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Is there a place that can compete with Versailles – and maybe win this competition? I believe it is Peterhof (“Peter’s yard” in Dutch) in Russia.
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If you are visiting Athens, Greece and want a change from the bustling areas of Plaka and Monastiraki or browsing archaeological sites, hop a trolley or bus and head out to the stunning new Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center.
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In the Bible Belt, known for conservative society and politics, prepare to be stunned, if not amazed at what Nashville, Tennessee serves up by way of a temple to a pagan goddess.
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It’s that time of year again when Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol is replayed on TV. I love watching Alastair Sim playing Ebenezer Scrooge.
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The history of the independence of India is synonymous with the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. The preeminent freedom fighter, social activist and politician was an inspiration for international icons such as Martin Luther King Jr.
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Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin was the great Russian poet of the 19th century whose poems marked Golden Age of Russian poetry. Even today his verses are so well-known that many Russians easily quote them by heart.
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I’m standing in a beautiful courtyard overlooking a panoramic view of flowering gardens, a green forested hillside and far below, the sparkling blue Ionian Sea. Surrounding me stand the Muses: all nine of them. I’m next Erato, the Muse of poetry..
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Stanley Park, which is located at the western entrance to Vancouver’s harbour, became the favorite haunt of an Indian princess/poet, Pauline Johnson.
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