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Old San Juan

Puerto Rico El Viejo San Juan, the seven-square-block landmark zone of the island’s capital, is a perfectly microcosm of Spanish Colonial architecture and a walk back through history. In fact, were it not for the chaotic traffi ... [Read more]
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La Habana Vieja

Havana, Cuba Anchored by the gracious Plaza de la Cathedral, Havana’s Old Quarter (La Habana Vieja) is a magnificent architecture ensemble of monuments, fortresses, cobblestone streets, and grandiose townhouses that once belong ... [Read more]
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Lake Titicaca

Puno, Peru Set in the Andes at 12,500 feet above sea level, legendary Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and, at 3,200 square miles, it is the continent’s largest. Ancient myth holds that Manco Capac and h ... [Read more]
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The Nazca Lines

Nazca, Peru Peru’s desert coast is the setting for the mysterious, ancient Nazca lines, a vast series of furrows in the earth that depict stylized human and animal forms as well as geometric shapes. The full impact of their 193 ... [Read more]
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Cuzco And The Sacred Valley

An obligatory stop for those setting out for Machu Picchu and other sites in the Sacred Valley, Cuzco – steeped in ancient culture and surrounded by the beauty and mysticism of the Andes – is something overlook as a unique destination unto itself ... [Read more]
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Otavalo

Ecuador The oldest, best-known, and most important Indian market in South America takes place every Saturday high in the Andes. Otavalo’s market has always served as the social and economic heartbeat of the northern highlands; t ... [Read more]
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Old Cartagena

Colombia When the Spanish came looking for the kingdom of El Dorado in 1533, they landed at Cartagena and built its wealth on slavery, gold, and sugar. Today this coastal gem of Colonial architecture is beautifully restored, parti ... [Read more]
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Easter Island

Chile The tiny, windswept speck of land called Raja Nui, aka Easter Island, continues to captivate a curious world long after its “discovery” by the Dutch West Indian Company on Easter Sunday 1722. It’s the world’s most re ... [Read more]
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The Festivals Of Salvador

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Rio’s Carnaval is carnal, seething, pulsating extravaganza that attracts all the notoriety, but these days many travelers are heading north to Salvador da Bahia for an authentic, more participatory, an ... [Read more]
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Copacabana And Lake Titicaca

Bolivia This is the original Copacabana – not the beach in Rio de Janerio, but a sunny little town up in the Andes, blooming with red-tile roofs and set on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. One of South America’s most impo ... [Read more]
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Las Pamas And Estancias

Buenos Aires Province, Argentina The pampas – “the only place on earth where God can roam large” wrote Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges – are the vast, flat grasslands stretching for hundreds of miles from where Buenos ... [Read more]
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Granada

Nicaragua Lack of tourism has helped keep both Nicaragua’s natural environment and its heritage intact. Nowhere is this more evident than in Granada, an elegant and colonial city on the western shores of Lake Cocibolca (also cal ... [Read more]
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Market At Chichicastenango

Quiche, Guatemala Guatemala’s largest market takes place in Chichicastenango, one of the country’s most colorful and accessible highland towns and an important trading center since pre-Columbian times. “Chichi” is famous ... [Read more]
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Chichen Itza And Merida

Yucatan, Mexico

The magnificent metropolis of Chichen Itza, the most spectacular, and consequently most visited, of Mexico’s ancient sites, was the principal ceremonial center of Yucatan, the heartland of the Maya. The complex ... [Read more]

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Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico

A remarkable blend of Old World and deep-rooted Zapotec and Mixtec traditions are gloriously at play in the cobblestone historic center of Oaxaca. You can spend days visiting the city’ 27 ornate churches – whi ... [Read more]

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Carnaval De Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

In winter’s frosty midst – partly in defiance, partly in celebration – Quebec City springs to life during the Carnaval de Quebec (Quebec Winter Carnival). The world’s largest winter carnival a ... [Read more]

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary goes Western during its world-famous stampede, kicking up its (boot) heels for ten rodeo-filled days in July. Rodeos have been a part of Calgary summers since 1886, soon after the city was founded ... [Read more]

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The Highlands Sing-Sing Festivals

Papua New Guinea

Few places in the world fascinate anthropologists more than Papua New Guinea. Occupying the eastern half of the world’s second largest island, “PNG” is known for its warm seas rich with marine life and suk ... [Read more]

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Saigon’s Bustling Markets

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam is a Communist country, but visitors would never know it from the explosive wave of commercial activity that has washed over the country since the 1990s, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City (still ... [Read more]

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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai,Thailand Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and the unofficial capital of the country’s north. Previously the sleepy hub of a rural hinterland and gateway to treks to the outlying hill tribes, this cooler ... [Read more]
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Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya,Thailand Once called the “Pearl of the East,” Ayuthaya – the artistic, spiritual, and military center of Southern Asia – was the capital of Thailand from 1350 until its destruction by marauding Burmese 4 centuries ... [Read more]
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Inle Lake

Myanmar

The quite magic of Inle Lake in central Myanmar feels a world apart from the congested capital, Yangon, offering a time-warp setting of calm waters, gentle light, and warm smiles. Most of the tribal people who live on its ... [Read more]

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Bagan And a Cruise On The Ayerwady River

Bagan and Mandalay, Myanmar

A cruise down the Ayerwady (Irrawaddy) River – the country’s great natural highway and the focal point of Burmese life – is an opportunity to observe the languid and timeless rhythms of rural li ... [Read more]

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Vientiane

Laos

Although it reflects the laid-black, friendly nature of the country that surrounds it, it is hard to believe that tiny, drowsy Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong River is the capital city. Nearly all Vientiane was razed i ... [Read more]

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Sailing The Mekong

Laos

Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam share a history of war and French colonial influences. But it’s the Mekong River that both links them and, in many places, separates them, running along much of Laos’s western border with Myan ... [Read more]

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Luang Prabang

Laos Most places in Laos are apt to take you back in time, but this is especially true in sleepy, temple-filled Luang Prabang (City of the Buddha of Peace), in the mountains north. This small city sits on a peninsula at a confluen ... [Read more]
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Borobudur And Prambanan

Borobudur And Prambanan,Java, Indonesia The hike to the top of the Buddhist monuments of Borobudur, a 1-hour clockwise path from base to apex, takes pilgrims through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology: the worlds of desire, f ... [Read more]
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Ubud

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia The island of Bali stands out in Indonesia not only for its beautiful landscape but also for its sophisticated Hindu art and culture. The Balinese have always believed that the gods live in the mountains and ... [Read more]
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Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia One of the world’s premier architecture sites, Angkor’s temples and monuments encompass an area of about 40 square miles in north-western Cambodia. The capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from A.D. 800 to ... [Read more]
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The Silver Pagoda

Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Once considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, Phnom Penh still retains much of its charm despite the violence of Cambodia’s late-20-century history. A recent influx of ... [Read more]
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Samarkand

Uzbekistan Like Athens or Jerusalem, the name Samarkand evokes imagine of medieval armies, ancient architecture wonders, and bygone splendor. It was a romantic destination even for the Greeks: “Everything I have heard about [Sam ... [Read more]
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Bukhara

Uzbekistan As a key stop along the ancient trade route between China and the West, Bukhara became one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world by the 10th century. It declined, courtesy of Genghis Khan, them=n returned with a ven ... [Read more]
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Tolkuchka Bazar

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The central Asian state of Turkmenistan is the home of one of the world’s least known and most reclusive societies, ruled for 15 years by Saparmyrat Nyyazow, a president-for-life eccentric who renamed th ... [Read more]

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The White Nights Festival

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg may not be the country’s economic or administrative capital, but when it comes to the arts, this glorious city on the Neva River is Russia’s brightest star. Boasting renowned ballet and ... [Read more]

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The Painted Monasteries Of Southern Buconiva

Moldavia, Romania

In the 15th and 16th centuries, painters working for local princes and powerful families in what is now northeastern Romania took entire buildings as their canvases, covering a cluster of small monasteries from ... [Read more]

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Maramures

Romania Folded into the Mara and Izei valleys in northern Romania is time-warped Maramures, a rural region where a medieval way of life persists largely untouched by the intense transformations that the rest of Romania has weather ... [Read more]
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Showcases On Chopin

Warsaw and ZelazowaWola , Poland

Frederic Chopin, Who took well-loved Polish folk tunes and dances such as the polonez (polonaise) and the mazurek (mazurka) and the turned them into virtuoso concert pieces, lived in Poland for h ... [Read more]

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Rynek Glowny

Krakow , Poland All of Krakow sooner or later passes through RynekGlowny, Europe’s largest and most authentic medieval market square. Ringed by Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, this massive plaza is dominated by the 1 ... [Read more]
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Zurich’s Artbeat

Switzerland

Straddling the Limmat River and graced with a mountainous backdrop, Switzerland most financially powerful city capitalizes on natural beauty and cultural riches. Coupled with Basel, Zurich pumps the country’s artis ... [Read more]

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Basel : Art City

Switzerland

On the banks of the Rhine, where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet, Basel shines as a world class capital of art. Among its 30-plus museums are the impressive Kunstmuseum of fine art, the Museum Tinguely with its playful mec ... [Read more]

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Bairro Alfama

Lisbon , Portugal The Alfama is Lisbon’s most moody and evocative neighborhood. The steep streets and twisting alleyways still bear witness to the Moors who, imposing their rule on much of the IberianPeninsula, invaded Portugal ... [Read more]
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The European Fine Arts Fair

Maastricht , Netherlands

The ancient Roman town of Maastricht is known for its bon vivant ambience and excellent food, all to be enjoyed amid rich cultural offerings and venerable history- along with the city’s charm, sophisti ... [Read more]

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The Last Supper And Other Works Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Milan , Lombardy , Italy

Completed for the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in 1498, Leonardo da Vinci’s IL Cenacolo (The Last Super) still captivates viewers with its power, depth, and humanity. Leonardo searched for years ... [Read more]

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Athens’s Museums

Athens , Greece While the sparkling new Acropolis Museum (see above) tends to grab the spotlight these days, Athens is also home to several other world-class collections of ancient artifacts, an unmatched patrimony from the count ... [Read more]
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Berlin’s Museum Scene

Berlin , Germany The turn of the 21st century saw Berlin's inexhaustibly rich art collections shuffled, reorganized, and regrouped. Today, the city is once again firmly established as one of the world's premier cultural capitals. ... [Read more]
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Germany’s Beer Culture

Bavaria , Germany To many, Germany plus beer equals Oktoberfest. But that's only part of the equation, and those who arrive outside of festival time won't go thirsty or bored. Bavaria boasts more than one-sixth of the world's brew ... [Read more]
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Lourdes

Midi, Pyrenees, France Every year, 6 million pilgrims and visitors flock to this small town perched on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains to stand where, in 1858, a local 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette had 18 v ... [Read more]
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Bruges

Belgium Bruges, or Brugge, is a perfectly formed city in miniature, brimming with reminders of its age of gory in medieval times. It’s the kind of place that’s easy to explore on foot. Better still, take a tour in an open boat ... [Read more]
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Austria’s Music Festivals

Austria Few countries reverberate with as many world-class music festivals as Austria. The hills are alive with the sound of music, beginning with the spectacular Bregenz Festival (BregenzerFestspiele) on a vast floating stage at ... [Read more]
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Highland Games

Braemar, Highland, Scotland Blazing with brightly colored tartans and ringing with the sound of bagpipes, the highland Games are unique sporting and cultural events celebrating all things Scottish, and are held in townsthroughout ... [Read more]
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Mackintosh’s Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland

Just as Barcelona is associated with the architecture of Gaudi and London linked to the churches of Christopher Wren, Glasgow is proudly home to the work of Scotland’s best-known architect-designer, Charles ... [Read more]

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Edinburgh Castle And Festivals

Edinburgh, Scotland One of Europe’s loveliest capital cities, Edinburgh owes much of its character and good looks to its showcase landmark, Edinburgh Castle, atop the craggy remains of an ancient volcano overlooking the surroun ... [Read more]
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The International Antiques And Collectors Fair

Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England

Think antiques-lover’s paradise and you think of London. But where do the umpteen antiques dealers that fills the stalls and stalls and stores of Portobello Road and Camden passage rep ... [Read more]