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UNESCO World Heritage Site #12:  Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (The Netherlands)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Site #12: Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (The Netherlands)

  Fun Experiment: throw a mediocre, grainy, poorly composed photograph of the Amsterdam Canals up on Instagram. Then post a gorgeous, perfectly composed photo of the coolest landmark in any other city.   I’d bet you $20 the Amsterdam photo will do better. Maybe even twice as good.   You […]

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue
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Traveling to Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

“Budapest is a prime site for dreams: the East’s exuberant vision of the West, the West’s uneasy hallucination of the East. It is a dreamed-up city; a city almost completely faked; a city invented out of other cities, out of Paris by way of Vienna — the imitation, as Claudio […]

Saving your pennies to go on awesome day trips and saving on a hostel? Bring these items with you!
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Visiting Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

Never heard of the Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape? How about the much friendlier and more marketable Austrian Lake District? Still no? Don’t worry-I hadn’t either.   My Visit   I spent the first half of December ping-ponging between two equally powerful childhood fantasies: pretending to be an Austrian princess and pretending […]

Independence Hall
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #4: Independence Hall (USA)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever […]