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Slideshow: Seville’s Spectacular Plaza de Espana

— Plaza de Espana (pictured above, and in the slideshow) turned out to be my favorite sight in Seville. It was the Alcazar that earned Seville the second spot on my Lisbon-Seville-Sintra itinerary (sorry Porto — next time). I had always heard about how amazing the Alcazar was, and don’t worry, it didn’t disappoint. But I […]

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Slideshow: The Tiles of Lisbon

In an era of sameness and globalization, it’s amazing how a capital city like Lisbon has retained a truly unique feel. It’s just so well-preserved, and this beauty is definitely worth preserving. There’s so much to love about Lisbon’s looks — red roofs, cobblestone sidewalks, sea views — but my favorite thing is clearly the colorful […]

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Ringling in Bloom: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Masterpieces

I love flowers. I love museums. So when I heard that Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art having a special four-day exhibit (“Ringling in Bloom”, Feb. 3—6) showcasing 24 floral arrangements inspired by the masterpieces, I was instantly intrigued. The results blew me away — the effect was amazing, as it felt like the art had […]

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Stopping to Smell the Wild Roses: A Nature Walk Around Alaska’s Byers Lake

Byers Lake (pictured above) is the kind of place you imagine when you think of the Alaska wilderness. It’s tranquil, pristine and beautiful. It’s not one of Alaska’s most spectacular sights — it’s no Yannert icefield, Glacier Bay National Park or even Mendenhall Glacier — but it’s quiet beauty is spectacular in its own way.

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