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Totnes is situated in the beautiful district known as the South Hams or the “Garden of Devon”. Built on the banks of the River Dart and surrounded by cornfields, pasturelands and orchards, Totnes is one of the most interesting and handsome of the smaller inland towns of south Devon.

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The ivied shell keep of the castle, which was built around the 12th century together with Follaton House, situated west of the town, are well worth visiting.

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This a bit vintage postcard shows the Mosque of Muhammad Ali is the most popular Islamic mosque among tourists. This mosque is also sometimes referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to its extensive use of that stone on some of the exterior walls and other surfaces.

mosque muhammad ali - citadel - cairo

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The mosque, the largest such structure built during the first half of the 19th century, is more impressive at a distance than close up. Though there its artistic merit is questionable, it is an unparalleled contribution to the skyline of Cairo, visible high atop the Citadel grounds.

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The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt

A camel driver near the Sphinx and Khafre Pyramid. The Great Sphinx – thismonumental statue, the first truly colossal royal sculpture in Egypt, known as the Great Sphinx, is a national symbol of Egypt. The word “sphinx”, which means ‘strangler’, was first given by the Greeks to a fabulous creature which had the head of a woman, the body of a lion and the wings of a bird.

the great sphinx in giza

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The Great Sphinx is believed to be the most immense stone sculpture in the round ever made by man. The Sphinx faces the rising sun with a temple to the front which resembles the sun temples which were built later by the kings of the 5th Dynasty.

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The Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center, a low-slung, green-roofed building nestles atop Coldwater Ridge where visitors can view the 8,366 foot volcano and its crater. Nature takes its course within the National Volcanic Monument as plants, trees and animals return.

coldwater ridge visitor center

Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center is located 43 miles east of Castle Rock on State Route 504. The center includes interactive exhibits with an ecological focus, ranger-led programs, bookstore, gift shop and restaurant. Visitors to Coldwater enjoy panoramic view of the volcano, the newly formed lakes, and the debris-filled Toutle River Valley. With over one million visitors coming to Coldwater Ridge each year, it’s important to stay on the trails and to help protect this unique landscape.

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Mount St. Helens Eruption 1980

Mt. St. Helens, the eruption that has captured everyone’s attention since March 1980.

mt. st. helens eruption 1980

The peak is now altered by the collapse of the summit and the formation of a new crater as ash, rock, and steam have been blown from the top.

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