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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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FRANCE

I had come to Fontainebleau doubtful of the merits of visiting French palaces. On my first visit to France I had toured Versailles, and any notions I had had of sweeping across luxurious rooms were dashed when my feet hit the expansive gravel entrance and I was bumped aside by a tour leader holding an umbrella high above her head.
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JAPAN

Although less than 1% of the Japanese population is Christian, and December 25 is not a public holiday, Japanese retailers have eagerly adopted the commercial aspects of the season. Some Japanese put up Christmas trees in their homes and exchange gifts, and it is popular to eat “Christmas chicken” from Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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COLORADO

Margaret (Molly) Brown died at the age of 65 – the exact age that I am now – but she made such a big splash in her ocean of influence that surviving the sinking of the Titanic was only a small piece of her powerful life story.I chose to take a taxi from my downtown hotel and visit the Molly Brown House Museum.
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FRANCE

Beneath the golden vault of the Eglise du Dome Church lie the remains of the slight statured Corsican who became France's greatest soldier. Within his massive crypt, Napoléon’s mystique looms large in death as it did during his lifetime.
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ITALY

In the middle of the Tiber lies the picturesque Isola Tiberina. The island embraces two millennia of Roman history, for it has been important to Rome from her beginnings as a small river-side settlement through to her growth into the Eternal City.
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MEXICO CITY

It’s one of the most famous artistic residences on this continent — Frida Kahlo’s “Blue House”, in Mexico City. Visitors who might otherwise avoid the grime and congestion of “el Distrito Federal” flock here in droves, not only to catch a glimpse of the artist’s life, but also to enjoy the small pleasures of the neighborhood.
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SPAIN

García Lorca’s words are evocative of the place he came from: Andalucía, Spain’s arid southern-most region. It’s no surprise then that García Lorca was inspired by this place, and even more specifically by Granada, home of Flamenco, the last holdout of Moorish Spain, and the city in which he lived a large part of his life.
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ENGLAND

If you love Wuthering Heights devoutly, the words “bed and breakfast” can inspire fear. Would the broad beamed ceilings and mossy walls be protected, or would they be swallowed up into an upscale conversion? Bronte’s “Thrushcross Grange”, or Ponden Hall, is exactly as its hero and heroine would have it.
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