Where in the world am I? (#20)

Happy New Year everybody! Here’s the first “Where in the world am I?” photo challenge of 2012. This week, I’m looking for a specific answer of where I took this picture. Do you know know?

Like in weeks past, I’ll give no clues up front, but will periodically tweet and post clues on my Facebook and Google+ pages to help you out. So, if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, click here.

  • Leave your guess here on my blog only (not on Facebook or Twitter) by Friday, January 6th at noon (PDT).
  • I’ll be giving out hints via Twitter & Facebook throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • One guess per hint (i.e.: with each hint, you can leave a new guess.)
  • One winner will be randomly selected from those who answer correctly and will be featured on my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and Google+ Page with his/her name, blog (if applicable), twitter, as well as a brief bio.
  • Anyone can participate!

Please note: Moderation is turned on for this contest and all comments will need to be approved before they are posted.  No need to resubmit your comment.  This way, no one will steal your answer!

I hope you all have a very happy (and travel-filled) 2012!

Here are the clues I’ve given so far:

Clue #1: In the past, guests could arrive to this villa by gondola. 

Clue #2: The estate shares the same name as a Spanish province.

Clue #3: Even though it looks hundreds of years old, it was actually built in 1916.

Clue #4: More than 1000 workers built the mansion and vast gardens.

The answer and winner of this week’s challenge:

I took this photo last week while vacationing in Miami, Florida. It shows the Biscayne Bay side of the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Three people answered correctly but after randomly selecting a winner, congratulations are due to Cathy at Traveling With Sweeney!

Visiting the Villa Vizcaya was a real treat. I never expected to see a property like this in South Florida! The estate was built by wealthy industrialist James Deering in 1916 as a winter retreat. Located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, the spectacularly manicured grounds feature expansive Italian Renaissance gardens, grottoes, fountains and mangrove thickets. And believe me, the interior is equally impressive. I’ll be writing more about this beautiful place next week, so stay tuned!

This week’s winner is one of my favorite bloggers. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cathy’s had a lifelong passion for travel. She enjoys sharing her perspectives on places she’s been, places she wants to go, tips and travel-related topics that she finds interesting. Be sure to check out Cathy’s blog at Traveling With Sweeney, become a fan of her Facebook and Google+ Pages and follow her on Twitter too!


Here was last week’s photo, correctly identified by Mary at The World Is A Book as Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau is world-famous for hosting the Passion Play, a seven-hour production depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ. Every decade since 1643 the town’s residents have produced the play, honoring a vow they made to God if he spared them from the bubonic plague. Today the play is staged every ten years, in the final year of each decade – that is, the year whose numeral ends with a zero. (The next performances will be in 2020.) Congrats Mary!

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