Trier – Rome of the North; Abdul Rastagar; Dave’s Travel Corner

Germany – Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

Trier is the UNESCO World Heritage city you’ve never heard of. While you were busy swooning over Berlin’s modern architecture or Munich’s copious beer gardens, you’ve missed Germany’s most remarkable city, quietly minding its own business along the banks of the Mosel river, the way it always has for two and a half millennia. Visiting Trier puts the visitor in a bind – should she primarily focus on Trier’s Roman or more “recent” medieval history – both are abundant and extraordinary. The city is home to an incredible nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nine! In one city. That is a quarter of all UNESCO sites in the entire country of Germany!

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The Utterly Beautiful Pena Palace Of Sintra, Portugal; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Portugal – Cultural Landscape of Sintra

The first time I saw pictures of Pena palace in Sintra (granted, this was quite a while back), I kinda didn’t believe it was a real place. It looks so grand yet so colourful that it seemed like something someone working in a Disney movie had drawn up. Of course, I very quickly found out that this place was a real place and ever since then, I’d wanted to visit it properly.

Seeing it in real-life is every bit as amazing as the photos led me to believe. It’s one colourful Portuguese masterpiece!

It kinda begs the question as to why all other European palaces and castles aren’t as colourful as this! (Fine, I know why but still… 😀 ).

We wasted no time in trudging up the inclined pathway to the palace – eager to explore it in full!

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10 Countries Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Visit; Megan Elliott; Culture Cheat Sheet

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

President Donald Trump has already made it clear that he doesn’t welcome visitors from certain countries to the United States. But how does he feel about United States citizens traveling abroad?

While Trump hasn’t declared places like Iraq, Iran, and Libya off-limits to Americans, the U.S. Department of State does strongly discourage people from traveling to these countries, along with 38 others around the world.

How does a country end up on the travel warnings list? It’s not because of the way the President feels about them. Rather, according to the State Department, they issue a warning because of factors like an “unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.”

Some of the places the U.S. government is concerned about should be avoided for obvious reasons.

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The Seven Wonders of China; WorldAtlas.com

China – Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area

China is the world’s largest country by population, and is home to a large number of tourist attractions that can be considered seven wonders.

China is by far the most populous country in the world with a population of about 1.3 billion and more than 55 ethnic groups thriving within the border of China. The country is a stronghold of culture, legend, and myth that varies from the awe-inspiring works of art to tombs shrouded in mystery. The country has been the centre of tourist attractions. Some of the attractions have great historical and cultural significance and have been identified as the wonders of China. These sites attract millions of tourists annually.

7. Himilayas

Also known as the roof of the earth, the Himalayas are a chain of mountain ranges which are located along the China-Nepal border in Tibet.

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5 vacations to plan if you are missing the sun right now; Lynn O’Rourke Hayes; The Seattle Times

Netherlands – Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

Five destinations with sun and fun for the whole family.

Are you ready for some sunshine? Here are five destinations to consider.

COSTA RICA

“Pura vida,” the locals’ friendly attitude and approach to life, provides a hospitality-rich backdrop for a sunny holiday. Be there to watch the “arribada” (the Spanish word for arrival) when sea turtles lay millions of eggs on the country’s pristine beaches.

Surfers give the richly diverse nation top marks, as do adventure lovers who visit the small country for river rafting, hiking, biking, canopy tours and volcano watching.

Families can take advantage of culturally focused volunteer vacations, clan-friendly resorts and beachside boutique accommodations.

CURACAO

Visit this colorful, southern Caribbean destination to sample more than four dozen cultures, ranging from Dutch to Portuguese.

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Into the heart of Mexico; Nelson Branco; Toronto Sun

Mexico – Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

When most tourists think of Mexico, they envision white sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, endless margaritas — and a possible wall being built between that country and the U.S.A.

But there’s more to Mexico than just enjoying a traditional resort getaway and engaging in its political discourse.

Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s insistence that most Mexicans are desperate to flee their native land for an increasingly unstable America, this was the furthest thing from the minds of the earnest and peaceful people I met during a visit to San Miguel de Allende.

Juana, who works at the local Artisan Market, told me: “Look at our beautiful city — why would we want to leave here for America?”

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Dane dies after falling from hot-air balloon in Turkey; AFP

Turkey – Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
A Danish tourist died on Saturday in a fall during a hot-air balloon sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, Danish and Turkish officials said.
The Turkish transport ministry said the individual died after “falling from the balloon which made a hard landing because of strong winds”.
The balloon had been making its descent during a trip over the famed sculpted rock formations in Cappadocia in Nevsehir province.
“Despite every intervention at the hospital, the individual lost their life,” the ministry said, quoted by Dogan news agency.
The individual was on the balloon with 20 others, mostly tourists and let go of the handle inside the balloon in a moment of “absent-mindedness” before they fell off, the agency said.
According to Dogan, the tourist had multiple injuries including fractures.

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10 of The Most Beautiful Castles in the World; Philip; How Africa News

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

There are so many breathtaking castles around the world and it’s very hard to make a list of the top 10. Here’s one possibility for such a list with 10 amazing castles. You’re welcome to disagree and add a comment with your favorite castles.

1. Mont Saint Michel, France – A rocky tidal island in Normandy, located approximately 1 km off the coast. The island’s highest point is 92 meters (301 feet) above sea level. The population of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is only a few dozens, but visited by more than 3 million people each year. The strong tides in the area change quickly, and connect and disconnects the island from the mainland on a daily basis.

2. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany – German for “New Swanstone Castle”, this castle is a 19th-century palace on a rugged hill in Bavaria, Germany.

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For decades they hid Jefferson’s mistress — now Monticello is making room for Sally Hemings; Krissah Thompson; Washington Post

USA – Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The room where historians believe Sally Hemings slept was just steps away from Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. But in 1941, the caretakers of Monticello turned it into a restroom.

The floor tiles and bathroom stalls covered over the story of the enslaved woman, who was owned by Jefferson and had a long-term relationship with him. Their liaison was a scandal during his life and was denied for decades by his descendants. But many historians now believe the third president of the United States was the father of her six children.

Time, and perhaps shame, erased all physical evidence of her presence at Jefferson’s home here, a building so famous that it is depicted on the back of the nickel.

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A Walk Through The Majestic Red Fort Of Delhi : We LivED It; Eshna Gupta; Economy Decoded

India – Red Fort Complex

The Red Fort :

Once the heart of the Mughal Sultanate, the Red Fort now tops the bucket list of every tourist up for a heritage tour of Delhi. It earns the name red fort due to the outer fort wall made entirely of red sandstone. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2007. And yes, they were damn right in doing so!

How To Reach :

You can board a metro till the Chandni Chowk metro station and take a rickshaw ride to the fort. Ask the local vendors if you are having a trouble finding the main road to catch a rickshaw.

The Visit :

Upon arriving at the Red Fort, one is greeted by the expansive outer wall of the fort and the familiar site of the PM’s annual speech.

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