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With its natural beauty, sandy beaches, and tranquil waters, Hawaii is truly a tropical paradise filled with many attractions and beautiful landscapes. Granted, when you visit the islands, there are numerous must-see attractions. However, what about some of the little known sightseeing spots in Hawaii? There are several which will provide you and your family with numerous memories to take home with you after visiting the islands. The following are several that dig deeper into the Hawaiian culture and history.

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Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is a city in the Philippines that is located on Cebu Island. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the islands with the second largest air hub and the largest seaport. With an annual growth of around 5%, Cebu City is now the fastest growing area in the Philippines. The city is literally filled with attractions and historical landmarks that are worth visiting as well as some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the islands.

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For all practical purposes, the London Festival is the grand finale or high point of the 4-year long Cultural Olympiad which began in 2008 this year and will include the Summer Olympic games in the city of London. It begins on the first day or summer 2012, or Midsummer’s Day as it is referred to in the UK, and concludes on September 9th which is also the last day of the London Paralympic Games. Suffice it to say

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The city of Graz, Austria is a conglomeration of cobblestone plazas, numerous passages, and winding streets dotted with boutique shops, a café culture that is nothing short of cosmopolitan, and hip hotels. This stunning city is situated in Austria’s southeastern region and achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. The city is regarded as the gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful and scenic regions as well as having Capital of Culture status which was awarded in 2003.

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Also referred to as the “Running of the Bulls”, the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona is an annual event that commences at noon on the 6th of July. When the starting time of the festival is approaching, thousands of individuals begin congregating in the town square as they anxiously await the Mayor’s announcement to start the fiestas. Although the history of the festival is somewhat cloudy, there is evidence to indicate that celebratory events took place as far back as the 13th century on October 10th which coincided with the festival.

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With its nearly 400 miles (650 km) of coastline, the beaches of Kerala are one of the primary reasons that this area is a favorite tourist destination in southern India. Although the different beaches at one time were the targeted stops seafarers and traders, they were re-discovered in the 1960’s by backpackers and those seeking a great place to tan. That allure continues today as this is one of the more popular coastal areas in the country. The following is a list of the top beaches in Kerala, India to visit when vacationing there.

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Negril, a vibrant Jamaican town, boasts in abundance the sun, sea and sand that tourists from more temperate climes seek out, especially as we move from a half-hearted summer to a wet and windy autumn. Negril walks a tightrope and has so far avoided becoming completely overrun with package tourists and not succumbing to the mahogany faced charm of over gentrification. This places it firmly in the centre ground of the Caribbean holiday market.

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Travelling to parts of the world that are unknown to us is at once exciting but also potentially risky. News reports can heighten the sense of risk to the point that it becomes indistinguishable from paranoia and this is the point at which travelling stops being fun. Some simple rules can help travellers tell the difference between risk and fear and ensure that they have an enjoyable, secure time whilst abroad.

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The United Kingdom is well recognized as one of the world’s major tourist destinations. However, while so many international visitors tend to focus primarily on the city of London and its many historical landmarks and other structures, they are missing some of the best music festivals that the UK has to offer. Not only are there a large number of these music festivals, they cover just about every music genre imaginable.

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Located in the heart of Anatolia, the caves of Cappadocia in the mid-western region of Turkey, preserve the history of the great civilizations that flourished in the land. The seemingly hostile and harsh volcanic terrain and its ‘fairy chimneys’ that tower into the sky are sculpted by erosion. The caves themselves are a marvel of human ingenuity, being carved out of the rock and remarkably complete. The rooms hollowed out into the rocks have cut-out windows, arched ceilings, and millstone doors. There are even multi-level cave houses that are well connected by tunnels, stairs, and passageways. Most of these cave houses form a part of the underground cities populated by early Christians who hid here from persecution. Visitors arrive from Ankara or Istanbul to the closest city to the cave systems, Kayseri.

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At the head of the Adriatic Sea, protected from invaders and the ravages of the sea, lies the great city of Dubrovnik. This charming maritime city, called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is located on Croatia’s southern coast and is home to the great seafaring tradition of the Adriatic. The city was one of the great ports of call for merchant ships. Dubrovnik welcomes thousands of visitors each year, yet remains untouched by the ravages of commercialization.

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High in the Pyrenees is the nation of Andorra. Sandwiched between France to the West and Spain to the East, this mountain kingdom is one of Europe’s coveted vacation and skiing destinations. Andorra is less than a third of the size of London but is known for pristine powder-snow slopes and is a popular winter holiday destination.

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The heady aroma of spices, street food and perfume mingle with the sounds of storytellers, dancers and musicians to tell the story of the magical city, Marrakesh. Immortalized in song, poetry and prose, the city is said to hold the spirit of Morocco. The Red City of Morocco beckons to the global traveller to experience the sights and sounds of the Imperial City of West Africa.

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Come April and the tulip fields of the Netherlands are a riot of colour. A visit to the tulip fields during this time of year is an experience never to be forgotten. The fields just outside Amsterdam turn from sandy brown into a sea of pink, red, orange and yellow and the sight is breathtaking.

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Brussels, Belgium’s capital city and its largest urban area, is a city to be explored on foot and preferably with a map in hand, in case you lose your way and have to ask for directions. This city has been around since the 14th century and historical buildings line its streets alongside today’s high-rise modern structures.If you are in Brussels for a day there is plenty you can do to cover the city without getting the feeling of having rushed through it all. Here are some of the sights to see, places to eat and things you must do in Brussels.

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