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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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I rode a shaky, silent train from Kyoto, Japan to the mountain-side shrine, Fushimi Inari. I was arriving late, too late to meet my friend who had already trekked down the mountain. She had called me from the train stop. “Be careful,” she warned. “ At this hour Fushimi Inari is completely empty and the shrine is full of fox demons.”
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The vast sprawling smile of Douglas Harbour is for many their first view of the Isle of Man by sea. Since 1830 the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has been plying the waters of the Irish Sea bringing tourists and more from the shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland; the oldest continuously operating passenger service in the world.
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Why visit Tunisia? For the fresh sea breeze, the even fresher fish, and the balmy blues of the Mediterranean? Prettily packaged as a sun, sea and sand destination, most tourism touts fail to point out the enigmatic pull for the historically or culturally-inclined traveller is the Roman past that lurks beyond the shore.
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Celebrating Christmas in the tropics promised to be a grand family adventure this year. During the traditional season of gift giving, Cozumel was the present we gave to ourselves! “That was one of the best dives I’ve ever done!”, Kathryn proclaimed after surfacing at Cozumel’s Tormentos Reef.
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Bird-watching is the most popular recreation in America, and the Audubon Bird Count summons us every December to the Christmas Bird Count on the ‘Garden Isle’ of Kauai in the Hawaiian Archipelago. With David Kuhn, creator of the website, ‘Sounds Hawaiian’, we add native forest birds to our count.
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The fall season is an exceptional time of year in New England, a short season that draws in thousands of so-called leaf-peepers. Visitors can enjoy the magnificence of soaring mountains or the quietness of a countryside dotted with picturesque farmsteads, barns, covered bridges and sugarhouses.
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During one of my annual trips to Spain, I decided to expand and enhance my adventures by visiting the exotic land of Morocco. I reserved a few nights here as I was also planning to visit Gibraltar that was a short bus ride away on the other side of the Spanish town of La Linea de Concepción.
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Along with a small group of other travelers I board a cruise ship at Aswan, Egypt to sail down the Nile on an adventure that will take me to visit various archaeological sites. For me this journey is like a dream come true. Here I am on the deck of a cruise ship, sailing down the mighty Nile River.
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