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These Pictures Of Freezing Amsterdam Canals Will Make You Fall For European Winters!

From the first ever snowfall in Saudi to inches of snow in the Russian region, our planet has witnessed roaring changes in climatic conditions, this winter season. The European continent has primarily witnessed various ups and downs in the climatic conditions which have led to extreme snowfall in some countries. But these climatic changes have not stopped the people from enjoying the winter chill.

Our happy planet did not fail to extract the positives out of the harsh winters, and the cheerful pictures from different corners of the world, taking rounds on the internet, are the proof of that.

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The latest news has come from the Dutch land, Amsterdam, where the temperatures have dropped to such lows that the canals running across the city have frozen. This event of Amsterdam canals freezing has occurred for the first time in the past six years. Such adverse weather conditions did not stop the Dutch people from celebrating, and enjoying the winters as the canals have frozen to such an extent that they have become a playground for adventure activities.

The common public, and numerous ice skaters have come out in large numbers to skate over the frozen canals. Here are some surreal pictures of the city and its incredible scenery that has recently been adorned by the winter season:

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Amsterdam Canals Frozen

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And if images weren’t enough to dazzle your eyes with joy, here’s a video of the absolue fun that the Dutch are currently enjoying:

Stunning, isn’t it? With the Amsterdam canals freezing, here’s an opportunity for you to plan a European vacation to cherish the winter vibes. So, pack your bags and take off for the Dutch land to witness this charming sight till it lasts.

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With Flight Prices Starting From 991, You’d Regret Not Booking Your Tickets Right Now!

If you’re planning a domestic or an international holiday, it is safe to say now would be the best time to book your tickets! Major Indian airlines like IndiGo, AirAsia, Jet Airways, and GoAir are offering flight tickets at “too good to be true” prices.

These heavy flight discounts are for selected routes and come with limited booking validity but nonetheless, at truly value for money prices! It is also recommended that you book them from their respective website and app for a seamless experience.

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  • Flight booking validity: February 20
  • Extra Discount: From HDFC Bank Credit and Debit Card* (Promo Code: GOHDFC10)
  • Routes: Selected Routes
  • Availed via: App and Website
  • Type: All Inclusive on domestic
  • Flight booking validity: July 31 2018
  • Routes: Selected Popular Routes
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  • Type: All Inclusive on domestic

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  • Flight booking validity: February 12
  • Routes: International flight network operated by the airline
  • Availed via: Website and App
  • Type: Applicable on base fare in economy and premiere

Now that you have a teaser of all the major discounts being offered by the Indian airlines, we recommend you check their respective website and app as soon as possible to book your tickets before the validity. Heavy discounts on popular routes don’t happen that often, so hurry!

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Wine Tourism In India: Top 5 Vineyards To Get Tipsy In

Wine makes the world shine! Sipping on and clinking that sparkling glass of wine as you watch the golden sunset kissing acres of vineyard – This is something wine-lovers cannot help but picture. Thanks to booming wine tourism in India, you don’t have to plan a full-fledged international tour everytime you need a wine-dedicated holiday. This blog post features 5 best places in India for wine tasting, so you have the best, just the best. Some of these vineyards also have resort for a envy-sparking staycation.

Sula Beyond

Probably the most famous name when it comes to wine tourism in India. Sula Vineyard was established in 1997, and today it is the producer of top wines in India and abroad. Adding onto its fame is the yearly Sula Fest, which is often termed to be the Mecca of Wines. The festival is organized in February with exquisite cuisine, delectable wine and a lot to shop for. The highlight surely is an exciting artist lineup.

If you’re not visiting during the fest, Sula Vineyard anyway stays open for visitors, offering wine tours, and India’s first wine resort called Beyond Vineyard Resort. The charge for Sula vineyards tour is INR 250 per person, while the entry to this winery in Nashik is free.

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Four Seasons Vineyard

Located 25 km away from Pune city, Four Seasons Vineyard is your own little heaven. This is a resort cum vineyard inspired by the Great Gatsby. This splendid property features 14 grand rooms, swimming pool, spa and a party hall which can accommodate upto 1000 people. Wine lovers don’t seem to have enough of the wine trails, tasting room and the merchandise store.

Even though everything sounds so fancy, the package pricing is quite decent. For just INR 3,500 you get food, 1 night stay and drink for one person. Sounds great for a staycation!

chateau d'ory

A dome-shaped winery watered by three artificial lake Chateau D’Ori is located in Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh. The well-arrayed vineyard is located in the middle of a vast network of routes serving different purposes, right from guided tour to maintenance. The property was built in 2007, and houses the largest merlot plantation in India. Chateau D’Ori is considered among premium wine brands, you can taste the best of it in the intimate tasting room in the property. Wine tourism in India would be a little empty without this one around.

Grover Zampa

One of India’s oldest wine producers, Grover Vineyards was established in 1988. However, in 2012, Grover Vineyards tied up with Vallée de Vin (producer of Zumpa Wine), to become an even stronger brand and compete with Sula. The vineyard spans over an area of 410 acres, which means the wine tour is indeed quite extensive, lasting for as much as 3.5 hours. The tour concludes with lunch and one may also visit the barrel room if they like.

If you want to go for shorter wine trail, you can opt for the Maharashtra vineyard by Grover. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, sparkling Rose and Brut are among the classiest wine varieties to look forward to, during your wine tour.

York Winery

This is yet another popular name that’s taken when talking about the best vineyards in Nashik! York Winery is located near Sula Vineyards, looking over the magnificent Gangapur Dam and rolling hillocks. This is an award-winning winery applauded for both red and white wines it produces. York Sparkling Brut is one of its most-loved sparkling wine made entirely from Chenin Blanc grapes.

The wine tasting room in York Winery stays open everyday between 12 pm and 10 pm, and tours are offered from 12:30 pm till 6 pm.

Surely, Nashik is winning the game with many vineyards for the wine lovers! So, make sure this weekend getaway from Mumbai is up in your list if you’re up for witnessing the best of wine tourism in India.

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Indian Passport Will Continue To Retain Its Last Page & Stay Blue

Change is only constant! And the Ministry Of External Affairs (MEA) seems to have taken this statement a bit too seriously. So they come up with a decision, make some changes to it and further change it. The government has reversed its decision on issuing different colored Indian Passport for ECR and ECNR categories and further scrapping off the last page.

Previously, the MEA made an announcement that the Indian citizen falling in the ECR category would be issued passports with an orange jacket. Also, the last page bearing parents’ name and residence address won’t be printed at all.

But, for now, the government has taken back its decision and no change is happening to Indian Passport anytime soon. This news comes as a result of opposing from the various stakeholder. A lot of critics went on saying that this is the sheer act of discrimination among the citizen and is not going to do any good to the Indians. Besides, this change would also result in a problem for those who use the passport as valid address proof for various documentation.

Not too many people were happy with the decision by the Indian Government! What are your thoughts on this?

Read everything about the previous big announcement on Indian Passport – Indian Passport Gets A Makeover And Here’s Everything You Ought To Know!

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The Longest Zip Line In The World Is Here, Going Up To Speeds As Fast As 150 Kmph!

Adventure travelers around the world have just been handed another reason to visit the UAE as they unveiled the longest zipline in the world. The thrilling activity located in Ras Al Khaimah sends travelers gliding down like a bird from the tallest peak in UAE.

Adding yet another world record to their already impressive man-made feats, UAE has opened the longest zip line in the world for travelers. The 2.8km zipline was officially recognized yesterday by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest zip line in the world.

Zip Line In UAE

This zip line comes in an already long list of world records that UAE has achieved to attract tourists to the barren desert land for tourism. This time, the zip line wasn’t set up in the tourist hub of Dubai, rather it was established in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah- located in northern UAE.

Interesting facts about the longest zipline in the world

Located at the top of the Jebel Jais mountain, the zip line can handle 1,00,000 people a year and there are no age restrictions.

  • The zipline has a length of 2.8 km.
  • Zipliners will travel at a speed of up to 150 km/hr from the highest mountain peak in UAE.
  • The riders should have a minimum height of 1.22 meters and not weigh more than 150 kg.

Some other world records UAE tourism can boast about

Emirates World Zipline Record

After adding the longest zipline in the world, UAE tourism can boast about yet another world record in their already-impressive CV of records. Travelers looking to visit UAE can visit the world’s fastest rollercoaster, world’s tallest building, world’s tallest hotel, world’s biggest carpet, largest synchronized car dance, and world’s longest water slide.

With every passing month, UAE becomes an even more attractive destination for adventure junkies looking for an ultimate thrill ride. Book a Dubai Tour Package with TravelTriangle to enjoy all the world’s finest luxuries and adventures in UAE.

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See How This Delhi Couple Is Exploring India With Their Dogs

Delhi based couple, Divya Dugar and her husband are no ordinary travelers. They believe everything nice in this world should be shared with their most faithful companions – their pet dogs, Tigress and Marcopolo, and that means just like them, the pets get to travel A LOT too!

Tigress and Pondi were Divya’s office dogs but once the office shut down, they were on road and Divya just couldn’t see that. She adopted both the pups and decided to take care of them in the best possible manner. Unfortunately, Pondi passed away last year leaving her pup Marcopolo behind and that is when Divya and her husband decided to travel across India with their two faithful friends. The couple wanted to see how it feels like traveling with a family and also wanted to raise awareness about rescuing and adopting Indian dogs.

 

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Based on their experiences, Divya believes India is not one of the most pet friendly countries in the world, however, that didn’t deter them from taking their dogs wherever they wanted. Yes, there were many challenges on the way but sometimes things also went way more smoothly than expected.

There were people who laughed at us and refused a cab ride when they didn’t want dog hair on their car seats but there were also a lot more people who were friendly and came forward to help us with smiles on their faces.

She also thanks Indian railways who proved to be a great help when it came to a train journey with her dogs. Their trip from Delhi to Madgaon of 32 hours was a huge success and the dogs loved spending their time looking out of the moving train while enjoying their treats. They did, however, prepare well before traveling on the train and took all the necessary meals, medicines and even made a list of stops for toilet breaks.

 

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According to the couple, Goa is one of the best places for traveling with your pets for it has a variety of accommodation options as per your budget and a lot more pet friendly places to chill at.

Currently working on a travel guide for hotels and best experiences for pet parents, this Delhi couple exploring India with their dogs no longer believes in following a particular recommendation or a list but instead feels it is all about perspective and charting your way through the country with your best buddies. Oh and yes, their Instagram account is LIT with their pet travel pictures! Go check them out.

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This Airline Is Giving Free Flights To Passengers Who Write Love Poems On Their Sick Bags

When was the last time you wrote a poem? Well, it’s time to brush up your creative poetry skills, because they can get you free flight tickets on one of the best British airlines.

According to The Metro, EasyJet officials claim that passengers often leave poems on barf bags for other day-dreamers and lovers onboard. So, EasyJet has come up with a special promotional offer for all their hopeless romantic travelers on their flights, asking them to write poems on the back of its barf bags.

EasyJet Is Giving Away Free Flights love letter

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, all you need to do is grab your sick bag (preferably unused!) on an EasyJet flight, let your creative horses run wild, and write a smashing poem on the back of it. Once you’re done, you’ll need to share an image of it on Twitter or Instagram tagging @easyJet and using the tag #LoveSickSonnets. This will give you a chance to win a pair of tickets to any destination within the airline’s network.

EasyJet Is Giving Away Free Flights sick note

The winner of the contest will be decided by Daisy Goodwin, an author and a poet who wrote the script for the PBS show ‘Victoria’. “Who hasn’t felt sick with anticipation traveling to see the one you love? It may be a short flight but emotionally it’s a long haul – poetry is the perfect way to claim that turmoil, and arrive with a heart full of such loving words,” she said when asked about her take on this initiative.

This trend was started by a French passenger who wrote a kind note on a barf bag for the next passenger to be seated there. All thanks to this genius, numerous couples now stand at a chance to win free flights for their mini-honeymoon this V-Day!

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Challenge your inner Byron, Keats, and Wordsworth and pen some romantic lines on the back of EasyJet’s passenger sick bags to win the most memorable holiday of your lives, or at least just to flaunt your creativity before the world! The campaign will run until the end of February 2018. So don’t wait and get going right away!

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A Sweet Honeymoon Trip About Must Do Things In Mauritius

“Our honeymoon trip to Mauritius was a fine blend of leisure & fun. The tropical vibes of the country were surreal and by the time the trip was over, we were completely enchanted by its beauty.”

Trip Type: 6 Nights 7 Days Mauritius honeymoon
Cost: INR 1,51,525
Inclusions: Hotel (Radisson Blu Lafayette) with breakfast & dinner, flights, airport transfers, sightseeing, and Ile aux Cerfs island visit.
Exclusions: Flic-en-Flac visit, paid water activities at Ile aux Cerfs, and lunch.
Weather in Mauritius: 23 – 25 degrees (May to December)

Why Mauritius for a honeymoon?
We wanted to go to some place different from the usual. Countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Bali were being visited by all in our vicinity and so to break the monotony, we chose Mauritius. Also, it was the only destination that offered sightseeing, water sports, luxury, and a modern experience.

How I booked a perfect Mauritius honeymoon package?
As an army major working with United Nations, I have had a lot of opportunities to visit foreign countries. During these occasions, I used to manage my bookings myself and was fairly good at it, however, this time, I wanted everything perfect. So I chose to go for a Mauritius honeymoon tour package that would give me perfect arrangements and a hassle free experience. Thankfully TravelTriangle came to my rescue. Every now and then, as I used to log into my Facebook, I used to notice one of friends ‘liking’ the TravelTriangle page and that is how I ended up contacting them for a quote.

Upon raising a request (filling basic details), I soon received a call from their representative asking for my requirements. After telling him so, I was connected to various travel agents who sent me different quotes and itineraries as per my needs. I finalized “Degenerates” travel agent for their itinerary and quotes were the best and also because of their representative, Monica, was an amazing agent who guided us excellently on our destination. Minute details about services and things to do were given to us and we were very happy with the whole trip booking process.

Tip: When in doubt, it is always better to bring in a travel expert since you can’t afford anything to go wrong on your honeymoon.

Blue Bay in Mauritius

Our Mauritius honeymoon tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival and check in at the resort
Day 2: Leisure day – visited supermarket in Flac to grab all the essentials like water bottles – also visited the botanical garden
Day 3: South island tour of Mauritius – visited Shiva temple – Trou aux Cerfs – ship building factory
Day 4: North island tour – did sightseeing in and around Port Louis
Day 5: Leisure day spent at the resort – did activities like aqua gym, glass bottom boat
Day 6: Leisure day at the resort – chilled on the beach – indulged in water activities at the hotel
Day 7: Departure

And so our Mauritius honeymoon trip began

We boarded our flight from Mumbai at 6:45 am and reached Mauritius at 11:45 am. It was a smooth flight and upon our arrival at the airport, we were greeted by a representative from the travel agent’s side. Mauritius was bright and sunny and gave us a happy positive vibe. We were subsequently transferred to our resort – Radisson Blu Lafayette. This was a beautiful property filled with modern amenities and top of the class luxury services. It was blissful. Our rest of the day was spent relaxing at the resort.

Tip: Radisson Blu was an excellent choice and was booked on my demand, benefits of a customized trip, I guess!

A visit to the botanical gardens and some shopping on our free day!

A leisure day for us, we decided to make the most of it by getting essential supplies like water bottles and snacking tidbits from a supermarket in Flac. We also visited the famous Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses. This was a refreshing experience which also showed us the natural side and goodness of Mauritius.

Tip: The botanical garden is one attraction in Mauritius that most people don’t opt for but I would suggest everyone to do so since its one of the best in the country.

Witnessing the marvels of nature and culture on the Mauritius south island tour

We went for our south island tour today. In the morning after breakfast, we were picked by our cab driver and taken to the south of Mauritius for the tour. We visited the Shiva Temple here and it was followed by the dormant volcano site of Trou aux Cerfs, Chamarel waterfall and the ship building factory in the city of Curepipe. All of these experiences were nice and overall, the day was great if not super! Dinner was at the resort as usual.

Tip: South Island tour is a little boring if you’re not into religious and local sightseeing. One can opt for an underwater submarine ride or a trip to the Casela Nature Park instead!

Sightseeing in Port Louis

As per our Mauritius tour itinerary, we did the North island tour today and it mostly comprised of sightseeing in and around Port Louis. Our sites included Citadel fort, Le Caudan Waterfront, Umbrella market, and souvenir shops. We returned back to our hotel in the evening before 5. This day was too an interesting one, mainly because of the sightseeing attractions.

Tip: The shops at Le Caudan Waterfront are great for souvenir purchasing.

Indulging in the Ile aux Cerfs activities

This was the best day of our trip for we visited the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs and did water activities over here. The island was beautiful and the beaches were clean and nice. It was amazing to spend time here with my wife. In the end, we reluctant to leave this beautiful paradise and go back to our hotel, but we had to.

Tip: Ile aux Cerfs is a wonderful experience for all couples and deserves extra time. One can get it included in their leisure day also so as to spend more time here. Also, the activities here are paid and one must also carry swimsuit and towels otherwise you would have to rent it.

A leisure day in Mauritius that was well spent at the hotel

My wife and I had a great time spending this leisure day in the luxuries of our hotel. We relaxed, ate delicious food, and in the afternoon went on to do water activities like boat ride on our own. During our time at the hotel, we also indulged in a unique aqua gym and also enjoyed our meals at the various restaurants of the hotel including the Aqua.

Farewell Mauritius, we will always remember you

This was the last day of Mauritius honeymoon and with a heavy heart, we bid farewell to this beautiful island nation. In the morning, after breakfast, we checked out of our hotel, enjoyed some time with each other at the lobby and then departed for the airport for our flight back to India.

Things to do on a mauritius honeymoon trip

Our honeymoon in Mauritius was full of tropical goodness. The weather was excellent, the food was sumptuous, and our hotel was super luxurious. The memories we made here will forever be cherished and given a chance, we would love to come back to this beautiful nation and indulge ourselves in the Mauritian delights once more. Till then Sayonara, you will be missed Mauritius!

Things I loved on the trip:

  • Our hotel – Radisson Blu Lafayette, it was an excellent choice and really elevated our whole trip experience.
  • Time spent at the Ile aux Cerfs. Spending precious moments with your partner at this island is totally worth its enchanting beauty totally compliments your romance.

Things that could have been better:

  • Every day by 5 pm, we were supposed to return to our hotel due to transport and local restrictions. We wish we could have given a little extra time at places like Ile aux Cerfs because wrapping up everything so quickly leaves little time for enjoyment.
  • Also, we could have been given more options to spend our leisure days.

Tips for travelers:

  • Mauritius is a great destination for honeymooners. One should always plan their vacation properly especially the leisure days so that there is always something to do and look forward to.
  • Keep two days for Ile aux Cerfs in your 6 Nights 7 Days Mauritius tour itinerary – it will be worth it.
  • Mauritius offers Visa on arrival for Indians with a validity of 60 days, given you have a return ticket and sufficient funds to manage your stay if you’re not booked anywhere. It’s hassle free.

Mauritius is a dream destination for all those want a paradisaical experience on their honeymoon. Everything from the beaches to nature to the activities is a magical affair and you too can experience the same with your partner. Simply book a Mauritius honeymoon package here.

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Newly Discovered 4,400-Year Old Tomb In Egypt Is Stealing Giza’s Thunder Big Time

In a land dominated by one of the world’s marvelous wonders – the majestic pyramids, a 4,400-year old tomb in Egypt has been discovered by the archaeologists of the country. Located in a close proximity to the Pyramid of Giza, the tomb is said to have belonged to an eminent Egyptian priestess – Hetpet, according to the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri.

The discovery of this 4,400-year old tomb in Egypt has led to a rise in discoveries in the country, which the officials feel could help in boosting the tourism in Egypt. Comprising of unique, ancient, and rarely-witnessed paintings on the wall, the tomb was discovered in the extended region of the western necropolis of Giza.

4,400-Year Old Egyptian Tomb

Much famed to be a proud home of the tombs that belong to the Old Kingdom, the priestess of this 4,400-year old tomb in Egypt is believed to have hailed from the 5th royal dynasty of the ancient Egypt. While the wall paintings have been discovered in a great condition inside the tomb built with mud brick, the mummy of Hetpet and one more tomb that belonged to her are yet to be excavated.

The walls of the tomb showcase Hetpet in different scenes such as hunting, and fishing while other depictions portray colorful and traditional scenes of soldiers, offerings and sacrifices, bird-catching, animals grazing, and fruit-gathering, etc.

4,400-Year Old Tomb In Egypt

As a part of the mission that was, and still is led by Dr. Mostafa al-Waziri, discoveries in Egypt have been on the rise ever since 19th century. Parts of discoveries that belonged to Hetpet are now showcased in a popular museum in Berlin.

The excavation for this 4,400-year old tomb in Egypt started last year in October and archaeologists feel that there’s a lot more to come in future as what appears on the surface of Egypt is not even the half of what is buried under this massive desert.

4,400-Year Old Tomb In Egypt

 

Also, the discovery of Hetpet’s tomb comes as a great relief before the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2022 which will be seen showcasing unique Egyptian artefacts including the ones belonging to the popular King Tutankhamun, and the famous pharaoh Ramses II.

Isn’t that exciting? While the history buffs are jumping with joy, get going by booking one of the customizable Egypt tour packages with TravelTriangle, and embark on a journey to relish the charm of these fascinating archaeological discoveries on an amazing Egyptian sojourn!

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Ola Begins Its Water Taxi Service From Guwahati Airport To The Main City

Ola boat service is now a reality. The cab hailing app in alliance with the Assam Government began testing the boat service from the Guwahati airport to the main city via the Brahmaputra River Channel on February 7 and so far the results are very promising. And if all goes well in the future too, Ola will make the service public after a week.

It is worth noting that this high speed water taxi service would reduce the average time taken from the Guwahati airport to the main city by 45 minutes from one hour by road to 15 minutes by water taxi. Ola boat can cover as much as 15 km in 15 minutes.

ola boat service in guwahati

To facilitate the service, a jetty is built near the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guwahati airport) from which the boats would run till the the jetty in the main city. The water taxi has a capacity of 15-20 people and would be machine operated. These high speed taxis would run from Lachit Ghat, Machkhowa to North Guwahati and would drastically reduce the commute timing from 45 (by road) minutes to 2-5 minutes.

If the pilot run proves to be successful, the government would consider expanding the service and prioritizing the water taxi commute even more. This would be not only beneficial for the economy and development but would also be a sigh of relief for people who would have otherwise taken the road and spent hours commuting from one place to another via road.

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