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Exploring the Impressive Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

Architect Jean Nouvel designed the impressive and beautiful Louvre Abu Dhabi

Until recently I thought of Abu Dhabi as a city one connects through when flights through Dubai aren’t available. But that view was challenged during my latest visit to the UAE. I was surprised by how many people suggested visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a world class museum which opened in 2017 as part of a thirty-year deal between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.

Exploring New Mexico: Meow Wolf in Santa Fe

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A furry creature in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return

Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of my favorite small town destinations for a weekend getaway. The city has a rich culture, good restaurants, a great art scene and tons of culture to check out. But during my last visit, I felt like I hadn’t discovered anything that felt fresh or new in Santa Fe for a long time. Then I went to the arts collective Meow Wolf.

Rome’s Least Crowded Tourist Attraction: The Giardini Vaticani (The Vatican Gardens)

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Some people call this “the Papal Gardens.” I like to think of it as “the Pope’s Versailles.”

I recently returned from a trip to Italy. Most of my time was spent exploring the wine regions of Tuscany, but I did end the trip with a two day stop in Rome. While I’ve been to Rome multiple times, this was the first time I visited the Giardini Vaticani, or the Pope’s Gardens. These gardens are also sometimes known as the Giardini Barberini.