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Where to See the Best Athens Street Art

The word graffiti might have a Greek origin, but the work of graffiti artists in its current form is a relatively new development in the ancient city of Athens. Drifting over from New York in the 1990s, street art in Athens soon blossomed into a deep and complex subculture, one which allowed those living on the margins to express …

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Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat: 1 & 2 day itineraries

The Angkor Wat Cambodian Temple Site When the sun rises over the Angkor Wat temple site the mystical nature of this famous Cambodian Temple, the largest religious monument in the world, becomes immediately apparent. Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, over 2.6 million visitors arrive every year to see this UNESCO World Heritage site. In the …

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Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Grave

Parish of Downpatrick It’s just not possible to read about the history and culture of Ireland and Northern Ireland without invoking the ghost of Saint Patrick. An easy day trip from Belfast takes you to Downpatrick parish and the historic town of Downpatrick. Here you can visit Down Cathedral (the Catholic Church of the Holy …

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Indonesian Food: Culture through Food in Java

Indonesian Food, Culture and Community 17,508 islands, 300 ethnicities, and a long history of trade with the Middle East, China, India, and Europe: Indonesia and Indonesia cuisine is a melting pot of culinary influences and ingredients! The most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago is Java with over 150 million people squeeze onto this volcanic …

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Sunrise Bagan: The Best Ways and Places to Experience It

Sunrise Bagan The vastness of the Bagan plain, an area of 40 square miles, with over 10,000 pagodas constructed over 250 years, is hard to visualize. And that’s not including the 3000 teak monasteries that once stood among the temples! If you are on the ground in Bagan, you can see Pagodas and Temples everywhere …

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Why You Should See Newcastle’s Angel of the North Statue

A Tribute to Newcastle’s People and History Is Gateshead’s Angel of the North statue a lump of scrap metal by the side of the road or a towering guardian of our hopes and wishes? In just over 20 years, Britain’s largest sculpture has become the most loved piece of public art in the country. One …

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Discover Canberra’s Hidden Sculpture Garden

Discover Canberra’s Hidden Sculpture Garden

Introduction A beautiful and inspiring hidden sculpture garden lies between Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and the National Gallery of Australia. It is one of my favorite Canberra attractions. But like everything in Canberra, you need to be a local to find the hidden places where there is life, beauty, works of art, and, well, people! …

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Shwedagon Pagoda: The Best Pagoda in Myanmar

Introduction It’s one thing to see the Shwedagon Pagoda (Shwedagon Zedi Daw) (ရွှေတိဂုံဘုရား), it’s another thing entirely to know what it is you’re seeing! It is one of the most important sites to see in Asia – a magnificent soaring religious structure that is beautiful, serene and spiritual. Even if you didn’t have a clue …

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Still Here: Indigenous Sydney Street Art

Still Here:  12 Pieces of Aboriginal Street Art in the Heart of Sydney   Sydney’s indigenous street artists are the source of some of Sydney’s best street art. Urban indigenous street art tells the stories of individual and cultural resistance, political dispossession, and resilience. There are no euphemisms here – Aboriginal peoples are survivors of …

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Strasbourg Cathedral: A Gothic Masterpiece

Strasbourg Cathedral: A Gothic Masterpiece Cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg is located in the Alsace region of France. Its full name is the Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg de Notre Dame. It is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in the world. It is the most visited church or cathedral in France apart …

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Travel to Croatia: 7 tips for your first trip

Why You Should Travel to Croatia Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline is considered the Central European Riviera. Thousands of people travel to Croatia spurred on by their love of the Game of Thrones and in the process of falling in love with this beautiful country and its rich culture and history. Tourism in Croatia has grown in …

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Phimai: The Khmer Empire’s Most Important Outpost

Visiting Phimai Phimai is a lovely Thai town in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in northeast Thailand. From 1000 AD, Phimai was an important outpost of the Khmer Empire and remained that way for 300 years. Today the quiet town is known for the wonderful Khmer ruins, for being the birthplace of the Korat breed of cat, …

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10 Best Northern Ireland Landmarks for History and Culture

History and Culture of Northern Ireland: Best Landmarks More than just wild scenic beauty, Northern Ireland has a rich cultural history. Some of the world’s best travel writers have come up with a list of the top cultural and historical landmarks in Northern Ireland for you to visit on your next trip. From ancient ruins …

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Best Scotland Landmarks for History and Culture

Where to See the Best of Scotland’s History and Culture You’re spoiled for choice if you’re a history or culture buff in Scotland. No matter whether you’re interested in the Shetland Islands or the Scottish borders, in this post, you will discover a rich history of struggles and lives lived among breathtaking landscapes over thousands …

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12 Best Cultural and Historical Places in England to Visit

Places in England for History & Culture: You’re Spoiled for Choice When you travel and write full-time for a living, you get to know the parts of the world that have the most intriguing cultural and historical echoes. In this post, some of the world’s best travel bloggers reveal their favorite historical and cultural sites …

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