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Murano: The Island Full of Glass

A short vaporetto (water bus) ride away from Venice proper lies the grittier, industrial, bridge-linked islands that make up Murano, world-famous for its hand-blown glass. Murano became the glassmaking capital when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Centuries […]

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The Great Volcanoes

Hawaii is home to three active volcanoes: Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984; Kilauea, which has been continuously erupting since 1983; and Loihi, which is underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii island and has been erupting since 1996. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is considered the place to explore these natural wonders. Located just […]

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The Acropolis & Parthenon

You’ve heard about the Acropolis, seen a photo or two and may know a little of its extensive history, but nothing can quite compare to standing before it; seeing its beauty; imagining its time of prosperity and relishing in its brilliance. Built in the 5th century BC, the aptly named Acropolis, meaning “high city” in […]