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The ancient silk-road city of Palmyra is located in the Syrian desert and was one of the wealthiest cities in the Near East during its prime. (via Hello! Daily News)

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OP: this sparked a feeling of independence, or love, of just going somewhere and taking a late bus or train home and, i don't know, it just makes me feel warm

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Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa, to give it its full title, is a fine hotel set in a magnificent Scottish castle standing on the west side of the valley of the River South Esk. The castle stands in 11 acres of grounds in rural Midlothian, which to the south climbs gently towards the Moorfoot Hills. It is also, however, less than 3 miles from the Edinburgh City Bypass and less than 8 miles south east of the very centre of Edinburgh. Photo: undiscoveredscotland.com

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from Mail Online

Picture special: Highlights of Danny Boyle's spectacular and explosive Olympics Opening Ceremony

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from Jamie Oliver

Cuba libre

The national drink of Cuba celebrating its independence. There’s more to it than just cola, rum and lime

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