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Hanoi market women talking
There was an outdoor market across from my hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though it was not large, it was possible to find anything from combs to shoes to fresh meat and vegetables. Merchants line up in long rows, selling their merchandise from a blanket on the...
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Advertisement for Warm Springs Hotel
Advertisement for Warm Springs Hotel
The Warm Springs, Madison County, Western North Carolina. Howerton & Klein, Proprietors. Hot, Warm, Tepid and Cold Baths. Readily accessible from every section of the United States, over. East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, and Connecting lines...
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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Atop the battlements of Fort San Felipe
Atop the battlements of Fort San Felipe
Tourists walk along the high battlements of Fort San Felipe. Fort San Felipe was an integral part of Cartagena's defense from several invasions during the colonial period. Several times during the 17th and 18th centuries Colombians were forced to repel invasions...
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Balinese girl wearing floral crown headdress
Balinese girl wearing floral crown headdress
This tourism advertising image shows a young Balinese girl wearing an elaborate floral crown headdress. Such crowns are characteristic of Balinese classical dance costumes. The girl's portrait is shown on a black circle within a purple background, and the...
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Balinese weathervane and windchime posted on pole
Balinese weathervane and windchime posted on pole
A Balinese weathervane and windchime is posted high in the air on a bamboo pole. A front propeller catches the wind and turns attached flaps of bamboo to create tinkling sounds. A shadow puppet character waving his arms is mounted on the back of this noisemaker....
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Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
This view of Bayon Temple tower walls at Angkor Thom reveals two carved stone faces in profile. The one in foreground at left is covered with lichen and harder to discern from the surrounding stone walls. Such huge and serenely smiling faces are carved on...
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Beach hotels at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Beach hotels at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A large white hotel sits behind a beach across a bay of blue water. Rocks jut out of the water in the foreground. Puerto Vallarta is a port town on Mexico’s west coast. It is a popular port of call for cruise ships and has developed a vibrant tourism industry....
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Blacksmith in Vietnam
Tourists and locals in Hanoi frequently escape the city by spending some time in mountain villages close to the Chinese border. Unlike Sapa, which is at a higher elevation, Bac Ha is located in a valley. It is considered less touristy than Sapa, but is well...
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The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
This is the Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is named after a Native American story in which two lovers from opposing tribes, the Catawba and the Cherokee, are walking near the rock. When a red sky signals that the brave must return to duty,...
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Buddhist monks on Marble Mountain
A visitor to Marble Mountain, near DaNang, might appreciate the serene atmosphere, the intriguing caves filled with Buddhist carvings, and a view of the city below. Buddhist monks live inside a temple at the base of the mountain. You can hear the Buddhist...
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Burros in Nepal
Burros in Nepal
Burros carrying goods down pathways once used as routes for the salt trade that crossed the mountains into Tibet. Today, the people who live in these mountains use salt imported from India. Although salt is no longer transported along these routes, they are...
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Cannon atop the battlements of Fort San Felipe
Cannon atop the battlements of Fort San Felipe
A colonial-era cannon sits atop a fort's battlements. Modern streetlights separate the fort's walls from the sea. Fort San Felipe was an integral part of Cartagena's defense from several invasions during the colonial period. Several times during the 17th and...
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Carved stone reliefs of Garuda supporting Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom
Carved stone reliefs of Garuda supporting Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom
Carved stone reliefs of Garuda, a Hindu mythical bird who transports the god Vishnu, appear to support the Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom, literally the "Great City." This high stone platform now called the Elephant Terrace (because of its elephant carvings)...
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The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Children's games
This was recorded as part of a multi-day Mekong Delta tour that started in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and finished in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is a unique experience to cross the border over water rather than overland. We were amongst the first groups...
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Colonial monastery in Cartagena, Colombia
Colonial monastery in Cartagena, Colombia
Tourists rest in the stone courtyard of a Catholic monastery. Large plants partially block a two-story arched walkway. Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia's northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors and was an important seaport...
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Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
A colored wall map depicts the underground tunnels at Cu Chi used by Communist fighters, or Vietcong, during the Vietnam War. During the 1960s, Communist guerillas dug these narrow tunnels that ran for about seventy-five miles from the countryside in Cu Chi...
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Detail of the Fort San Felipe wall
Detail of the Fort San Felipe wall
The gray wall of Fort San Felipe displays the solid stone construction of the wall. Fort San Felipe was an integral part of Cartagena's defense from several invasions during the colonial period. Several times during the 17th and 18th centuries Colombians were...
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