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Review: Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz in Marrakech, Morocco

Deciding to break a cardinal rule when traveling due to limited time while hungry, I asked an agent who was behind the front desk at the hotel property where I was staying for a recommendation to dine at a restaurant which served traditional Moroccan cuisine; and among the recommendations was Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz.

The recommendation sounded good enough to me, so I…

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Finale: The Oasis at Wadi Shab in Oman

After trekking approximately three kilometers from the entrance through canyons of sandstone with occasional groves of banana and date palm trees and pools of turquoise green water, I finally reached the end of Wadi Shab, which held a surprise for its visitors…

…a lagoon awaits in which you can swim.

Thinking I was pretty much alone in Wadi Shab during my trek, I was surprised to find…

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Morning at Katse Lodge in Lesotho — Including Breakfast

After I was greeted to breathtaking scenery when I awoke on that cool February morning in my room at Katse Lodge in Lesotho, I decided that I wanted to explore around outside before I partook in breakfast, which was included in the room rate.

I went outside and viewed the…

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The Only Statues on Easter Island Which Face the Sea: Ahu Akivi

Of the hundreds of statues throughout Easter Island, the seven moai of the explorers at Ahu Akivi are the only ones which face the Pacific Ocean in order to watch over and protect the inhabitants through the influence of their mana — or mystical power — even though the ahu itself is known for its astronomical orientation and is located 2.6 kilometers inland away from the shore.

According to legend…

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Visiting The Largest Volcano Crater on Easter Island: Rano Kau

Set on the idyllic southwestern part of Easter Island adjacent to the cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean lies Rano Kau, which generally means “a large or wide volcano with an abundance of water” and is a natural phenomenon in and of itself — and although the sensation of vastness and tranquility will be interrupted only by the wind; the distant sound of the waves; and the occasional squawking of seabirds, concerns of an explosive eruption of hot molten lava is…

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The Largest Statue Ever Moved and Successfully Erected on Easter Island: Ahu Te Pito Kura

One would never know that the Paro Moai was the largest statue ever moved and successfully erected on an ahu on Easter Island simply by viewing its remains after it collapsed almost 200 years ago, as it is lying on the ground face down with its body split in half along the rocky northeastern coast by the Bay of La Pérouse…

…but within the ceremonial center of the archaeological complex known as Ahu Te Pito Kura — whose only moai is named Paro and whose name means navel of light — the ahu itself remains in the same position as it has for centuries; and…

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Memorial Day 2020: Marietta National Cemetery

Just east of the center of downtown of the city of Marietta in the state of Georgia is a national cemetery which contains the remains of 10,132 officers and soldiers — and arguably, no day is better to commemorate their service that Memorial Day to acknowledge them.

The entrance to Marietta National Cemetery is through the cemetery gate of the monumental masonry archway, which was constructed in 1904 and is located…

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Review: Beyond Sausage Sandwich at Dunkin’

After having tried the Impossible Whopper by Burger King and the Beyond Meat burger by TGI Fridays with mixed results — you will need to read the articles to find out what I mean by that — I recently had the opportunity to try the Beyond Sausage sandwich by Dunkin’.

Both…

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Review: Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

I had the opportunity to stay at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa hotel property for a few days on a college trip in late 2018.

I arrived at the hotel on a mild December night and entered the lobby. In order to check in, one must climb one flight of stairs from the main entrance. It was no…

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