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Mountain Blues. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).

Morocco: The medina in Chefchaouen, Morocco has been painted bright blue since the late century. That’s when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled here and turned their houses blue because the color symbolizes divinity in the Torah.

Netherlands. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).  The average Dutch person—who drinks around 72 liters of beer annually—now has 217 breweries to choose from, up from just 123 breweries in 2012. Proost!

America's Coolest Breweries

Netherlands. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). The average Dutch person—who drinks around 72 liters of beer annually—now has 217 breweries to choose from, up from just 123 breweries in 2012. Proost!

Too Much Midnight Sun - Sweden received its first-ever heat warning last week, with temperatures topping out above 86°. (The country’s historic record high of 100° was set in 1933, before warnings were given.) Photo: bumbyfoto Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).

Too Much Midnight Sun - Sweden received its first-ever heat warning last week, with temperatures topping out above 86°. (The country’s historic record high of 100° was set in 1933, before warnings were given.) Photo: bumbyfoto Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).

La Sagrada Familia may be architect Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work, but if you prefer a piece that is finished, check out his Casa Milà. The building was designed without a single right angle. | Via Travel + Leisure

La Sagrada Familia may be architect Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work, but if you prefer a piece that is finished, check out his Casa Milà. The building was designed without a single right angle.

Стамбул, Турция

TURKEY:Modern Turkish workmen making repairs high in the dome of Hagia Sophia found graffiti scratched into the plaster in the century. The messages were workers' pleas to God, asking for protection at those great heights. Via Travel + Leisure

Hoping for a travel-filled 2015? Welcome the New Year the Colombian way by running around the block, empty suitcase in hand.  | Via Travel + Leisure

Hoping for a travel-filled Welcome the New Year the Colombian way by running around the block, empty suitcase in hand.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort Hawaii, view from the pool to the beach and Hanalei bay.

San Diego. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).The results of a six-year study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that city-dwellers with ready access to green outdoor spaces enjoy better mental health than those who don’t. Go to the park!

San Diego - wish I could go much more often

After the Gold Rush - In 2013, a California couple walking their dog stumbled upon a stash of 19th-century gold coins, valued at $11 million. They’re donating some of the auction proceeds to help convert the San Francisco Mint—which produced the coins during the Gold Rush—into a museum.  Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).

After the Gold Rush - In 2013, a California couple walking their dog stumbled upon a stash of 19th-century gold coins, valued at $11 million. They’re donating some of the auction proceeds to help convert the San Francisco Mint—which produced the coins during the Gold Rush—into a museum. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).

Mozambique. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).   In 2005, a previously unknown rainforest in Mozambique was discovered via Google Earth. Because the area is so isolated, scientists expect to find unique species there. So far, 126 bird species have been recorded, as well as 250 species of butterflies, and a pygmy chameleon.

The Best Secret Beaches on Earth

Mozambique. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). In 2005, a previously unknown rainforest in Mozambique was discovered via Google Earth. Because the area is so isolated, scientists expect to find unique species there. So far, 126 bird species have been recorded, as well as 250 species of butterflies, and a pygmy chameleon.

Two days in Amsterdam: a guide for first-time visitors

Two days in Amsterdam: a guide for first-time visitors