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abu dhabi shiekh zayed grand mosque

Photo of the Week: Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Though a bit lighter on the big-name tourist sites than the neighboring Emirate of Dubai, national capital Abu Dhabi is by far the richest and most politically powerful of the seven Emirates. Though the city center is a bit understated compared to that of Dubai, one of the places …

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What It’s Like In: Budapest, Hungary

There is no such thing as “small” in Budapest. Every detail is part of a grander scheme, every building is grandiose, every lane proudly clean, every stone and brick an impeccable piece of ever-evolving neoclassical renovation. There are no nooks or crannies. Its central downtown is made up of row after row of elaborately gothic …

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Photo of the Week: Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Durbar Square is the architectural highlight of the city of Bhaktaur. Its true wealth, however, lies in the rest of the city. It’s Nepal’s best-preserved medieval city and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What I really like about Bhaktapur is that it’s a living city. The citizens still live and play among …

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Photo Essay: Bukhara Uzbekistan

Bukhara: Ancient City of the Silk Road For nearly two thousand years, Bukhara’s vibrant civilization and well-established economy kept it as a center of culture and commerce on the fabled Silk Road. Genghis Khan conquered here, British explorers languished and died in its prisons, and even the Soviet Union fought before and eventually conquered Bukhara’s …

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Photo of the Week: Colorful Houses of Girona Spain

Catalonia is known for Barcelona, its famous artists, the beautiful Costa Brava, the Pyrenees, and its world-class cuisine. Girona Spain is right in the middle of all this. Girona is located inland from the coast, about an hour north of Barcelona. It’s a small city known for its Jewish quarter, old town, Cathedral, and colorful …

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Acoma Pueblo Sky City: Oldest Continuously Inhabited Community in North America

History of the Acoma Pueblo “No note taking.” Our tour guides tells me after I jotted down a couple thoughts as he began explaining the history of the Acoma Pueblo. We are up high on a 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths in the desert of western New Mexico. This …

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