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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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FASCINATING CITIES
CAPE TOWN

Ask any South African which is the most beautiful city in South Africa and the answer will invariably be “Cape Town “– and with good reason. This is the city where I lived for some years and when I visit it again, I realise just how much I have missed its vibrancy.
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KATHMANDU

As I walked through the streets of the ancient city a resting group of riot policemen posed for a candid picture. This was a time when civil war was on the mountain kingdom’s doorstep. It looked as though the country was about to self-destruct. It did survive that turmoil and moved on with shaky footing until April 25, 2015, when a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake hit.
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JEROME, ARIZONA

For over one hundred and thirty years thousands of folks have come to Jerome. Many left their mark and some may have never left. Jerome resides in a time warp, where the past and present co-exist. The present struggles to take root while the past never quite lets go. And like the spirits that meander about, the town’s spirit also refuses to die.
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YBOR, FLORIDA

We’re not in Cuba. We’re in Ybor (pronounced EE-bor) an historic, multi-cultural neighbourhood of Tampa, Florida, former flourishing cigar centre of the world. While it’s not the rich environment it once was during the late 1890’s to 1929; this community has evolved into a delightful mix of culture, cuisine and history.
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CZECH REPUBLIC

I’ve always been fascinated by revolutions and rebellions, particularly in countries that I’m otherwise not that familiar with. What do rock and roll music and the fall of the Iron Curtain have in common? In Prague, the answer is quite a bit. There’s little more evocative of what makes a people tick than what makes them revolt.
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NEW ORLEANS USA

New Orleans is known for many things: seafood, i.e. crawfish, shrimp, crab and also for its music and musicians. The New Orleans area has the most home grown musicians in the country. However if New Orleans is known for anything it is a slogan and an attitude of, “Laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll.”
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SUZHOU, CHINA

Marco Polo himself named Suzhou “the Venice of the East” because of its canal system. Suzhou is also the Garden City and once had over 100 classical Chinese gardens of which only 69 now remain. Bind these two together and you have what the Chinese refer to as “paradise on earth”.
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GALENA, ILLINOIS

Galena is a National Historic Center with 3,500 residents. Its downtown brick-fronted buildings look much the same as they did 150 years ago…undeniably, part of the charm. The Historic District encompasses 85 percent of the city. of Galena and includes more than 800 properties.
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