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    In tokyo for 10 days, looking for exciting things to see/do? Maybe a good day trip out of the city too would be nice also:) any suggestions?

    In Tokyo, my favorite experience was seeing the Tuna Auction at the Tsukiji Market, if you can get in: http://transplantedtatar.com/2012/09/05/a-morning-in-tokyo-the-tuna-auction-at-the-tsukiji-market/ about 4 years ago

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    What to do in Las Vegas besides casinos and shows?

    If you are in the mood for nature, head to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip (http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html). The cliffs are stunning. The park has over 30 miles of hiking trails, but we usually just drive along the 13-mile scenic route, stopping at various vistas to take in the views. Once you get used to the stark scenery, there are lots of interesting desert animals and birds (come early in the morning or in late afternoon to see them most active), and the groves of gnarled Joshua trees look surreal. If you get hungry afterwards, there is the large Red Rock Casino nearby with decent restaurant options. 60 miles north-west of Las Vegas is the Valley of Fire State Park--also gorgeous and worth a visit, but it's more of a time commitment. Along the strip, I like the Singing Fountains of Bellagio, which are free. If you time it right and climb the Eiffel Tower at the Paris casino across the street at dusk (there is a fee for going up the tower), you can watch the sunset and see the city lights come up for the night. Plus the fountains look VERY different from up there (and, again, it's a different experience of seeing them "sing" at dusk and all lit up in the dark). If you are interested in the city's history, I enjoyed this guide to Frank Sinatra's Las Vegas (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Frank-Sinatras-Las-Vegas-200937811.html), and there is the Cultural Corridor to explore (http://culturalcorridorvegas.org/ -- don't miss the Neon Museum, where all of the most famous signs come to retire; early-evening tours are especially fun--you can see the signs in daylight and then again when they are all lit up). If you are in the mood for art, Bellagio's Fine Art Gallery is small but impressive. Here are other art museums: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/nov/16/top-10-galleries-museums-las-vegas And, for thrills, there are the New York-New York roller-coaster and "the world's highest thrill rides" on the Stratosphere Tower (http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Tower/Rides). Enjoy! about 4 years ago

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    Any "Must see" spots in Flagstaff? Will be there this coming Monday and Tuesday

    First, go to the old railroad station (you can’t miss it), now Flagstaff's Visitor Center--there are lots of resources there, most free, to help you choose the best things to do (staff are very helpful too). We did a self-guided walking tour along the town’s Route 66 landmarks with a brochure from the Visitor Center. I wish we had time to go to the Lowell Observatory (Pluto was discovered there)—it sounded really interesting. As it was, we decided to drive to three fascinating places a short way from Flagstaff: the Meteor Crater (35 miles east from Flagstaff, a huge crater left by a meteor that fell 50,000 years ago) and the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (20 miles north from Flagstaff, an eerie site of a volcano eruption 900 years ago; it is right next to the Wupatki National Monument, with remnants of Native American ruins, abandoned for over 800 years, so we saw that too). Loved all three. Here’s how that day was: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/two-craters-and-two-ruins/ over 4 years ago

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    Going to Disney world over the holidays. Should we plan on the Animal Kingdom? Children are 6 and 10.

    It's one of my favorite parks there--and I think a great place to take kids of that age. Here are some highlights from my last visit there: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/animal-kingdom-tigers-and-lions-and-giraffes/ almost 5 years ago

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    First time going Japanese in Tokyo!! Any/all advice would be appreciated!

    Make sure to go to the historic Asakusa district with its beautiful temples and markets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asakusa My favorite, most exciting memory of visiting Tokyo, though, was going to the Tuna Auction at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Only 120 people a day are allowed to observe it, and you have to get up very early to get in, but it is REALLY worth it. Here's my experience of going to the Market in November: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/a-morning-in-tokyo-the-tuna-auction-at-the-tsukiji-market/ almost 5 years ago

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    What would the top three things to see or do at the Haque?

    1) The Binnenhof, home to the Dutch parliament since the 16th century (plus a rest stop at the Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma, now home to the mind-bending works by M.C. Escher) 2) Scheveningen, the Hague’s seafront-resort only 15 minutes away from city center--make sure you have a drink at the grand Kurhaus hotel, Scheveningen’s most dominant structure. 3) The Municipal Museum, or Gemeentemuseum Den Haag--until mid-2014, it houses the best of Dutch and Flemish art since the 1600s, has a breathtaking collection of Mondrian, and is housed in a really cool building that by itself is worth a visit. Plus, the Municipal Museum is close to an excellent dinner spot: Frederik Hendriklaan, a street full of stores, restaurants, and bars. I loved Toko Sawa, a family-owned Indonesian restaurant with very delicious food. Here's a relaxing day itinerary for the Hague: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/strolling-in-the-hague/ almost 5 years ago

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    What's the most interesting place to eat in Alexandria Virginia?

    Depends, of course, on what you are in the mood for. My favorites are the restaurants of Cathal Armstrong: Restaurant Eve for scrumptious high-end dining (http://www.restauranteve.com/index.cfm/), Eamonn's for comforting fish and chips with amazing dips and beer, Virtue Feed & Grain for a relaxed and delicious brunch or dinner with friends, PX for great drinks and snacks in a speakeasy setting. Here are some ideas for things to do while in Alexandria: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/category/weekend-escapes/old-town-alexandria/ almost 5 years ago

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    What is there to see in Salt Lake City for older couples?

    If you are in the mood for stunning nature views and bird watching, definitely try the Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake (it's about a 30-60 min. drive away from Salt Lake City, depending on where you are driving from). Views are stunning and there are buffalos and birds everywhere: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/into-the-dreamscape-of-antelope-island-2/ About an hour away from Salt Lake is my favorite wildlife refuge, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, beautiful in any season: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/sunrise-at-the-bear-river-migratory-bird-refuge/ almost 5 years ago