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Watch the Iconic New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

Created on August 01, 2012 by Dale Myers

Perhaps nowhere else on Earth do the eyes of the world focus more on New Year’s Eve than Times Square in New York City, one of the best travel destinations in the world. The Times Square ball drop is not only a Manhattan tradition but a worldwide occasion—whether you’re watching this iconic event live in Times Square with more than a million people, or are one of an estimated billion people who view this heralded event on TV from any one of a million places around the globe. But whether you’re watching what’s often referred to as the “biggest party in the world” in real time (and being covered in one ton of confetti) or three or more hours after the actual ball drops, it’s ...

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Hiking the Ioa Needle in Maui

Created on July 31, 2012 by Dale Myers

The Iao Needle is not a special kind of Hawaiian needle you’d find in a sewing kit but rather a 1,200-foot pinnacle of rock covered with green foliage that is one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks and popular destinations. The Iao Needle, aka Kuka’emoku, is located in central Maui’s 10-mile-long and mystical Iao (supreme light) Valley, which is ripe with rainbows, waterfalls, tropical foliage, and hiking trails. Legend has it that the Needle is the beautiful daughter of Maui’s (Iao’s) clandestine lover who was captured by Maui and turned to stone, and is now a monument to love (not surprising as the Needle is quite phallic). Legend aside, historic fact has it that in 1790 the Iao Valley was the scene of one of the ...

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Festival of Urkupiña in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Created on September 15, 2010 by Dale Myers

Customary Catholicism and a touch of paganism combine in Quillacollo for one of the most revered festivals in all of Bolivia, one which attracts approximately a half-million people annually. The Urkupiña Festival officially begins on August 14 each year; however, the past few years have seen the festival unofficially start on August 13 with the Autochthonous Parade, where traditional Andean dance and music is performed by Bolivian locals in traditional dress. The festival itself, according to the most believed story, commemorates the numerous sightings of the Virgin Mary by a young shepherd girl who on one occasion pointed out the Virgin to her parents while shouting “Orkopiña!” which means “There, on that hill!” as Mary was ascending to Heaven. Afterward, on the summit, a stone ...

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A Taste of Greece at 'The Taste' in Toronto

Created on May 26, 2010 by Dale Myers

For a taste of all things authentically Greek, one doesn’t have to go all the way to Athens, or even to Europe. Instead, you can get your fill of Greek food in the Canadian city of Toronto during the Taste of the Danforth, held annually every second weekend in August. The Greek food festival, aka “The Taste,” is one of Toronto's largest and most popular street festivals, one which attracts more than 1.3 million visitors a year (which is a major leap from the 5,000 people that attended in its inaugural year), helping to make the city one of Canada's top tourist destinations. If you still doubt the authenticity of the festival (don’t let its name fool you, it’s called “The Taste of the Danforth” ...

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Catch a Wave at Muizenberg's Historical Beach

Created on November 23, 2009 by Dale Myers

Despite being known for its cold, shark-infested waters, Muizenberg, South Africa, is still synonymous with surf. In fact, it is considered the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. This beachside suburb of Cape Town, situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on False Bay (which is known for white sharks), is blessed with year-round swells so is naturally a surfer’s Mecca. One of the biggest draws of Muizenberg is despite being located in a country known in the surf world for its heavy waves, the surf at this tranquil beach town is generally gentle and slow-rolling, making it perfect for the beginner. In fact, Muizenberg is also frequently referred to as the best “learn to surf” beach in the ...

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Venice Regatta

Created on September 03, 2009 by Dale Myers

There exist many incentives for visiting Venice in September: summer crowds have exponentially dissipated, stifling summer heat and humidity is a little less stifling, inflated summer prices have dropped (maybe not enough to get too excited about, but still), and it is the month for the fabled city’s Historic Regatta—perhaps the most traditional and beloved of all the annual Venetian events, one which rivals the venerated Palio in Siena for the fervor it evokes, as well as for spirited competition, rich pageantry, and history; it is, in fact, a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries. The Historic Regatta, La Regata Storica, which takes place on the first Sunday of September each year, is the main event in the annual Voga alla Veneta (Venetian rowing) calendar. ...

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Uros People of Lake Titicaca

Created on July 21, 2009 by Dale Myers

Lake Titicaca is an immense 58,000-square-kilometer body of water spanning the borders of Peru and Bolivia. It is so vast, in fact, that if one were to view it from a distance, it would appear more like an ocean than a lake, and one would have no idea that in the middle of this immensity exists a microcosmic dream-like world of floating islands, or islas flotantes, that are inhabited by the descendants of an ancient, pre-Incan people who comprise one of the most unique societies to be found anywhere in the world, making it one of the top destinations in the Lake Titicaca region. What’s more, the islands are man-made, and the Uros people have been constructing and living on them for centuries. Inca expansion ...

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Brazil's Paradisiacal Pantanal Wetlands

Created on July 04, 2009 by Dale Myers

It makes sense that South America’s largest country encompasses the continent’s largest wetlands. In fact, Brazil’s Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world, and is so extensive it even spills over from Brazil into parts of Paraguay and Bolivia. However, the majority of the Pantanal (which comes from the Portuguese word pântano, meaning wetlands, swamp, etc.) is located within the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. But nature knows no borders, and the Pantanal spreads its wet wings over an estimated 75,000 square miles. This enormous, pristine, biologically wealthy wetland system is somewhat of an oasis as it is bounded by the Arid Chaco dry forests to the southwest, the Chiquitano dry forests to the west and northwest, the humid Chaco to ...

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