CHANGI BEACH, SINGAPORE — By daylight and by moonlight, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Asia Pacific and it has one of the most horrific histories of any place in the region.
MAIENFELD, SWITZERLAND—The alpine meadows. The soaring mountains. The cute little goats with bells around their necks, chiming away in the shadow of a picture-perfect hillside.
HONG KONG—Most first-time visitors to Hong Kong spend their days in this city of skyscrapers looking up and dodging the crush of people.
Victor Hugo elected after four previous failed attempts to the Academie Francaise on this day in 1841.
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Brno is low on most people[...]
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