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  • Photo essay: Lebanon’s ancient ruins, evoking memories from past lives

    Photo essay: Lebanon’s ancient ruins, evoking memories from past lives

    There are places that make you feel tiny and huge at the same time. Lebanon is one of those. Walking around, driving up and down the country, from Sur (Tyre) up to Baalbek, comfortably perched on a hill in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, tourists will never cease to be in awe gazing at …

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  • The Legend of wolf that made Rome possible

    The Legend of wolf that made Rome possible

    Many people gape at Rome’s monuments, their authenticity makes it incredibly easy to picture toga-clad muscular men busy organizing naval battles at the Colosseum, but how many have wondered how all this started? To make sure Rome’s foundation sounded as grand as its present and future, historians, writers, and poets back in the BCs produced …

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  • Follow The Sardinian Wine Trail and Discover Unparalleled Beauty

    Follow The Sardinian Wine Trail and Discover Unparalleled Beauty

    There are two ways to get under the skin of a place: interact with its natives and unearth its traditions. How to achieve both is pretty straightforward: by trying the local food. And wine, that is. Thankfully, sampling Sardinian wine is quite a pleasant way to do that. Traveling the world made me somehow discover …

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  • Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s Festival in Sardinia  (Bulls, Horses, and Roses)

    Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s Festival in Sardinia (Bulls, Horses, and Roses)

    The smartest thing the Catholic religion could possibly think of has been to incorporate pagan rituals into its own ceremonies. Banning ancestral cults altogether might have provoked too many protests and caused general unrest, so why not take the lead? This is how many ancient festivals in Sardinia, especially the ones locals have always organized …

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  • Exploring the scents and sounds of Sidon, Lebanon

    Exploring the scents and sounds of Sidon, Lebanon

    It’s easy to be seduced by the Middle East. A cluster of cultures and civilizations that followed one another, this region of the world never fails to evoke ancestral traditions, romantic tales and out-of-reach places. Overloaded with its cargo of historical and biblical reminiscences, the legendary city of Sidon today is the largest city of …

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  • Secret Sardinia, Shelter of the Knights Templar

    Secret Sardinia, Shelter of the Knights Templar

    It’s easy to be seduced by Sardinia’s irregular beauty. The island’s rugged mountains framed by sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make for a pristine landscape one can hardly forget. Most villages proudly boast a great resilience against the waves of globalization, and although some traditions do struggle to survive, locals are very jealous of …

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  • The silk weavers of Orgosolo: a tradition at risk of disappearing

    The silk weavers of Orgosolo: a tradition at risk of disappearing

    I have already written about Orgosolo stunning street art and about its antimilitarist spirit. Orgosolo, however, is not only politics. This obstreperous town of inland Sardinia’s region known as Barbagia is home to an exclusive form of ancient silk art. Different from how they make silk in China, this is another way of producing and …

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  • Emirates Palace: A 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi

    Emirates Palace: A 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi

    As soon as you land at Abu Dhabi airport, you will be surrounded by luxury. Immediately showing love for tall buildings, shiny decorations, and luxurious shopping malls and hotels, Abu Dhabi knows how to treat its tourists. I have visited the Emirates Palace Hotel twice and it’s always an adventure. Government-owned Emirates Palace Hotel in …

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  • Dubai’s Top 7 Sightseeing Spots: The Old and The New

    Dubai’s Top 7 Sightseeing Spots: The Old and The New

    The first time I went to Dubai, two years ago, I wasn’t impressed. To the extent that when my parents and I booked our trip to Abu Dhabi last December, I wasn’t particularly excited to go back. Now, I’m glad I did go again to experience some sightseeing in Dubai. Unlike the first time, when …

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  • My visit to the former US embassy in Tehran

    My visit to the former US embassy in Tehran

    It’s recent news the diplomatic crisis between Iran and the UK, and when I visited the former US embassy in Tehran there was no sign it was going to happen. Following the protests of Iranian students in Tehran who claimed to have “occupied” the British embassy, the obvious consequence have been sending back to the …

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  • Visiting the Museum of the Inquisition in Cordoba

    Visiting the Museum of the Inquisition in Cordoba

    When I made the unfortunate suggestion to visit the Museum of the Inquisition in Cordoba on the last morning of our stay, just before catching the bus to the beautiful Granada, my cousin didn’t show much enthusiasm. “Are you sure?” she told me in an evident effort to talk me out of it. But since …

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  • Pratobello, a ghost town, or breeding ground for revolution?

    Pratobello, a ghost town, or breeding ground for revolution?

    “Does anybody live here in Pratobello?” Smirk. “Who would want to live here?!” A shepherd from Orgosolo was guarding his sheep grazing early morning and didn’t seem to appreciate our question, and due to Orgosolo’s reputation, we opted not to insist. At first sight, from the road, that small cluster of wrecked buildings gives for …

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  • Delicacies at Qingdao street food market, China | Photo Story

    Delicacies at Qingdao street food market, China | Photo Story

    East Asia is famous worldwide for its street food, and in China, I’ve been to many lovely markets. The best one was in Beijing, but also Qingdao street food market boasted so many delicacies I couldn’t restrain from shamelessly tucking into all of them. OK, maybe not all, but definitely most of them… Qingdao street food is …

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  • Journey through Roman Grandeur

    Journey through Roman Grandeur

    Recently, I was invited by Context Travel to a cultural walk led by Dr. Francesca Barberini through the magnificence of Princess Isabelle’s Apartment in Palazzo Colonna, 66 Piazza SS. Apostoli, just beside Piazza Venezia, in Rome’s city center. As soon as I arrived, something looked familiar. True, I had lived in Rome for seven years, …

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  • In India, country full of contrasts

    In India, country full of contrasts

    A trip to India is a cluster of emotions. I’m not alone in saying this, you can ask anybody you know who has been to this colorful Southeastern Asian country, and the answers will all sound similar. I had heard so many times the sentence “When you come back from India, you will not be …

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  • Moments from a traditional Indian wedding

    Moments from a traditional Indian wedding

    Even though I had no idea where I was going, I felt lucky enough to be invited to a traditional Indian wedding. I repeatedly asked the locals I was with, but none of them seemed very sure about it, so I just gave up and accepted the fact that in the Garhwali region of Uttarakhand, India, …

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  • Visiting Naini Lake in Nainital, Uttarakhand

    Visiting Naini Lake in Nainital, Uttarakhand

    One of the prettiest cities I’ve visited in Uttarakhand is Nainital, in the Kumaon region, famous for its beautiful lakes and picturesque surroundings. Blessed by the presence of nine lakes that make for a truly breathtaking natural landscape, Nainital is one of the most touristy places in this Himalayan region in northern India. As I …

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  • In Uttarakhand, where God was born

    In Uttarakhand, where God was born

    One of the most offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand is Manila, unknown by most travellers and still off-topic on most travel guidebooks. Of great natural beauty and rich spirituality, here is where travellers can learn about age-old Hindu traditions and religion. A small village in Uttarakhand India is a very colourful country, and the definition …

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