La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
This home-turned-museum is where Frida Kahlo was born, began to paint, lived with her husband muralist Diego Rivera, and died , making the house a witness to one of the most important artistic lives in Mexican history. Frida was famous for self-portraits, she said she painted her reality and her paintings carried a message of pain. Her life had both, physical and emotional. Much can be learned by visiting the home. The bold blue house with red trim stands out in the quiet residential street of the Coyoacán section of Mexico City. Kahlo and Rivera felt that the ...

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The Anahuacalli Museum – Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera
The Anahuacalli museum is an impressive creation of muralist Diego Rivera. Located in Coyoacan, south of Mexico City. Rivera’s life collection consists of around 60,000 pre-hispanic pieces. He had previously conceived a building to exhibit them. Built of volcanic stone, the museum was completed after his death. Tickets to Museum run about $35 pesos, $15 for minors under 16 yrs. old. Ticket is valid for the Frida Khalo Museum as well, and there’s a shuttle service between museums. A place of great energy http://museoanahuacalli.org.mx/museo/diego-rivera/   a...

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Favela

Came across this favela my second day in Rio. A cluster of houses painted in vibrant colors that stand out to make a statement, as a way to smile amidst adversity. I see it as the heartbeat of the city, where rhythm and laughter reside. It is simply mesmerizing how buildings and  mountains amicably share space in the city of samba. I was so impressed to see this neighborhood crawling up the mountain. The walk home is great exercise, especially for the ones towards the top, but most have the best panoramic views of  the city. Life here comes in all sorts of shades ...

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a city nestled between ocean and mountains. A place known for it's breathtaking views, laid-back beach attitude, the carnival, and great soccer; although the 2014 WorldCup was a devastating experience for Brazilians and other fans. I was a bit skeptical while in the taxi from airport to hotel, the ride was lacking the views I had anticipated... Something very common for the majority of places since airports are far from city centers. Regardless; I was anxious to see some sign of Rio, but also enjoying my conversation with the driver. Taxi drivers are ...

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Mexico City

Mexico DF
In Mexico City you can experience different eras and mementos, new experiences and splendors from past centuries. You can find it all, from remainders of pre-hispanic towns right in the heart of the city, such as Templo Mayor, to the colonial era of beautiful houses built of volcanic rock, patios with arches and water fountains such as Coyoacan. A peaceful colonial neighborhood oasis of narrow cobblestone streets that take you back in time. For a vibrant night you may also enjoy dinner or drinks on the Condesa district, a neighborhood with a captivating Art Noveau ...

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Oahu, beyond Honolulu and Waikiki…

The scenic drives around the island alongside the ocean through mountains of lush vegetation are simply magnificent. It is a spectacular exhibit of nature, 360 degrees...Trails to mountaintops showcase a wild paradise of colorful birds, flowers, blue skies, and infinite waters. Locals are very protective of their land, "keep the country, country" are signs along the road; the voice of those against future buildings and major developments. These neighborhoods are beautiful enclaves caught between ocean and mountains that are year-around retreats for its residents; flora ...

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Macau, China

Macau's historic center is the result of the longest-lasting encounters between China and the West. It was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it became a Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China. In 2005 it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Macau is an hour away from Hong Kong via ferry, directly from airport or other ferry ports. A passport is needed every time you enter or depart the island. Gambling attracts elite travelers annually from mainland China, and other places. The majority of the hotels ...

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Napa

While visiting the West Coast I decided it was time to head out to Napa and taste the great California wines.. First stop was at Mondale Chandon for a pre lunch tasting. I loved the scenery inside and out, mainly because of its minimalist look, yet eclectic feel by combining steel, glass, metal, and nature. I enjoyed the structure more than the sparkling wine, but each element has its own beauty in life. Living consciously of your surroundings enriches the soul, and Napa is a great start. A couple of flutes and some cheese set the tone for the day, I was being driven ...

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Summer in Chicago

A cool summer day in Chicago is ideal for a walk through town. Chicago has what it takes for a place to inspire me to explore, walk its streets and live its energy. It has a certain inviting magic the minute you drive into town. A city I would return to in a heartbeat. Chicago's ethnicity brings a diverse dining experience to its neighborhoods, offering locals and visitors many options for the foodies in all of us. The downtown area is pedestrian friendly and vibrant.Trees and flowers, restaurants and shops that adorn its streets make it all picturesque and contagious. ...

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Walking NYC

Flatiron Building New York
As a city of dreams, New York has always given me that feeling to desire more, to follow my quest, to walk and get inspired. Especially on a sunny Sunday morning, NYC will always give you a memorable moment. Today I've walked around 4 miles simply strolling the area, enjoying my morning latte, now lunch by the Flatiron Building, then dessert...all at different places. The Flatiron Building, built in 1902 was designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, and intended to fill the wedge-shaped property located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway. At 22 stories and 307 feet, the ...

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