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Wandering between Hemingway’s two favorite pubs and the hotel he lived in for seven years, it becomes clear that although he traveled extensively, he liked rambling within a small radius when he was in Havana. Both of his regular watering holes were within a five minute walk of his hotel.
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Passing by us are legions of solemn Roman soldiers, animal-skin clad barbarians with painted faces and colourful shields, ferocious gladiators wearing appropriate sandals, dancing maidens, priests, soothsayers and toga covered senators. We find ourselves in the midst of a Romans and Carthaginians Festival.
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Baolis are step wells or reservoirs which were used in ancient India for conserving and storing water. The ruling clans of India, over the ages, have made many such baolis all across the states. Separate baolis were made for bathing and drinking purposes. Steps were made so that when the water levels go down; people would walk to the well and draw water.
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As the location of a Royal Navy naval base Portsmouth has a fascinating maritime heritage. There visitors can visit the Historic Dockyard, at Queen Street, which includes a variety of naval museums such as the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth. The museum documents the rich history of the Royal Navy from the age of sail, to the world wars and up to more recent conflicts in the Gulf.
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When people think of Miami, they picture sunny beaches, vibrant nightlife, art deco, and authentic Cuban food. But they often miss the chance to visit one of the country's most historical mansions and example of Italian Renaissance style: Villa Vizcaya, described as "the finest private house ever built in America."
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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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Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, begins with the arrival of the ship Pharaon (bearing the novel’s protagonist, Edmond Dantes) into Marseille. 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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We enter the harbour of Messina, greeted by a golden lady perched on top of a very tall column. Inscribed at the base are the words - “Vos et ipsam cictatem benedicimus”. This sparks my curiosity and I’m determined to learn more about this edifice guarding the port. I am excited to be in Sicily for the first time.
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