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Stunning Scenery of Rice Terraces in Banaue, the Philippines

Rice Terraces in Banaue (eTramping.com)
Rice Terraces in Banaue (eTramping.com)

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as...




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  • Enjoy an aerial view of Baffin Island. (Scott Bradley, Go Nomad)

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Head of the Jewish autonomous region Alexander Vinnikov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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