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August 6, 1945

“When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.” – Wilfred Burchett

74 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.

8:15 AM

The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground.

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Close to Krabi airport in Thailand and just a short boat ride to Railay Beach, Ao Nang is a lovely beach town with modern hotels, very good sea food restaurants and a vibrant night market.

We were lucky to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets here and also being spared by the tropical storm Pabuk who created havoc on the east coast of Thailand.

This is the last post from a series of four about our vacation in the Krabi province – starting with Koh Phi Phi Island, followed by the Bamboo Island and Railay Beach, and ending in Ao Nang.

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Pride Toronto is an annual event held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in June each year. A celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in the Greater Toronto Area. It is one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world, featuring several stages with live performers and DJs, several licensed venues, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade. (Wikipedia)

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Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m), Mont Blanc

One day trip from Geneva, Switzerland, to Chamonix in France. Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and the site where the first Winter Olympics took place in 1924.

One of the main attractions is the spectacular cable car trip from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi 3,842 m (12,605 ft) – the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world. There is a change of cabin at 2,317 m.  From here, the ascent is steep and directly, without any support pillar for a length of 2,867 m. (data from Wikipedia).

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Railay Beach is a small peninsula in the Andaman Sea accessible only by boat from Ao Nang. With stunning limestone cliffs, Railway is one of the most famous destinations for rock climbing in Thailand. Covered by jungle, with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere – Railway attracts a younger and adventurous crowd. It even has a Rastafarian vibe!

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Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Toronto the commemoration takes place in Little Italy. The Good Friday procession is a reenacting of the 14 stations of the cross, symbolizing the path Jesus walked before the moment of his crucifixion.

The preparations for the procession take place at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Hundreds of people line the streets of Little Italy to watch the procession where parishioners are dressed as Jesus, Roman soldiers and disciples – carrying statues and banners telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

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