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A postclassic Maya temple in Cancún looks to the south, across a road full of microbuses and hot red cars with inebriated passengers, across a golf course, across a line of trees, into a secluded cluster of ruins called El Rey. El Rey and San Miguelito are archaeological sites that are less than two kilometers apart on the main drag of one of the most heavily-trafficked tourist communities in the world, yet there are cab drivers and city bus drivers that don’t know where they are.There are many good reasons to go to Cancún. Learning about ancient Maya culture is not usually listed as one of them.
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When people think of Miami, they picture sunny beaches, vibrant nightlife, art deco, and authentic Cuban food. But they often miss the chance to visit one of the country's most historical mansions and example of Italian Renaissance style: Villa Vizcaya, described as "the finest private house ever built in America."
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Travelling through Tuscany in autumn, you are bound to spot olive groves alive with activity as nets are spread out under the trees and olive pickers gather in La Raccolta (Harvest). This yearly event is an ancient tradition and methods have changed little over the centuries.
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The city of Agra in North India is synonymous with the Taj Mahal, the apogee of Mughal architecture in India. On a recent trip to New Delhi, we decided to visit this wonder of the world. I had visited the Taj once before years ago and now I wanted my daughter to experience it. Along with the Taj Mahal, Agra also has two other marvelous specimens of Mughal architecture which I missed visiting on that earlier trip. They are the Agra Fort and Sikandra, two shining examples of Mughal legacy.
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Amman, Jordan’s capital city and home to over 4 million of the country’s 9 million people, is characterized by ancient Roman ruins and modernity’s coffeehouses. A city of contrasts, with its ancient origins on display in the heart of the city and among the city’s hilly terrain. Yet, it is no stranger to modern convinces with Samsung stores littered among the narrow winding streets and fast food franchises situated next to typical Jordanian eats.
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Harry continues driving along the route made famous in John Ford's classic film Stagecoach (1939) through an eerie, snow-dusted landscape of gouged, red-brown hills and gullies cradled by massive buttes. It’s as if nothing has changed since that time. But everything, including the Navajo’s traditional way of life, is changing.
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I decided to visit the most famous castle in Bavaria. Most people would not recognize the castle's name, Neuschwanstein, but they would probably recognize its iconic turrets and spires. This castle inspired Cinderella's Castle in Disney's Magic Kingdom. It soars into the air from a spectacular perch atop a mountain ridge.
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The beauty of Vienna, Austria is heard in the music at concert halls, the opera, churches and festivals and seen in the architecture, fashion, museums, art exhibitions, state outdoor parks, and markets. Vienna embraces both the Imperial and Contemporary ideals. Vienna is the “City of Music” and “Paris of the East”. The music and beauty of the city are unlike any other city in Europe.
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Marrakech was our first stop. Founded in 1062 and known as the “ochre city” for the color of the buildings and walls in the old Arab section, we passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove. People strolled the streets wearing their traditional jellabiyas and “calls to prayer” were coming from loudspeakers on the minarets of the mosques. This was Morocco!
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One of the jewels on the Adriatic coast is Sibenik, a city nestled along the coastline and surrounded by fortresses. But even with all the wars, Sibenik has remained firm in all its magnificence. Its architecture, people, food and overall atmosphere of the town are really welcoming. It is a city you can easily feel like you are at home.
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Founded by Saint Landry in 651 AD, the Hôtel-Hospitel Dieu was the first hospital in Paris, and still cares for ill Parisians. The ghosts of some 1300 years of medical history glide along its marble corridors, whispering in consultation outside the wards, then pass into the old-fashioned lifts to visit the fourteen quiet hotel rooms hidden on the sixth floor.
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TRAVEL THRU HISTORY is a unique travel 'zine dedicated to exploring historical and cultural experiences. If you have toured the wonders of Egypt, trekked through Berber villages in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, explored the ancient ruins of Greece or the Mayan pyramids in Mexico, and immersed yourself in another culture, we'd like to hear from you. This is a site for writers to share their travel experiences in a creative, literary way through travel articles, essays, journals and creative non-fiction memoirs.
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November 19th, 2016.