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At the Mawlana Festival

Konya is a city of love and a city of pilgrimage in the heart of the Anatolia region in Turkey. Its ancient heritage shines in the light of Jalal al-din Balkhi Rumi, a man who was a great teacher and scholar of Islam in 13th century. He was known as a spiritual figure in his time and since then has been honoured as a saint. Rumi, known as Mawlana (master), is a messenger of love, having moved millions of souls over centuries with his poems and mysticism. Rumi, whose coffin was carried not only by Muslims, but also by Christians and Jews, died in a cold and snowy winter in Konya on 17th December...

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Changing Berlin: revisiting after 26 years

It was the summer of 1990 when I visited Berlin for the first time, shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. I was on a train journey with my family from Frankfurt to Berlin and we were supposed to get off at Berlin Central Train Station in what was West Berlin. By mistake we departed at the Berlin Friedrichstraße station in East Berlin. The station looked very old but it had a very interesting style To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here. To view the photo gallery of Berlin click here.

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Visiting Hangzhou

DESCRIBED as “the most splendid city in the world” by intrepid traveller Marco Polo, Hangzhou in China was thrust on to the world stage this year to host the G20 Summit. Its unique blend of Chinese traditions and thrusting modernity made it the ideal choice to showcase the country’s appeal to the global superpowers. And it’s this intoxicating mix of old and new which also makes Hangzhou one of China’s most enduring holiday hotspots. Jetting in to the city’s airport visitors get an aerial view of the treats in store.

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Travelling through Luxembourg

Luxembourg is small but its rich heritage heart beats fast in these modern times. I arrived late in the evening and stayed in my hotel in the Kirchberg neighbourhood which is in the north of the city. I loved seeing the old town again, visiting the palace, museums, churches, shopping streets and beautiful squares and spending time in trendy cafes and restaurants. However I decided to skip the city tour and spend more time in other regions to get a wider sense of what makes this small, but very diverse country. I began my exploration by going to the Mullerthal region in the north of the capital...

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Historical Canakkale and Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Run 2016

Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula Historical National Park was established to honor the 500,000 soldiers who lost their lives on Gelibolu, also known as Gallipoli. In 1915, Mustafa Kemal, commander of the Turkish army, led a successful campaign to drive out allied powers from the area. The park includes memorials, monuments, cemeteries, the natural beauty of the Ariburnu Cliffs and Tuz Golu (Salt Lake) The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters provides an honorable resting place for the soldiers who bravely fought and died in this historic battle. You cannot help but sense the heart...

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Gallipoli – a tour of the WWI battlefield

Çanakkale in the Gallipoli region of Turkey has witnessed many bloody battles throughout its chaotic history, from the Achaemenid era to the battle for Troy and the story of the Trojan horse all the way through thosuands of years of history to then, the battle of Gallipoli, which took place only a century ago. The graveyards of the Turkish and Allied soldiers have not been forgotten. and it is interesting to see how the story of the triumph and defeat is still alive. The cemeteries of dead soldiers have become green parks, laid across the unspoiled landscapes of the Gallipoli Peninsula, and all within...

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The Battle Fields of Khuzestan

Khuzestan is famous for the richness of it’s resources, namely oil, gas and the resulting petrochemical products. However, if you scratch the surface of this wealthy province you will discover stories that span over a thousand years of history. The tides of history have swept across these lands bring with them religious invasions, uprisings and wars. Fourteen centuries ago this land was invaded by Arab hordes under the flag of Islam which slowly but surely turned it into a country populated by Muslims. In recent memory that history repeated itself when the secular Arab Baathist regime of Saddam...

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Exploring Bern and Interlaken

Bern is a busy capital city that manages to sustain a sense of calm and projects a charm that you could only find by living in a village. It is no wonder that whole city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the federal capital of Switzerland since 1848, it stands on a narrow hill surrounded by the Aare River which is on three sides. The old medieval town was originally built surrounded by woods, but a major destructive fire in 1405 transformed it into a new city rebuilt in stone. I was amazed to find buildings, predominantly coloured in grey, different to other European cities that...

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Visiting the war fields of Khuzestan

I arrived in Ahvaz, the capital city of the Iranian province of Khuzestan a few days after the end of the Iranian New Year. Holidaymakers had already returned home and roads were less crowded. It was the beginning of spring and the weather was very mild and pleasant as I began to discover Khuzestan which is to be found in the south west of the country. Khuzestan may be known as one of the richest resources of petrochemical raw materials thanks to its extensive oil and gas fields, but beneath the surface of this wealthy province lies many untold stories spanning more than a thousand years. To...

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