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My background includes growing up in Egypt and Brasil, living in Cape Cod, Massachsuetts and London, and traveling extensively through Europe. Not only do I travel for leisure, but also have experience organizing trips for individuals based on their interests and what they wish to discover, which I apply my personal wisdom as well as local recommendations of the area. Currently based in Paris, France, my travels have recently taken me to Aruba, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Scotland, England, and the coast of France.

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I'm a passionate and experienced traveler and travel writer with a penchant for sightseeing, museumgoing, and eating local specialties - on any budget. My favorite destination is my adopted home of Paris, France, but I've been to many places around the world, and have learned lessons and fallen in love with each of them in different ways. I love helping others do the same.

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Gain an understanding of British and French architecture and history and hear stories about them from people with firsthand knowledge. Learn about the local cultures and enjoy nature.

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Architecture

Architecture

Stand in awe of architectural feats of the ages.

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Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera is the quintessential Haussmannian avenue.

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College chapel shows how the Gothic revival was apparent even in smaller buildings.

Basilique Saint Michel

Basilique Saint Michel

The Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux, is a Flamboyant Gothic church in Bordeaux, France, built between the end of 14th century and the 16th century.

Bath, Somerset

Bath, Somerset

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace is as Baroque as English architecture gets.

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew and located in Bordeaux, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

Brighton

Brighton

Interesting and often whimsical 19th century architecture in the seaside town.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

Castel Beranger

Castel Beranger

The Castel Beranger is a residential building with twenty-six apartments located at 14 rue de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou (commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou; also known as the Pompidou Centre in English) is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of Paris.

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, is a Gothic Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, is a theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La Fille Mal Gard?e premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

Grosse Cloche

Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche is one of the oldest belfries in France, in the heart of the city.

La Defense

La Defense

La Defense is a business district just outside Parisknown for its modern architecture and sculptures, very much in contrast to the overall look of Paris itself.

Le Grand Palais

Le Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

Le Sacre Coeur

Le Sacre Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica and often simply Sacre-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation

The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, in French "Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la cr?ation"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries.

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower doesn?t have any buttresses, but it shows lots of the other features of English Gothic with its large, pointed windows with beautiful tracery (particularly remarkable given how hard it is to see the detail of the windows from either the top of the tower or the grounds), detailed carvings and spires.

Miroir d'eau

Miroir d'eau

The Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror) or Miroir des Quais (Quay Mirror) in Bordeaux is the world's largest reflecting pool, covering 3,450 square metres (37,100 sq ft).

Museum of Aquitaine

Museum of Aquitaine

The Museum of Aquitaine is a collection of objects and documents from the history of Bordeaux and Aquitane.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

Palais de Versailles

Palais de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal chateau in Versailles in the Ile-de-France region of France.

Place Vendome

Place Vendome

Place Vendome's regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendome the aspect of an octagon.

Provins

Provins

Provins is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour Caesar (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College is a particularly early example of Neoclassical architecture in Britain, designed partly by Sir Christopher Wren (the architect who designed St Paul?s Cathedral) and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera demonstrates Palladian principles, with pillars and a dome in a straightforward, symmetrical repeating pattern.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron are two restored medieval residential buildings.

Said Business School, Oxford

Said Business School, Oxford

The Said Business School consciously references the donor's heritage with a ziggurat.

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford is a particularly noteworthy Saxon tower, dated to 1040.

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St Catherine's College is a rare example of Functionalist architecture in Britain, as the style thrived primarily in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Scandinavia.

St. Pancras Railway Station

St. Pancras Railway Station

A central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building[10] located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

An Anglican cathedral, it sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade 1 listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge's ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed from 1887-89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (informally known as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London.?

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre is the museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an early example of neo-classicism, with a fa??ade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's Tempietto.

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cite, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century.

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny is perhaps the most outstanding example still extant of civic architecture in medieval Paris.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886-1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.?

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye

The Villa Savoye, located in the town of Poissy: a modernist villa in Poissy, on the outskirts of Paris, France.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Culture

Culture

Take a transformative journey and feed your ever-growing wanderlust beneath monuments built by the ancients, having withstood the test of time. Marvel and be moved by views from atop the world's highest buildings. Transport yourself through time by visiting fascinating and impressive historical sites or the wonders of a museum. Immerse yourself in local music and attend a spectacular traditional concert. Culture is the unique essence of a people and what inspires us to carry on traveling.

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Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera is the quintessential Haussmannian avenue.

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College chapel shows how the Gothic revival was apparent even in smaller buildings.

Basilique Saint Michel

Basilique Saint Michel

The Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux, is a Flamboyant Gothic church in Bordeaux, France, built between the end of 14th century and the 16th century.

Bath, Somerset

Bath, Somerset

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace is as Baroque as English architecture gets.

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew and located in Bordeaux, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

Brighton

Brighton

Interesting and often whimsical 19th century architecture in the seaside town.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

Castel Beranger

Castel Beranger

The Castel Beranger is a residential building with twenty-six apartments located at 14 rue de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou (commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou; also known as the Pompidou Centre in English) is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of Paris.

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, is a Gothic Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, is a theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La Fille Mal Gard?e premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

Grosse Cloche

Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche is one of the oldest belfries in France, in the heart of the city.

La Defense

La Defense

La Defense is a business district just outside Parisknown for its modern architecture and sculptures, very much in contrast to the overall look of Paris itself.

Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique

Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique

Music in the heart of the botanical garden, the club-restaurant "Le Caillou" offers visitors, aficionados, enthusiasts and music lovers, evasive moments near the downtown, on right bank.

Le Grand Palais

Le Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

Le Sacre Coeur

Le Sacre Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica and often simply Sacre-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation

The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, in French "Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la cr?ation"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries.

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower doesn?t have any buttresses, but it shows lots of the other features of English Gothic with its large, pointed windows with beautiful tracery (particularly remarkable given how hard it is to see the detail of the windows from either the top of the tower or the grounds), detailed carvings and spires.

Miroir d'eau

Miroir d'eau

The Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror) or Miroir des Quais (Quay Mirror) in Bordeaux is the world's largest reflecting pool, covering 3,450 square metres (37,100 sq ft).

Museum of Aquitaine

Museum of Aquitaine

The Museum of Aquitaine is a collection of objects and documents from the history of Bordeaux and Aquitane.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

Palais de Versailles

Palais de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal chateau in Versailles in the Ile-de-France region of France.

Place des Quinconces

Place des Quinconces

The Place des Quinconces, located in Bordeaux, France, is one of the largest city squares in Europe.

Place Vendome

Place Vendome

Place Vendome's regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendome the aspect of an octagon.

Provins

Provins

Provins is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour Caesar (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College is a particularly early example of Neoclassical architecture in Britain, designed partly by Sir Christopher Wren (the architect who designed St Paul?s Cathedral) and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera demonstrates Palladian principles, with pillars and a dome in a straightforward, symmetrical repeating pattern.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron are two restored medieval residential buildings.

Said Business School, Oxford

Said Business School, Oxford

The Said Business School consciously references the donor's heritage with a ziggurat.

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford is a particularly noteworthy Saxon tower, dated to 1040.

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St Catherine's College is a rare example of Functionalist architecture in Britain, as the style thrived primarily in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Scandinavia.

St. Pancras Railway Station

St. Pancras Railway Station

A central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building[10] located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

An Anglican cathedral, it sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade 1 listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge's ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed from 1887-89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (informally known as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London.?

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre is the museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an early example of neo-classicism, with a fa??ade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's Tempietto.

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cite, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century.

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny is perhaps the most outstanding example still extant of civic architecture in medieval Paris.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886-1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.?

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye

The Villa Savoye, located in the town of Poissy: a modernist villa in Poissy, on the outskirts of Paris, France.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Food

Food

Food is what brings people together and is the way to the heart. What better way to get involved in a foreign culture than by sampling local cuisine? Anything from bush meat, an exotic catch-of-the-day, Michelin star restaurants, street food, seafood, whatever strikes your fancy. Indulge in the delicious treats of a far-off land. Develop new tastes, or hone cooking skills. Exotic, comfort, unique, famous, gourmet, no holiday is complete without a culinary adventure.

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Le Bistrot des Quinconces

Le Bistrot des Quinconces

In the heart of Bordeaux, you will enjoy a tasty French cuisine in a traditional bistro with an authentic and warm decoration!

Hiking

Hiking

Challenge yourself and hike through uninhabited territory.

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History

History

Visit historical sites and gain knowledge that can only be acquired by seeing them in person.

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Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College chapel shows how the Gothic revival was apparent even in smaller buildings.

Bath, Somerset

Bath, Somerset

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace is as Baroque as English architecture gets.

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew and located in Bordeaux, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

Castel Beranger

Castel Beranger

The Castel Beranger is a residential building with twenty-six apartments located at 14 rue de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, is a Gothic Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, is a theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La Fille Mal Gard?e premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

Grosse Cloche

Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche is one of the oldest belfries in France, in the heart of the city.

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

Le Sacre Coeur

Le Sacre Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica and often simply Sacre-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower doesn?t have any buttresses, but it shows lots of the other features of English Gothic with its large, pointed windows with beautiful tracery (particularly remarkable given how hard it is to see the detail of the windows from either the top of the tower or the grounds), detailed carvings and spires.

Museum of Aquitaine

Museum of Aquitaine

The Museum of Aquitaine is a collection of objects and documents from the history of Bordeaux and Aquitane.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

Palais de Versailles

Palais de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal chateau in Versailles in the Ile-de-France region of France.

Place des Quinconces

Place des Quinconces

The Place des Quinconces, located in Bordeaux, France, is one of the largest city squares in Europe.

Place Vendome

Place Vendome

Place Vendome's regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendome the aspect of an octagon.

Provins

Provins

Provins is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour Caesar (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College is a particularly early example of Neoclassical architecture in Britain, designed partly by Sir Christopher Wren (the architect who designed St Paul?s Cathedral) and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron are two restored medieval residential buildings.

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford is a particularly noteworthy Saxon tower, dated to 1040.

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St Catherine's College is a rare example of Functionalist architecture in Britain, as the style thrived primarily in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Scandinavia.

St. Pancras Railway Station

St. Pancras Railway Station

A central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building[10] located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

An Anglican cathedral, it sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade 1 listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge's ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed from 1887-89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (informally known as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London.?

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an early example of neo-classicism, with a fa??ade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's Tempietto.

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cite, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century.

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny is perhaps the most outstanding example still extant of civic architecture in medieval Paris.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886-1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.?

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Get out into the world and truly experience what a place has to offer. Live with the locals, like a local! Learn a new language, walk the streets of cities you've only seen in pictures, sample foods you've only heard of. Dive into a world unlike your own and discover the unique quirks that make up a nation. Check out the local nightlife, interact with aboriginals, learn about customs, partake in activities, get involved!

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Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera is the quintessential Haussmannian avenue.

Brighton

Brighton

Interesting and often whimsical 19th century architecture in the seaside town.

Castel Beranger

Castel Beranger

The Castel Beranger is a residential building with twenty-six apartments located at 14 rue de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou (commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou; also known as the Pompidou Centre in English) is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of Paris.

La Defense

La Defense

La Defense is a business district just outside Parisknown for its modern architecture and sculptures, very much in contrast to the overall look of Paris itself.

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation

The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, in French "Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la cr?ation"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (informally known as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London.?

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye

The Villa Savoye, located in the town of Poissy: a modernist villa in Poissy, on the outskirts of Paris, France.

Destinations

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France.

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Basilique Saint Michel

Basilique Saint Michel

The Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux, is a Flamboyant Gothic church in Bordeaux, France, built between the end of 14th century and the 16th century.

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew and located in Bordeaux, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

Eglise Notre-Dame de Bordeaux

Eglise Notre-Dame de Bordeaux

The church of Notre-Dame (formerly Saint-Dominique ) is a baroque- style church built at the end of the 17th century in the city of Bordeaux , located on Place du Chapelet in rue Mably, set back from the Grand Theater.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, is a theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La Fille Mal Gard?e premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

Grosse Cloche

Grosse Cloche

The Grosse Cloche is one of the oldest belfries in France, in the heart of the city.

Le Bistrot des Quinconces

Le Bistrot des Quinconces

In the heart of Bordeaux, you will enjoy a tasty French cuisine in a traditional bistro with an authentic and warm decoration!

Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique

Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique

Music in the heart of the botanical garden, the club-restaurant "Le Caillou" offers visitors, aficionados, enthusiasts and music lovers, evasive moments near the downtown, on right bank.

Miroir d'eau

Miroir d'eau

The Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror) or Miroir des Quais (Quay Mirror) in Bordeaux is the world's largest reflecting pool, covering 3,450 square metres (37,100 sq ft).

Museum of Aquitaine

Museum of Aquitaine

The Museum of Aquitaine is a collection of objects and documents from the history of Bordeaux and Aquitane.

Place des Quinconces

Place des Quinconces

The Place des Quinconces, located in Bordeaux, France, is one of the largest city squares in Europe.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland?since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae, Skaill

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool, in North West England, is a major city and metropolitan borough. Liverpool and its surrounding areas form the fifth largest metropolitan area in the UK. Liverpool was home to both the Cunard and White Star Line, and was the port of registry of the ocean liner RMS Titanic and others such as the RMS Lusitania, Queen Mary, and Olympic. The city celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2007, and it held the European Capital of Culture title together with Stavanger, Norway, in 2008. Several areas of Liverpool city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004. The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City includes the Pier Head, Albert Dock, and William Brown Street. Tourism forms a significant part of the city's economy. Labelled the "World Capital City of Pop" by Guinness World Records, the popularity of The Beatles and other groups from the Merseybeat era and later contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination. Liverpool is also the home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby. The world-famous Grand National horse race takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of the city. Liverpool's status as a port city has contributed to its diverse population, which, historically, was drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures, and religions, particularly those from Ireland and Wales.

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The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

London

London

The Greater London Built-up Area is a conurbation in south-east England that constitutes the continuous urban area of London and includes surrounding adjacent urban towns. It is the largest urban area in the United Kingdom.??It includes most of Greater London, omitting most of its woodland, as well as small, buffered districts, the Lee Valley Park and the two largest sewage treatment works serving London by the River Thames. Outside the administrative boundary it includes contiguous suburban settlements and a few densely populated outliers connected to it by ribbon development. Its outer boundary is constrained by the Metropolitan Green Belt and it is therefore much smaller than the wider metropolitan area of London.

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Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College Chapel, Oxford

Balliol College chapel shows how the Gothic revival was apparent even in smaller buildings.

Bath, Somerset

Bath, Somerset

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Blenheim Palace is as Baroque as English architecture gets.

Brighton

Brighton

Interesting and often whimsical 19th century architecture in the seaside town.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

Lloyd's Building

Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London.

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower, Oxford

Magdalen College Tower doesn?t have any buttresses, but it shows lots of the other features of English Gothic with its large, pointed windows with beautiful tracery (particularly remarkable given how hard it is to see the detail of the windows from either the top of the tower or the grounds), detailed carvings and spires.

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College, Oxford

Queen's College is a particularly early example of Neoclassical architecture in Britain, designed partly by Sir Christopher Wren (the architect who designed St Paul?s Cathedral) and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera demonstrates Palladian principles, with pillars and a dome in a straightforward, symmetrical repeating pattern.

Said Business School, Oxford

Said Business School, Oxford

The Said Business School consciously references the donor's heritage with a ziggurat.

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford is a particularly noteworthy Saxon tower, dated to 1040.

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

St Catherine's College is a rare example of Functionalist architecture in Britain, as the style thrived primarily in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Scandinavia.

St. Pancras Railway Station

St. Pancras Railway Station

A central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building[10] located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

An Anglican cathedral, it sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade 1 listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge's ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (informally known as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London.?

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886-1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.?

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Paris

Paris

Paris is the capital and the most populous city of France. Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, it was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the oldest universities in history. By the 17th century Paris was one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, and it retains that position still today. Among Paris's important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Mus??e d'Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Mus??e National d'Art Moderne in the Pompidou Centre, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many notable monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral; the Sainte-Chapelle; the Eiffel Tower; the Grand Palais and Petit Palais; and the Basilica of Sacr??-C?ur on Montmartre.

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Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera

Avenue de l'Opera is the quintessential Haussmannian avenue.

Castel Beranger

Castel Beranger

The Castel Beranger is a residential building with twenty-six apartments located at 14 rue de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou (commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou; also known as the Pompidou Centre in English) is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of Paris.

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, is a Gothic Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church.

La Defense

La Defense

La Defense is a business district just outside Parisknown for its modern architecture and sculptures, very much in contrast to the overall look of Paris itself.

Le Grand Palais

Le Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier

Le Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

Le Sacre Coeur

Le Sacre Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica and often simply Sacre-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation

The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, in French "Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la cr?ation"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

Palais de Versailles

Palais de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal chateau in Versailles in the Ile-de-France region of France.

Place Vendome

Place Vendome

Place Vendome's regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendome the aspect of an octagon.

Provins

Provins

Provins is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour Caesar (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron

Rue Francois Miron are two restored medieval residential buildings.

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed from 1887-89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair.

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre is the museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an early example of neo-classicism, with a fa??ade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's Tempietto.

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cite, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century.

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny

Thermes de Cluny is perhaps the most outstanding example still extant of civic architecture in medieval Paris.

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye

The Villa Savoye, located in the town of Poissy: a modernist villa in Poissy, on the outskirts of Paris, France.

Britain

Britain

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain (the name of which is also loosely applied to the whole country), the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. Britannia is a national personification of the UK located in Plymouth. Important art galleries in the United Kingdom include the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern (the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year).

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France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country consisting of territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European, or metropolitan, area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. Overseas France include French Guiana on the South American continent and several island territories in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. It is a semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban centres include Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.

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Ireland

Ireland

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. The island's geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable climate which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the Middle Ages. The Irish climate is very moderate and classified as oceanic. As a result, winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant. Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island also shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

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China Trip

China Trip

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This was our first trip to China as a family. We sought out a balance of popular tourist attractions and local cuisine and culture.


Experiences

Market

Market

Visit a market and find locally grown foods, spices and other wares crafted and sold by the people in the community.

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Museums

Museums

Visit a local museum and see the transition of a country?s culture through the ages.

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Scenery

Scenery

Take in breathtaking vistas of a foreign land.

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Shopping

Shopping

Shopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one.

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Touring

Touring

Take a guided tour and learn little known facts about your destination.

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Destinations

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and the world's third most populous city and one of the world's most populous capital cities. The city, located in northern China, is surrounded by Hebei Province. A city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is an ever-changing megacity rich in history but also truly modern, exemplified in its extraordinary global influence in politics, business & economy, education, history, culture, language, sporting, architecture, fashion, art, entertainment, innovation and technology. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational centre. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a centre of culture and art in China. Siheyuans, the city's traditional housing style, and hutongs, the narrow alleys between siheyuans, are common in urban Beijing and are also major tourist attractions. Beijing's Zhongguancun area is also known as China's Silicon Valley, China's center of innovation and technology entrepreneurship.

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Guilin

Guilin

Guilin a city situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan to the north. Its name means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's most popular tourist destinations.?Guilin cuisine is a mixture of the Cantonese cuisine and the southern minority cuisine. It is known for its snacks and the use of spices, especially chili.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong lies on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia and vorders the Chinese province of Guangdong in the north. Hong Kong is one of the world's most significant financial centres, with the highest Financial Development Index score and consistently ranks as the world's most competitive and most laissez-faire economic entity in the World Competitiveness Yearbook. Its legal tender, the Hong Kong dollar, is the world's 13th most traded currency. Hong Kong enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbour, which enables ready access by international cargo ships, and its skyline, with a very high density of skyscrapers; the territory boasts the second largest number of high rises of any city in the world. It has the world's longest life expectancy.

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Shanghai

Shanghai

Shanghai, often abbreviated as Hu or Shen, is the most populous city proper in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People's Republic of China, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.

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Xian

Xian

Xi'an is a sub-provincial city located in the center of the Guanzhong Plain in Northwest China. One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Since the 1990s, as part of the economic revival of inland China especially for the central and northwest regions, the city of Xi'an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational centre of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development, national security and China's space exploration program. The Xi'an-Xianyang metropolitan area has a population of 13,569,700. It is one of the three most populous cities in Western China.

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Israel Trip

Israel Trip

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We wanted to see Isreal for its history and historical sites but also to get a first-hand impression of how Israelis live.


Experiences

History

History

Visit historical sites and gain knowledge that can only be acquired by seeing them in person.

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Market

Market

Visit a market and find locally grown foods, spices and other wares crafted and sold by the people in the community.

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Museums

Museums

Visit a local museum and see the transition of a country?s culture through the ages.

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Religion

Religion

You don't have to be religious to enjoy the beauty and serenity found in a temple, mosque, cathedral, basilica, or synagogue.

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Touring

Touring

Take a guided tour and learn little known facts about your destination.

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Destinations

Acre

Acre

Acre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of the Northern District, Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. The city occupies an important location, as it sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, traditionally linking the waterways and commercial activity with the Levant. The important land routes meeting here are the north-south one following the coast and the road cutting inland through the Plain of Esdraelon; Acre also benefits from one of the very rare natural harbours on the coast of the Land of Israel. This location helped it become one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze Age some 4000 years ago. Acre is the holiest city of the Bah?'? Faith, and as such receives many Baha'i pilgrims.

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Beersheba

Beersheba

Beersheba is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the "Capital of the Negev" with a population of 203,604. A large portion of the population is made up of the descendants of Sephardi Jews and Mizrahi Jews who immigrated from Arab countries after 1948, as well as smaller communities of Bene Israel and Cochin Jews from India.

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Haifa

Haifa

Haifa is the third-largest city in the State of Israel, with a population of 278,903. Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the settlement has a history spanning more than 3,000 years. The city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. It lies north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. It is home to Matam, one of the oldest and largest high-tech parks in the country. Haifa Bay is a center of heavy industry, petroleum refining and chemical processing. Haifa formerly functioned as the western terminus of an oil pipeline from Iraq via Jordan.

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. Istanbul's strategic position on the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have produced a cosmopolitan populace. The city's biggest attraction is its historic center, and its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district. Istanbul has one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world.

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem was called "Urusalima" in the ancient cuneiform, meaning "City of Peace", during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BCE). Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital. The Old City is home to many sites of seminal religious importance, among them the Temple Mount and its Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Garden Tomb and al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem has a population of 801,000, of which Jews comprised 497,000 (62%), Muslims 281,000 (35%), Christians 14,000 (around 2%) and 9,000 (1%) were not classified by religion.

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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-Yafo is a major city in Israel, located on the country's Mediterranean coastline. It is known to be the financial center and the technology hub of Israel, with a population of 432,892, making it Israel's second largest city. Tel Aviv is the largest city in the Gush Dan region of Israel. Tel Aviv is also a focal point in the high-tech concentration known as the "Silicon Wadi". Tel Aviv is a global city, and is the thirty eighth most important financial center in the world. Tel Aviv is known to have the third-largest economy of any city in the Middle East after Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City. Known as "The City that Never Sleeps" and a "party capital", it has a lively nightlife, dynamic atmosphere and a famous 24-hour culture.

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Costa Rica Trip

Costa Rica Trip

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Took the family to Costa Rica to visit a high school friend. This was our first trip south of the Rio Grande. Costa Rica is the Switzerland of Central America with beautiful natural scenery and friendly people.


Experiences

Architecture

Architecture

Stand in awe of architectural feats of the ages.

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Hiking

Hiking

Challenge yourself and hike through uninhabited territory.

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Living

Living

Get involved in the day to day aspects of your destination and catch a glimpse of what life is like elsewhere!

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Museums

Museums

Visit a local museum and see the transition of a country?s culture through the ages.

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Religion

Religion

You don't have to be religious to enjoy the beauty and serenity found in a temple, mosque, cathedral, basilica, or synagogue.

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Scenery

Scenery

Take in breathtaking vistas of a foreign land.

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Destinations

San Jose

San Jose

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and the nation's largest city. San Jose has many beautiful theaters, many with European-inspired architecture. These buildings serve as the city's main tourist attractions; not only because of the architectural beauty, but because of the numerous cultural, musical, and artistic presentations and activities, which include traditional and modern Costa Rican and San Jose culture.

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Japan Trip

Japan Trip

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Japan is a beautiful and culturally rich country but you'll need a translator to get by.


Experiences

Architecture

Architecture

Stand in awe of architectural feats of the ages.

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History

History

Visit historical sites and gain knowledge that can only be acquired by seeing them in person.

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Market

Market

Visit a market and find locally grown foods, spices and other wares crafted and sold by the people in the community.

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Museums

Museums

Visit a local museum and see the transition of a country?s culture through the ages.

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Religion

Religion

You don't have to be religious to enjoy the beauty and serenity found in a temple, mosque, cathedral, basilica, or synagogue.

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Shopping

Shopping

Shopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one.

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Touring

Touring

Take a guided tour and learn little known facts about your destination.

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Destinations

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan with a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.

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Osaka

Osaka

Osaka the largest city of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan by daytime population serving as a major economic hub for the country. Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen" and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with upwards of 37.8 million people. Tokyo is in the Kanto region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. The city hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world. Tokyo was ranked as the 11th most expensive city. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.

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