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Mexico's Day of the Dead

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Mexico’s remembrance of departed souls, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is in November, and its upbeat treatment of immortality is both fascinating and thought-provoking.
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The infamous architecture of Chicago

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The devastation of the Great Chicago Fire gave the city a chance for a new life, and some of the most innovative structures the world had ever known emerged from the ashes.
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Notting Hill at carnival time

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London’s top summer knees-up is a celebration of the local Caribbeancommunity that has enlivened this part of town since the 1950s.
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Shopping in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai straddles the southern spur of the Silk Road, but its commercial reputation flourishes today with markets selling local crafts, jewellery and other goods.
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The lost islands of Japan

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Stretching to within sight of Taiwan, these coral-fringed islands are a revelation to those who make the journey.
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I came here to learn flamenco

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Flamenco, Spain’s soul-stirring gift to the world of music, provides the ever-present soundtrack to Spanish life.
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