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Travel Babbo

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Santa Barbara, CaliforniaJoined in Mar 2005
Family travel writer. 54 countries with kids. The 4th most influential traveler in the world according to Forbes. Conde Nast Traveler photo of the year.
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Giraffe ManorYesterday
Definitely our most unique breakfast ever! Giraffe Manor was so much fun, from afternoon tea with giraffes and warthogs, to the amazing Giraffe Centre next door, to this breakfast. Highly recommended if you're near Nairobi.
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Kongoji Temple14 Nov
I loved the Kongoji Temple in Kyoto! Everyone writes their wishes on colorful balls called “kukurizaru” and hangs them at the center of the site, and then when the strings of wishes are full, they're moved to the main temple, so the colors surround you. We only went in because we saw a steady steam of people going in and out of the main gate. So glad we did!
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Arashiyama12 Nov
Another favorite stop in Kyoto: the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. And just like with Fushimi Inari Taisha, it's best to get there early. We left our Gion inn around 7:15am, took the metro and a JR train, and arrived roughly an hour later. We were able to get photos with no one else in them fairly easily, but when we passed back by the bamboo grove close to 9am, it was becoming crowded.
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine10 Nov
Today at Fushimi Inari Taisha - the path of 10,000 torii gates in Kyoto, Japan. Tip: arrive early! We got there a little before 8am (on a Saturday) and didn't encounter many others on the way up. Coming down an hour later, though, the pathway was packed.
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Via Francigena and 5 more locations10 Nov
Ever thought about walking one of Europe's old pilgrimage trails? I did a 90km section of Italy's Via Francigena last month, and had a great time - even if the exercise was cancelled out by all of the pasta and wine!
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MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON teamLab Borderless8 Nov
Maybe the coolest museum ever? Tokyo's Mori Digital Art Museum blew us away. When I saw photos this summer after it opened, I assumed it was a museum designed for selfies and Instagram. I couldn't have been more wrong. While there are amazing visuals throughout, it's impossible to do it justice on social media. The reason? Everything is interactive. The walls, and scenes (and here, lights), react to you. No one will ever take the same photo, or have the same experience. A must-do in Tokyo!
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Park Hyatt Tokyo7 Nov
The Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of my favorite hotels in the world. I started staying here because of Lost in Translation, but that's less and less in my head all the time. Now it's about the amazing service, the perfect breakfasts, the pool, and the view! It was clear in Tokyo today because of yesterday's rains, so the skyline right now is stunning. We have a corner suite so we can see a lot of the city. Loving the reflections too...
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Meiji Jingu Shrine6 Nov
The pathway to the Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo. We always enjoy visiting the shrine, but the gardens around the temple are magical! And it's only maybe a 15 minute walk from the Park Hyatt Tokyo to this spot. A daily destination for us...
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Taj MahalOct 2018
The Taj Mahal is still my favorite building in the world. Absolutely amazing to see up close. Be sure to line up before sunrise and then speed-walk through the gates when it opens. Take a quick picture from here with no one else in it, and then head in and to the right to the Mosque. One of my favorite parts of the complex, and it will be a good 10-15 minutes before anyone else is there with you. Enjoy the peace!
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