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Angle of the North statue

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

A Tribute to Newcastle and Its People and History Is Newcastle’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 …

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Point Nepean Quarantine Station

Day Trip to the Quarantine Station in the Mornington Peninsula’s Point Nepean National Park One of the most fascinating periods of Australian history is free for you to explore in the beautiful Point Nepean National Park at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Lined by a stunning narrow beach for a midday dip, landscaped …

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Aerial view of Point Nepean National Park coastline

Point Nepean: Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Walk, Cycle, Swim and Explore at Point Nepean Visitors to Melbourne looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city can’t look past a day trip to Point Nepean. Just a short hour and a half drive from Melbourne’s CBD you can find yourself exploring the rugged coastline, learning about the fascinating military history, …

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Ancient Akrotiri

Why You Must See Ancient Akrotiri on Santorini

The Ruins of the Minoans From the rooftop balcony on a clear day, the nearby island of Crete could be seen by the prosperous villagers of ancient Akrotiri in Santorini. Not just any old Aegean fishing village, the inhabitants of Ancient Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement, lived more than 3,500 years ago and were …

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Indonesia food vegetarianKetupat with Bokeh Background

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 is a melting pot of culinary influences and ingredients! The largest island in the Indonesian archipelago is Java and almost 150 million people squeeze onto this volcanic island with fertile rice …

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Yangon Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Yangon for 1, 2, and 3 Days

Introduction As a young and eager anthropologist, I set up home in Yangon (Rangoon), having learned to speak, read and write Burmese and armed with a lot of small bills US dollars. Over the years I returned to Yangon, the suburbs and slums where I lived and took my husband and daughter there for periods …

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Best Hadrian’s Wall Walks, Tours and Accommodation

A Short History of Hadrian’s Wall About two thousand years ago, the north of England was the northernmost point of the mighty Roman Empire. The Romans had conclusively taken over Britannia, at least up to the part that we today know as Northumberland. Further north, things were a little shakier. Despite numerous forays into modern-day …

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Best Santorini Tours to Discover Santorini Villages and Local Culture for 2020

Santorini Island Villages Santorini is not just gob-smacking views from your hotel room, famous hikes, wineries, restaurants, water sports, and sailing experiences. OK, that’s a lot, but this is a pretty special island. The four caldera-edge towns and villages are spectacular but this ancient Aegean trading island is full of picture-perfect traditional villages where everyday …

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Visiting the Acropolis at night

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Acropolis: Acropolis Entrance Fees, Hours and Tours

Visiting the Acropolis: Highlights The Acropolis of Athens needs no introduction. The word “Acropolis” means “highest point” and this once mighty citadel looks down and across a bustling city of 665,000 Athenians. For anyone with a passing interest in Greece or history or democracy, the historical site of the Acropolis is iconic. Visiting the Acropolis, …

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Borobodur Temple

How To Visit Borobodur Temple

Introduction The story of Borobodur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, on the island of Java in Indonesia is one of volcanoes, earthquakes, lost temples in the jungle, vandalism, looting, and rescue. Built in around 858 C.E., Borobodur was abandoned sometime in the 1400s. Islam came to Indonesia in 1500 and the largest Buddhist temple in …

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