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The Places You Must Absolutely Visit in New York


New York

United States

Top City

After visiting New York dozens of times over the past 20 years and living there for two-years, I have come to know this incredible and famous city quite well. Although New York is constantly changing there are also many things (like the major attractions) that never seem to change! With this in mind, take a look at the list of things you absolutely must do in New York!

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The Top Cities in the World!


AbsoluteVisit Top Cities in the World

No, we haven’t fallen off of the face of the Earth! :) In fact, we have been busy at work putting a new look to AbsoluteVisit (check it out!) and working on a brand new section of the site called AbsoluteVisit Top Cities.

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Duomo Top View – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – Duomo Top View – Florence, Italy

There are many places to check-out the stunning Florence Cityscape and one that I enjoyed this week was from atop Il Duomo. This famous dome sits on top of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower and has been there since its completion in 1436. Yes, for nearly 600 years!

One of the craziest things about it is that you can actually climb all the way to the top. Next, you spiral around and up the side of the dome (inside). And finally, you stand on top of the dome with this magnificent view of Florence.

As you can probably see, I didn’t have the best weather. In fact, I took this shot in between wiping down the lens from the rain that was coming down pretty good. I was the first one up to the top (got there at 8:15 – doors open at 8:30) which afforded me plenty of room to move around. Add this to your list of things to do in Florence … you’re going to be busy :)

PS: Be ready to climb – it is a solid 10-15 minutes of non-stop stairs!

Duomo Top View - Florence, Italy

Golden Hour Michelangelo Style – Firenze, Italy


Photo of the Day – Golden Hour Michelangelo Style – Firenze, Italy

The Golden Hour is one of the best times (if not THE best) to photograph just about anything that is effected by the light of the sun. Here in Florence, there are several places to see the incredible Florence Cityscape (AV #47) from, but my personal favorite is Piazzale Michelangelo.

What makes this specific location breathtaking for a view of the city is that it is just high enough to gain a top down perspective, but also not too far away so that you can’t see specific buildings and details which make the city come to life. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo during sunset is particularly spectacular and it absolutely should not be missed when you visit!

Golden Hour Michelangelo Style - Firenze, Italy

Ancient Illumination – Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – Ancient Illumination – Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

With the change in our travel plans came a rare opportunity to do something I usually can’t do for long periods of time – visit family! Now you may be wondering what that has to do with travel, but I’m here to tell you :) Lucky for me, my Mom moved to Florence, Italy in 2010. Florence is home to two different AbsoluteVisits – #47, The Florence Cityscape and #94, The Uffizi Gallery! So, here I am in Florence for two weeks which will be jam-packed with exploring everything Florence has to offer.

First up, the Ponte Vecchio! This beautiful bridge never gets old to look at and explore. This time, my Mom and I happened to be getting around town well after dark when I captured this shot. I shared a couple photos of the bridge previously (here and here), but you can see how different it looks at night in this photo.

I hope you enjoy this photo and I’ll have more coming from one of the most beautiful places in the world (and easiest to take photos of!).

Ancient Illumination - Ponte Vecchio - Florence, Italy

The Next Chapter for AbsoluteVisit


As One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

Where it all started – Cape Town, South Africa

It is often said that when one door closes, another one will be opened. Over the past month, we have had to reach deep to evaluate our very own business and dream – our open door. It is with weeks of thought, hours of discussion, and the most humbled feelings that we announce today that the AbsoluteVisit trip has come to an end. We will not be continuing on to visit the rest of the Top 100 Places as we originally had planned.

Although this door has closed, we will not simply let it slam behind us. To our avid support group, we would like to help you understand why we came to this decision and what’s next for AbsoluteVisit.

[AbsoluteVisit is NOT going away. Read on to see what why we are making this change and what's up next!]

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AbsoluteVisit Trip Update – Leg 1 Complete – San Francisco Edition


Trip Update from San Francisco, USA

Dreaming of Mt. Bromo – Mt. Bromo, Indonesia

Wow, it has been over three weeks since we have provided an update! Apologies for the delay, but on to the madness . . .

After we last wrote an update from Siem Reap, we spent a few days in Bangkok before heading to the Philippines for 11 days. Here we traversed the metropolis of Manila, saw our seventh AbsoluteVisit (The Banaue Rice Terraces, #33), and explored two amazing Philippine islands – Palawan and Boracay.

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AV Trip Blog – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Entry to Prambanan Temple

OK, now that you are done laughing about Brad and I in our hard hats and skirts (uh uhm – they made us wear them!), we can carry on. Prambanan is a 9th Century Hindu Temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was originally made up of 240 different temples, but what stands today are roughly a dozen with the remains of the others surrounding them.

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AV Trip Blog – Until next time, farewell Philippines


Until next time, farewell Philippines

The Banaue Rice Terrase - AbsoluteVisit - Travel

Well, as the saying goes, “everything good must come to an end.” Our time in the Philippines is now over and it’s time to say goodbye, but let’s change that to see you soon!

We had a thrilling 11 days in the Philippines which took us to Manila, Banaue, El Nido, and Boracay. I’m exhausted when I think back on it, but a smile always comes to my face with the incredible memories that were made. My only regret, not staying longer. There were many places on the trip that we could have easily stayed an extra day or two. Add to that several more islands that are now on my must see list and it seems like we could have, and perhaps should have, visited for a month! I will return.

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Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia


AV Trip Photo – Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

That’s right, hard hats and skirts! It was that dangerous … errr … beautiful! Regardless, we checked out this temple on our way to Borobudur and it was incredible. Photos from the temple will be coming soon!

Hardcore Photo Shoot - Prambanan Temple - Yogyakarta
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The Top 100 Places in the World
1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
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