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Since the 1720s, wooden railways have been known as truck travel agencies. In 1720, a railway was reportedly used to build a French fort in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia (now Canada). Between 1762 and 1764, at the end of the French and Indian War (1756–1763), British military engineers built gravity railways (mechanized cable cars) on the steep riverside terrain near the cliffs of the Niagara Falls Trams).

History of  United States Railways

From the Industrial Revolution in the Northeast (1810 to 1850)

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800px-Fort_Erie.JPG?profile=RESIZE_710xErnest Mettendorf



Two historic forts are situated at each end of the Niagara River. Step back in time to the War of 1812 and witness re-enactments of battles past. The Niagara Falls area of Canada's Ontario province is brimming with history, and Fort George and Old Fort Eire are just two of the many historic sites that are open to the public Wind your way upstream along the Niagara Parkway to where the Niagara River connects to Lake Eire, to find Old Fort Erie. Follow the river downstream awa

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Get the 'C' out of Travel

Fear of ‘C’ (China/Covid/Corona) virus. Ask, do I want to be in a crowded airport, take a flight wearing a mask, be in another crowded airport, perhaps in a country with lesser health controls, stay at an all-inclusive resort, line up at food buffets, join a tour bus with another 30+people, board a gigantic cruise ship with 1000’s of other travellers, land at ports for more crowded tours, get on a train, stay in ginormous hotels or visit countries that do not have acceptable health, safety and s

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The Sounds of Fifes & Drums


Driving along the beautiful Colonial National Parkway along the York River toward Yorktown, one can almost hear the sounds of fife and drums, regimental bands and the blistering sounds of a cannonade. Yorktown, the pivotal battle in Virginia which caused British General Cornwallis to surrender his army to combined American and French forces led by George Washington has a whole new sound. The sights and sounds  of visiting Revolutionary history live!

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With the recent op

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Tulip Mania at Keukenhof in the Netherlands

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In the Netherlands province of Holland in April and early May, almost every field in is covered in brightly coloured flowers. These are the bulb flowers most often associated with spring. There are deep blue hyacinths, white and golden yellow daffodils and narcissi, but mostly brash, bold and colourful tulips.

 

Tulips come in a wide range of colours. They can be the purest white through yellow, orange and red to the deepest purple ... sometimes almost black. ‘Broken’ tulips are bi-coloured, usual

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Photographic Tricks for Taj Mahal Tour

  1. Choose to visit the Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise while the sunrays fall on the right-hand side façade of the taj.
  2. Be early to get in line with the help of your Agra Tour Guide so that you are able to capture the best view from the main platform. Later Instagram worthy pictures of the colour change on the white marble and the sparkling of semi-precious stones.
  3. Make some pictures from the garden side having the Taj in the arches of the trees.
  4. You can make use of the water canals and the main tank
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit London

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The capital of the United Kingdom is more than just a metropolis with a striking historical significance in the history of the world - it's a unique and exhilarating experience. London’s countless monuments, its royal panache and mind boggling architecture and beautiful streets that surprise you with prettiness at every corner are so inviting and irresistible that no traveller can miss out London from her bucket list. You can explore more with itinerary planner for awesome vacation. There are

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Saddle Up With All the Latest Ranch Rider News


Get ready to do something new on the range as specialist riding holiday operator, Ranch Rider has rounded up a list of exciting 2015 activities, events and set-jetting locations. 
 
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Saddle up for a new half day ride at the Tombstone Monument Ranch, the Arizonian city still filled to the brim with tales of lawlessness, battles and silver bullion.  Cowboys and girls will stop off for a refreshments at Big Nose Kates - the establishment named after the common law wife of gunfighter, Doc Holliday. One
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Riding Wales' Ffestiniog Steam Railway

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‘If you steal a sheep, they’ll hang you, but if you steal a mountain, they’ll make you a Lord’

                                                                                                                          - old Welsh saying.

There’s evidence of this stealing of mountains all over Snowdonia National Park in northwest Wales. Where they haven’t carved the mountain out, and exported it all over the world, the slopes are littered with the stuff they didn’t want.


But,how did they carry aw

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I'll say upfront, I'm horrified by the nightmare this country is installing in the Executive branch of our government, and wincing at the massive damage we're going to be taking over the next four (and hopefully only four) years. So it's all the more worth noting that given the outsize world influence of this country’s chief executive, travellers seeking insights into both U.S. and world history will find intriguing and often first-hand information at the librar

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Before Costa Rica became known as “Costa Rica”, it was once part of the territory of Veragua in the mysterious lands across the sea claimed by the Spanish. The area could have retained the name of Veragua if it wasn't for the misconception of huge riches the first Spanish explorers thought Costa Rica contained.

In September 1502, the small storm-battered ship of Christopher Columbus and his crew anchored in a small bay off what is now the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Columbus was on his fourth

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9009058092?profile=originalNo one really knows how Nicuesa Beach in Costa Rica got its unusual name.

One thing is for certain, the picturesque little cove in the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica takes its name auspiciously from the Spanish conquistador and explorer, Diego de Nicuesa (1464 – 1511). His name further lives on in Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a beautiful ecotourism and nature lodge located on Nicuesa beach.

9009059057?profile=originalBut who was Diego de Nicuesa, and how did a little Costa Rican beach receive his name

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Your Guide to Living in Atenas, Costa Rica

9296605683?profile=originalLearn all there is to know about Atenas, Costa Rica in this super handy guide from Pure Life Development of Atenas. If you have any questions on anything to do with Atenas, Costa Rica, get in touch with Atenas Costa Rica realtors, Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez Porras. They have been successfully helping customers buy and sell real estate in Costa Rica, do land development and home construction in Costa Rica for 10 years.

9008998089?profile=originalYour Guide to Living in Atenas, Costa Rica

With an ideal location, Aten

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9008775656?profile=originalIf it were 25 years ago, you wouldn’t want to go to San Lucas Island. The small, forested island in the middle of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Gulf was the roughest jail in the country. Being sent to San Lucas Island was a terrible prospect; prisoners’ lives were short and often spent in torture.

Thankfully, today, the prisoners are gone and San Lucas Island has been transformed into a national wildlife refuge to protect the island’s ecosystem, its wildlife, the historic buildings of the penal colony, and

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9008930079?profile=originalGuanacaste the northwest province of Costa Rica – is known for its rolling grassy plains, “Gold Coast” beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, sunny dry climate and unique dry tropical forest. For generations “Guanacastecos,” as the residents here are called, have been dedicated to farming, cattle and horse ranching. The “sabanero” (cowboy) traditions, folklore, music and dance are deeply rooted in the country’s culture.

But Guanacaste wasn’t always a part of Costa Rica. Once belonging to Ni

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An A-Maze-Ing Palace in Crete

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If you’ve got even a passing knowledge of history and/or Greek mythology, you’ve probably heard of the Minotaur, the monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull, imprisoned in a labyrinth by Minos, king of Greece's island of Crete, and fed human sacrifices. Obviously the bull-headed thing is a little bit of a stretch, but on this island  you can visit the spot where this legend may well have originated.  On Mount Kefala, a couple of miles outside Crete’s capital Heraklion, lie the ru

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Cancun’s Very Own Mayan Ruins

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You’ve no doubt been to or at least have heard about the Yucatan Peninsula’s wondrous Maya archaeological sites like TulumChichen Itza, and Uxmal. But did you know that Mexico’s most famous beach resort, Cancun, boasts a mini-me version of these mighty sites? Las Ruinas del Rey ("the Ruins of the King") are easily accessible right off the hotel zone’s main drag, Boulevard Kukulkan, just south of the hotel zone on the way to/from the airport.

Dating to around 300 BC and now open daily during

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by Nellie Huang

It was his obsession with adventure that brought him to the interior of what was then known as Spanish Sahara, an overseas territory of Spain. In 1930, Michel Vieuchange, a French adventurer, set out on his journey to the largely unexplored region known today as Western Sahara. He removed his gold tooth and disguised himself as a Berber woman to sneak his way into the unknown. His goal was to discover the ruins of Smara, a walled city that was built centuries ago and then aband

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9008731294?profile=originalYou didn't know that President Benjamin Harrison was from Indiana? That's okay; Indiana has sexier local heroes, celebrities whose very names make grown Hoosiers weep. Better yet, they feel compelled to honor their heroes in wondrously strange ways.

At age 17 John Dillinger was sent to jail for ten years, got released in 1933, and immediately thanked the “corrections” system with such an energetic bank-robbing spree that, by the time he was shot dead just one year later, he'd become a legend. T

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9008915679?profile=originalIf you visited the beautiful property of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge four decades ago, instead of a high-end Costa Rica eco-lodge, you would have found only “chocolate trees.”

 

Cacao tree plantations were once plentiful in Costa Rica’s southernmost region of the Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula. Cacao was an important export market for Costa Rica until the fungus blight called Monilia destroyed 95% of production in 1979.

 

On the Chocolate Tour at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you will learn abo

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