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After World War II, Zakimi became a U.S. military radar station. They were later restored, and today the castle ruins are a peaceful park.<br>Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Zakimi Castle witnessed intrigue in Okinawa's Ryukyu kingdom

Zakimi Castle in Yomitan might be a great place for family or wedding photos, a picnic, to read a book or just for solemn reflection, but it is much more than that. It is the story of Okinawa and its people.


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Dude ranch vacation stands the test of time

Returning to the Arizona dude ranch of my youth as an adult, it was comforting to see that some things remained the same. The desert landscape was unchanged. The horses still wanted to stop to eat shrubs on the trail. Kids still found equine flatulence hysterical. And the old wranglers were as cranky as ever.


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Portugal's Schist Villages become a haven of eco-friendly travel

Ferraria de Sao Joao and 26 other rural villages built wholly or partly of schist are now part of the Aldeias do Xisto (Schist Villages), an eco-tourism complex located in a mountainous region of Portugal’s interior that is geologically rich in this metamorphic rock.



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La Conca in Vigonovo, Italy, offers a varied menu of regional food

At unassuming La Conca, workers from nearby factories and warehouses make up the majority of customers during lunch hours on weekdays. The food is typical of Alto Livenza, an area west and northwest of Pordenone that is home to many Americans.


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Zakimi Castle witnessed intrigue in Okinawa's Ryukyu kingdom

Zakimi Castle in Yomitan might be a great place for family or wedding photos, a picnic, to read a book or just for solemn reflection, but it is much more than that. It is the story of Okinawa and its people.


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