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AValencia: Things to do in Valencia for families with children

Bioparc​ (animal park) and the aquarium are amazing (for all ages) and the Arts and Sciences area (where the aquarium is) and Túria​ park is just amazing to walk around...lots of different areas and things to see (free). The beach... See More

AValencia: Things to do in Valencia for families with children

The mussels place I mention is bar pilar​. Also, though this is the home of paella, know you can still get a lot of bad ones. Most of the best are out at the beach (though I have a favorite near the ayunamiento if I can recall the name). It's a lunch/afternoon... See More

AShanghai: Is everything closed during CNY?

A lot of restaurants are open, at least for part of the holiday and malls, major businesses, etc are also. Chinese New Year's eve and day are hardest. Also, small shop owners will usually return home and be gone as long as a few weeks (our tea purveyor leaves very year... See More

AShanghai: Shopping

The French Concession​ is full of great little boutiques. Spin Ceramics is a place everyone likes to visit. Cheap knockoffs of all types are available at the Shang Hai Ke Ji Guan​  (right in the metro)--the other "fake market"... See More

ATampa: Weekend retreat/getaway

Are you interested in beaches/maybe being near the water? Or do you need to be near the airport or any particular location? I'd suggest considering crossing over to Pinellas County​, Saint Petersburg (Florida)​, Saint... See More

ATips for moving internationally?

I agree about google voice and porting your #. I also have a Skype subscription (purchase it while you're still in the U.S.) for unlimited calls to U.S. and Canada #s for $3/month (if you'll need to be calling home, which comes up for practical matters if nothing... See More

AElla: What is your favorite restaurant in Ella?

I agree about Café Chill​l! We went both nights in Ella. Good food, but even better atmosphere and friendly staff. Check out the upstairs chill lounge for a coffee or drink...lots of travelers to chat with while you lounge on the bean bag chairs. We... See More

QSri Lanka: 7 day Sri Lanka itinerary with time to relax? Where should we go?

We're going to Sri Lanka for 7 nights in October and I need some help deciding! I really like the idea of Galle and am thinking of basing there mostly, with 1-2 nights within the fort (we're big walk around towns/just soak in local culture people) and some time... See More

AShanghai: What are the best temples in Shanghai?

I like Jade Buddha Temple​ and my favorite is one that was near my old home in Laoximen​:  (never knew the name, had to look it up). It's lovely and... See More

QPhilippines: What are your favorite destinations in the Philippines?

What areas do you recommend? Any particular places to stay? I'm looking for something that isn't super pricey for going with my husband from Shanghai in October. See More

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