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Simone Girner

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Ultimate Nature Adventure: New Zealand

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:49 PM

There are destinations that challenge your intellect: India, with its intense mix of 21st century advances and Middle Age poverty; Berlin, in constant dialogue with an impossible past; Rome or St. Petersburg, with their troves of art treasures. New Zealand is a different type of place. That is not to...

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The Captivating Style Of Istanbul

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In his evocative memoir Istanbul, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk writes powerfully about the place of his birth, beautifully capturing the city's modern-day complexities and historical riches: "In Istanbul, remains of a glorious past civilization are everywhere visible. ... The great mosques and other monuments of the city, as well...

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Just Back From: Easter Island (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Easter Island, which lies equidistant between the coasts of Chile and Tahiti in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, is shrouded in mysteries, making it an incredible destination for cultural travelers. Writing for Indagare, Amelia Osborne recently visited and writes, "the place and its mystical elements stay with you long...

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Tips For Visiting Myanmar Now (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Myanmar in 2012 is an outrageous shape shifter.

Before I left on my trip there earlier in March, I had read extensively about this southeast Asian country, not least because its history of military dictatorship demands due diligence from travelers. But owing to how fast things have been changing,...

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Marrakech's Kaleidoscopic Style (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM

You need only look in the hotel guest books to see that the so-called Red City has always drawn an artistic crowd. From Doris Day and Gary Cooper to Kate Moss and Yves Saint Laurent, the movers and shakers of past generations and today have gravitated to the Moroccan city...

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Why Go Now: Nicaragua (PHOTOS)

(98) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Indagare's Amelia Osborne recently traveled to Nicaragua and returned raving about a country that is emerging as one of the most exciting places for green-conscious travelers eager to get off the beaten path. Here are her impressions. Read her article on Indagare.

"Very beautiful and very wild," is...

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Indagare's Best Of Travel, 2011 (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Incan earrings from Mexico, spaghetti alle vongole in Porto Ercole and a Mini Cooper tour of St. Barth's. These are a few of Indagare's favorite travel experiences of 2011. The staff of the travel company ( is often on the road -- scouting and updating the site's destination...

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The Latest And Greatest In Hong Kong (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 8:30 AM

The best part about getting to know -- really know -- a city in the course of several visits is the fact that eventually you don't feel compelled to sightsee anymore. You can just go with the flow of that particular place, blending into daily life alongside the locals, still...

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