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The Main Hall Gallery - Musee D'Orsay, Paris

France: Paris – Sacré-Cœur

Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World's Fair, the Musée d'Orsay is known throughout the world for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings including masterpieces as iconic as the Bal au Moulin de la galette from Renoir or The room at Arles de Van Gogh. Its collections include works of architecture, decorative arts and photography in addition to traditional artistic fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). They thus draw a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914.
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France: Maison la Roche – Le Corbusier

Designed and built between 1923 and 1925 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, the Maison La Roche was widely photographed and admired from the end of the 1920s. Like all the Purist villas, it helped to establish Le Corbusier as the master of modern architecture. The use of new building materials such as reinforced concrete allowed Le Corbusier to implement for the first time what he called in 1927 "the five points of a new architecture": the free facade, the free plan, the long windows, the roof-garden and the pilotis.
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The Replica Of The Statue Of Liberty On The Île Aux Cygnes, Paris, France

France: Paris – Statue of Liberty

The original Statue of Liberty sits prominently in New York Harbour, a gift from the people of France. The American community reciprocated in 1889 by giving a quarter-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty to the city of Paris to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
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France: Paris – Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.
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The Main Hall Gallery - Musee D'Orsay, Paris

France: Paris – Musee D’Orsay

Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World's Fair, the Musée d'Orsay is known throughout the world for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings including masterpieces as iconic as the Bal au Moulin de la galette from Renoir or The room at Arles de Van Gogh. Its collections include works of architecture, decorative arts and photography in addition to traditional artistic fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). They thus draw a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914.
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France: Paris – the banks of the Seine

The banks of the River Seine through the heart of Paris are listed as UNESCO world heritage site due to the incredible architecture of buildings such as Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Grand Palais and the examples of outstanding town planning, in particular, the large squares and avenues built by Haussmann at the time of Napoleon III have influenced town planning throughout the world.
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Oregon: Silverton – The Gordon House; Frank Lloyd Wright

The Gordon House is located just outside the Oregon Garden, close to the small town of Silverton, Oregon, about 42 miles south of Portland. It is the only building designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the State of Oregon. It is an example of Wright's Usonian vision for America. It is one of the last of the Usonian series that Wright designed as affordable housing for American working class consumers.
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Oregon: Madras – Erikson Aircraft Collection

Located in the small town of Madras in Central Oregon, the Erickson Aircraft Museum holds a private collection of World War II military aircraft. The collection is very impressive and even more so when you realise that most of these aircraft are still airworthy. The hanger that houses there aircraft is bursting at the seams, so expansive is the number of aeroplanes on display. If you love vintage military aircraft then this is definitely a place you should check out.
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The Bar At Finca Exotica In Carate, Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Carate – Finca Exotica Eco Lodge (Review)

The community of Carate is located in a remote part of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, bordering on the incredible Corvocado National Park. It is a hard place to get to and when you get there it is largely undeveloped. This, for us, was part of the attraction. During our time in Carate we stayed at the lovely and spectacular Finca Exotica Eco Lodge, which is set in a glorious rainforest, full of wildlife.
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The Pre-Colombian Diquis Spheres Or The Stone Spheres Of Finca 6 - Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Finca 6 Sphere Museum

The exact purpose and natue of the near perfectly spherical pre-Colombian Diquis stones is not known but they are undoubtedly an important part of Costa Rican culture. They largely disappeared, hidden from site buried under soil, until they were rediscovered during the clearing of land for banana plantations. Many spheres were damaged and had to be restored before being preserved for posterity.
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Drake Bay

Drake Bay is a small community located on the beautiful and remote Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (you can see the hills and mountains of Panama from here!). Its name came about after, as legend has it, Sir Francis Drake the great English sea captain (who was chums with Queen Elizabeth I), discovered it in 1579. Today, it is still hard to reach but the journey is well worth the effort if you want to escape the crowds found in other parts of Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio – Peace of Paradise (Review)

The Peace of Paradise is a small hotel loctated in a small community on the outskirts of the small town of Quepos, between the main centre of the town and the stunning and popular Manuel Antonio National Park. We spent three nights here in the Hummingbird suite, which we loved. The location of the Peace of Paradise is perfect for exploring the area and is walking distance from some great bars, restaurants and supermarkets.
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A Pair Of Scarlet Macaws - NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Puntarenas – NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary provides refuge and protection to the wild animals that have been victimized by human actions, such as hunting, removal from their environments, and deforestation. Among the species of wild animals, the Sanctuary offers attention to exist in captivity with dignity are jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, tapirs, white-tailed deer and birds, such as macaws and toucans.
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Monteverde; Don Juan Coffee Tour

The climate in the central mountains of Costa Rica is ideal for growing coffee, so there are numerous coffee plantations scattered around the area, many of them small holdings. We love coffee and had enjoyed a cup or two every morning during our time in Costa Rica, so we decided to visit a coffee plantation to join a tour to see how coffee is grown, harvested and produced.
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Costa Rica: Monteverde – Jaguarundi Lodge (Review)

The central mountains of Costa Rica are a tourist haven with stunning scenery, beautiful rainforests, lakes and volcanos. We decided to base ourselves in the town of La Fortuna during our stay in the area. Hotel Arenal Xilopalo is a budget option for accommodation within walking distance of the centre of La Fortuna and is a great base to explore from
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Monteverde Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was established in 1972 and initially covered some 810 acres (328 ha) of forested land. Nowadays, its protective reach extends over 35,089 acres (14,200 ha) and encompasses eight life zones atop the Continental Divide. There are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles living within its bounds. It’s one of the few remaining habitats that support all six species of the cat family — jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis — as well as the endangered three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal. Over 8 miles (13 km) of trails are available for visitors to explore on their own or with a guide.
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