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Plot No.77, Gangour 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, Ankeny, IA 50023, 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., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
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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
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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
The town of Dingle is by far the most colorful, lively corner in Dingle. The streets are lined with every type of restaurant, bar and shop. Irish music flows through the streets nightly and the people are very welcoming. It is easy to navigate the...
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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
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...
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Delos 846 00, Greece
Worth a visit. We took the ferry from Mykonos for a 1/2 day. The island of Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the...
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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
Proportions can be deceiving in a mosque that is littered with superlatives – largest, biggest, most, prettiest are common words you hear when researching the mosque that was completed in 2001. The mosque’s total capacity is 20,000...
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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
Who knew a coot foot could be so fascinating? I am a novice birder and can see why so many people become hooked on the hobby. There’s such a variety in color, size and sound. Explain to me how a tiny little wren and a ponderous pelican can both be...
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Lamoni Bike Trail, Lamoni, IA 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
With over 200 million Muslims in India, the country has no shortage of mosques. Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal....
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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
Ever been to IKEA? Ever notice how everything there is sleek and simple? India is the opposite. Sometimes it seems like every inch of the country is painted or carved or inlaid with flowers and vines. Centuries’ worth of decorations have spread...
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In just a few hours Dubrovnik, Croatia, became one of my favorite places on the planet. The Old City invites exploration. As you enter the gates, the shiny polished marble pedestrian street invites you to wander through an ancient pharmacy,...
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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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10 Enoplon Dynameon Street, Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων 10, Μύκονος, Mykonos-Town 846 00, Greece
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
Of course, we ordered a Greek Salad. Delicious feta! What a perfect day, a perfect place, a perfect meal and perfect company. Perched high in a cliffside restaurant with our Oceania cruise ship as a backdrop, we thoroughly enjoyed the food and the...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Above the red tile rooftops and massive stone buildings of the Old City, there is a bright spot. Citrus and green makes for a refreshing sight to a traveller's eyes. Kind of makes you want an ice cold lemonade, doesn't it?
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Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK
London is an incredibly crowded city and when it comes to tourist attractions, it may seem difficult to snag a good view of Big Ben and Parliament. Rise above the crowds and grab a slow and quiet ride on the London Eye, London's famous Ferris...
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Fira 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, Old Delhi, 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
We hopped in a pick-up truck with a bench in the back (aka a Caribbean taxi) & headed toward Honeymoon Beach, St. John. I never would have discovered this hidden beach if it weren’t for the wonders of social media, but thank goodness I...
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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...