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Where to Find a Little Bit of America in Paris

Where: Paris, France
July 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM | by | ()

The other week in Paris while crossing over the Seine, we snapped this shot of the Tour Eiffel. But if you look closely, you'll also see a pint-sized version of the Statue of Liberty. #nofilter

This tiny version of Lady Liberty stands on the end of Île aux Cygnes (Isle of Swans.) It was gifted to Paris in 1889 by the Parisian community of America to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. This was three years after the French gave America the original Statue of Liberty. According to Wikipedia, the statue used to face the Eiffel Tower but now faces West. Another fun fact? The tablet in the statue's hand is inscribed with both the dates of the American Independence and Bastille Day. #nowyouknow

But sorry, you can't go up inside this statue. It's too small. However, if you want to see the real Statue of Liberty, you can reserve your tickets online here. Pedestal access starts at $18 for adults and $9 for children while going up into the crown is $21 for adults and $12 for children.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross/Jaunted]

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The Main Attraction on Sao Miguel in the Azores is a Hole in the Ground

Where: Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
November 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

Now that you know what to eat when you visit the island of Sao Miguel, let's talk about where to go to burn it off. The island is filled with natural beauty, including a rocky coastline and rolling, hilly highlands. But the main attraction, without question, is the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades.

It's not hard to see why. Sete Cidades is the name of a town that sits at the bottom of a three-mile long volcanic crater that features two back-to-back lakes, the "Blue Lake" and the "Green Lake," each named for the color of its water. The color difference of the lakes is extremely obvious on a sunny day, which, combined with the lush green hillsides that line the crater, makes for a dramatic, picturesque atmosphere that demands to be explored.

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It's Winter in Chile, and We're Hitting the Slopes

Where: Portillo, Chile
August 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | ()

It might still be sweltering in many parts of the States, but it's wintertime here in Chile.

This week, we're getting an early start on the traditional North American ski season in Portillo, located in the Andes about two and half hours from Santiago. It's where many Olympians and celebrity skiers come to train during the "offseason." We're here to soak all that in, as well as investigate how Portillo differs from Santiago's other ski region, Valle Nevado.

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Wish You Were Here: Fraser Island, Australia

July 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | ()

We come to you from a small dollop of land off the Eastern coast of Australia by the name of Fraser Island. This World Heritage Site sits about 120 miles north of Brisbane in the Hervey Bay region, and is a haven for some unique flora and fauna, including native dingoes, goanna lizards, and more.

Fraser's biggest claim to fame however, is the fact that it's the world's largest sand island, boasting awesome 4x4ing, meandering nature walks, and an easy tropical escape from the city. At this particular time of year, the island is home to some foreign travelers without the need of passports; we're talking about the massive whale migration from the Southern Pacific to these slightly warmer waters near the equator.

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No Battery Left? This Tokyo Taxi Has Got You Covered

Where: Tokyo, Japan
July 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | ()

We’ve all been there: you’re running around town all day, making phone calls, sending emails, taking full advantage of the mobility smartphones have given us. But with more features and ever-larger screens comes ever-decreasing battery life, and sooner rather than later you’re looking at a thin red sliver that’s left of what was a fully-charged device just hours ago.

Seeking refuge in a coffee shop, a hotel lobby, or crouching next to a random socket is one option, but this taxi we rode in Tokyo recently will literally keep you on the move, offering free charging for both iPhone and Android with a little Lichtenstein pop art-inspired imagery to go along with the despair you feel when “Please connect your charger” appears on your screen.

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Travel Snapshot: Krabi Monkeys are Underwear Thieves!

July 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

Aw, the little wild monkeys are so cute, aren't they? Totally... until they rob you blind.

We're in the south of Thailand exploring a growing beach destination called Krabi, located two hours east of Phuket but very similar, albeit currently smaller, in its approach to tourism. Besides the beach culture, the main appeals of the area are the protected national parks and easily-reached islands, such as Phi Phi and Ko Lanta Yai (both are also accessible from Phuket).

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Travel Snapshot: Scenic Lunch in the Swiss Prealps

May 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

In the Prealps that surround the Swiss town of Appenzell is an even smaller summit village called Ebenalp. Sitting at just over a mile above sea level, it is more of a wilderness area than any sort of established village, accessible either via foot or cable car from the Wasserauen train station.

Amongst the hiking trails and rolling hills is a mountain restaurant slash hostel called Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, a popular place with both tourists and locals looking for food and drink at altitude. As you can see in the photo, the setting is absolutely gorgeous, and it's almost impossible to pass through without having a drink on the patio that overlooks the ridge.

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Travel Snapshot: This Bridge Only Serves an Island's Eight-Legged Residents

May 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

Traveling around the globe to experience new and exciting places is one tried and true reason to hop on a plane. The resulting numb butt and bloodshot eyes are only a small price to pay to see something you couldn't see in your own backyard, and that's why this travel snapshot is so neat.

We came across the above bridge with little understanding of what it could be, but once we figured it out, the cleverness of its design and function were a "duh" shocker. Before we reveal the full details on where and what this is, here are a few clues:

· The country in which this photo was taken has more crustacean residents (43.7 million-ish) than people (2,100).
· The above overpass has a heavy traffic season right around November-December.
· With about 3 flights per week, this destination is not easy to reach but completely worth the trouble.
· Although very tropical, this location is a far departure from cocktails and infinity pools.

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Wish You Were Here: The Middle of Nowhere in Wyoming

March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | ()

One of the best things about traveling is riding down roads less-traveled and one state in the U.S.A that's perfect for doing that is Wyoming. It's one of the least densely populated states and offers up a big sky and gorgeous surroundings, not to mention a little slice of the wild, wild West. Fresh air, mountain scenery, outdoor adventures and wildlife are all in the cards for a trip to this western state.

We snapped this shot while out riding the plains, not on horseback, but four-wheelers. Just about an hour from Yellowstone National Park and a view of never-ending prairie land in front, we thought this "little" cabin was a perfect image to represent the area.

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Lounging Around Vienna Airport's Groovy Gate Furniture

Where: Vienna International Airport (VIE), Vienna, Austria
December 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

If you’ve sat and waited at one airport gate for your flight to board, you’ve pretty much waited at them all. Sure, there is the idiosyncratic experience of open-air lawn chairs in the tropics or something equally unusual in other far-flung destinations, but most bear a depressing resemblance to each other: immovable rows of rigid chairs that will give you a numb butt way before it’s time to get on board.

That’s why we were so happy to come across something different during a recent departure from Vienna International Airport (VIE), where you can find these leather-clad, multi-faceted lounge islands.

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Wish You Were Here: Perched High Above Puerto Vallarta

December 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

Puerto Vallarta sits in the center of the Bahía de Banderas, a 62-mile bay that runs from Punta Mita in the north down south to Cape Corrientes. The view you see from the photo is taken from the southern-most part of Vallarta looking north towards the center of town. In the distance, you can see the coast curve around to the left towards Punta Mita.

Many travelers who visit the area for the first time tend to stay put in Puerto Vallarta proper, but the city's location on the bay means that there are plenty of opportunities for day trips, from small villages such as Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan to surf towns like Bucerias and Sayulita.

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Close the Week with a Visit to Stinson Beach on Highway 1

November 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Let’s all agree that Muir Beach Overlook is awesome, but it’s not exactly the best place to take a stroll along the shore and the sea. That’s why you need to get back in the rental car, and continue up the coast for a just a bit. It’s only a few miles away—maybe around 15 minutes—but it feels much longer as you navigate the twists and turns of Highway 1. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not on the scenery.

With the sun setting over the horizon there’s never a better time to take a walk along Stinson Beach. Here the mighty Pacific seems a little tamer, as you can actually get close enough to the water to feel the waves, the water, and the chill—the extreme chill—of the ocean.

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