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  1. September 2010
  2. katie_f rated Rome

  3. katie_f rated Paris

  4. katie_f rated London

  5. katie_f rated New York

  6. katie_f rated Edinburgh

  7. katie_f rated Yellowstone National Park

  8. November 2009
  9. katie_f reviewed Ape Cave Lava Tube in US West Coast, United States

    Ape Cave in Washington was formed by the only known basaltic eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s. The cave was discovered in 1947 but wasn’t explored until a scout troop entered the cave in the 1950s. Ape Cave is divided into two sections: the upper …"

  10. June 2009
  11. katie_f rated The Grand Museum (Giza)

  12. katie_f rated The Sphinx

  13. katie_f rated Abu Simbel

  14. May 2009
  15. katie_f rated Yogamagic Ecotents

  16. katie_f rated Whitepod eco-camp

  17. katie_f rated Thaba-Metsi Adventure Farm

  18. katie_f rated Patagonia Camp

  19. katie_f rated La Brouquere

  20. December 2008
  21. katie_f reviewed Museum of Modern Art in New York City, United States

    "Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was designed to celebrate the world's modern art. Located in mid-town Manhatten in New York City, MoMA's contemporary outlook fits right into New York's upbeat lifestyle. MoMA contains over 150,000 works…"

  22. February 2008
  23. katie_f reviewed Little Bighorn Battlefield in Mountain States, United States

    " The Battle of Little Big Horn ended in a Native American victory for the Sioux and Cheyanne. General George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Calvary were completely destroyed in this battle, having largely underestimated the strength of the Native America…"

  24. katie_f reviewed Lascaux Caves in South West, France

    "The Vézère Valley in the Dordogne contains over 147 prehistoric sites and 25 decorated caves, making it one of the richest areas of prehistory in Europe. These sites date back to Paleolithic times. The Lascaux Cave is the most famous prehistoric site, ri…"

  25. January 2008
  26. katie_f reviewed Assateague Island in Appalachian States, United States

    Assateague Island, located off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, is most famous for its population of wild horses. It is said that the horses are survivors from a shipwreck off of the Virginia coastline hundreds of years ago. Although this story is …"

  27. December 2007
  28. katie_f reviewed Atacama Desert in Antofagasta, Chile

    "Known as the driest place on earth - in some places rain has never been recorded and it's hard to believe that over 1 million people inhabit this bare landscape. Most residents live along the coast in towns like San Pedro where extinct volcanoes surround…"

  29. katie_f reviewed Aconcagua in Cuyo, Argentina

    "22,841 feet high, Aconcagua or "The Stone Sentinal" is an Andean peak. Not the most difficult mountain to climb, those who attempt it need to be fit and experienced mountain trekkers. On the way up mountaineers will cross the Puente del Inca, the "Bridge…"

  30. katie_f reviewed Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., United States

    "Two long black granite walls in the shape of a V house almost 60,000 names of men and women who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. This simple, yet moving monument holds power in the thousands of names inscribed into the black stone. It's not uncom…"

  31. katie_f reviewed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, United States

    "Since its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has been one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Reaching almost 2 miles in length and 746 feet in height, it's a massive structure of beautiful architecture. Although driving over the bridg…"

  32. katie_f reviewed Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Cruz, United States

    "The Pacific Coast Highway stretches from San Francisco to Big Sur while passing through Santa Cruz and Monteray. This California highway is one of the most exciting in the country and it's easy to see why. The Pacific Coast Highway will take you through …"

  33. katie_f reviewed Chimney Bluffs in US East Coast, United States

    What look like large chimneys jutting out of the Lake Ontario coastline are the Chimney Bluffs in Chimney Bluffs State Park. This state park in New York was formed from constant wind and water erosion, creating magnificent spires of clay. This landscap…"

  34. katie_f reviewed Outer Banks in Appalachian States, United States

    The Outer Banks are sandy barrier islands stretching for over 130 miles along the North Carolina coast. With a history dating back to 1587, this is not only an area of pristine beaches but it is also rich with early American history. The Fort Raleigh N…"

  35. katie_f reviewed Churches of Chiloé in Los Lagos, Chile

    The churches of Chiloé were started by the Jesuit Peripatetic Mission in the 17th and 18th centuries and are a spectacular display of wooden architecture, protected and sheltered by the northern mountains. They have angle shaped roofs, stone foundations,…"

  36. November 2007
  37. katie_f reviewed Sundarbans National Park in Orissa, India

    Including the region of mangrove forests between the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, Sundarbans National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Other park fixtures include the Sajnakhali Sanctuary with its large bird pop…"

  38. katie_f reviewed Muri Lagoon and Titikaveka in Cook Islands

    Muri Lagoon is one of the more popular attractions on Rarotonga island. It hosts resorts and restaurants whose guests can take advantage of the great conditions for swimming, kayaking, and windsurfing. During low tide, it's possible to walk to the sand…"

  39. katie_f reviewed Wigmore's Waterfall in Cook Islands

    This 49 ft waterfall can be discovered on the south side of Rarotonga Island. Known for its natural swimming pool where visitors can take a dip, mosquitoes are a common problem so bring some bug repellent."

  40. katie_f reviewed Maungapu in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

    Maungapu is the tallest mountain on Aitutaki Island, one of the Cook group. A hike to the 124m crest along The Maungapu Track forged during WW2 will provide panoramic views of Aitutaki Island and its lagoons. On the way down, grab a light snack a la ca…"

  41. katie_f reviewed Khor Virap Monastery in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

    The Khor Virap Monastery is one of Armenia‘s favourite visitor attractions - it has an excellent story to it, this is where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years before curing King Trdat of a disease. Once cured, Armenia became a Chris…"

  42. katie_f reviewed Geghard Monastery in Yerevan, Armenia

    The Geghard Monastery's current structure can be dated to the 13th century although its origins can be traced back to pre-Christian times. It's said to have housed one of the lances used during Jesus Christ's crucifixion, hence its name Geghard-meaning …"

  43. katie_f reviewed Glacier Grey in Magallanes, Chile

    Glacier Grey is a glacier that starts in the Southern Patagonian Icefield and ends in Lago Grey. The lowest section of this glacier is in the Torres del Paine National Park, proffering views of Chilean mountain peaks and many different species of wildli…"

  44. katie_f reviewed Córdoba & Jesuit Estancias in Córdoba, Argentina

    The Jesuit building complex at Cordoba incorporates the main buildings important to the Jesuit religious system, a university: the University of Cordoba, a collage: The Monserrat Secondary School, a church and residences. Where the ‘Society of Jesus’ co…"

  45. katie_f reviewed Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak in Bulgaria

    Located near Seutopolis, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is decorated with murals depicting burial rituals and Thracian culture and day to day life. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the end of the 4th century B.C. The tomb’s murals are the b…"

  46. katie_f reviewed Viña del Mar in Viña del Mar, Chile

    The relaxing atmosphere, stately homes and well-kept gardens make Viña del Mar one of Chile's most popular resort towns. This is a great town to get away and enjoy days of lying on the sandy beaches, but the water’s pretty cold and not the best for swim…"

  47. katie_f reviewed Península Valdés in Patagonia, Argentina

    The Península Valdés region is focused on the conservation of its marine mammals, endangered right whales, elephant seals, and sea lions all have key breeding grounds in this area, which is why it qualified as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The climate…"

  48. katie_f reviewed Salta in Salta, Argentina

    Snuggled in the picturesque Lerma Valley, Salta is a town known for its Hispanic architecture. When you’re done admiring the architecture, one of the most popular things to do while visiting Salta is to take a turn on the ‘Train to the clouds‘. This jo…"

  49. katie_f reviewed Alexander Nevski Church in Sofia, Bulgaria

    One of Sofia's most famous monuments, Alexander Nevski Church was finished in the early 1900s. This church honours the Russians who died trying to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule during the War of Liberation in 1878. Its name comes from prince Alex…"

  50. katie_f reviewed Pirin National Park in Bulgaria

    The limestone landscape of Pirin National Park is dotted with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves, and pine forests. Located in south western Bulgaria, Pirin National Park is the home of many rare species of flora and fauna protected within this UNESCO Wor…"

  51. katie_f reviewed Salar de Uyuni and Mt. Tunupa in Bolivia

    "Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat is a pale, bare, bleached landscape. The desert of dried salt indicates there was once a large body of water in this southwest portion of Bolivia. Nearby are the Laguna Colorado and the Laguna Verde. The…"

  52. katie_f reviewed Kazanlak in Bulgaria

    Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world - this is mainly due to Kazanlak and its Kazanlak rose. This town is often called the Valley of the Roses and it's easy to see why when you visit it’s brimming fields and gardens heavy wi…"

  53. katie_f reviewed Lake Sevan in Armenia

    Lake Sevan is a popular spot for holidaying Armenians because of its mountain air and white sandy beaches. It's also a great place to go fishing, famous for its ishkan trout. People have been living in the Lake Sevan region for centuries, artefacts dat…"

  54. katie_f reviewed Dilijan in Armenia

    This town in northern Armenia is often compared to Switzerland because of its quaint, historic look and atmosphere and cool climate. Beach, oak, yew, and pine are among the trees that are protected in the Dilijin National Reserve, a dense forest which s…"

  55. katie_f reviewed Mt. Vitosha in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Near the capital city Sofia, Mt Vitosha is the most visited and fourth highest peak in Bulgaria. A popular ski destination, the mountain is divided into four parts: the northern part of the mountain has the Alek skiing centre, the south western part of …"

  56. katie_f reviewed Chiloé in Los Lagos, Chile

    The island of Chiloé has experienced hundreds of years of geographic isolation, resulting in a culture very different from mainland Chile. A religion incorporating a mix of Catholicism and native beliefs has developed with an emphasis on mythical figure…"

  57. katie_f reviewed Thalassa Shima in Tokai, Japan

    'This unique facility combines a luxury hotel with thalassotherapy, a unique treatment using seawater to revitalize both the body and the spirit. A perennial favorite of young women, the resort is also frequented by professional athletes. Popular restaur…"

  58. katie_f reviewed Paraty in Rio South East, Brazil

    "The town of Paraty is considered a National Historic Monument: founded in 1667, Paraty was famed for its sugar cane mills. A port, it was also a centre for shipping gold and precious stones back to Portugual. Today, visitors can still experience Paraty…"

  59. katie_f reviewed Forte Beach in Natal, Brazil

    Forte Beach is the most popular beach in Cabo Frio. The fortress of Sao Mateus was built just off the beach in 1620, providing a unique backdrop for this coastal paradise. There are often music shows around the area, entertaining the many sunbathers an…"

  60. katie_f reviewed Ponta Negra in Natal, Brazil

    Ponta Negra is one of the most famous and popular spots in Natal, Brazil. What was once a small fishing village is now a town in a state of constant development. Hotels, restaurants, and shops have sprung up, transforming Ponta Negra into a tourist tow…"

  61. katie_f reviewed Angra dos Reis in Mato Grosso Central, Brazil

    The Angra dos Reis region includes 365 islands and 2,000 beaches. Ihla Grande is the largest island in the group and has 86 beaches of its own. This island also housed a prison for 60 years. Today it has deserted beaches, hiking trails, and waterfalls…"

  62. katie_f reviewed Lapinha, Maquiné, Rei do Mato Grottos in Amazon-North, Brazil

    Minas Gerais is an area known for its many caverns including the Lapinha, Maquiné, and Rei do Mato Grottos. These are all caverns designed for tourist visits and provide controlled visitation of the Peraucu River Valley. The Lapinha grotto has an astou…"

  63. katie_f reviewed Parana State in Mato Grosso Central, Brazil

    Parana State in Brazil is known for agriculture and its pristine rainforest landscape. This is an area that focuses mainly on the preservation of natural habitats and the ecosystems within them: Marsh habitats in Superagui National Park are protected an…"

  64. katie_f reviewed Diamantina in Rio South East, Brazil

    "Diamantina’s history is tightly woven with that of its diamond mines and it is a city still reliant on the mining industry today. Within the Serro de Espinhaco mountains, Diamantia’s 18th century houses are built on steep slopes and cliffs. Not yet rav…"

  65. katie_f reviewed Mesa Verde in United States

    "Mesa Verde, meaning green table in Spanish, is an ancient historical site. This national park has over 4,000 archeological sites, making it the largest archeological preserve in the United States. Dating from 600 to 1300 A.D. Mesa Verde National Park is …"

  66. katie_f reviewed Chateau de Fontainebleau in Ile-de-France, France

    The Fontainebleau forest, located just south of Paris, was a favorite hunting ground for the royal family, and the chateau here began life as a royal hunting lodge. Because of this, a small town was formed to accommodate everything the Court would need. …"

  67. katie_f reviewed Château de Chenonceau in Loire Valley, France

    "Built in 1513, the Château de Chenonceau is situated on the River Cher, and one of the most famous Chateaux in France. Its riverside location provides stunning and kodak-moment reflections in the limpid river waters. However, this chateau not only offers…"

  68. katie_f reviewed St. Louis Gateway Arch in St. Louis, United States

    St. Louis's Gateway Arch symbolizes the city's role in westward expansion during the 19th century. Its sleek steel construction arches 630 feet above the city and the Mississippi river, making this America's tallest national park monument. It's possibl…"

  69. katie_f reviewed Ardèche Gorges in Rhone-Alps, France

    The Ardèche Gorges are in the southern section of the Ardèche River. They are giant granite ravines that are often described as being the Grand Canyon of France. A road trip through the gorges, stopping for a picnic lunch or at one of the small rock hewn…"

  70. katie_f reviewed La Route des Grandes Alpes in Rhone-Alps, France

    La Route des Grandes Alpes runs from Thonon to Menton and is opened from June to October. This route was designed to mimic the route created in the early 1900s by the Touring Club de France - a road where bicyclists, bikers and motorists can experience m…"

  71. katie_f reviewed Les Baux in North East France, France

    Les Baux, named for the large presence of Bauxite, is situated on a plateau that can only be reached by foot, with spectacular views. Human occupation of this area dates back to 6,000 B.C., making Le Baux's history a rich and ancient one. During the 15th…"

  72. katie_f reviewed Château d'Azay-le-Rideau in Loire Valley, France

    Surrounded by the Indre River, construcion on the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau began in 1514. The chateau's design was greatly influenced by the Italian Renaissance, of which architectural style it is an exquisite example. Rich tapestries and historical pain…"

  73. katie_f reviewed Chateau de Chantilly in Paris, France

    From 1386 to 1897, the Chateau de Chantilly was passed down within one family and was never sold. Today, sadly for them but happily for us, the property is owned by the Institut de France and attracts visitors interested in both the magnificent art and a…"

  74. katie_f reviewed La Baule in Saint-Nazaire, France

    Boasting views of one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, La Baule is a coastal resort on the Atlantic. Despite the sandy beaches Le Baule only attracts a small number of foreign visitors, though it is popular with the French. Perhaps it is the cold At…"

  75. katie_f reviewed El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Los Angeles, United States

    Some of L.A.'s oldest buildings are within this culturally diverse area. Although there are many cultures that have shaped this community, the Latino culture is a predominant influence. Visit the famous Olvera Street and get a taste of great Mexican re…"

  76. katie_f reviewed Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, United States

    This neighborhood in Los Angeles is the home of many Japanese or people with Japanese ancestry. This is an area full of shops and bakeries that are related to the Japanese culture. Visit the Japanese American National Museum or catch a Kabuki drama at …"

  77. katie_f reviewed Universal Studios in Orlando, United States

    The great thing about Universal Studios is that it's a working studio so sometimes you can see live shooting. However, if you don't get to see any filming, Universal Studios has around 40 actual sets from movies that you can visit. There are also rides…"

  78. katie_f reviewed La Route des Crêtes in Rhone-Alps, France

    "The Vosges Mountains are part of an ancient mountain range that once formed the boundary between France and Germany. La Route des Cretes winds amongst these mountains and begins at Col du Bonhomme. It was a road created during World War I to carry suppli…"

  79. katie_f reviewed Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Ile-de-France, France

    The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte was built in the 17th century by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV's finance minister. Though Fouquet was a successful minister (whose namesake Cafe on the Champs Elysees in Paris has had a recent resurrection), this was not a wis…"

  80. katie_f reviewed Côte d'Azur in Nice, France

    Côte d'Azur, or the French Riviera, was first popularised by the English aristocrats of the 19th century for its temperate climate in winter. It is now more popular in the summer - an area synonymous with immense wealth, sunshine and the 'good life…"

  81. katie_f reviewed Grand Canyon National Park in Southwest Desert, United States

    There is a lot more to Grand Canyon National Park than the canyon itself. Experience panoramic views of tinted desert landscapes, staggering geologic formations, and waterfalls formed from the Colorado River. Grand Canyon National Park is also an area …"

  82. katie_f reviewed Dordogne River in South West, France

    The Dordogne River meanders through some of the most beautiful countryside in France. Along the Dordogne there are many historical churches, castles and craggy villages dating back to the Crusades. The Chateau Fenelon and the Lascaux Caves are two highli…"

  83. katie_f reviewed Lourdes in Midi-Pyrenees, France

    Catholics believe that in 1858 the Virgin revealed herself 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a shephard girl who lived near Lourdes, in a cave by the river here. These apparitions have made Lourdes a shrine which attracts millions of pilgrims from all ov…"

  84. katie_f reviewed Bagatelle in Normandy, France

    Bagatelle is widely known for its rose gardens. There was originally only one rosary, but a second was later added - one displaying traditional rose specimens and the other showing the evolution of this queen of flowers. Roses are labelled by name, origi…"

  85. katie_f reviewed Carnac in Brittany, France

    Carnac is a seaside resort, with hundreds of stones in the Field of Megaliths. These stones date back to Neolithic times, and although no one knows what the stones were used for, religious connections seem obvious. In addition to the ancient stones, the …"

  86. katie_f reviewed Avignon in Avignon, France

    Avignon was once the home of the papacy, for a 68 year period in the 14th century when Rome had become too unstable. At that time France as a nation state as we know it did not exist, and Avignon and the surrounding area belonged to the Popes. At this ti…"

  87. October 2007
  88. katie_f reviewed Carlsbad Caverns in United States

    "Within Carlsbad National Park there are over 110 caves. These caves were formed by sulphuric acid dissolving into nearby limestone. The result: some of the largest caves in the United States. The most basic way to see the caves is by a self-guided tou…"

  89. katie_f reviewed Mount Rushmore in Plains Midwest, United States

    "Nothing symbolizes America more than four great presidents being carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a stunning depiction of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham…"

  90. September 2007
  91. katie_f reviewed Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy

    "The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are on everyone's essential sightseeing list for Rome, but that can be the reason a visit can be an unpleasant experience. Here there are sections of archeological finds, ancient Egyptian artifacts, and ancient…"