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FASCINATING CITIES
QUEBEC

Fantastico. It was déjà vu all over again and in my mind the voice of Rod Serling said “Your next stop, the Twilight Zone”. How would you feel if one day you were in the 17th century in the 21st century?
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BELFAST

“He’s talkin’ sh*t!” mouths a short, skinny man thirty-odd yards away. I’d noticed this bespectacled figure with a Peaky Blinders-like cap walking towards us when standing at the rear of our twenty-strong group at “Checkpoint Charlie”.
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SARAJEVO

Eleven year-old Safet Begic played with a friendly stray dog almost every day outside his family’s apartment between bombings by Serbian forces on Logavina Street in Sarajevo.
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BERLIN

I had taken my fifth-graders down to the Berlin Wall on a field trip. Sets of binoculars, monitored by the East Germans, recorded our very actions. In those Berlin Cold War Days, I had been a teacher at the Department of Defense American School.
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MEDICINE HAT

Medicine Hat, Alberta, is not often high on anyone’s must-visit list, if it’s there at all. But it should be. There are many reasons to visit this oasis in the Canadian prairies, here are ten of them.
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BETHLEHEM, PA

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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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS


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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ST PETERSBURG

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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