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Burgos Cathedral

Eric Lurio USA - 27-Jun-23

I went there last week, as we were on a different tour and had some time, we stopped by and we had enough people to get a discount.

As cathedrals go, this is okay, the art is all over the place, from brilliant to downright awful. As to the architecture, it's standard, nothing to write home about, but it is a major stop on the Camino, so that's why it probably got inscribed.

Does it actually DESERVE to get an inscription, probably not, but it's an old cathedral and UNESCO likes that sort of thing.

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Eric Lurio USA - 17-Jul-12

On our way from Shiraz to Istfahan, we stopped at the tomb of Cyrus in Parsagad. there were some bas reliefs of a guy in a fish suit and a few other minor things, the city Cyrus built there was mostly made of wood, and that all rotted away ages ago. But the tomb itself was made of stone, and because the locals claimed that it was the tomb of Solomon's mother, it had survived the vandals. I noticed that someone had left a bouquet of flowers on the stairs leading up to the entrance in tribute.

I was touched.

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Eric Lurio USA - 17-Jul-12

The pre-Islamic heritage of the middle east and central Asia hasn't always been as appreciated by Moslems as it is now, note the notorious destruction of the Giant Buddha's in Bamiya, Afghanistan back in March of 2001, or the sale of the Elgin marbles, and all that ancient Egyptian art in various museums around the world. It was something like that which almost happened in Persepolis back during the dark days of the hostage crisis when the limits of revolution were reached. As to the details of the incident below, I cannot vouch for the details, and I never found out the names of the people involved, all I know is that a second tour guide acknowledged the event took place. (Any more information on the subject would be appreciated.)

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Stone Town of Zanzibar

Eric Lurio USA - 17-Jul-12

This was written in 1989, when I was first starting out....

Mr.Mitu's Botanical Safaris

By Eric Lurio

Zanzibar. You start with a name. Everybody's heard of it somewhere. A mythical place that only exist in the Arabian nights or in the lyrics of Billy Joel. The name brings to mind many things; romance, intrigue, adventure. Many, many things, but fruit isn't one of them. But nowadays, fruit is what Zanzibar is all about

I first heard of Mr. Mitu's spice tours from a Scottish lady in Arusha, Tanzania. My friends and I had just finished a safari and she was trying to put together one, and we were comparing notes. She said that there were three musts when I got to Zanzibar—hang out at the beach, go to nearby Prison Island and see the giant tortoises, and take the spice tour. I was intrigued

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Eric Lurio USA - 17-Jul-12

I've been to Quebec twice, the second time I got lost and nearly missed the cruise ship. The first time, in 2001, there was a war going on....

The 2001 Quebec City Tear Gas Festival.

by Eric Lurio

Every now and then, even the most patriotic residents of the greatest city in the Western Hemisphere get sick of the Big Apple. So when I saw a flyer posted on the south end of Washington Square Park advertising a bus trip to Quebec City to protest the Summit of the Americas, I was intrigued.

Cool!, I thought, Just the thing I need: A weekend trip out of the country! I thought that while everybody else was protesting, I'd take a look at some of the sites and give myself a sorely needed mini vacation. So I called up and made a reservation.

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Copán 5
Palenque 4.5
Serengeti 4.5
Uluru 4.5
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Ghadames 3.5
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  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  4. Ayeyawady River Corridor (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  7. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  8. Cathédrale de Bamako (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  11. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  12. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  13. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  14. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  15. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  16. Ellis Island (T)
  17. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  18. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  19. Historic Lighthouses of The Bahamas (T)
  20. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  21. Jerusalem (T)
  22. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  23. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  24. Mount Vernon (T)
  25. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  26. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  27. Route of the Peace and National Identity (T)
  28. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  29. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  30. The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara (T)
  31. The Core of the Mayan Area (T)
  32. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  33. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  34. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  35. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  36. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  37. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  38. Wooded meadows (Laelatu, Kalli-Nedrema, Mäepea, Allika, Tagamoisa, Loode, Koiva, Halliste) (T)

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