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When you think about magnificent ancient Greek temples, the Parthenon and other structures come to mind. Perhaps less known but very well-preserved and impressive is the Temple of Aphaia, located on a hilltop in a pine grove on the northeast point of the Greek island of Aegina.
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I was fortunate to go on a 10-day trip to Kashmir in the very north of India, that has since been overrun by terrorism and violence. Our Kashmiri guide took us way off the usual tourist route to see some gems of Kashmiri architecture.
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These life-size, intricately detailed dinosaur replicas at the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples Florida move and growl realistically, and include the little-known, fearsome Utahraptor.
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In the years 1861-1865, the United States fought what is known as the greatest war in American history, the Civil War. It was a war between the free Northern states also called the Union states and the slave holding southern states also known as the Confederate states of America.
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Southsea Castle is a coastal fortification that dates back to the 16th century. Located on the coast of Clarence Esplanade, a grassy patch in Southsea beside the D Ė Day Museum, the castle remained a coastal fortification for centuries up until the world wars of the 20th century.
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The eight-mile dirt road zigzags through the parched hills like the river of no return. The grasses and thistles, now a golden brown, sparkle in the November sunlight. Not a blade of grass moves in the stillness.
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It was as if I had become Indiana Jones. A North American following behind a guide native to the country, swatting at pesky insects as he made his way through thick forest and brush in search of something. .
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Nestled in the verdant rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley in Delaware, youíll find Winterthur Estate and Gardens. Once the home of the late Henry Francis DuPont, it now stands as the premier museum of American decorative arts.
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