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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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There is no place like Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed by locals the “Christmas City,” it is the most peaceful place on earth. You get the sense that the land is at rest.
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Just a few miles north of the bustling clamor of Times Square, one can enter a very different world of relative quietness and calm. This is the neighborhood known as Morningside Heights.
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky called this city “the most intentional town” because Peter the Great, the Russian monarch, ordered it to be built on a swampy terrain in the delta of the Neva River.
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Fantastico. That’s my first impression of Cordoba, Argentina. Muy fantastico in more ways than one. The roadways are lined with lovingly maintained colonial buildings painted in hues of chestnut, ginger, and soft blue.
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Pistoia, an almost forgotten corner of Tuscany, has only recently begun to feature on the tourist trail. Thanks to Pistoia’s status as Italian Capital of Culture 2017, and being on Lonely Planet’s top ten list of places to visit in 2017, the city has finally begun to receive the recognition it deserves. .
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Regal. That is the only word to describe the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This southeast London neighbourhood is an extraordinary place to spend a day walking around, observing history and taking it easy for a few hours.
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Author James A. Michener once said, "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."  Wise words, wise man. To me, travel has always been about immersing myself in the culture of the area I am visiting..
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New Delhi, the capital of India, or Delhi as it is more popularly known, belongs to that pantheon of world cities that have a continuous history of a thousand years and more. The first time that we hear of Delhi is in the epic Mahabharata where it is mentioned as Indraprastha.
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