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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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Most visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii are searching for volcanoes and waterfalls. But on a recent visit, we yearned to find out more about its fascinating history. To do this right, we had to step back in time searching for petroglyphs and ancient ruins..
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What do some of Italy's finest artists, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Pinturicchio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Bernini have in common? They all contributed to one of the finest displays of Gothic architecture in Italy, Siena’s Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
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I stand on the deserted beach of Marathon, Greece, a long crescent of stones and sand. I hear the wind moaning like the voices of the ancient dead.
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Did you know that the spirits of the dead talk to us? It is sometimes uncomfortable, but can be comforting as well. On the site of the Culloden battlefield in Scotland, near Inverness, the energy of the slaughtered Jacobites lingers, eager to spread their message to all who can hear.
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It is low tide as we pull up to the causeway that joins Lindisfarne or Holy Island to the mainland of Great Britain. The remnants of the North Sea’s high tide silently recede.
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Who knew that my pilgrimage in Europe was going to be a lot more about locating the source of chivalry than a shrine to an Apostles' remains in Santiago de Compostela? For it seemed The Knights Hospitaller had guided my itinerary planning.
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Mark Twain once referred to them as “Cities of the Dead” and nowhere is the term more appropriate than in New Orleans. Cemeteries here are unlike others across the U.S. that bury their dead “six feet under” so to speak. New Orleans’ swampy low terrain sits one to two feet below sea level.
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The Republic of Malta consists of three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino. This unique country boasts a rich history that dates back 7000 years. The islands have been inhabited by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British.
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