Posts Tagged ‘history’

Azerbaijan: The Land of Fire

  Azerbaijan is home to some of the world’s most interesting natural phenomenons such as the eternal flames that have earned it its moniker. It is popularly believed that the name of this beautiful nation was derived from the Persian words “Azer” and “Baydjan” meaning fire and guardian respectively, nodding…

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In Pictures: Jordan’s Monuments

Passed through the hands of many empires and rulers, Jordan’s landscape is peppered with megalithic monuments. These monuments tell stories as old as time and captivates the modern-day audience member precisely because so many of these places can still be seen, felt and explored. Influences from the Greeks, Romans and…

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Day of the Dead

Celebrated on 2nd November each year, the Day of the Dead commemorates family and friends of the living that have passed away, in their spiritual journey. What some might see as a sombre day is actually a day of celebration and joy as in the Mexican culture, death is seen…

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Photo Series: European Festivals

Asia’s vibrant and multicoloured festivals find themselves splayed across the pages of hundreds of magazines. From Holi to Songkran, we have heard of them all. But did you know that Europe has some of the most fascinating and diverse festivals as well? A mix of traditional and modern beliefs, these…

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A snapshot of Varanasi

Varanasi is a city where air is thick with history and traditions govern the way of life. Varanasi is the city we picture when we think about the ancient cities of India – women draped in thick vibrant silks, carrying flowers towards temples while hundreds of priests roam the river…

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Altiplano Attractions

Chile’s cultural roots are as diverse as its landscape, and have shaped the uniquely Chilean identity. Head into the country’s northern Atacama region, and you’ll find that it’s far from being a desolate, arid wilderness. The Atacama desert is overflowing with life, with fertile oases sustaining an astonishing diversity of…

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Beyond the Beach – Exploring Mauritius

One of the most popular beach destinations in the Indian Ocean, its tropical climate, shallow coasts, spectacular beaches, and luxury hotels are some of the country’s major draws. However, there’s more to Mauritius than just its beaches. For starters, it has a very unique culture that stems from its colonisation…

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Trail of the Mezcal

PHOTOS BY: Mexico Tourism Board Tucked into the soaring mountains of Mexico’s far south, Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-ha-ka”) is home to some of the country’s most authentic indigenous cultures, its best food, and (many) of its most famous ancientsites. Historically, the state’s ruggedness made it inaccessible – a fact that’s helped…

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Unearthing the Škocjan Caves, Slovenia

It seems like we can’t get enough of caves and their wonders this week! Nestled in Central Europe, Slovenia is home to the Škocjan Caves. This 6.2km-long underground cave was chiseled out by the Reka River which disappears into the Caves for a distance of 34km before resurfacing to enter…

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Uncovering Fort Jesus, Mombasa

The African continent is the renowned birthplace of the Early Human Migration where our ancestors moved out of Eastern Africa to settle down in distant lands. Africa’s rich history is peppered with geological formations and cultural intermingling. Hence, it shows its might on the UNESCO’s Heritage List. It has a…

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