Best places in the world to watch the leaves change for fall

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The end of the summer is a sad time for many people. The days grow shorter, and the hot weather disappears, making days at the beach a thing of the past. However, while it’s okay to mourn the loss of summer, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the changing seasons. Fall is a beautiful time of the year, not least because the leaves turn an impressive assortment of colors. Don’t agree? Maybe that’s because you’ve never seen it happen at these places before.

Great Smoky Mountains (United States)

Anywhere that’s full of trees is bound to be a great place to watch the leaves change color. If you’re looking to enjoy fall without leaving the United States, you might want to spend some time at the Great Smoky Mountains. Sat on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, these mountains are home to all sorts, including magnolia, hickory and chestnut trees. It’s the most popular national park in the whole of the US, and a lot of these visitors come in the post-summer months. They know that all those leaves are worth seeing.

Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

People in The Netherlands care a lot about the planet. That’s why so many of them whizz around on bikes rather than driving everywhere. With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that the country – Amsterdam, in particular – makes such an excellent destination for people hoping to make the most of fall. Over a fifth of the capital is covered in greenery, with places like Amsterdam Forest offering acres of open woodland for all your leafy needs. You can gaze up at the vibrant colors while you dip your feet in the river – it’s pure bliss.

Kyoto (Japan)

While half of Japan is all about being up-to-date with technology, the other half loves nothing more than embracing nature. The traditional side of Japan is largely affiliated with the peace and tranquility that comes from being at one with Mother Earth. That’s why places like Kyoto have so many trees. Although the country is better known for the cherry blossoms that arrive in the spring, it’s fall foliage is also worth seeing with your own eyes. There are so many temple gardens filled with colorful trees here that you’ll be spoiled for choice when you arrive.

New England (United States)

It seems that there aren’t many places better suited for watching the leaves change color than New England. With states like Maine and Vermont offering maple trees that beam a brilliant red in the fall, New England is the epitome of what people often picture when they think about this time of year. Achieving this incredible color is by no means easy, though. The weather has to be just right during the summer for the vibrancy to shine through, with sunny days and cooler temperatures an essential ingredient. Luckily, as long as these conditions remain optimal, New England will offer you a sight like no other.

Fall might not be as warm and sunny as the summer, but it’s still a great time for enjoying nature. After all, the world never stops being beautiful.

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Despite its pricey reputation, Norway’s capital may be the world’s most accessible snow sports hub, with an Olympic bobsleigh run and cross-country skiing a short schuss from the centre

I’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their sledges. They have clearly just toboganned down the hill.

“Stay on the train until the last stop,” a 12-year-old tells me. “You rent a sledge and helmet. The run ends at Midtstuen.”

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Historical places to visit in Philadelphia

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Ever thought about taking a trip to Philadelphia? If you’re a fan of history then you’ll find a lot there to interest you. The Pennsylvanian city is home to plenty of iconic landmarks that will keep you busy on a mini-break, and they’re all relatively close together. You can make your way around them in a matter of hours, and still have plenty of time after to enjoy a spot of dinner along the Delaware River.

Carpenters’ Hall

During history classes, there’s a good chance you were taught about how America came to be independent. In those lessons, were you told about Carpenters’ Hall? The iconic Philadelphia building played an important part in America’s move towards independence. A vote was passed here that resulted in the first movement of opposition against England. It would be another two years until the Declaration of Independence got signed, but the actions at Carpenters’ Hall set everything into motion.

The Betsy Ross House

The American flag is a symbol of pride for the people of this country, and we have Betsy Ross to thank for its initial design. Well, at least that’s what we thought. It’s up for debate whether or not the woman was responsible for influencing the flag, although there’s no denying she was an important figure in history. She was around at a time of great change in America, and a trip to Philadelphia gives you the opportunity to see where she lived. It will soon become clear that the life of this iconic woman was not a glamorous one.

The Liberty Bell Center

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important things to have ever been written, and it’s essentially what makes America the country it is. When the members of Congress signed the document, the Liberty Bell up on Independence Mall was responsible for alerting the public that everything was about to change. The chimes of the bell informed people that America would not be controlled by Great Britain anymore, and signaled the beginning of the United States.

Museum of the American Revolution

You can’t take a trip to Philadelphia’s historic district and not stop off at a proper museum. There’s only so much you can learn about America’s history while you’re in school, so the Museum of the American Revolution can update you on the stuff you might have missed. With exhibitions and antiques from the country’s most significant period of civil unrest, you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for what your ancestors went through several centuries ago.

Independence Hall

You’re doing Philadelphia wrong if you visit all these places associated with the Declaration of Independence and don’t go to the site where the document was signed. Located on Chestnut Street, you can see where all those great men brought America into a new age and rescued us from British rule. It’s the best place to end your historical tour of the Pennsylvanian city.

Anyone that isn’t familiar with the history of America’s independence would do well to take a trip to Philadelphia. The city will educate you in the best way possible.

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Best places to visit in the midwest

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Made up of 12 states in the northern central part of the U.S., the midwest is an ideal place to get a feel for all that America has to offer. Each state is so totally different that you could spend months in the midwest and still not see everything there is to see. To make it a bit easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in the midwest.

Traverse City, Michigan

It may not be the best known or largest city in the state of Michigan, but that adds to its charm somewhat. The city itself has a cozy feel to it, which makes you feel as though you’re home even if you’re a million miles away from home! You should definitely rent a car and drive the Old Mission Peninsula, which has some of the best lake views in the world. Not to mention plenty of wineries, which are perfect as long as you’re not the one driving. Visitors to Traverse City can’t leave without checking out the Sleeping Bear dunes, too. You could easily spend a day at the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, soaking it all in.

Rapid City, South Dakota

You cannot visit the midwest and not make your way to Rapid City! While it may be quite small, it is a city packed full of really cool things to see and do. The craft beverage scene is massive here, as is the art scene. If you want a hipster experience of the midwest, you’d be best off coming here. Of course, there is one obvious reason to head to Rapid City, and that is its proximity to Mount Rushmore. Sure, it may be quite a tourist hotspot, but you can’t not see it while you’re here.

Chicago, Illinois

It may be one of the most famous cities in the midwest, and the largest, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it for lesser known destinations. Chicago is one of the best cities, not just in the midwest, but in the whole of the U.S. Head up one of the two ideally placed observation decks – Skydeck or 360 Chicago – to see all that this stunning city has to offer. Visit one of the many, many museums which will keep you in the warm when it’s windy. Alternatively, hop on a boat tour to see some of the stunning buildings that Chicago is so famous for. After all, the concept of the skyscraper was born here!

Cleveland, Ohio

A lot has changed in Cleveland over the years, meaning more and more tourists are heading there every year. This is the home to the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has a history that dates back to the late 1700s. Whether you’re a fan of music, art, culture, history, or food and drink, there’s no denying that Cleveland in Ohio has something to offer you. You’ll want to keep going back, trust us.

These are four of the best places to visit in the midwest, although there are plenty more. Now, which one will you head to first?

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Favorite places to visit in the black forest

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The Black Forest in Southwest Germany is one of the most sensational locations in the world. There is a great deal of beauty and natural splendor here, and it feels like walking into the middle of a Grimm fairytale. The Black Forest is the perfect choice for a scenic and memorable vacation experience, and a wonderful way of experiencing a different side of Europe.

If you want to take a trip to the Black Forest, you’re going to need to make sure you plan your trips out carefully. It’s important that you choose the right things to see and do while you’re here, in order to make the most of your time in the Black Forest. So, we have come up with 5 trips you can do during your visit, to really help you get a feel for the place, and make the most of your vacation.

Baden-Baden

This is an incredible part of the Black Forest, with stunning surrounding areas, coupled with lovely weather, and warm springs dotted throughout. Baden-Baden is the perfect spa destination for anyone looking for a relaxing day to unwind. There is a beautiful Roma-style spa here, and the location is one of the most beautiful in the Black Forest. There’s a reason Baden-Baden is so popular with tourists, hikers, and sports enthusiasts. Start your Black Forest adventure off with a trip here, and you’ll never look back.

Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg is the capital of the Black Forest, and one of the most stunning cities in Germany. Many people refer to it as ‘the gateway to the Black Forest, ’ and it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to have everything accessible to you. The Schauinsland mountain lies within the borders of the city, and natural streams and stunning flowers are apparent throughout the city. It really is the kind of place you’ll want to explore on foot, and you may even want to take your camera with you to capture some awe-inspiring photos.

Freiburger Munster

Freiburg Cathedral is one of the most majestic we’ve ever seen and has the perfect look and design to fit right in here. With some sensational architecture and beautiful after-dark illuminations, the cathedral is the centerpiece of Freiburg town center. Head into the capital of the Black Forest region to check out the shops, and make sure you swing by here while you’re at it. Ensure you check in advance to make sure there isn’t a service going on when you arrive!

Triberg Falls

If you want to be blown away by the natural beauty of the Black Forest there are quite a few places you can go, and things you can do. But, there aren’t many as unforgettable as a visit to Triberg Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Germany. It might not be Niagara, but, nestled in the heart of the Black Forest, it’s one of the most beautiful waterfalls you’ll ever see. The falls are actually illuminate up until 10pm, so an evening visit might be ideal for something a little more stunning.

Pforzheim

You absolutely have to take the time to visit the city of Pforzheim while you’re here. The city is famed for its jewelry making, but the real gem is the surrounding area. Lying at the mouth of three rivers, Pforzheim is the perfect base of operations from which to explore the stunning valleys, trails, and pathways around. There is so much serenity here, this is what the Black Forest is all about, and you should make the most of it.

We all know how stunning and unique the Black Forest area of Germany is, and you don’t want to waste your time while you’re here. It’s important to choose some trips that allow you to experience everything the Black Forest has to offer. We feel that the five trips we’ve listed give you an ideal opportunity to do that.

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Places to travel that are inspired by famous books

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We’re going to be honest; we’re complete bookworms! Because of, this, many of the books often inspire us to travel far and wide in search of these magical fictional places – and there are so many places we’d go. We’d start off at Hogwarts to hang out with Dumbledore in the castle; we’d then take a trip to the Shire to have a second breakfast with Pippin and Merry, and then pop on through the wardrobe to don our fur coats and explore Narnia. Of course, these places aren’t real (sob), but some are! Here are five places you can actually travel to that are inspired by famous books.

Snæfellsjökull Volcano, Iceland – Journey to the Center of the Earth

Okay, so visiting a volcano isn’t exactly the most common travel destination in the world – but it is so worth it. This volcano is Iceland was the inspiration for Jules Verne’s famous Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was published in 1864. The Snæfellsjökull Volcano is a whopping 700,000 years old – and even has a glacier on the top of it! According to Verne and his awesome novel, the entrance to the center of the Earth is through the volcano. Although, we don’t suggest you try this out for yourself. An average tourist isn’t allowed to climb to the top of the volcano, but you can take a tour around the Snæfellsjökull National Park which will give you amazing views of this novel inspiration.

Whitby, United Kingdom – Dracula

Even if you haven’t read the incredible book that is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you’ll probably still know the story of the evil vampire, Count Dracula, who moves from Transylvania to England and resides in his castle. Well, that castle still exists today. In the book, Count Dracula moves to Whitby, in the UK, and the castle was based on Whitby Abbey – a 16th-century monastery which is still standing (although it is missing a roof). In fact, Bram Stoker first got the idea for Dracula while he was walking around the Abbey, and he first read about his muse, Vlad Dracul, in the local library in Whitby. So why not take a trip to Whitby, walk in Bram Stoker’s shoes and try to write your own vampire story?

Big Sur, United States of America – Big Sur

We don’t need to give you two guesses on which book was based on Big Sur. Of course, it’s Jack Kerouac’s 1962 masterpiece, Big Sur! This novel follows the life of Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti as they settle down for three months in a cabin, located in the Bixby Canyon in Big Sur, California. Although the novel isn’t exactly happy-go-lucky with flowers and marshmallows, the description of the location is beyond belief, and you just have to see it for yourself! You could even stay in a cabin, just like Kerouac.

Hathersage, United Kingdom – Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of the most iconic books of all time – and it’s believed that Bronte got most of her inspiration from the village of Hathersage, in Derbyshire, UK. This little village is steeped in rolling hills and green forests, with tiny little cottages and manor houses. Bronte visited Hathersage in 1985, drawing on the location and North Lees Hall to create her own story and Thornfield Hall. So grab your copy of Jane Eyre, take a stroll through the grounds of North Lees Hall and the Peak District National Park and have a read within the midst of the inspiration.

Prince Edward Island, Canada – Anne of the Green Gables

Hopefully, you’ve all read Anne of the Green Gables – if not, you need to get on that ASAP! Lucy Maud Montgomery published her first book in 1908 which was based on the Green Gables Farm she often visited as a child. Nowadays, the area is called the Green Gables National Park and is located on Prince Edward Island in Canada. If you visit, you can check out the surrounding woods and buildings that inspired her ‘Lover’s Lane,’ ‘Haunted Woods’ and ‘Balsam Hollow.’ What could be better?

Are you looking for your next travel destination? Are you a book lover? We think you’ve found your answer. Books are great at conjuring up beautiful scenes, epic castles and intricate village life in our heads, but how great would it be to go see your favorite locations in real life?

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Best places to spot a celebrity in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, the city of Angels… or, as it’s more commonly known, LA, is the home to many a celebrity. However, with that being said, they aren’t always easy to find! So distracted by the shops, the gorgeous people and the lovely weather, many people end up walking straight past well-known celebrities… either that or the celebrities are so well disguised or guarded that they aren’t seen or accessible. However, we can help you out, because we’ve put together a list of the 5 best places to spot a celeb in LA.

Hollywood and Highland Centre

The Hollywood and Highland Centre is the largest shopping mall in LA, jam packed with a whole range of designer stores selling goods that you could only imagine buying in your wildest dreams. The shopping mall is a hugely popular tourist attractions but is also extremely popular with some of the younger celebrities in LA too! Some of the celebs you can expect to run into here include the baby King of Pop, Justin Bieber (screams internally), Brody Jenner and some other ex-Disney stars. If you’re fortunate, you might even see one of the Jenner girls here…

Red O Restaurant

The Red O Restaurant is often frequented by the likes of Tyra Banks, Taylor Lautner, and Jessica Simpson. The restaurant’s tables are always in high demand due to their incredible steak – the food has an excellent reputation and celebs from A listers right down to Z listers flock from all over to come and eat here.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

It goes without saying that you could expect to see some talent walking along Hollywood Boulevard to check out some of the stars – including their own – on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are around two stars added to the walk every month, so if you don’t see a celebrity just perusing the tourist attraction, then try and arrange to visit when a new star is being added – because you’ll definitely see a celebrity then.

Warwick

Warwick is a favorite lounge-cum-club that is popular with the celebrities who enjoy a bit of a wild night out – including the likes of Zayn Malik from One Direction and ex-Kardashian man, Scott Disick. The joint is known for throwing some of the best bar events in LA, and nearly all of these are attended by large quantities of celebs. However, as you could probably guess, nights out here won’t be cheap! Drinks start at about $ 17, so be prepared to splash some cash on a trip here.

ArcLight Cinema

If you want to bump into Jennifer Aniston, AJ McLean and Cameron Diaz then take a trip to one of the most luxurious cinemas in America – if not the world! The cinema has a bar where you can purchase wine for your movie, as well as an extensive range of delicious snacks that are far more exciting than popcorn! There’s also a no cell phone policy, a strict no talking policy and also a no late seating policy too, so people can enjoy their films with absolutely no distractions.

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When it comes to finding your next holiday destination, you often look online to find the best attractions that country or city has to offer. When you type in the city name, your search will probably come up with some of the most famous, or some of the most iconic places in that area. And that’s what you want, right? You want to see the best of the best. But sometimes, the places that make an area famous are much less impressive in real life….

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

Ahhhh, Hollywood. Where all of your favorite celebrities walk the streets, and you bump into your favorite singer while buying your morning coffee. Sounds great. Unfortunately, this rarely ever happens. Most visitors who travel to Hollywood always want to see one thing before they leave – the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This walkway is one of the only places in the world where the best names from stage and screen come together, and it’s iconic. But is it really that impressive in real life? The simple answer is no. This 1.3-mile walkway will definitely tire you out, and for what? The celebrities don’t stand by their stars waiting for tourists to pass by. In reality, it really is just a bunch of stones.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England is genuinely one of the most breathtaking historical monuments when you see it on television, or when someone takes an incredible picture at dawn. And it’s true. The whole concept behind Stonehenge is extraordinary, with scientists believing the 6 ft and 25-ton stones to have been placed there by hand around 3000 BC. However, there are still so many questions surrounding the heritage site, that researchers are still baffled by the use and the construction of Stonehenge. It is definitely a must-see at some point in your life, but don’t rush. As much as the site is beautiful, it has become a tourist trap. Nowadays, tourists have to stay put on a designated walkway (that is not at all close) around the stones – that’s if you can move through the crowds of people that rock up each day.

Four Corners Monument

The Four Corners Monument marks the intersections between four states – New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah and is the only place in the United States that offers this intersection. So it must feel pretty awesome to stand in four states at once, right? Well, for about two seconds it does. The Four Corners Monument is in the middle of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation, and as you can guess from the name, it’s not exactly next to your local Mcdonald’s. Instead, it is in the middle of nowhere. The monument is around 30 miles away from anything else significant, and you’ll feel pretty silly once you turn up to a parking lot (where the monument is located), wait in line to take a picture with your feet on the monument, only to realize historians had made a mistake and that the actual intersection is around 1,807 feet west of the fake intersection.

Statue of the Little Mermaid

The Statue of the Little Mermaid is one of the most iconic monuments in Copenhagen, and people travel from across the world to view the statue based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. The Mermaid sculpture, which was unveiled in 1913, sits on top of a rock by the water along the Langelinie Promenade, and it really is quite spectacular to look at – especially if you’ve seen the photos. However, save your money and avoid visiting it, because it isn’t even the original sculpture! The original monument was damaged so many times by vandals and political activists that the sculpture was replaced by a replica many years ago. As if that wasn’t enough to dissuade people, you’ll have to fight your way through hoards of people to get a good look-see.

Champs-Élysées

When you think of Paris, you think of the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, the Louvre and all things beautiful. Including the Champs-Élysées. As the most famous street and road in Paris, thousands of tourists flock to this 1.2-mile long street to check out the theaters, the cafés, the beautiful gardens, the impressive monuments and the pièce de résistance at the end… the Arc de Triomphe. Ahhhh, it must be so quiet and majestic, right? Wrong. As one of the busiest roads in Paris, Champs-Élysées is full of cars and traffic at all hours of the day – and they even drive straight through the Arc de Triomphe! If you wanted to get stuck in a traffic jam, you could have stayed at home.

So next time you’re tempted to check out some of these places, think about all of the other people who have the same idea as you. Instead, try and find some more unusual and less famous alternatives.

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35 Places in America That Look Like Foreign Countries

If you yearn to travel the world but are held back by lack of time or money, or impatience for the inconveniences of trans-Atlantic air travel, don’t pack away that suitcase just yet. There are many spots right here in the United States that boast the look and feel of far-flung destinations. When wanderlust hits, start with these 35 places with foreign flair aplenty, no passport required!
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4 great places to visit in Scandinavia

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Some of the best things in the world come from Scandinavia. Over there, they write captivating thriller novels and produce addictive TV shows like it’s second nature, and they’re not afraid to think outside of the box. If that wasn’t enough, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are also home to some of the world’s most captivating scenery. You could never run out of places to visit while on vacation here, but which of them ranks as the very best?

Preikestolen, Norway

We must admit that in order to truly appreciate this place, you have to do a fair bit of walking first. It can take you several hours to mount the steep path leading to Preikestolen, but it’s well worth the effort. Once you reach the top, you’re gifted with a photographer’s dream location. Crystal clear water and sloping mountains stretch around you as far as the eye can see, giving you views you can’t help but admire. Thankfully, with Preikestolen growing in popularity, work is being done to improve the path to the top. So, whether you’re someone who loves Base jumping or you just want to take a pretty picture, a trip here is highly recommended.

Råbjerg Mile, Denmark

If you thought you had to visit the Sahara to see the desert, think again. Although the Råbjerg Mile might not be quite the same, it offers you the closest experience you’ll find without the overbearing heat. It’s a coastal dune that regularly migrates, sometimes reaching heights of over 130 feet. Imagine encountering that during a stroll along the beach. The sands move around so much that you’re sure to see something new every time you visit. Just be prepared for all the walking to take it out of you.

Ice Hotel, Sweden

If you’re going to visit Scandinavia, you have to be prepared to face the cold. In fact, you might as well embrace it, because these countries aren’t exactly known for being warm. With that in mind, you ought to consider booking a night or two at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. The establishment offers seventy luxury suites all crafted from locally-sourced ice blocks. You’ll be amazed at what the sculptors achieve here year after year, especially in such chilly conditions. Plus, if you’re looking for peace and quiet, the Icehotel is set some miles away from civilization, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing break from the world.

Koli National Park, Finland

Although Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are generally considered the main Scandinavian countries, Finland and Iceland are also included in there sometimes too. We don’t see why they shouldn’t be, especially when they offer wonders like this. Koli National Park has some of the best hiking opportunities you’ll ever find, from the route up Ukko-Koli Hill to the trail leading to Paha-Koli Hill. Aspiring and professional photographers alike will be blown away by the views on these walks, especially once they reach the summit. Scandinavia definitely doesn’t disappoint with its scenery, and Koli National Park proves why.

Pack your hiking boots and camera because Scandinavia is calling and there’s a lot it wants you to see.

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Several arts-related shows and exhibitions are cropping up in fashion-friendly places.
As part of an ongoing effort to showcase artistic programs, Spring Place will be staging “Infoxication” Monday night.
The 50-minute multidisciplinary performance will feature art, music, dance and technology. The theme is technology’s presence in our lives. Infoxication is the latest arts-related collaboration at Spring, with the American Ballet Theatre and the Water Miller Center being others. Monday’s will be the first full production, and the largest one to date, with more than 20 collaborators, according to Spring Place’s art director, Roya Sachs. The full immersive experience includes product support from Google — Pixelbooks and Pixel phones. “It’s definitely in the vein of trying to create these more impactful and interactive programming and performances,” Sachs said.
The four-part experience is meant to take audience members on a visual, physical and mental journey. Ticket holders will learn the story of “waking, working, wanting and withdrawing.”
Collaborators include choreographer Dusan Tynek, a world premier composition by Danielle Eva Schwob, live body art by Heather Hansen, and performances by PubliQuartet and cellist Inbal Segev. Schwob said Friday, “Our goal has been to provide an even-sided take on people’s daily lives. It’s very easy to talk about

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Hours-long lines and malfunctioning voting machines at many precincts faced voters on Election Day in Georgia where the hotly contested governor’s race was marred by allegations of voter suppression. At a senior living complex in Atlanta, the line of voters standing in the rain stretched around the building. In Gwinnett County, which includes parts of…
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5 places you need to discover in the Caucasus

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Comprised of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, the Caucasus Region is probably one of the most understated travel destinations in the world. With so much to offer, it’s a surprise that these countries have only recently popped up on the traveler’s radar.

However, the region is getting the attention it deserves now, and we suggest you put it on your travel bucket list for the year. Here’s why:

Svaneti

Svaneti is an ancient region located in northwest Georgia, one of the three countries that make up the Caucasus region. This is the highest destination in the Caucasus Mountains that’s inhabited by people. It is also home to Ushguli, one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in all of Europe. Trekking up to this settlement is a great workout and a fun experience.

Svaneti is a truly mystical place that boasts a rich history. It is home to an indigenous population known as the Svans. The Svans have been here since long ago, and still speak in an ancient, unscripted tongue. As for things to see, you have the ancient towers of Svaneti. There are around 200 of them that have been here since the ninth century. Apart from the towers, Svaneti is home to five museums and 190 churches. Svaneti is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shikahogh State Reserve

The Shikahogh State Reserve is the second largest forest reserve in Armenia, and to say that it’s stunning would be an understatement. This reserve is truly unspoiled, and proof of this lies in the fact that many of the sections here remain unexplored to this day. The reserve is home to vipers, leopards, wild goats, bears, and a host of other animals. It’s also home to over 1,000 plant species.

Icheri Sheher

Icheri Sheher, also known as “Fortress” or “Old City,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The area is known for its stunning architectural structures, which are located all over. One of those beautiful structures is Maiden Tower, which has been standing here since the 12th century. Then, you have the Shirvanshah Palace, which is believed to have been constructed in the 13th century. Architectural feats aside, Icheri Sheher is also recognized for its handicrafts, especially ceramic work and textiles. You’ll find several shops that sell such items. In fact, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll while you go from shop to shop.

Kakheti

Situated on the Eastern side of Georgia, Kakheti is known for the variety of grapes it produces. But, that’s not all. There are many other wonderful things to experience here. For instance, you have the town of Sighnaghi, which is referred to as the “City of Love.” Apparently, couples come here to get married; something to do with romance in the air! Then, you have the monastery complex of Davit Gareja, which serves as a tranquil getaway, and several other attractions. It’s well worth the effort to explore Kakheti.

Noravank

Armenia has always been known for its monasteries, and Noravank is the most beautiful among them. Constructed in the 13th century, the monastery is also home to the Astvatsatsin or Holy Mother of God church. There’s an interesting legend behind the church – the locals believe that God himself saved it during the Mongol invasion. So, if you do intend to visit monasteries in Armenia, Noravank should be number one on your list.

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The best places to visit in the English countryside

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Greenery as far as your eyes can see, blue skies with serene clouds, winding roads, and patchwork hills – these are what come to mind when one thinks of the countryside. The best part is that English countryside destinations are great to visit all the time, no matter the season.

If you are planning to visit England, then you must make sure not to miss these breathtakingly beautiful countryside destinations. They have a uniquely subtle way to help you reconnect with the best of what nature has to offer.

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a common English countryside destination, attracting a number of tourists every year. It also has a thriving education scene, being home to the reputed University of Oxford. There are plenty of places to visit within Oxfordshire such as Ashbury, Henley on the Thames, Woodstock, Bampton, and more.

Lancashire

Lancashire is a beautiful countryside destination in England, and it is no surprise it attracts many visitors every year. The county has beautiful natural attractions, such as the Forest of Bowland. You can even visit the famous Lancaster Canal. Plus, Lancashire is home to boutique hotels, country inns, majestic castles, and happy festivals.

Essex
Essex is probably one of the most well-known countryside destinations in England. It has a number of little scenic villages, charming towns with bustling markets, and beautiful rolling landscapes. Popular among tourists who love to explore either on foot or by cycling around town, there are plenty of attractions in Essex to keep you occupied during your holiday.

Cotswolds

Home to the famous Cotswold Hills – rolling hills that emerge from the Thames meadows – Cotswolds offers travelers nothing short of a picturesque holiday. This countryside destination is best explored on foot, as it allows you to discover the quaint little market towns, the architecture, the people, and the beauty of the place in general.

Cheshire

If you have read Alice in Wonderland, then the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about the Cheshire countryside would be the Cheshire Cat with a mischievous grin. Also, you may think of Cheshire cheese. These are what this countryside destination is most famous for, but it offers a lot more – think sweeping landscapes, charming country inns, and beautiful homes with distinctive architecture.

Bronte Country

Undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking English countryside destinations, Bronte Country attracts many visitors with its rural charm. The promise of serene walks around town on cobblestone streets surrounded by rustic and cozy-looking buildings while breathing in fresh, country air is just too good to pass up. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see the set of Emily Bronte’s novels?

Cornwall

One of the most well-known English countryside destinations, Cornwall has peaceful beaches with amazing scenery, and you can indulge in a number of water activities. This countryside county is ideal for those looking for a serene holiday where you can go for nature walks.

Spending quality time in the serene countryside of England is one of the best ways to unwind and rediscover nature, learn about new cultures, and meet friendly people. Make sure you visit these places at least once in your lifetime!

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Windhouse, on Yell, is probably Shetland’s most haunted house. Last year, two 13th-century skeletons were uncovered at this 18th-century ruin, which is reputedly haunted by a lady in silk, a man in a top hat, a servant girl and a dog. There are reports of skeletal remains of a woman, man and child found in separate incidents between the 1880s and 1900s, as well as the story of the shipwrecked sailor who spent a night in the house one Christmas and had to fight off a monster with an axe. The house can be visited for free anytime – and if you’re feeling brave, the gatehouse is now run as a camping pod by Shetland Amenity Trust (£12pp, sleeps 8, Mar-Oct).
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Places with the best weather in the winter

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With summer officially over, it’s time to start planning for your upcoming winter break. With so many places to choose from, you may find it challenging to zero in on the ideal vacation spot. To help you, we’ve made a list of the places that have stellar weather during the winter and which would make for truly divine holiday destinations. So what are we waiting for? Let’s jump in.

Atlas Mountains

Morocco’s Atlas Mountains may not be the first place that comes to mind when we speak of winter, but this African desert paradise transforms into a snow-clad fairyland come winter. Mount Toubkal, which summits at 4167 meters, is a great place for adventure enthusiasts and hiking/camping aficionados. If you are looking for a unique winter experience, this one’s for you.

Quebec

The Canadian city of Quebec makes for a great winter destination, especially during the festive season. While Toronto often represents the ‘English’ side of Canada, Montreal is considered as a representation of Continental Europe. The magnificently designed, beautifully decorated and bustling 17th and 18th Century churches, bakeries, libraries, and bistros on the narrow cobblestone roads give tourists plenty of space to sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee, and savor the many visual delights that Quebec has to offer.

Seville

With its mild winters (ranging between 50 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit), bustling Christmas markets, traditional tapas bars, and unique Belén tradition, Seville is the right choice for your upcoming winter break. Indulge in some of Spain’s most decadent winter dishes, visit the mountainous Sierra Norte area, and ring in the New Year with The Three Wise Men. This is sure to be a colorful winter vacation.

Croatia

Whatever the season, the European nation of Croatia is always a beautiful place to visit. But come winter, this beauty is magnified tenfold. Imagine frozen turquoise lakes, snow-clad forests, ancient snow-strapped buildings, festive fairy lights, and the memorable 40-day long Dubrovnik Winter Festival and you’ll understand why Croatia is such fun during the winter. Also, Game of Thrones fans will find some of their favorite locations from the series, such as king’s landing and its surroundings.

Hallstatt

Hallstatt in Austria is a sight for sore eyes. One look at this small lakeside village and you’ll believe in magic. For that’s exactly what life is like in Hallstatt during winter – utterly magical. The majestic snow-clad Salzburg Mountain and the surrounding crystal clear waters will inspire awe in people of all ages. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit for those looking for a quiet and romantic winter escape.

Queenstown

If you’re looking to winter in a place that still resembles spring and summer, then New Zealand’s Queenstown is the perfect place to visit. The many mountain ranges, including the Remarkables and Coronet Peak are blanketed both in snow and endemic winter flora. You will have quite a few of opportunities to snowboard, ski, and research plants when here.

So while winter could be hard for everyone sometimes, you’ll find that these places might actually your winter vacation dreamy than ever.

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In this day and age, many millennials are seeking to escape the familiar corporate nine-to-five workdays, wishing to escape their fluorescent-lighted fate. due to the colossal influence of globalization, the concept of work in the digital era is still ongoing through many twists and turns, and more people wish to examine and experience a less stressful life. From this crisis, the digital nomad lifestyle was born. Today, The Idyllic image of ourselves enjoying life while making money becomes more vivid as freelancers and entrepreneurs are in constant “Workation” – creating your own work schedule while vacating and traveling. From South America to the Far East, here are some great cities that are perfect for digital nomads.

Chang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand’s largest city is known as the perfect option for cyber nomads who want to settle in. You may find yourself moving around in a rickshaw or a tuk-tuk (Chang Mai’s main transportation) while looking at the city’s beautiful architecture. Soon enough, you’ll be surrounded by other open-minded independent nomads like you, all drawn to Chang Mai for its sense of community, networking and great Thai food.

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Through word of mouth, Costa Rica’s southeastern city has become a great option for international freelancers to have their perfect workation. While this tropical paradise is mainly famous due to its beautiful coasts and breathtaking nature, Costa Rica is also known for its great Wi-Fi, and many digital nomads choose to work from their restaurants and cafes. After work, you could just go climb a volcano or surf in some of its beautiful coasts.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania’s capital has been attracting many freelancers and entrepreneurs and offers Achievable accommodation of only $ 425 per month. Vilnius shows a perfect mix between its history, such as the UNESCO-listed Baroque old town, and a vibrant nightlife of never-ending restaurants and bars. Another great benefit in the city is its extraordinary public Wi-Fi, which is considered the fastest in the world, a feature that will attract every Digital Nomad.

Cape Town, South Africa

This South-African gem is considered as Africa main’s tech hub, and despite being known by the industry as the ‘Silicon Cape’ due to its several Information and Communications Technology (ICT) initiatives around the city, it is still relatively unknown to many freelancing workers. In Cape Town, you could work, while also enjoying its perks such as its beautiful scenery, the famous safari and a reasonable rent (around $ 750a month).

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is known as a popular hub for cyber nomads for many years. With its Stunning sandy beaches, reasonable apartment prices, warm people and great Wi-Fi connections, This Indonesian treasure is attracting a growing mass of independent digital workers from all over the globe. For example, you can rent an entire house for less than $ 400 dollars a month, while meeting great people and exploring jaw-dropping locations.

Tallinn, Estonia

Following the booming economic growth of the Baltic states, Estonia’s Bustling capital Tallinn has been making a name for herself with its flourishing tech culture. During any giving time, you could see the city’s workspaces often crowded with cyber nomads. Here, one can easily combine business with pleasure, as Tallinn also known for its great nightlife and multiple music festivals. And if that’s not enough, rent is only around $ 500 per month.

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Beautiful, exotic places that were shown on Survivor

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If you have never watched Survivor in your life, then you are missing out on some good television. Survivor is one of the most popular American reality television shows. In the show, the contestants are stranded on exotic islands without much to survive. As the name suggests, the show is all about surviving the challenges they come across and making it to the end to get their hands on the prize money. Some of the locations shown on Survivor are truly breathtaking, and it almost feels like they are perfect for a vacation. Here are some of the beautiful exotic places that were shown on Survivor.

The Herbert River

The Herbert River is located in Queensland, Australia. Shown during the Australian Outback, contestants had to battle some very harsh climatic conditions in this location. This being said, the Herbert River is a beautiful and quaint location, and there are a number of extreme activities that takes place here.

Sabitang Laya Island

This beautiful island is located in the Philippines and has been a prime location for the shoot of two seasons of Survivor. It is breathtakingly beautiful with its long stretches of sand and a vast expanse of blue, clear water. The island is surrounded by beautiful rock structures and is a perfect spot for a vacation. You can go for a swim or simply lie on the sands. There are several activities like snorkeling and scuba diving as well.

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are situated midway between Polynesia and Tonga. The islands resemble Hawaii in many ways and are filled with lagoons, beaches, coconut groves, and so much more. The best part about this location is the people. The locals are extremely friendly and approachable.

Shaba National Reserve

This reserve is located in Kenya and proved to be a truly challenging experience for the contestants of Survivor. They were dropped right in the middle of a wildlife reserve and asked to make it all the way till the end. Without the challenges, the Shaba National Reserve is a wonderful place to experience wildlife.

Cape Engano

Another stunning location with blue waters and endless stretches of white sand, Cape Engano is located in the Philippines. What takes your breath away is the beautiful landscape you get to witness at Cape Engano. It is one of the top places that anyone who takes a trip to the Philippines must visit.

Pearl Islands

Located in Panama, the Pearl Islands are famous for their nice, hot weather and the beautiful beaches all around them. The water surrounding the Pearl Islands is crystal clear and beckons you invitingly for a swim. The serenity of the islands is bound to relax you and make you want to leave the stress of everyday life far behind.

Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao was shown in the fifth season of Survivor. Located in Thailand, Ko Tarutao has a rugged landscape and the scenic beauty is sure to fill your soul. This beautiful place has mountains that reach up to 1640 ft. and offers a wonderful experience to the tourists who visit.

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Ready to get your ghost on? There’s a whole spectrum of spooky to explore all over the country — not just reportedly haunted houses but hospitals and hotels, forts and forests, even entire towns known for phantom shenanigans. So wherever your travels take you this Halloween, check out some of these eerie areas — if you dare!
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Best places to watch birds around the world

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If you’re a keen bird watcher, it can be pretty boring sitting in your garden and watching the same old birds come and go. You strive for more, but you don’t know where to find it? Well, bird watching vacations and trips are becoming increasingly common, and give you the chance to see some of the most exotic birds the world has to offer. And you can get some great photos for your album! (And soak up a bit of new culture at the same time).

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, but it is also one of the most diverse destinations in terms of birds and wildlife. The whole of Costa Rica is teeming with national parks, nature reserves and wide open spaces for these winged beasts to roam free – perfect for the avid bird watcher. There are hundreds of bird species in Costa Rica, from colorful parrots to hummingbirds, to toucans and quetzals – you can’t find these birds at home! The most successful bird watching destination in Costa Rica is the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where bird watchers have recorded over 300 species of bird.

Colca Canyon, Peru

Being a bird watcher is all about finding the biggest and the best bird on the market – but what if you could do this while trekking through the mountains of Peru? Well, if you’re looking to spot the Andean Condor, this is what you’ll have to do. The Andean Condor is one of the largest birds in the world and can grow a wingspan of up to 3m long! Because they are endangered, the birds are incredibly elusive and difficult to spot, but the Colca Canyon is their favorite hide-out spot. They nest in the rocky precipices and take flight every so often, so keep your eyes peeled.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We don’t know why anyone would turn down an opportunity to visit South Africa, especially when you can witness some of the most incredible species of bird in the world. Kruger National Park is one of the most impressive parks in South Africa, and the migrant spot for over 200 species of bird between the months of October and March. For the rest of the year, Kruger National Park is home to the Big Six; the martial eagle, the Pel’s fishing owl, the Kori bustard, the southern ground hornbill, the saddle-billed stork and the Lappet-faced vulture.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park in the United States of America is one of the most popular national parks in the world and one of the best places to spot the USA’s symbol – the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle is incredibly difficult to spot, but the park is teeming with over 18 nests, meaning there is fair game to snap a picture of the incredible bird. They normally live near bodies of water, so pay attention when you walk past any streams, lakes or rivers.

Norfolk, UK

The United Kingdom is home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world – and if you’re planning on taking a birdwatching trip in the UK, Norfolk is the only place to go. With its incredible diverse range of landscapes and habitats, the birds here are incredibly diverse thanks to its marshland, sand dunes, nature reserves, and lagoons; it’s the perfect breeding ground. Expect to see warblers, godwits, spot bitterns, and the marsh harrier here.

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