Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

Apr 16, 2016

Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

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Amid Cairo’s cramped mass of humanity and traffic, with its incessant honking and haggling, visitors will be hard-pressed to find some solitude. However, if you’re willing to go off the beaten tourist track a bit, serenity can be found. The expansive Mosque of Ahmed ...

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

Apr 9, 2016

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

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Saga Prefecture has long ranked low among domestic tourist destinations in Japan, but local officials and residents believe this is all down to a bad rap that is quite unearned. The prefecture in northwestern Kyushu, they argue, suffers because it lacks a signature image ...

Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai

Apr 2, 2016

Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai

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A visit to the island of Molokai offers a window on a unique and tragic chapter of Hawaiian history. For about a century beginning in 1866, some 8,000 individuals afflicted with leprosy were quarantined to live out their lives on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula ...

The 'art-itecture' of Tadao Ando shapes Naoshima Island

Mar 26, 2016

The 'art-itecture' of Tadao Ando shapes Naoshima Island

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Because I had just emerged from the gloom of a tree-lined approach, the white stones that paved the courtyard seemed impossibly bright. Then, my eyes caught something unexpected: a flight of chunky glass steps, a very modern touch on a renovated shrine. Encountering surprising ...