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  • La Haut Plantation La Haut Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      Originally a cocoa house for fermenting cocoa beans this building has been converted into a guesthouse with 5 rooms. The property is still an operating chocolate plantation. The house to the left of the cocoa house was used by the owners while converting the buildings and is now used by families. Some of the resort's other rooms, especially down the hill next to the owner's home, are very upscale.

      Views are beautiful from throughout the property and the staff couldn't be friendlier. the owners even invited everyone staying at the property to their home for a Super Bowl party.

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  • Turin, Italy Turin, Italy

    • From: SaraElizabethTravels
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      When arriving by plane to Turin, you’ll be landing at the Aeroporto di Torino. Unless you want to take a cab(which would cost about 30-40 euros), the SADAM bus(about 7 euros one-way) is the cheapest way to get to the city center. If you want the get to the center of the city, you’ll get off at the Porta Nuova Railway Station. I studied abroad in Turin for 4 months, so I was very aware of the metro, train and bus schedules. If you plan on staying in Turin for a week or more, it may be smart to get a settimanale(weekly) or mensile(monthly) metro/bus ticket. You can pick one of those up at any Tabaccheria(tobbaco shop), but be mindful, sometimes they don’t carry them. So remember to ask if they know the closest place that sells them. Also, if you find an information booth, get a map! I still used one after months of living there.

            Now in Turin, there are many cafes, pizza places, kebabs, and other various food places. The first pizza place I went to was Primaepoi which is on Via Giovanni Battista Viotti, near Via Roma. This was the first thing I ate when I arrived to Turin and was surprised. The pizza was so fresh, but not in a greasy cheesy way. Everything was perfect, from the vegetables to the crust. Be prepared to eat what you get, because it you ask for a “to go” box, you will get looks from the waiter and everyone around you. “To Go” is a very American thing and you won’t find many places that do it. On that note, I would have to say that my favorite cafe(with “to go” cups) while I was in Turin, was definitely Busters Coffee on Via Cesare Battisti. Before we had wifi in the apartment, I would go there to do my work, blog and get ahold of family and friends through Skype. I would always get a chuckle, cause they would have signs saying “American breakfast/coffee” and as I read it, it reminded me how much more we eat then Europeans do. They would make amazing drinks and I was a fan on their shakes/smoothies. I would be so tempted to get a pastry, because they display it so well! My favorite kebab place was the Casa Del Kebab 12which is across the street from the 8 Gallery Lingotto. I know you didn’t go to Italy to go to the mall, but trust me, you’ll want to check it out. I still regret not buying more from these stores while I was there, because the fashion there is about 2yrs ahead of the US stores. My favorite stores were Cache Cache & Tally Weijl. When I needed groceries(that I couldn’t get at the outside marketplace), I would go to Pam, which was in the mall, but you had to go outside to enter the store. I would always find some awesome deals on poultry, fish and dairy there. While you’re in the area, you should cross the street to experience Eataly. From wheels of cheese to barrels of wine, it was a true Italian experience in one store. I know there are stores in the US now, but I would describe it as the Italian version of Wegmans. Now on the outside of the mall, if you walk towards the parking lot in the back, you’ll be able to see the Olympic Arch of Turin(bottom right corner of the photos). If you have time to cross the bridge, do it. It’s so interesting knowing that amazing athletes walked this bridge and many couples have left their mark on locks on the chain fences. I didn’t have my camera with me when I went over the bridge, but I won’t lie, I was a tad scared. The Olympic village was a ghost town. There was graffiti on the buildings and whenever the wind hit certain parts of the buildings/walkways, it just reminded you of a horror movie. I wish we could find uses to the old Olympic villages, instead of leaving them there to deteriorate. 

            While in Turin, you need to visit Porta Palazzo. If you’re walking down Via Settembre, it’s a straight shot to it. When I lived there I was across the street from a store called Tiger. I think that’s where all my money went towards honestly! It’s just a cute store that’s filled with the most random of things. You could get large packets of loose leaf teas, luggage tags/flying items, cute little toys/games, toiletries, cards, spices, candles, a bottle of champagne and etc. Still hoping we get them in the US soon! So continuing, on you’re way down the street, you’ll go past the busy and store-filled Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. On that street, you can find stores like Promod, Nike, L’Occitane Provence and an amazing gelato place called GROM. Further down, you’ll find yourself in an open space with a church to your right. If you have time, you must visit the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. If you haven’t heard about the Holy Shroud, you need to read up and go inside! There’s a replica of the shroud inside the church, but every 5 years or so they display the real one to the public. Continuing down the road, to the left you’ll see a dog park. This was my favorite part of going to the marketplace, because every time I missed my dogs, I would just walk to the park and the dogs would attack me with kisses! Once you hit the end of the grassy park, you turn left and walk down the street until you walk into the market. Now mind you, be very careful about your wallet or purse. There are gypsies and pick-pockets everywhere and there is barely any space for you to walk since it’s so busy. When you first walk in, there’s a walkway near the front where I would get the best prices for onions, carrots & potatoes(1 Euro for 2-3 kilos). Of course I will admit it, girls, if you smile & flirt with the sellers, you get more! Every time I went down to this guy’s booth, he would remember me and automatically knew what I wanted, put it in 2 bags, and gave me a great deal. Remember, you have to go through the whole thing to find the best prices for food. There was also a pizza booth and pastry booth that I went to every other week and both of those people spoke a bit of English. Not going to lie, the pastries were my favorite part! You had to make sure to get there early or all the best ones would be gone. I also bought a few scarves down at the market and still to this day get compliments on them! Now, the marketplace is not open on Sunday mornings because it turns into one big garage sale. From bikes to american dollars, there is a bunch of random stuff for sale. Most of the people here don’t speak Italian, so it’s harder to communicate with them. I was actually able to talk a guy down and bought a twin reflex camera for a good price. The coolest part is that the camera says on the side that it was made in the USSR. It’s my favorite film camera to date!

            Now for the art/music fanatics, you have a good amount of choices. Just walking down the streets, mainly near the piazzas(squares), you’ll hear street musicians and see street entertainers. If you’re interested in seeing some history, you should check out the Museo Egizio(Egypt Museum), Armeria Reale(Royal Armoury), Museo di Antichità(Antiques Museum) & Palazzo Reale di Torino(The Royal Palace of Turin). While I was there, I was able to see a Henri Cartier-Bresson gallery show at thePalazzo Reale. As a photographer, it was a once in a lifetime event(Especially since I got to go to a da Vinci show outside of Turin and saw his original sketches/artwork!). Another museum you need to go to it the Museo Nazionale del Cinema(The National Cinema Museum), which is inside the Mole Antonelliana. Inside you’ll see props, clips from movies, costumes and so on. I think the cutest part is the viewing room that has the multiple toilets as the seating area. At the bottom level, there’s an lift that brings you all the way up to the top of the Mole. It’s scary as heck if you’re afraid of heights, because the lift is transparent, so if you’re scared of height, DO NOT LOOK DOWN! When you exit the lift, you’ll get a 360° view of the city and the Alps. Honestly, it’s totally worth the money, because it was so memorable! The photos I took while up there were unreal. For the music buffs, if you’re around the area during a concert or performance, you should go see one at the Teatro Regio diTorino or the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. If you’re there around the end of April/beginning of May, you should check out the Torino Jazz Festival. I got to see Dionne Warwick and she was amazing! Another event to go to(and you would have to look into it) is the Chocolate Festival. All I can say is “Chocolate…..sooooo much chocolate!”. I believe it was near the end of February, but don’t quote me on that. I spent a lot of money on sweets, but there are also lots of freebies! It is truly a chocolate lover’s dream getaway. 

            I hope this helped a bit. I know Turin isn’t as fancy and popular as Florence, Milan or Rome….but it’s worth the trip! If you want more suggestions, you should check out Lonely Planet.com, since that’s how I survived Italy. I would read their book about Italy almost every single night!

      http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/turin

       

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  • The Charming City of Valencia, The Charming City of Valencia, Spain

    • From: Rocio
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      Although it is not as famous as the big cities Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia doesn’t have anything to envy them. This picturesque city conserves its original charm, especially in the Old neighborhood where its Roman and Arabian influences are highly visible.

      This city situated in the cost of the South East of Spain has the perfect weather during the whole year. One of the best areas to visit is the neighborhood of ‘El Carmen’. There you can find the oldest buildings in the city, such as ‘The Central Market’ is one of the largest markets in Europe which was built between 1914 and 1928.

      Albufera

      Other representative buildings are ‘The Silk Exchange’ and ‘Plaza Redonda’. The first one was originally used for trading silk and it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is characteristic of the late Gothic Architecture style, reflecting the ‘Golden Valencian Century’. Plaza Redonda is trading square that was built in 1840.

      In El Carmen, it is possible to find the best places to eat the traditional Paella and to taste the some of the best ‘tapas’ of Valencia. One of the best ways to live the city it is to stay in an apartment in ‘El Carmen’ and become a part of this charming neighborhood. If you are interested in finding a nice apartment in the city center click here.

      The ‘City of Arts and Science’ is an architectural enclave formed by different buildings such as the Science Museum Principe Felipe, the Oceanographic or the Hemispheric where it is possible to enjoy culture in a fun way. This is very recommendable for families with kids.

       

      Another touristic attraction that visitants can’t miss is the Natural park of L’Albufera. This large lagoon contains a huge biodiversity with a large amount of flora and fauna in danger of extinction. I recommend taking a bike from the city center to the pier of the town ‘El Saler’ and then do a boat trip to see the amazing sunset that takes place there. Once there, the town of ‘El palmar’ is a very recommendable visit. 

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  • Turf buildings, thatched roofs Turf buildings, thatched roofs - Iceland

    • From: azlynn
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  • Looking out over Reykjavik Looking out over Reykjavik

    • From: hmgoldilocks
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      A view of the very colorful homes and buildings in Reykjavik from the lookout tower at top of the church.

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  • Memphis' Beale St. Memphis' Beale St.

    • From: gmaso
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      Beale Street in Memphis is a more civilized Bourbon St. This in part due to a heavy police presence and they card everyone going into Beale St. on the week-ends.But lots of music all along the street. Some good restaurants (lots of BBQ) and lots of bars.

      BB King and Jerry Lee Louis among other music legends have their own clubs in a three block expanse.

      If you like blues, rock, rock-abilly, or country music it's well worth a visit.

      Of course in the daylight some of the buildings don;t appear too stable.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The original kitchen dating to the 1700's is still intact as seen here.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      Again not original furniture but this is the bed Bette Davis slept in while she filmed "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" at Houmas House.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      One of the original garconnieres on the property. Most if not all plantation homes had these buildings which were separate from the main house and housed male family members who had reached puberty. Many garconnieres have been destroyed at other plantation homes.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The entry hall ceiling is believed to be representative of what was originally in the home.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The entry hall painted wall is also believed to be representative of the original decor.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

       This is the view of the house from River Rd.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

       The walkway from the gift shop to the beginning of the tour takes you through some very nice garden areas with some very old oaks.

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  • Laura's Plantation Laura's Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantationhomes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      Laura's Plantation house is somewhat different from what we think of as antebellum plantation mansions. Most plantations house are mansions lived in by the owners year round. Laura's, however, is a Creole plantation house and used during only part of the year and principally as a working home. The owners owned several houses in New Orleans proper where they lived during the winter. Some of these French Quarter homes are avaiable for tour.

      The tour of Laura's is one of the more interesting along the River Rd. It is also painted more colorfully like the nearby San Francisco Plantation (also a Creole style but occupied year round). It is just down the road from Oak Alley and St. Joseph Plantations.

      These are a couple of the remaining slaves' quarters which were occupied by sharecroppers until the late 20th century. It was in these buildings that the stories of Br'er Rabbit were told to their "author".

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  • Twilight in Victoria Twilight in Victoria

    • From: bevandlee
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      Victoria, British Columbia is a photographers dream. The city is laden with beautiful flowers, interesting buildings and harborside photo opportunities. Butchart Gardens is a must for any Victoria vacationer, as is the Royal British Museum and just hanging out at the waterfront. A nice little taste of England on this side of the pond.

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  • Butchart Gardens Butchart Gardens

    • From: bevandlee
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      Victoria, British Columbia is a photographers dream. The city is laden with beautiful flowers, interesting buildings and harborside photo opportunities. Butchart Gardens is a must for any Victoria vacationer, as is the Royal British Museum and just hanging out at the waterfront. A nice little taste of England on this side of the pond.

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  • Butchart Gardens Butchart Gardens

    • From: bevandlee
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      Victoria, British Columbia is a photographers dream. The city is laden with beautiful flowers, interesting buildings and harborside photo opportunities. Butchart Gardens is a must for any Victoria vacationer, as is the Royal British Museum and just hanging out at the waterfront. A nice little taste of England on this side of the pond.

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  • Butchart Gardens Butchart Gardens

    • From: bevandlee
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      Victoria, British Columbia is a photographers dream. The city is laden with beautiful flowers, interesting buildings and harborside photo opportunities. Butchart Gardens is a must for any Victoria vacationer, as is the Royal British Museum and just hanging out at the waterfront. A nice little taste of England on this side of the pond.

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