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Ninety-eight percent of the population of Turkey is Muslim, so it is not surprising that there are thousands of beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Some are among the biggest and best in the world, and some are tiny with awesome settings on the Bosphorus.
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Riviera Maya is a fanciful 20th century tourist slogan given to a rather scenic stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. Famous for its beautiful sun-drenched beaches and all-inclusive resorts and hotels...
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My eyes search in vain for a sliver of light. The blackness is absolute and our shallow breathing the only sound. When the guide finally spotlights the frieze of beasts above our heads.
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You’ll probably recognise Old Wardour Castle from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. According to the film, it’s just outside Carcassonne, to which Robin journeyed by way of Hadrian’s Wall.
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I am on the Bund in the heart of Shanghai. Behind me are European-style neo-classical buildings erected at the beginning of the twentieth century to house international banks and trading companies.
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When you think about magnificent ancient Greek temples, the Parthenon and other structures come to mind. Perhaps less known but very well-preserved and impressive is the Temple of Aphaia, located on a hilltop in a pine grove on the northeast point of the Greek island of Aegina.
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I was fortunate to go on a 10-day trip to Kashmir in the very north of India, that has since been overrun by terrorism and violence. Our Kashmiri guide took us way off the usual tourist route to see some gems of Kashmiri architecture.
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These life-size, intricately detailed dinosaur replicas at the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples Florida move and growl realistically, and include the little-known, fearsome Utahraptor.
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