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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Rome]]''' is a famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, ''La Dolce Vita'' (the sweet life), the [[Vatican City]] and Three Coins in the Fountain. As a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted a huge influence over the world in its c. 2500 years of existence. On '''21 Apr''' the '''city is celebrating its birthday''' so if you're in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area.  <small>([[Rome|more...]])</small>
 
| DotMBlurb= '''[[Rome]]''' is a famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, ''La Dolce Vita'' (the sweet life), the [[Vatican City]] and Three Coins in the Fountain. As a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted a huge influence over the world in its c. 2500 years of existence. On '''21 Apr''' the '''city is celebrating its birthday''' so if you're in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area.  <small>([[Rome|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[El Nido]]''' is a coastal town in [[Philippines]], comprised of 45 islands and islets. It  is a popular destination for locals during the long holidays of the Holy week, but until recently has been relatively unknown to foreign tourists. El Nido is more than just a stereotypical tropical paradise. Beaches, clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning inlets make for one of the world's most beautiful seascapes. <small>([[El Nido|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Iya Valley]]''' (祖谷渓 Iya-kei) is a mountain valley deep in the heart of [[Shikoku]]. One of [[Japan's Top 3|Japan's Three Hidden Valleys]], Iya was raised into the Japanese and Western consciousness by outspoken Japanese-culture conservationist Alex Kerr. His book ''Lost Japan'' presented an idyllic picture of a misty valley of thatch-roofed houses, stuck in a time warp to days gone by. Iya's best-known attractions are the precarious-looking '''vine bridges''' (かずら橋 ''kazurabashi''), which used to be the only way to cross the river. '''Hiking''' in the valley, especially the eastern end, is also popular and there are many trails of various lengths. <small>([[Iya Valley|more...]])</small>
 
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Rome is a famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. As a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted a huge influence over the world in its c. 2500 years of existence. On 21 Apr the city is celebrating its birthday so if you're in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area. (more...)

Iya Valley Kazurabashi.jpg

Iya Valley (祖谷渓 Iya-kei) is a mountain valley deep in the heart of Shikoku. One of Japan's Three Hidden Valleys, Iya was raised into the Japanese and Western consciousness by outspoken Japanese-culture conservationist Alex Kerr. His book Lost Japan presented an idyllic picture of a misty valley of thatch-roofed houses, stuck in a time warp to days gone by. Iya's best-known attractions are the precarious-looking vine bridges (かずら橋 kazurabashi), which used to be the only way to cross the river. Hiking in the valley, especially the eastern end, is also popular and there are many trails of various lengths. (more...)















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