Ellen Hayward 228
 
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Passionate world traveler with a lot of countries still left to explore! Married mom, but the hubby hates to travel so I take mostly solo trips. Remaining must sees include Argentina, Madagascar, northern India, Morocco, Turkey, Philippines, and Thailand.
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Playa Cocles, Limon Province, Costa RicaPlaya CoclesLimon Province, Costa RicaJust south of the hipster surf town of Puerto Viejo, Playa Cocles offers the same envious views and unspoiled beaches, but with a greater sense of...Se Ua Manzanillo, Limon Province, Costa RicaSe Ua ManzanilloLimon Province, Costa RicaI was lucky enough to catch an unexpected Independence Day parade through the local streets near Punta Uva on the southern Caribbean coast.Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa RicaArenal VolcanoLa Fortuna, Costa RicaIf you're visiting the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, I highly recommend staying at (or at least getting a day pass for) Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal...Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, SpainPlaza de la VirgenValencia, SpainInside the Gothic Saint Mary's Cathedral Valencia.Quanzhou, ChinaQuanzhouChinaPart of Quanzhou's Kai Yuan Temple, a popular Buddhist shrine. Also in this complex you'll find the Guandi Temple, busy with devout worshippers...Quanzhou, ChinaQuanzhouChinaThe Jinjiang Wudianshi traditional block is plopped right inside the bustling Quanzhou downtown, as if someone forgot this centuries-old plot of...Florence, ItalyFlorenceItalyOnce you've seen the parking situation, you'll understand why this is the preferred way to get around. View from the Oltrarno side.Venice, ItalyVeniceItalyEmpty stalls in the late afternoon, Rialto Fish MarketVenice, ItalyVeniceItalySleeping gondolas by St. Marks at sunset.Valencia, SpainValenciaSpainPlaza de Toros de Valencia. The neoclassical bull fighting ring, circa 1850.Valencia, SpainValenciaSpainEl Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. The center of Valencia is where you'll find the City of Arts and Sciences, an interesting juxtaposition of...Alicante, SpainAlicanteSpainRequisite al fresco dining in Alicante. Pick any street, you'll be in for a treat!Venice, ItalyVeniceItalyVisit the Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore. Because of frequent flooding (thus the name "High Water") you'll find books stacked in boats, bathtubs and...Florence, ItalyFlorenceItalyTake a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Arno. Stay across the river in the Santo Spirito neighborhood - you'll save a ton of money,...Burano, Venice, ItalyBuranoVenice, ItalyI highly recommend taking a day trip to the other Venetian islands, known for their hand blown glass and delicate lace. Even on this overcast day...San Marco, Venice, ItalySan MarcoVenice, ItalyWelcome to the lively Bàcaro Jazz bar in the San Marco neighborhood. This is what happens when Italians cater to the American tourists' desire for...Venice, ItalyVeniceItalySunset in Dorsoduro Venice. Check out this sestiere for solid nightlife and fewer crowds.Venezia Mestre, ItalyVenezia MestreItalyUpon arrival in Venice, the most magical place I've explored in a while. Perfectly safe as a female solo traveler... what are you waiting for?!Venice, ItalyVeniceItalyFrom the steps of Santa Maria della Salute. Getting lost among the narrow, winding passages to get to the very tip of the island is part of the...Venice, ItalyVeniceItalySan Giacomo di Rialto, sestiere San Polo. The architecture reminds me of the Wild West!
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