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“On the 24th of February, 1815, the lookout of Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.” Thus begins Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, telling of the arrival of the ship Pharaon (bearing the novel’s protagonist, Edmond Dantes) into Marseille. By a strange coincidence, I arrive in Marseille on the 25th of February, almost exactly two centuries later. I had vowed to visit this sacred place ever since I’d read Alexandre Dumas’ novel at an impressionable young age - – and finally, here I am.
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One of the jewels on the Adriatic coast is Sibenik, a city nestled along the coastline and surrounded by fortresses. But even with all the wars, Sibenik has remained firm in all its magnificence. Its architecture, people, food and overall atmosphere of the town are really welcoming. It is a city you can easily feel like you are at home.
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Marrakech was our first stop. Founded in 1062 and known as the “ochre city” for the color of the buildings and walls in the old Arab section, we passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove. People strolled the streets wearing their traditional jellabiyas and “calls to prayer” were coming from loudspeakers on the minarets of the mosques. This was Morocco!
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Founded by Saint Landry in 651 AD, the Hôtel-Hospitel Dieu was the first hospital in Paris, and still cares for ill Parisians. The ghosts of some 1300 years of medical history glide along its marble corridors, whispering in consultation outside the wards, then pass into the old-fashioned lifts to visit the fourteen quiet hotel rooms hidden on the sixth floor.
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Russia’s culture and history started from the East Slavs, their peculiar way of life and pagan beliefs, and it goes all the way to Eastern Europe and the influences of the Finno-Ugric tribes. At one point in history, the country was deeply influenced by Western Europe’s culture and traditions. Things took a sudden turn in the 20th century, when the Soviet Union and its Communist ideology kicked in.
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Rome has been importing and distributing water for over 2,000 years. It is believed that the first of Rome’s fountains was established here in the 8th Century. Early fountains were built to service horses as well as humans. Some of the trough-like basins found in the city today are actually beautifully carved sarcophagi bought from churches in the middle-ages after they’d lain unused for centuries.
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The Cosmopolitan Hotel in San Diego California is the quintessential stagecoach hotel. This building actually holds the stories and perhaps the spirits of two different time periods and two different men who made their mark on the history of this state. The Cosmo, as she is affectionately known, has been called one of the most historically significant buildings in Californian history.
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The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns, like a dangling rope, through the rugged Chihuahua hill country of northern Mexico. It’s amazing that one of Mexico's most famous potters lives out here. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, home of Mexico's renowned potter Juan Quezada.
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Latvia now attracts tourists with a mix of modernity at Riga bars and beaches; history in Riga’s Old Town, museums and countryside towns; and one of the most conserved natural habitats in Europe. I fitted in a little of each, but my main reason to visit the Baltic nation was to take part in the 2016 marathon.
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River cruising on the Main, Danube and Rhine, we pass hillside vineyards and medieval architecture on our journey through the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. On either side of the river banks, we pass villages and towns that have existed for ages. River cruising is slow and relaxing as if gliding along on glass.
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The atmosphere in Oxford is a juxtaposition of time standing still and the frenetic energy of young students rushing around on bicycles through the narrow, crowded streets. I learned extensive information about the people, architecture and history that seeps from every brick.
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TRAVEL THRU HISTORY is a unique travel 'zine dedicated to exploring historical and cultural experiences. If you have toured the wonders of Egypt, trekked through Berber villages in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, explored the ancient ruins of Greece or the Mayan pyramids in Mexico, and immersed yourself in another culture, we'd like to hear from you. This is a site for writers to share their travel experiences in a creative, literary way through travel articles, essays, journals and creative non-fiction memoirs.
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