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Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO, USA

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO, USA

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AT THE beginning of the 20th Century, Estes Park was a small community made up primarily of ranchers and pasturalists. That all changed in 1907, however, when entrepreneur Freelan Oscar Stanley decided to turn it into a resort town. Having been diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1881, Stanley experienced a resurgence of the disease in 1903, and decided, with his wife ...
Central Park pond, New York, USA

South Pond, Central Park NY, USA

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AS A large body of water, located in one of the world’s most well-known parks, Central Park’s South Pond really needs little introduction. It was included in the original park layout, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858 and made use of a low-lying area of swampland. By making the most of this natural landscape, the two ...
El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

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SITUATED on Calle Obispo, one of the busiest streets in Old Havana, the bar now known as El Floridita originally opened in 1817 under the name La Piña de Plata (the Silver Pineapple). One hundred years later, the stream of US expats who frequented the establishment had convinced the owner to rename it El Florida, and then El Floridita, in ...
Alice in Wonderland, Central Park NY, USA

Alice in Wonderland, Central Park NY, USA

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THE STATUE of Alice in Wonderland in New York’s Central Park was built in 1959 and is now one of the park’s most recognisable icons. Commissioned by the native-born New York publisher, George Delacorte, as a memorial for his late wife, Margarita, the statue stands nearly 11’ (c. 3m) tall and depicts Alice seated on a large mushroom. She is ...
Mark Twain House, Hartford CT, USA

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford CT, USA

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PRIOR to the completion of the 25-room, Gothic-style residence (that legend holds was designed in the image of a riverboat) in Hartford, Connecticut, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was a persistent wanderer. Having grown up in poverty and supported himself entirely from the age of 12 years, this home represents a period of stability and success in the writer’s life. ...
Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Walden Pond, Concord, MA

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ELEVEN stone pillars and a plaque are all that remain to mark the site where transcendentalist author, Henry David Thoreau, spent two years, two months and two days experimenting with the simple life on the banks of Walden Pond. In his own words, Thoreau retreated from society to “live deliberately, [...] and not, when [he] came to die, discover that ...
Bella Italia Restaurant, Port Angeles

Bella Italia, Port Angeles WA, USA

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BELLA Italia is an Italian restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington. Although the town’s population is only around 20,000 people, its name may be familiar, particularly if you have read any of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Based primarily in the small town of Forks, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the series’ characters sometimes travel to the larger town of ...
Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama.

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville AL, USA

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EIGHT years after the publication of Harper Lee’s seminal work, To Kill a Mockingbird, the courthouse of her hometown opened as a part-time museum dedicated to her and her novel. In that time, she had won a Pulitzer Prize and the book had been converted to an Oscar-winning film. The museum became a full-time attraction in 1991. Strongly influenced by ...
Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Green Gables Heritage Place, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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GREEN Gables Heritage Place, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, is the heart of a tourist industry related exclusively to local author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and her novels – most notably, Anne of Green Gables (and the seven books that followed). Located within the farmhouse that inspired Anne’s Avonlea home, the Green Gables Heritage Place has been furnished with period settings ...
Orchard House, Concord MA, USA

Orchard House, Concord MA, USA

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SO NAMED for the multitude of apple trees growing on the surrounding land, Orchard House was the home of Louisa May Alcott between 1858 and 1877. She lived there with her parents, Amos Bronson and Abigail May Alcott, and two of her three sisters, as one of her younger sisters, Elizabeth, had died from scarlet fever only weeks before the ...

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