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I am sitting in a quiet wooded park area at the foot of Philoppaou Hill near the Acropolis in Athens Greece. It’s a warm September evening and the air is fragrant with pine. Overhead the night sky is littered with stars.
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I predict May might be a good time to visit Moscow. Not too touristy, not too cold and… 1 May is May Day. International Workers’ Day was a big deal in Soviet Russia. Would it be in today’s Russia?
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The motto of Rijeka’s Great Carnival “Die, but never give up” expresses the very soul of the carnival. As someone once said, despite the long history and satirical spirit of the carnival, it doesn’t show any slowing down.
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Two big names in the travel industry met in Paris in the autumn of 2018. The exhibition titled “Croatia-full of colours” was hosted by Carrousel du Louvre underground shopping centre at the Louvre in Paris.
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I’m early for the 10 am food tour of London’s East End so I wait on a wooden bench for our guide to arrive at Old Spitalfields Market. Meanwhile, I’m watching vendors set up their stalls. A baker arranges baskets of breads and rolls.
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Durga Puja, the celebration of the victory of the warrior Mother Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasur, is a major annual Hindu festival in India. Although primarily a festival for Bengalis in the state of West Bengal, it is observed not just all over India but also around the world
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Venice has been a tremendous attraction and mystery for innumerable adventurers and scientists fascinated by elegance and nonconformity of Venetian way of life (just imagine living your life on a ship!) The architecture and even geographic location make it a compelling destination.
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The celebrated Mexican national holyday, Dia de Muertos (its original name in Spanish), or Day of the Dead, means one thing for city dwellers and quite another for country folks. It is a day to have “fun” and the joyful remembrance of departed family members.
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Traveling on the dry wind-swept northern coast of Peru, beside spectacular landscape, one finds interesting ways of how people make a living. That’s how a strange little raft made of reeds used by fishermen in Huanchaco, raised both eyebrows and curiosity.
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I landed in Hanoi with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. I’m a history buff; I knew the settlement was prehistoric and I wanted to learn about Hanoi’s transition from a fiefdom to a communist state and lately, to a rudimentary form of capitalism.
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