El Morro Castle. Havana, Cuba

Got great news about Cuba today! The Pearl of the Caribbean will shine again soon. For the first time in a half-century, Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell real estate, bequeath property to relatives without restriction and avoid forfeiting their homes if they abandon the country. The law, which takes effect November 10, 2011, limits Cubans to owning …

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Streets of Havana, Cuba

Havana is a big open-air American Classic Cars museum. Estimated 100,000+ pre-revolutionary cars are still driving in the cities of Cuba. From 1900 to 1958 (before the Cuban Revolution), the country was a large importer of U.S. American cars. Import stopped after the U.S. trade embargo in 1960. Because it’s been difficult for many Cubans to purchase new cars, car …

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Cuban Woman. Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba has so much to offer tourists. I was blown away by Havana’s uniqueness in everything! And because of its unique landmarks I put Havana in my list of Top 10 Cities of the World to See Before You Die. Havana Landmarks Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña, a fortress located on the east side of the Havana bay, …

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The City Gates. Vokzal Square, Minsk, Belarus

Minsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus. It has a population of 1,837,000 inhabitants (2009). From 1919 to 1991 Minsk was the capital of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (B.S.S.R.)- one of fifteen Republics of the Soviet Union. Due to political situation not much has changed in Belarus since Soviet times (compare to other 14 Republics). That is …

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Saint Basil's Cathedral. Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia was the last city on my trip so called “From Russia With Love”, which included three major cities of the former Soviet Union- Minsk, Grodno, and Moscow. During an entire trip I was really looking forward to explore the capital of Russia. My only concern was the weather (it might get really cold and wet in spring). Fortunately, …

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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. View from Moscow River. Moscow, Russia

Moscow (Russian: Moskva) is the capital of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Soviet Union) from 1922 to 1991, and since 1991 of the Russian Federation. I have been in Moscow during Soviet times. But, due to short visits, I haven’t explored the city as much as I wished to. So, when I planned this three-day trip, I put …

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Athens of the North. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is my favorite city in the United Kingdom so far. I have found it as a very cozy old city with amazing skyline, beautiful architecture, friendly people, fun nightlife, fresh sea-breath, and, of course, with Edinburgh Castle! Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city was one of the major centers of the Enlightenment, led by the …

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The Brooklyn Bridge. New York City, USA

I love bridges! And The Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorite bridges in the World (as well as Tower Bridge in London and The Golden Gates in San Francisco). I was looking to see Brooklyn Bridge through the lens of a photo camera since my childhood. And, when I planned a visit to New York City, guess what was …

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El Castillo. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Cancun is my preferred “All-inclusive vacation” destination in Caribbean. Besides the Bright Sun, White Sandy Beaches, Colorful Underwater Diving, and Caribbean Cocktails there is always an opportunity for exploration of Mayan / Mexican culture. Cancun is located on the Yucatan Channel that separates Mexico from the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles. The Cancun region is sometimes known as …

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Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is located on the Allegheny Plateau, where the confluence of the Allegheny River from the northeast and Monongahela River from the southeast form the Ohio River. The Downtown area between the rivers is known as the Golden Triangle, and the site at the actual convergence, which is occupied by Point State Park, is referred to simply as “the Point.” …

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Statue of Liberty. New York City

New York City, with a population of over 8,000,000 people, is the most populous city in the United States. It is known for its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center, and for its history as a gateway for immigration to the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, it is also a destination of choice …

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April In Paris

Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the le-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,211,297 (January 2008), but the Paris metropolitan area has a population of 11,899,544 (January 2008), and is one of …

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