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¡Feliz Halloween! 8 of Spain's Spookiest Spots

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With its long and sometimes tumultuous history, through the ages Spain has proved to be about as spooky and haunted as any place on earth, with lore ranging from Galician meigas (witches) to ghostly Moorish damsels. And Madrid may have the only public statue of Lucifer in the world (the Fallen Angel, in Retiro Park). Here are a few key haunted spots you can visit, if you dare!



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Added by Max Pesling on October 31, 2015 at 5:29am — No Comments

The Essence of India: the North's Golden Triangle

It felt as though the day couldn’t get any hotter – but this is India, always ready to turn the tables on you after a cool morning. It had been a short drive from Jaipur…

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Added by Bev Malzard on October 30, 2015 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Swim in a Jungle Waterfall in Montezuma, Costa Rica



A fun day trip from the beach resort town of Santa Teresa on Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast is to visit the waterfalls near Montezuma waterfalls.



A 40-minute drive from Santa Teresa, Montezuma is another picturesque beach village on the southeastern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.…

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Added by Shannon Farley on October 28, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Morocco’s Coolest City: Majestic White Essaouira



Ever since first visiting Morocco more than a dozen years ago, I’ve always marveled that this North African country manages to pack such a whole lot of interesting into such modest dimensions (it’s a little bigger than California, less than a third the size of Quebec, and merely a little over a quarter as spacious as the U.K.).…

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Added by Jose Balido on October 26, 2015 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

Is Bhutan Shangri-La?

The Kingdom of Bhutan does not necessarily make it hard for a traveler to visit - it's just hard to get there. When I first started reading about traveling to Bhutan, I…

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Added by Forrest Walker on October 25, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

'Orienteering' at Missouri's Rock Bridge State Park





As with most of our family weekend trips, we were up well before the sun. The aroma of coffee filled the back of the house as I went to the kitchen to begin making sandwiches for the day. It was a broad menu to choose from, Nutella or peanut butter. Chips and snacks were put in a plastic bag and drinks were piled into a medium cooler. Everyone was looking forward to…

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Added by Nathan Hershley on October 24, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments

'B’ix a Beel?' Key Words & Phrases for Visiting the Mundo Maya



When you visit the local towns, museums, and awesome Mayan ruins on the Riviera Maya and the rest of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula (or for that matter in Honduras and Guatemala) you’ll see and hear all sorts of strange names and phrases – chaac mool, popol vuh, k’atun,…

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Added by David Paul Appell on October 23, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

5 Best Beaches for Swimming/Sunning/ Diving in Langkawi, Malaysia

The main attractions of Maylasia's sprawling, paradisiacal archipelago of Langkawi are its beautiful sandy beaches, and lots of experienced tourists consider this is the best place in the whole country for diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, and relaxation. And they are absolutely right: the beaches of Langkawi are so diverse that anyone can find one (or more) to satisfy a range of needs and desires. My top…

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Added by Lily Berns on October 22, 2015 at 6:59am — No Comments

Allures of Boa Vista, Cape Verde's Biggest Island

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The sun, the white dunes of the desert which merge with the unique blue water of the sea, stunningly beautiful landscapes, flavorsome food, hospitable and friendly people - the most beautiful island of Cape Verde is all this and much more.



Facing the coast of Senegal, Boa Vista is the biggest island of the Cape Verde archipelago and belongs to the…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on October 21, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Nantucket, One of the World's Most Beautiful Islands

 



"Best islands in the world," "America's greatest main streets," "top ten US. beaches" - on list after list of media and travelers' choice polls, those who know continue to agree that the Massachusetts island of Nantucket is among the best place in the US and the world.



Main Street, Nantucket is one of America’s most prestigious…

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Added by William P. DeSousa-Mauk on October 20, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Land of Poets and Warriors: Scotland’s Isle of Skye

“So where in Scotland are you going?” a British colleague asked over lunch. “Edinburgh? Glasgow?”

“Isle of Skye,” I said.



“Ah, the Scottish Highlands,” he sighed. Leaned back and said, slowly,  “We always think of Skye as a spiritual place. I really envy you.”…



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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 19, 2015 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip Series, Part 3: The Lead-up in Stuttgart to the Big Day

   

“Inspiration 911” Sculpture – Porscheplatz Stuttgart Germany

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on October 19, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

A Great 3-Day Trip Through Halong Bay

by blogger BertBo 

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We had booked a 3-day trip through Halong  Bay with Indochina Sails  on board of their Indochina Sails 1 or 2 and we stayed in two  superior  rooms. A good midsize boat with in total 15 cabins. 
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Added by Indochina Sails on October 18, 2015 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Costa Rica's Unforgettable Monteverde Cloud Forest



Described as being like “Jurassic Park” or a fairytale land of elves, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica is a special place on the planet.



The rare ecosystem of Monteverde in Costa Rica is part of only one percent of the global woodlands known as cloud forests, rainforest…

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Added by Shannon Farley on October 18, 2015 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Visiting Gjirokastra, Albania's 'Stone City'





Gjirokastra (also spelled Gjirokastër) is a town in southern Albania which in 2005 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a highly historic city and placed on slopes of the Drino River valley, with beautiful scenery and bordered by high mountains.



Known as the "City of a Thousand Stairs" Gjirokastra is characterized…

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Added by Gerti Boshnjaku on October 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Foodie’s Progress Though Pittsburgh’s Strip District



 

Walking tours are wonderful especially if they have a specific topic and cover only a small area.  Thus it is with “Burgh Bits and Bites” tour of Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  At one time the Strip District, located along the Allegheny River, was home to many mills and factories that later became an area of wholesalers of fresh…

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Added by Sandra & John Scott on October 15, 2015 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Historic Meets Hip in Old Lisbon

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Added by Iberia Airlines on October 14, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Unofficial Park Ranger of Riga

In 1992, I traveled to newly-independent Latvia and the neighboring Baltic republics as a tourist, as my partner and I had long been interested in those three little countries in the far northwest of the then recently defunct Soviet Union. I wanted to see and feel the joy for myself, not to mention the beautiful architecture and historic sites -- and, of course, to support their fledgling economies with our tourist dollars.



While sightseeing in Riga, a city I especially…

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Added by Jose Balido on October 13, 2015 at 4:31pm — No Comments

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