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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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In 1967 I was working in London. To me, London Bridge was an unremarkable piece of masonry blackened by 136 years of coal smoke belching from London chimneys but I found the idea of selling the bridge quite bizarre. Who on earth, I wondered, would buy this dirty pile of old stones?
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What does it mean to be a descendant of war veterans? Do I carry their torch, as poet-soldier Dr. John McCrae, suggested in ‘Flanders Fields’? Do I carry it high and not break faith? The summer of 2012, my husband and I went to Bayeux, Normandy.
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It may not be the best time of the year to visit Europe, however there are fewer crowds, airplanes are under booked, and automobile rentals cost less. Experience a European Christmas in Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.
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It has been called the most beautiful drive in the World. And it is but a small part of the God's carven world of the seven Canadian National and B. C. Provincial Parks hugging the Rocky Mountains' Great Divide.
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“There it is! I see it” The atmosphere became tenser. I looked at our guide, he was quiet too. He pointed towards the trees and bushes across the lake and said “yes, looks like he is planning to charge and make a kill”.
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We depart early for our four-hour river journey from Guilin to Yangshuo. Tourist vans and buses fill the adjacent parking lot. Hundreds line up for tickets. A fleet of boats nestled in the harbour braces for the throngs. Once aboard, we navigate towards the front of the two-level boat where others gather, cameras clicking.
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Lansdowne is a small hill station situated in Pauri Garwal district in Uttarakhand, India. A hill station where mornings and evenings give you your magical moments of walking in the clouds. A place where you are fully connected with nature and its ways. Still untouched by the modern tourism industry, this place was originally a popular hill station for Britishers (during pre-independence).
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The island of Cyprus is divided into two parts, despite the international community that does not approve of this division. I dare to say that the Turkish North and the Greek South have a huge number of things in common, way more numerous than differences, and the day all Cypriots will focus only on the common things the island will be again one and united.
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