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The beauty of Vienna, Austria is heard in the music at concert halls, the opera, churches and festivals and seen in the architecture, fashion, museums, art exhibitions, state outdoor parks, and markets. The Viennese residents enjoy a relaxing, congenial good life. Austria’s capital, Vienna moves at a slower more relaxed pace. Vienna embraces both the Imperial and Contemporary ideals. Vienna is the “City of Music” and “Paris of the East”. The music and beauty of the city are unlike any other city in Europe. On nearly every corner is a pub or café with locals and visitors. During the day and evening, they linger and enjoy conversations and an evening of drinking bier. Nearby, clustered around the towns, are the wine gardens. A visit to Heiligenstadt is the Beethovenhaus Wine Garden where Beethoven lived and began working on his Ninth Symphony.
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The Welsh town of Llangollen stands near a canal of the same name, on the main London-Holyhead road. The road is now called the A5, and was first laid out by engineer Thomas Telford in the late 18th Century. We visited Llangollen to see the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
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I was walking through each room of Clark's Tin Shop. Starr Clark's Tin Shop became a gathering place for local abolitionists. It became home to Mexico's first anti-slavery society, with all members intent on helping move slaves to a place where they could be free, no longer the property of another man.
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I thought a good way to remember Tallinn’s spelling is to separate it into ‘tall inn’; especially as one of its most famous inns has the very memorable name of Hell Hunt. The picture on the inn’s exterior is also distinctive: a wolf carrying a woman. I was relieved to read that the Estonian meaning is Gentle Wolf, and nothing to do with the hell and hunt of English language.
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Chikmagalur or Chikkamagalur a town nestled in the beautiful Malnad region is a little short of 300 km from Bangalore. Tranquil environs, lush green surroundings and tall mountains are a slice of what you can expect in this wonderful town. Given its proximity to a number of sightseeing attractions, it is an extremely popular tourist destination.
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Tucked away in the region of Snowdonia lies Dolgellau and its surrounding area. In search of peace and quiet, I travelled there at Easter, but of course any time of year is good. I stayed with my family in a little stone cottage outside the town of Dolgellau. The cottage was the first source of delight.
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The lifeblood of New Orleans is Mardi Gras, jazz, jambalaya and gumbo but “The City That Care Forgot” also has a spiritual side to it – voodoo. This religion was first brought to the Big Easy between 1806 and 1810 when slave ships were re-routed from Santo Domingo (present day Dominican Republic) to New Orleans during the Servile Wars.
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Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, begins with 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 the novel at an impressionable young age - and finally, here I am.
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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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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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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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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.
We publish stories featuring the historical, archaeological, and cultural aspects of a destination. We also accept stories about literary journeys, visits to the haunts of famous writers and artists, unique museums and art galleries. Explore the exciting and diverse world of other cultures, and take us on exotic adventures.
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August 22nd, 2016. NOTE: There will be no September update. The Editor is going travelling!