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Down the beach, the sky was full of circling birds. They squawked and shrieked to show their disapproval at being denied free food while they took turns swooping towards a crowd of young Omani men pulling enormous nets out of the water with the help of small Toyota trucks that sunk into the sand.
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John Cummings, New Orleans attorney, is determined for us to know the real truth about slavery in the South. He is dedicating himself and millions of his own money to educating visitors who come to Whitney Plantation, the only plantation in Louisiana with a singular focus on the plight of the slaves..
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Tula (sometimes called Tollan) outside the present-day city of Tula de Allende a couple hours away from Mexico City, was once home to the Toltec people. When Toltec potters worked en masse here, a great power had recently fallen, the city of Teotihuacan. Toltec leaders used the power vacuum in the region to become the new leaders.
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Because of the great distances between communities in rural western Manitoba, our priest couldn't attend each village for Midnight Mass. I remember when I was 10 years old it was his turn to come to our village. That evening we got ready and dressed warm with our home made clothes, to keep us warm for the sleigh ride to church.
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I decided to visit the most famous castle in Bavaria. Most people would not recognize the castle's name, Neuschwanstein, but they would probably recognize its iconic turrets and spires. This fairy tale castle, which inspired Cinderella's Castle in Disney's Magic Kingdom, soars into the air from a spectacular perch atop a mountain ridge, appearing to defy gravity as it commands the valley below.
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Tucked away in the region of Snowdonia lies Dolgellau and its surrounding area. In search of peace and quiet, I travelled there at Easter, but of course any time of year is good. I stayed with my family in a little stone cottage outside the town of Dolgellau. The cottage was the first source of delight.
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Marrakech was our first stop in Morocco. We passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove. People strolled the streets wearing their traditional jellabiyas and “calls to prayer” were coming from loudspeakers on the minarets of the mosques. This was Morocco!
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The atmosphere in Oxford is a juxtaposition of time standing still and the frenetic energy of young students rushing around on bicycles through the narrow, crowded streets. I learned extensive information about the people, architecture and history that seeps from every brick.
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