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Touristic Highlights of Marrakesh in Morocco

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Marrakesh in Morocco is considered the third largest city in the country in terms of population with more than one million people occupying the area. The city was established in the 11th century by Yusuf ibnTashfin. Marrakesh is one of the best tourist cities that welcome different travelers who spend their holidays in Morocco.

The “land of god” as the name says in the Amazeeg language, was the capital of Almoravids Dynasty. At the point when the French took control of Morocco during the 20th century, Marrakesh received much attention from the French authorities. In Marrakesh today, many French establishments survived, and this attracts many tourists who visit from all over the world to enjoy their vacations in Morocco.

Here are some of the most exceptional touristic highlights of Marrakesh regularly visited by travelers who enjoy their vacations in Morocco.

Medina Souk

This is the major market of Marrakesh. Found in the old district which is full of historical sites and monuments, the Medina Souk is defined by its wonderful mix of colors, narrow lanes and the marvelous smells of various herbs and perfumes. It is completely recommended for tourists who visit Morocco to enjoy their holidays.

Many tourists visit this market to purchase some traditional Moroccan souvenirs and gifts which includes the traditional Moroccan perfumes, leather products, herbs and shoes.

Almoravids Dome

This place is one of the most surviving ancient monument in Marrakesh. This spectacular dome was constructed during the reign of Ali ibn Yusuf in the 12th century. The dome is usually included in many travel packages in Morocco.

The dome interior is very beautiful despite the fact that the design and layout from outside are quite simple. The dome interior features unique stone decoration, one of the great features of the Almoravids dynasty architecture.

Majorelle Garden

A great place to explore in Marrakesh is the Majorelle Garden. This is the place where you’ll find the fertile soil with several plants and trees which includes cactus and palms. This garden dates back to the middle of the 20th century when Jack Majorelle the famous French painter visited Morocco for health reasons.

Jack started drawing many paintings to reveal the life in Marrakesh. This is why most travelers who visit Morocco visit the garden to enjoy the natural scenery mix with the French taste of art and how they viewed the life and the architecture of Morocco.

Delphi: Centre of the Ancient World

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Delphi has endured the ravages of earthquakes, although it is hard for us today to imagine why this remote area was the center of the ancient world. Nevertheless, this place was the home of the sun god Apollo and it is always visited by the famous and rich.

Many visitors are attracted to the site because of the oracle found in this area. Everyone visits to get advice from Apollo given to them by one of his priestesses.

The priestess was not always available to welcome visitors every day. Her prophecies come once in a month, and they are just for nine months in a year, except only if the omens were promising. There must have been queues of people always waiting to hear what their futures held from the priestess.

Back then, Apollo’s priestess spoke sitting on a tripod stretching over a hole in the ground. Recently, geologists and archaeologists discovered that the priestess sat over a fissure through which fairly harmful vapors escaped. The priestess was surely affected by this, as they were ethane, ethylene and methane.

History made it known that this place was discovered by a goatherd, who saw that his goats were behaving very strangely. He then went to investigate and begin to prophesy.

Apollo’s priestess usually gives her prophecies in riddles, so this means that interpretations were needed and sometimes people misinterpret her words. One popular example is when King Croesus of Lydia went to Delphi to seek advice from the oracle if he should attack the Persians. The oracle gave an answer which was “Cross the border and a great empire will fall.” King Croesus took this to mean that he would be triumphant and the Persian empire would be destroyed. In the end, King Croesus lost the battle. As a reproach to the god Apollo and the priestess, he sent his chains to Delphi. The response he got was that he should have asked which empire would fall.

Delphi was remarkably rich as Kings such as Croesus sent their riches to the place of the oracle with the hope that this could favorably influence their fortune. As explained in the story of Croesus, however, these gifts are always useless as things do not always work out the way he wants.

Delphi is located in the middle of two ‘Shining’ Rocks on Mount Parnassus. After you’ve seen every boulders and rock that strew the site, you can visit the museum. It might take at least three hours to see everything on this site. Also, don’t leave without seeing the 11th-century monastery of Osio Loukas.

Make sure you visit Delphi at least once in a lifetime. It is a very great place, even now.

10 Things Not to Do in Japan

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If you are planning to visit Japan, there are some facts about Japan you need to know. Getting to know some basic Japanese cultural practices will help in making your trip a great one. Below are few things you should not do when you visit Japan.

Don’t Enter Into a House With Your Shoes

If you are the type that is used to walking around in your house in your shoes? You may get yourself in trouble in Japan. In this country, there is a special place where you can keep your shoes before entering any house. There are also slippers for visitors when entering a room.

Don’t Make Noise On The Train

Japan is a country that is full of trains, most people in this country prefer to use the train instead of public buses. Nevertheless, people are not allowed to make noise when they are seated in this means of transportation. If you need to speak to a friend or relative, you need to do it in a very low tone. You are not also allowed to use your phone on the train.

Always Take-off Toilet Slippers

Once you arrive at any house in Japan, you will be given slippers that can only be used when going to the toilet. These slippers can easily be identified since they have special words or pictures on them. Make sure you take them off when entering a home or walking on the streets.

Japanese Do Not Accept Tips

While it is normal to tip anyone after an exceptional service in many cultures, it is not allowed in Japan. Regardless of how satisfied you are with their service, they will never accept any tip from you. In most cases, you’ll look behind you to see someone running after you just to return the tip!

Pay Attention When Speaking With Anyone

If you are in a conversation with a Japanese person, always remain calm and pay absolute attention. If you fail to show that you understand their point during a discussion, it is a sign that you are rude. Always talk back to show your attentiveness.

You can’t Take Photos Everywhere

You are not allowed to take photos everywhere despite the fact that Japan is a beautiful country. Make sure you ask someone before taking photos. There must be a sort of permission given to you before you take pictures in temples, shrines and museums.

Don’t Hug Anyone You Meet

Most Western countries are fond of hugging each other in public. However, hugging is different in Japan. Most older people don’t welcome the hug idea. So, if you want to hug anyone, it’s best to know their age group and if they are fine with it.

Don’t Receive a Gift With One Hand

Whenever a Japanese gives you a gift, use your two hands and bow. You should also tell them “thank you.” When you receive the present, do not open it until you get home or the person who gave it to you has left.

Don’t Use Red Ink To Write Down Names

In Japan, you are not allowed to write a person’s name in Red ink. This act is considered as disobedience. So, avoid using red ink when you need to write down your Japanese friend’s name.

Don’t Be Shy

If you are a tourist, learn to ask for help from locals. Don’t be shy or afraid of asking for anything. The Japanese are very helpful and friendly.

12 Cancer Symptoms You Are Most Likely To Ignore

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Cancer is the second most common cause of death. It’s more curable when detected earlier. Although some cancers develop completely without symptoms, some do have signs you are likely to ignore.

Bewitched: Behind The Scenes And Cast Secrets

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When “Bewitched” first aired on September 17, 1964, no one imagined it would still be alive today. While the show itself lasted eight seasons, Samantha’s signature twitchy nose is something nearly everyone still recognizes today. To top that, the story was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. A TV show remake has even been rumored, since NBC ordered a pilot in October 2014.

While Samantha tried her best to keep her own secrets, the show’s producers weren’t able to keep everything hush-hush. Here are some things you didn’t know about “Bewitched.”

Elizabeth Montgomery Was Never Replaced, In Fact She Played Multiple Roles

Not only did Elizabeth Montgomery star as the leading witch, she also played Samantha’s cousin Serena.

Couple Adopt An Orphaned Baby, But Then Receive Life Changing News

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For some couples, while having a baby may seem like a basic stepping stone in life’s common path, the natural way of having a child isn’t always a valid option. This was the case for Ron and Natalie Trecroce.

How It All Began

The year was 1997, and the Trecroces were a loving, caring Canadian couple who desperately sought out to broaden their family. However, having some issues while trying to conceive burst their bubble of having a family they could call their own.