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10 Must See Things to See in Kazan

Kazan View point

Traveling to Kazan, Russia You won’t find the city of Kazan in most people’s list of top cities to visit in Russia. This is quite a shame considering the fact that Kazan has a lot to offer. You owe it to yourself to check it out so you can see for yourself why more and more tourists are discovering this ...

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Colombia Travel: Cartagena on Foot

Cartagena, Colombia, street scene

Over the years, we have come to realize, depending on the nature of a city, some places are better enjoyed without the structure of an itinerary. Cartagena, behind the walls, is just that kind of place, a walking city beckoning you to wander its narrow cobblestone streets and allowing serendipity, and not a tour book, to be your guide. Historic ...

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Photogenic Paraty, the 17th Century Portuguese Colonial Town in Brazil

Colonial Town Brazil

On the Costa Verde, Green Coast of Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil, about four hours south of Rio itself, is found Paraty. Costa Verde coast was one of the first areas of the long Atlantic seashore of Brazil visited and inhabited by the Portuguese. Set in a scenic bay and guarded by a fortress against attacks by pirates, Paraty ...

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Holasovice – UNESCO Site of South Bohemian Folk Baroque Architecture

Holasovice folk baroque architecture

Some ten miles west of Ceske Budejovice in southern Bohemia, Czech Republic, lies a small village of Holasovice. The village is a well-preserved collection of village dwellings built in the middle of 19th century and offers a perfect day trip from Prague. With characterist ic stucco decorations on the gables built in style of folk baroque, inscribed with dates from 1840 to ...

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Massive Tibetan Houses of Zhongdian

Traditional Tibetan house improved with contemporary windows

The Tibetan architecture of temples as well as houses is always manifested by solid structures no matter where they are found, whether in Central Tibet, in Sikkim or Bhutan and elsewhere in the eastern Himalayas, the Nepal Himalayas or in the far western reaches of Tibet including Ladakh. In the old Tibetan town of Zhongdian in Northern Yunnan, in southwestern ...

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Time to visit Luang Prabang is now

Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang

Following end of Vietnam – American war and its postwar alignment with North Vietnam’s communist system of government, Laos fell into obscurity. With the fall of Berlin Wall and dismantling of Soviet Union, Laos as Vietnam slowly opened its borders to international tourism. Vientiane, the capital, became the first target as a result of easy access from well-developed Thailand to ...

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Bicycle Vacations in Italy, Switzerland and France

Bicycle vacations in Provence

If you love bicycling and Italy, taking a cycling vacation in Tuscany or Sardinia is a must. Prefer high mountains, how about Switzerland and riding the Alps? If you love France, bicycle around Provence and climb Mount Ventoux, the Giant of Provence! Whatever your decision you will find that any one of these trips will be a perfect combination of ...

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Cesky Krumlov, a fine UNESCO town in south Bohemia

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Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO world heritage town in south Bohemia, Czech Republic. Founded in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, Czech Krumlov grew in prominence due to its location on an important trade route between Linz and Prague. Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles dominate its old town core. When visiting Czech Republic make ...

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Legendary Shangri-La and Tibet Adventure, China & Tibet Tours

Tibet

Kunming – Lijiang – Zhongdian – Tsetang – Lhasa – Hong Kong from $3,839/pp This adventure ascends to Tibet, the “Rooftop of the World,” where devotion and tradition reign amid the monasteries and peaks of the mighty Himalayas. And it reveals the magical mountain paradise made famous by James Hilton’s novel, “Lost Horizon.” Day 1 West Coast – Hong Kong ...

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