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Take a magic carpet ride over Marrakesh when you stay at one of Angsana’s 6 restored, historical riads.

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Barcelona’s favorite son, Antonio Gaudí, never finished his reverent masterpiece, the Sagrada Familía, but that only seems to add to its allure; two million-plus visitors meander through its mystical spaces and climb its twisting staircases every year.
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The most memorable thing about Essaouira (pronounced “essa weera”) is the one thing you can’t see.

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There once was a girl named Yela, whose journal was found inside a 300-year-old palace in Morocco’s bustling red city of Marrakesh.

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Lisbon may get all the glory but Sintra, with its UNESCO-worthy streets, Arabesque hilltop estates and winding castle walls, may just change all that.

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One of Europe’s first examples of urban planning, the “Place Royale” was one of the continent’s first residential squares and the oldest in Paris. More »

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Mexico boasts much more than sandy beaches and ocean views.

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Visit some of Elvis’ favorite spots on the property, including the Jungle Room den and the Meditation Garden. More »

 

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“¡Cuidado con los pajaros!” said the counter guy, as he pointed to my food on the table outside. I quickly figured out what he was saying, meanwhile birds were descending on our food.

After shooing the feathered scavengers away, my dad and I dove into our roasted chicken and Magna beers at El Verde BBQ.  It’s the very definition of roadside dive as we could almost touch the cars going by. Following the advice of Anthony Bourdain, we had taken a chance on the place, pulled in, and began eating without fear.

Randomly, a grizzled man plopped down at our table. He said a greeting in Spanish that my dad responded to in between bites of juicy chicken. One reason I choose Puerto Rico for this father-son trip was because my dad taught himself Spanish. I figured he’d enjoy getting to use it.

Then the old man spoke to me in English: “It’s good that you bring your dad here. My dad is 90 now and we see each other often. That is good.” He also told us how long he had lived in the Puerto Rico, how much he liked his homeland and he offered some of his thoughts about life in general. Then he said goodbye and left.

As he got into his truck, all of the workers waved goodbye.  We soon learned that  the man we were talking to was the owner of the restaurant.

I liked his style. No showy welcome to his restaurant, no attempts to win our attention with a free beer and no questions about what we thought about the food. It was just a pleasant conversation from a pleasant man while eating pleasant food.

In the space of an hour, Puerto Rico taught us three lessons: watch out for birds stealing your food, random roadside dives are delicious and always welcome a stranger to the table.

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- Written by Greg Stroud

 

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