...
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Behind Red Fort, Gandhi Smriti, Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
While wandering the nooks and crannies and winding side streets of Old Delhi's Chandra Chowk market I discovered this enticing and colorful bead shop. Of course, I couldn't resist and chose some of the brilliant blue ones. Even in a backpack there...
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Barrio Santa Ana, San Pedro Sula 21102, Honduras
The night on the central square of San Pedro Sula, Honduras begins to to glow when the sun goes down, illuminated by the lights of the Cathedral. In the daytime the square bustles with life, street vendors, tourists, locals, old men visiting on...
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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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Diablo Lake, Washington 98283, USA
In the summer, take at least a couple of days to drive the North Cascades Loop — four hundred miles of alpine splendor just to the northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. At Diablo Lake, pull off the highway and check out the...
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518 N Federal Ave, Mason City, IA 50401, USA
Hot, heavy air redolent of soil and work, the summer in the midwest of steadiness- steady work, steady breezes, a pace slow and consistent. And at the end of the day, when the work is done, there's ice cream. Birdsall's has been around for more...