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Since the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die was published in 2003, it has redefined the idea of a bucket list in travel. It’s an essential scorecard for keeping track of notches in the belt for many travelers. But more importantly, it fueled wanderlust for an entire generation.

The list includes the obvious landmarks of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu, and most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But the book also includes lesser known oddities of roadside attractions, cultural festivities, unique foods of the world, and many other world wonders. 1000 Places to See Before You Die is essential travel inspiration. As we have visited the sites in the book, we’ve highlighted them here with our own perceptions.

Postcards from Provence

One of the many cute cafes in Avignon, France. A trip to Provence is utterly picturesque | Postcards of Provence

Provence is the stuff that dreams are made of. We fell in love with all the sights, flavors, and history of this divine place, and these photos will show you why.

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The 28 Most Unique Galapagos Animals

A Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands.

For many travelers, visiting the Galapagos Islands is a dream come true. While islands themselves are individually beautiful, it is really the animals of the Galapagos that steal the show.

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Experiencing Gaudi in Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s most famous son is the architect Antoni Gaudi. His creative and whimsical designs have left an indelible mark on Barcelona and indeed the Catalan region, and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our recent trip to Spain, we sought out the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

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Seeing The Colorful Otavalo Market

Fruit stand in Ecuador's Otavalo market.

Yellow, green, red, orange, blue, pink, purple. As I walked around Ecuador’s Saturday Otavalo market, my eyes were assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Everywhere I looked, tables were piled high with goods in every color imaginable. I realized that the Otavalo market is the most colorful place on earth.

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Seven Ways to Experience the Appeal of Avignon

The skyline of Avignon, France

On the western edge of Provence is the brilliant city of Avignon. Here, cobblestone lanes lined with plane trees swirl within the city’s medieval walls. Outdoor cafes sprawl into the squares. Avignon is a very modern city with all the beauty, spirit, and French-ness that Provence has to offer.

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Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

For many travelers, including us, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, naturalists have been observing curious animals for nearly two centuries. It was here that Charles Darwin proved evolution. And it is here that visitors travel to experience one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations. Yet every visitor to these enchanted

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17 Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas

Things to do in Fredericksburg TX

Despite its proximity to the big cities of Austin and San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Texas, is popular because it maintains a small town feel while having so many things to see and do. From wine tasting to taking in the local history, you’ll never be bored in Fredericksburg.

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France’s Palace of the Popes

Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France

Beginning in 1309, seven popes ruled the Catholic Church from Avignon, France, rather than Rome. To accommodate the needs of the Church and demonstrate its power, the Palace of the Popes was built on the banks of the Rhone.

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