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Top 10 Things to Do in Cairo, Egypt

  • Africa.com
  • 28 November 2012

Meaning “the victorious city,” Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, populated by more than 18 million people. Filling both banks of the Nile River in the north of the country, Cairo has been home to numerous Egyptian civilisations as far back as 6,000 years and is only a short distance from the world-famous pyramids of Giza. First time in Cairo? Here’s a list of the Top 10 things to do.

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Photo of the Week: Locals in Old Beijing, China

  • Anton Jurgens (photo and text)
  • 26 October 2012

While the allure of old Beijing is increasingly overshadowed by progress, there are pockets of life that turn the clock back to the days of rickety bicycles, quiet hutongs with centuries of history to tell, and old men huddled intently and laughing over a game of mahjong, all the while turning endless strands of prayer beads.

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The Ancient Capital of Hanoi, Vietnam, Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 23 March 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE. Over 1,000 years after it was first established, Hanoi remains one of Vietnam’s most important cities. Not only is it Vietnam’s political capital, it is also at the heart of the nation’s centuries-old history and cultural heritage. A fine blend of East and West, Hanoi exhibits traces of the centuries under Chinese influence and decades of French colonialism, both still evident in the architecture, cuisine, language and people.

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Three Captivating Stories About Ukraine

  • Oksana Arkhypchuk
  • 30 January 2012

Situated in the east of Europe, Ukraine remains a mystical and misunderstood land. A simple west-to-east cross of this country and you are bound to get the most intriguing history lesson. Along the way, you will discover that there are plenty of cultural myths and stories, the kinds about unique local archetypal characters that will capture your imagination and keep you coming back for more local travel experiences in Ukraine.

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Photo of the Week: Doors to the Past, Ouro Preto, Brazil

  • Wallace Faria (Photo)
  • 15 January 2012

This shot captures two of the most distinguishing features of the former mining town of Ouro Preto, Brazil; specifically, its pronounced sense of heritage and its elements of outstanding baroque architecture. This doorway almost feels like a portal into the past, with its chipped facade, rusted lintel and worn steps all contributing to a feeling of tremendous age and quiet dignity.

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Four Excellent Overlooked Christmas Markets in Europe

  • Samantha Libby
  • 23 December 2011

While the celebrated Christmas markets in Germany, Poland and Switzerland always crowd up for the holiday season, there are other well-established European markets slightly further off the beaten track that offer thinner crowds and beautiful locally made products. Eastern Europe in particular is a great place to check out the growing markets, while farther in the west of the continent, the funky holiday Christmas stirred up in Amsterdam is not to be missed.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Malta’s Tentative UNESCO Sites: See Them Before It’s Official

  • whl.travel
  • 9 November 2011

While UNESCO approval of seven proposed World Heritage sites in Malta is still pending, their worth is certainly not negated by bureaucratic delays. In fact, their absence from the official list means that they have been kept just outside the UNESCO spotlight and perhaps a little farther off the tourist trail than the three recognised attractions. Here are the additional sites that Malta thinks deserve an equal shot at UNESCO protection and a place in the sun.

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Green Travel in Lithuania with The Beautiful Land of Nevermind

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 14 September 2011

In Lithuania, the cities of Vilnius and Klaipeda are different in many ways, but they share one important goal with respect to the environment: Today, travellers can tread lightly when it comes to the impact of ground transportation. Thanks to The Beautiful Land of Nevermind and its responsible transfer services, corporate and leisure travellers can make eco-friendly transportation choices when visiting this beautiful country.

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The Quiet Adventures of Banja Luka Come to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 26 August 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND BOSNIAN. Tucked away in a quiet northwest corner of Bosnia-Herzegovina lies one of the last untouched natural ecosystems in Europe. You would be hard pressed to find more unspoiled countryside than that around Banja Luka, where lack of easy access and limited infrastructure once halted the usual tourist swell to this region.

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