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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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Convents and monasteries have offered hospitality for centuries, providing more economical accommodation than most hotels. Italy especially has a plethora of choices. The vast majority accept guests of both sexes, married or single, of any denomination although some still pose a nightly curfew.
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The bus flew along the motorway and bounced down more residential roads. Then the bus pulled round a corner and the Acropolis of Athens appeared above the city. Wrought in dramatic lights, the cream stone columns rose warm against a velvet navy sky, shot with pinpricks of stars. I gasped.
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Thetis Island is one of the lesser known but no less appealing of the Gulf Islands of B.C.; an archipelago off the coast of southern Vancouver Island. The island is home to around 350 permanent residents. Its tranquility is even more pronounced during the off season when you can share a spot on the shoreline with no one but nature's critters.
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On the first Friday of December the whole town of Anacortes comes together for the annual Christmas tree lighting. The streets are lit up in bright white lights. Every shop window is fully decorated with beautiful holiday displays. The streets are closed down for this special event as community members are encouraged to stroll from store to store.
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Recently, I traveled to Fort Yargo State Park to meet some members of the Fort Yargo Living History Society, a group of volunteers who are dedicated to using period tools, clothing, and techniques to give visitors a peek at Georgia frontier life in the 1790s. They strive for accuracy, and they mean it.
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All my life I have traveled with someone. First it was my husband, then after he died, various friends and family. So this was my first solo trip (at the age of sixty-something!). I rented an apartment for two weeks in Paris, and set out for the adventure of a lifetime.
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Andersonville, a former Prisoner of War site for Union soldiers, currently sits on Highway 49, almost in the middle of nowhere. The park operates the National Prisoner of War Museum, a unique and fascinating place that is designed to resemble a prison itself.
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As I was standing on top of the Acropolis, the tallest building in Ek Balam, my first thought was "I stood on top of this when it was just a pile of rocks, covered with vegetation".I really enjoyed talking about my older adventures at the same site, when it was just rubble.
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