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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...)

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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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