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Carlsbad Village My Little Slice of Paradise – Carlsbad California

Posted on May 28, 2016 |

Carlsbad The seven miles of surf, sand and sun beckon for endless outdoor activities. Soak in the sun, catch some waves or stroll along the shore. You can always count on our beaches for ocean fun anytime of the year!  But don’t mistake Carlsbad for a sleepy surfer village. A wide variety of arts and culture offer a constant influx of creativity and inspiration. Whether your tastes lie in fine arts, live concerts, classic cars or craft beers or fine eateries, Carlsbad Village is never short on amazing experiences.  For more information on Carlsbad Village My Little Slice of Paradise.

 

Carlsbad Eateries: 

Carlsbad Food Tours

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Caldo Pomodoro Restaurant

 

Caldo Pomodoro Restaurant

Caldo Pomodoro Restaurant

Welcome to Caldo Pomodoro, located in the heart of Carlsbad Village on the corner of State and Grand, Caldo Pomodoro serves up North County’s finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Caldo Pomodoro, every dish is created with old fashion Sicilian zest. Family Owned & Operated Since 1991.

Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant 

Carlsbad Restaurant

Carlsbad Restaurant

Nestled in the Northern San Diego County beach town of Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen, Gregorio’s. Formerly known as Spirito’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, we have been serving up great Italian food and pizzas for over 20 years.

Carlsbad Chocolate Bar

Carlsbad Chocolate bar

The Carlsbad Chocolate Bar was established in December 2008. In July 2011, the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar relocated to the corner of State and Carlsbad Village Drive. They offer an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana

Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on exceptional Italian home cooking reminiscent of his childhood in Milano, where families are raised in kitchens and food is the centerpiece of the culture.

Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market

Vigilucci's Italian Restaurant

Vigilucci’s Italian Restaurant

Visit Vigilucci’s Market on State Street in the Village of Carlsbad for a wide selection of imported and domestic boutique wines, salami and much more.

Relm Wine & Bistro

Relm Wine & Bistro Carlsbad, CA

Relm Wine & Bistro Carlsbad, CA

Café – Wine Bar – Educational Classes – Special Events – Happy Hour

Cafe Topes

Dining Breakfast Casual Sandwiches & Subs. 3091 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 1 (760) 434-8673.

 

Gaia Gelato

Gaia Gelato Carlsbad, CA

Gaia Gelato Carlsbad, CA

We prepare gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. We installed in the heart of Carlsbad an authentic Gelato Lab: all the machines and displays are imported from Italy, to combine the traditional preparation method with the freshest California ingredients.  The pure alkaline Carlsbad water makes it even better!

Linda’s Gifts & Chocolates

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Linda’s has unique gifts and delicious chocolates!

Humble Olive Oils

Humble Olive oils

Humble Olive oils

Humble Olive Oils is a family owned and operated olive oil store and tasting room located on State Street in beautiful downtown Carlsbad Village. We offer the finest olive oils from around the world featuring ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils and infused olive oils.

Witch Creek Winery

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Founded in 1993 by Dave and Kathy Wodehouse, Witch Creek Winery began as a small country winery in the hills of Ramona, California, adopting our namesake from the area of Witch Creek, where we got some of our first grapes. For twenty years, we have honed the focus of our winery on producing a wide variety of outstanding, award-winning red wines.  We place emphasis on quality over quantity and take pride in producing small-lot, handcrafted wines using traditional winemaking techniques.

Senor Grubby’s

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Fresh authentic mexican food made with fresh ingredients. Always. Right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.

Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar

Paon french restaurant Carlsbad CA

Paon french restaurant Carlsbad CA

Paon restaurant offers California cuisine with French influences. Beautiful patio dining, elegant Art Deco in intimate dining setting.

Fresco Trattoria & Bar

Fresco Italian Restaurant Carlsbad CA

Fresco Italian Restaurant Carlsbad CA

Enjoy wonderfully authentic food and ambiance in the main dining room, casual bar or the warm inviting patio. Leone D’Arcangelo and his family look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant.

 

Healthy breakfast and lunch served

83 Degrees

83 Degrees Restaurant Carlsbad, CA

83 Degrees Restaurant Carlsbad, CA

Welcome to 83 Degrees – Craft Beer, American Food, Wine & Cocktails are what we serve, but our vibe is always a smoking HOT 83 Degrees

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

Garcia Mexican Restaurant

Garcia Mexican Restaurant

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, originally opened in 1960 by Abel & Ophelia Garcia, has an established legacy as a family owned and operated restaurant with a reputation in Carlsbad for delicious mexican food.

Norte’s Mexican Restaurant

Things to do in Carlsbad

Things to do in Carlsbad

Low-key restaurant for Latin American cuisine such as nachos, tortilla soup & tostadas.

Carlsbad Bakery

Eat Dessert First

Eat Dessert First

A hidden secret great seating area to relax with the best French pastries in the city, all handmade fresh daily quality like that is hard to find.

Mediterranean Cafe

A unique, truly one-of-a-kind café, featuring an eclectic range of Southern- European and Middle-Eastern cuisine with a So-Cal twist, our healthy, delectable menu is sure to delight both meat-lover and vegetarian alike.

Las Olas Mexican Food

Our Carlsbad location, established in 2003 is in the heart of old Carlsbad has convenient and ample parking directly behind the restaurant. Fantastic Margaritas and fresh Mexican Food served by a friendly staff, all within an easy walk to beach, downtown shops and the Carlsbad Train Station make this a really great destination.

Vinaka Café

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Vinaka Café not only offers freshly brewed organic and flavored coffees, but also ice cream, cakes, pies, and other delicious desserts to indulge your taste buds

Armenian Cafe

Cuisines: African, Armenian, Delicatessen, Greek, Hamburgers, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Turkish, Healthy

Mas Fina Cantina

Centrally located in the beautiful downtown district of Carlsbad California, Mas Fina Cantina is your local neighborhood restaurant and full service bar.

Al’s Cafe in Carlsbad Village

One of Carlsbad’s local traditions for visitors coming to this California coastal community is breakfast or lunch at Al’s Café in the Village. This is hometown diner-style food. Most likely, Al will be there with his trademark smile, a welcoming handshake and the BEST home-made fudge around. Al even offers samples!

The Daily News Cafe

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Just steps away from the beach, we are located on the southwest corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard. Join us for breakfast or lunch. We serve breakfast all day because our customers demanded it.

Pizza Port Carlsbad Brewery

Just blocks from the beach, Pizza Port is known for its popular pizza menu, chicken wings, and handcrafted beers. Inspired by the beach town of Carlsbad, Pizza Port is a local favorite with the unique atmosphere.

Fish House Vera Cruz

The Fish House Vera Cruz is located in the heart of Carlsbad Village and offers fresh seafood daily.

Barrio Mexican Restaurant

South of the border cuisine makes its way North at Barrio in Carlsbad. Enjoy an inspired, seasonal menu complete with fun drinks, fresh salsas, authentic street tacos and classic home-style Mexican favorites.

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

We are located in the “Heart” of Carlsbad Village. Our friendly staff serves customers a range of traditional Irish fayre as well as a variety of salads, burgers, steaks, and chicken & seafood items

Don’s Country Kitchen

Don’s is a classic diner, with efficient quick service, some counter seats, a few booths, and some outdoor tables that are usually full to take advantage of the clement atmosphere of downtown Carlsbad.

Coyote Bar & Grill

Restaurant and bar with entertainment. Southwestern cuisine, over 100 tequilas, live entertainment nightly, outdoor patio with open fire pits

Flippin Pizza

Flippin’ Pizza has two locations in Carlsbad. One in located in the La Costa area of Carlsbad and the other is located in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Both stores provides authentic, hand-tossed, NY-sty

Dini’s Bistro

Our beautiful sunset view is one of the many reasons to visit Dinis by the sea. Our patio is sure to have a colorful crowd of locals and visitors every sunset! Dinis by the sea has become a landmark in the North County area.

 

Carlsbad Attractions: 

Carlsbad Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire, the largest single day street fair in the nation and is held two time a year, May & November.

Carlsbad Village Theatre

This historic Theatre is located in the popular Carlsbad Village

La Costa Film Festival

La Cost Film Festival

La Cost Film Festival

The La Costa Film Festival aspires to deliver a new cultural experience to our community, through a greater appreciation of the art of film making.

New Village Arts Theatre

Now in its 11th season, Carlsbad’s award-winning New Village Arts Theatre has become the most critically acclaimed theatre in North County San Diego.

TGIF Jazz in the Parks

Summer in the city means TGIF Jazz in the Parks, a tradition that has truly become an integral part of the community’s life.

This historic Theatre is located in the popular Carlsbad Village commercial area directly across the street from the Coaster Train Station. The Theatre was built in 1927. A major renovation was completed in 2000

The Art Foundry at New Village Arts

New Village Art Studio

New Village Art Studio

New Village Arts, already known as the artistic heart of the Carlsbad Village for its risk taking, award-winning professional theatre, has expanded its cultural influence by opening The Foundry as a space for working artists Founded in 1999, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s mission is to promote, interpret and present to the community the art of emerging, mid-career and established artists from culturally diverse Southern California and to showcase the cultural creativity and art from other parts of the world. The curatorial focus of the gallery includes painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, mixed-media, folk art, design and installation works.

Over the past nine years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery Juried Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego.

The Gemological Institute of America

(Tours are by reservation only) Known for more than 70 years as the world’s leading educator to the gen and jewelry industry, the GIA offers tours through the irresistible world of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Once part of the original 2,538 acre working rancho and vacation retreat of Leo Carrillo (who acted in almost 100 films from 1927n to 1950 and co-starred in the TV series The Cisco Kid,) this historic ranch is an extraordinary educational and recreational resource.

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.

The Army and Navy Academy

Established in 1910, this college-preparatory, military, residential and day school for young men grades 7 through 12, celebrated its centennial in 2010.

Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa is housed in a beautiful European-style building constructed on the site of the original historic mineral water well that brought thousands to Carlsbad in the 1880s for the touted “special healing powers” of the water. The spa is designed to duplicate the unique ambiance of early Egypt, Rome and the Orient.

The Spa at La Costa

At the Spa at La Costa, you’re invited to immerse yourself into a world that redefines and transcends the typical “day spa” experience. Here, at our tranquil and secluded retreat, we provide you with the means to while away the afternoon, long before or after your treatment is complete

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center

Agua Hedionia

Agua Hedionia

Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a saltwater wetland and watershed and offers year-round recreational and commercial use. The lagoon includes mud flats, salt and freshwater marsh, and deep water and is actually comprised of three lagoons: a 66-acre outer lagoon, a 27-acre middle lagoon and 293-acre inner lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon is a 526-acre coastal salt marsh with tidal mud.

Buena Vista Lagoon

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This Lagoon is the only freshwater lagoon in CA. & its 350 acres is home to dozens of varieties of migrant & resident waterfowl.

 

Sports

Carlsbad 5000

Carlsbad 5000 Race

Carlsbad 5000 Race

The Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike enjoy running or walking in one of seven people’s races.

Carlsbad Marathon

Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winning event will wow you.

Carlsbad Triathlon

Carlsbad Triathlon

Carlsbad Triathlon

Carlsbad Triathlon ranks in the world’s top 5 longest running triathlons. It is a sprint distance race, consisting of a 1K open-water ocean swim, 25K bike and 5K runs.

Whitlock Surf Experience

Carlsbad Surfing

Carlsbad Surfing

Surfing lessons from beginners to advanced.

Two Stand Up Guys

Stand up Paddling in Carlsbad

Stand up Paddling in Carlsbad

What we’re all about… We at 2 Stand Up Guys are focused on teaching the amazing sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding while reinforcing etiquette and respect for the water and those in it.

Carlsbad Skateboard Park

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Skateboarders

This 15,000 square foot boarder’s paradise featuring bowls, concrete, a street course and a beginners’ area. Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads required.

The Barrio Museum

Also know as Barrio Carlos, has moved from its original center located at Roosevelt and Walnut. The museum is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of early agricultural workers to the life and growth of Carlsbad. The museum is not open daily, visitors should call ahead

Museum of Making Music

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Museum of Making Music – Carlsbad, CA 03.14.15 – 6

The music products industry has a multifaceted history (1890s to today) that is showcased in the fascinating Museum of Making Music-a division of the NAMM Foundation

The Village Faire

Welcome to the Village Faire Shopping Center, located in the heart of the historic village of Carlsbad, California near the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive.

Wine Tasting/Witch Creek Winery

Witch Creek Winery Carlsbad

Founded in 1993, award-winning Witch Creek Winery is located on historic Highway 101 in the heart of the coastal village of Carlsbad, CA. Our boutique winery focuses on quality over quantity, by producing small-lot, handcrafted wines using traditional winemaking techniques. The result is full-bodied well balanced wines rich in flavor that have earned twenty medals in the last three years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The Carlsbad tasting room is located on site at the winery (just one block from the beach!). With gourmet  restaurants, a wide variety of shopping and several wine bars, Carlsbad Village is the ideal way to enjoy all the charm that laid back Southern California has to offer.

 

 Hotels:Carlsbad – Carlsbad Village My Little Slice of Paradise

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Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is a refreshing Carlsbad hotel located in the charming coastal community of Carlsbad in San Diego North.

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, a convenient pedestrian entrance to LEGOLAND, and Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant right on the property. So park the car and enjoy one of Carlsbad’s best resorts.

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

Go ahead, park the car…. You won’t need it.  Steps to the ocean, in the Village of Carlsbad.

 Beach Terrace Inn

Beach Terrace Inn is Carlsbad’s only Ocean Front hotel with access to an uncrowded beach and rooms with a private balcony overlooking the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.

La Costa Resort and Spa

 Nestled on 400 lush garden acres in Carlsbad, minutes from award-winning beaches and LEGOLAND. This idyllic and newly renovated Southern California resort is a charming Spanish style village, where you can do it all or do nothing at all.

Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

Get FREE high-speed Internet access at this Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Carlsbad, California! Plan your stay at the Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad with a convenient location near the beach and the North County coastal area of San Diego.

La Quinta Inn and Suites

Located less than 4 miles from Legoland and near State Beach, the La Quinta Inn San Diego – Carlsbad offers convenient access to the area’s most popular attractions. The hotel is only 2 miles from Carlsbad Village, which features a wide variety of stores and restaurants.

Seashore on the Sand

Seashore on the Sand is an upscale beach front hotel offering ocean front studio, one, two, and three bedroom accommodations. Private all glass balconies allow for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Carlsbad beach.

 Tamarack Beach Resort

Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Carlsbad, California rests an upscale, family friendly beachfront resort, The Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel. Just 35 minutes north of San Diego, our beach resort hotel in Carlsbad offers guests “A TOUCH OF PARADISE” in value, location and customer service.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites The EconoLodge Carlsbad now offers FREE Wi-Fi throughout the property! The EcnoLodge is a 41 room property, located in Carlsbad, California. Carlsbad is home to Legoland and the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, and is just a short drive from San Diego. Please note that front desk hours are fro…

Days Inn Carlsbad

The Days Inn Carlsbad near the LEGOLAND Resort delivers Southern California – hospitality with a unique Carlsbad comfort, location and convenience. Come and discover all that Carlsbad has to offer!

Best Western Beach View Lodge

Welcome to the Best Western PLUS Beach View Lodge where guests will receive superior customer service, an exceptional location and find unbeatable amenities for an affordable price.

Ocean Villas at Carlsbad

ON THE BEACH, This beautiful property is located right on the sand just steps to the water. The only thing between you and the waves is the beach and people frolicking on the sand and in the ocean relaxing retreat, find amazing accommodations that range from beach-side bungalows to luxury resort hotels and everything in-between hotels.

Ramada Inn Carlsbad by the Sea

Located off Interstate 5, close to Carlsbad State Beach, the 100% Non Smoking Ramada Carlsbad features all the modern amenities that our guests have come to expect. All room rates include Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet served daily in our pool front atrium as well as complimentary newspapers, parking, and Wireless internet throughout the grounds.

West Inn & Suites

West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, California is a unique boutique hotel offering the ultimate in luxurious detail and an ideal location for both the business and leisure traveler. Our hotel’s state of the art technology and location offers the very best of Coastal North San Diego luxury.

Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

Just 1/2 mile to LEGOLAND California & The Crossings, Carlsbad’s newest golf course, and close to many famous San Diego attractions. Minutes from championship golf at La Costa Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Aviara.

Beach Walk Villas

Beachwalk Villas is ideally located in the hometown atmosphere of Carlsbad Village right at the edge of the broad blue Pacific. You are only steps from the beach, and you can walk to any of the great restaurants, coffee houses and shops in the Village. There’s a lot to do here, so you can enjoy a relaxing, full-bodied vacation without driving all over the place.

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa

The new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa will make its debut summer 2012. Enjoying a spectacular ocean side location with views of the Pacific Ocean along Carlsbad State Beach, the ocean is integrated in the very identity of this distinctly Southern California resort

Rodeway Inn

The Rodeway Inn® Near Legoland is only a mile and a half from LEGOLAND California theme park. This Carlsbad, CA hotel is close to local points of interest like Del Mar racetrack, The Flower Fields botanical gardens and Oceanside Harbor.

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

Overlooking the pristine sandy beaches of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Seapointe Resort welcomes guests to a comfortable retreat in the heart of the natural beauty of San Diego’s incomparable North County.

Ocean Palms Beach Resort

Ocean Palms Beach Resort is the perfect setting for your San Diego, California vacation getaway, especially if you want to relax and soak in the sun while enjoying the Southern California world-famous surf.

Motel 6 Carlsbad Downtown

This Motel 6 is conveniently located in downtown Carlsbad, where antique and novelty stores are plentiful. This location is also just 4 short blocks from the beach and boardwalk. WiFi available in select rooms for a nominal fee.

Pelican Cove Inn

Please go directly to our website for current availability and rates. Sun, blue skies, endless beaches, glorious sunsets, and the wide Pacific welcome you to Pelican Cove Bed and Breakfast Inn at the Village of Carlsbad By-The-Sea. We strive to make your stay memorable and enjoyable

Omni Resorts La Costa

From the moment you enter through the gates of La Costa Resort and Spa, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of our coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you’ll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway, now featuring newly re-designed guestrooms and suites.

Motel 6 Carlsbad South

This Motel 6 is conveniently located near many popular attractions. The motel is within minutes of public beach access, Lego Land, Carlsbad Flower Fields and just 11 miles from Del Mar Race Track. Wi-Fi available in select rooms for a nominal fee.

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

No two vacations are alike. That’s why we have so many choices for our guests. From Legoland to Seaworld, the Wild Animal Park to the San Diego Zoo and Disneyland, there’s enough amusement for the whole family.

Extended Stay America

Welcome to Extended StayAmerica San Diego – Carlsbad. Our hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space… amenities you won’t find in a typical hotel room.

Homewood Suites

Welcome to Homewood Suites Carlsbad, your ideal choice for extended stays in Carlsbad. A 145 all-suite extended stay hotel in Carlsbad, California where life and work are balanced.

Scandia Motel

Scandia Motel is situated on one of the oldest wharfs in the nation. The motel’s clean lines and classical shape bring together the waterfront’s colonial past and its vibrant present.

Surf Motel

If you’re seeking a surf hotel with the best rates, it doesn’t get any better than the Surf Motel Carlsbad. This classic California beach hotel is across the street from Carlsbad State Beach. It’s also just a few blocks from radical restaurants like Fish HouseVera Cruz and a few miles from family-friendly attractions like LEGOLAND.

Hampton Inn Carlsbad

Welcome to North San Diego County — a brand new 94 room hotel ideal for both business and leisure travelers. The Hampton Inn Carlsbad hotel is centrally located near the extensive Carlsbad business parks and the city’s landmark attractions

Courtyard by Marriott

Get FREE high-speed Internet access at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad Hotel! Situated in the heart of the city’s business district, yet minutes from local beaches, LEGOLAND, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course and other area attractions, this Carlsbad hotel offers an ideal location near San Diego’s finest attractions!

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf & Spa

Things are distinctively different at Park Hyatt. You’ll find yourself surrounded by contemporary luxury as soon as you walk through the door. World-renowned architects and interior designers custom designed each hotel, brilliantly combining modern style and timeless regional trademarks. Walls are adorned with original works of art. Award-winning chefs create the finest in culinary arts resort hotels and everything in-between.

Motel 6 Carlsbad East

Located 3.6 miles southeast of downtown Carlsbad. Guests enjoy a comfortable, pet friendly environment at the lowest rates of any national chain 24 hours a day. Relax and enjoy Wi-Fi___33 in all guest rooms for a nominal fee.

LEGOLAND Hotel

The Nation’s First LEGOLAND Hotel is Now Open and waiting to be explored by you and your family.

Carlsbad My Little Slice of Paradise has a lot to offer for your vacation or staycation!

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