Exploring the Architecture of Oakland, Old and New

Exploring the Architecture of Oakland, Old and New

One of the things I love about American cities is the wonderful mix of architecture. From Victorian houses to the grand designs of the early 20th century, to sweeping modern skyscrapers. The city of Oakland, just a short metro ride from downtown San Francisco, was no...

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Marco Polo and Korcula

Most historians agree that Marco Polo (1254-1324) was born in Venice, but the old walled town of Korcula, on an island of the same name off the Croatian coast, has a strong rival claim. The evidence for either birthplace is not conclusive. On the one hand, Marco Polo...

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A Trip to Al Ain

It was in Al Ain that we had lunch in a little back street cafe, whose other customers were all Arabic men.  Most of them were playing cards or backgammon and smoking shish, and were quite happy when I asked if I could take their photograph. With a bit of sign...

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Eating Out in Muscat

Although Muscat is growing as a holiday destination, most tourists confine themselves to the coastal area of Qurm and find their culinary needs well catered for in the many hotels. However, for anyone who chooses, as we did, to venture further afield, eating out in...

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