7 Tips for Taking Awe-Inspiring Travel Photos

Many have heard the travel quote, “Trips end but the memories last a lifetime”.  Here are 7 tips for taking awe-inspiring travel photos so those memories will never fade.

1.  Invest in a quality camera and gear and get to know the product before you go

Quality makes a huge difference on photos and whether you are a frequent traveler, or if you just want to be sure that you capture some great vacation shots, you may want to consider investing in the proper gear.  One common mistake is that people purchase a top notch camera for their vacation, but know nothing on how to use it and the different features.  Be sure to practice for a few weeks before the big trip so you can take full advantage of the investment!1

 

2.  Patience is key.

Capturing just the right shot can take time!  The view from your hotel window may become even more breathtaking as the sun sets over the cityscape. See a charming village street?  Waiting for an interesting person to walk into the frame may give it that extra authentic feel.  When you look back on your travel pics and you feel like you are there again, you will be glad that you took the time to capture the perfect shots! 2

 

3.  Take note of the small things.

When you’re looking at a building from far away it can appear very impressive, but up close it can be incredible. Even capturing signs with the local language, flowers, fruit, seashells and anything you find intriguing and different to your life at home can help to really capture the experience.44

4.  Capture a feeling.

If there’s something you come across that makes you feel a certain way – happy, sad, relaxed, inspired…. try and capture that. Think about taking a number of photos in various perspectives and see what you can come up with. Don’t be afraid to take risks!6

5.  Rise and Shine!

Avoid the overly crowded, cliché, ‘touristy’ photos.  A great way to capture authentic shots is to wake up before the city wakes. This image was taken early in the morning, before tourists filled the streets.8

6.  Don’t over-edit.

It’s an easy trap to fall into.  That Caribbean sunset does look extra vibrant when you turn the Photoshop settings up to extreme, but that is not how you want to remember your travel experience.  Over editing your photos can often make them look cheesy and faux.  So don’t be one of those people who overdoes it and can’t even remember what that sunset actually looked like!

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7.  The Golden Rule of Travel Photography: You can never take too many photos. greece photo collage

 

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Windstar Introduces Two Brand New Luxury Yachts to Their Fleet

Windstar Cruise Lines is introducing two brand new, all-suite yachts to their expensive fleet of cruise ships. Star Breeze, and Star Legend will premier with celebratory inaugural voyages in May 2015, and for a limited time, book with Fox World Travel and receive up to 58% off.

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Star Legend and Star Breeze suites are redesigned to Windstar’s exacting standards. Each beautiful finish and elegant extra will produce a sigh of satisfaction each time you step inside – from the soft lighting and fresh fruit and flowers to the chic, modern furnishings.

With lavish suites up to 575 square feet, you can feel free to relax and pamper yourself while surrounded by pure luxury.

ONBOARD-AccommodationsIncludeAll Windstar Voyages Includes:

    • All meals in all venues at all times, including 24-hour room service
  • All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso, and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome cocktails at reception
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of Fitness Center
  • Unlimited use of all water sports equipment
  • Informative port lectures and destination briefings

All Suite Accommodations Feature:

  • Queen Size Bed with Luxurious Linens
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  • Flat Screen TV with DVD player
  • Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • L’Occitane Bath Amenities
  • Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception)
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Granite vanity with magnifying mirror and chair
  • Walk-in closet and ample drawer space
  • Bathroom with granite countertop, full-size tub, and shower

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Onboard Spaces

  • AmphorA Restaurant
  • Casino
  • Compass Rose
  • Computer Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Library
  • The Lounge
  • Pool
  • Reception
  • Star Bar
  • Veranda
  • Watersports Platform
  • Three Whirlpools
  • WindSpa
  • Yacht Club
  • The Bridge (with Windstar’s Open Bridge Policy)

Join Windstar for an exciting Christening Ceremony, special Sail Away, and exclusive Private Event. The festivities continue throughout this celebration voyage as we visit some of the Mediterranean’s most enticing ports. And now until September 12, 2014, book with a Fox World Travel Agent, and receive up to 58% off on these two inaugural sailings.

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Join us as we welcome the beautiful Star Legend to the Windstar fleet. You’ll be our guest at her exciting christening ceremony in Rome on May 25 and experience the magic of her first Windstar Sail Away as we raise the flag over her decks. The festivities continue throughout this celebration voyage as we visit some of the Mediterranean’s most enticing ports.

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Star Breeze Inaugural Voyage

Please join us on the inaugural voyage of our beautiful all suite yacht, Star Breeze, as we sail from Nice to Rome in Windstar’s signature style. Connect this voyage with the following 7-day Yachting the Riviera on May 10, 2015 and save an additional 5%.

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Learn more about this special and other Fox World Travel Cruise Specials, limited time offer or Contact a Travel Specialist Today.

Photos and content courtesy of Windstar Cruise Line.

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Announcing our 2015 Alaska CruiseTours & Ocean Cruises

Alaska Ocean Cruises and CruiseTours are one of our specialties at Fox World Travel.  80% of our travel specialists have personally visited Alaska, and many multiple times.  Each year we plan custom group CruiseTours and Ocean Cruises and escort 40-90 travelers as they explore the beautiful state of Alaska by land and sea. This year, Colleen Alsberg, Fox World Travel Tour Manager, will be escorting two groups to Alaska, making these her 24th and 25th trips to Alaska!

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Fox World Travel’s Escorted 2015 Alaska Group CruiseTours and Ocean Cruises Include:

The Great Parks of Alaska – Denali, Kenai & Glacier Bay WTMJ Listener Vacation, Hosted by Rose Gray aboard the ms Oosterdam
June 8-21, 2015
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Alaska & the Yukon – Summer Solstice Adventure with Colleen Alsberg aboard the ms Volendam
(Colleen Alsberg’s 24th Trip!)
June 13-24, 2015
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11-Day Alaska Denali Solstice Princess Cruise, with Jody Piotter aboard the Enchanting Pacific Princess 
June 18-29, 2015
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Alaska Inside Passage Cruise including Glacier Bay, hosted by Fox World Tour Manager, Tricia Newlands aboard the Crown Princess
July 25 – August 1, 2015
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The Great Parks of Alaska – Denali, Kenai & Glacier Bay – Hosted by Colleen Alsberg aboard the ms Zaandam
(Colleen Alsberg’s 25th Trip!)
August 10-23, 2015
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JOIN US FOR AN ALASKA TRAVEL SHOW IN WISCONSIN!

Alaska Travel Shows will be going on throughout September and October in multiple cities alaskaaug-itin-day3throughout Wisconsin.  Find an Alaska Travel Show near you.

Learn about exciting destinations and everything Fox World Travel has to offer you by attending one of Fox World Travel’s many travel shows located in cities throughout Wisconsin. As always, admission is absolutely free, but space is limited so please RSVP today.

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A Weekend To Remember in Palm Springs, CA

Andy, of Fox World Travel, recently surprised his girlfriend, Cassie, with a vacation package to remember to Palm Springs, CA.

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The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is set on 360 acres within the Rancho Mirage Community, where one can engage in a recreational game of golf, enjoy three extravagant pools with a 60-foot water slide and relax in the expansive desert resort spa.

Day #1

                We arrived in LA and traffic was crowded to excess.  However, this did allow for plenty of time to see the vast amount of scenery that lined the sides of the highway from lavish casinos and restaurants to scenic mountains and hundreds of giant windmills. As I was snapping a myriad amount of photos, I realized how aesthetically pleasing the surroundings were. If you can’t make it out to LA, I would recommend giving GTA V a go—it’s the next best thing! Grand Theft Auto V (a new video game that is based in CA) has done an amazingly nice job in capturing the intricate, glamorous beauty of that area in California. It made me feel like I was revisiting that stunning, imaginary world all over again. That is, until the blast of heat that made its presence known as soon as we reached the arid desert. With the heat reaching 115 degrees my contacts dried out! But we had finally made it to the resort located on Dinah Shore Dr.

            Subsequent to checking in at the front desk and being greeted by exceedingly well-mannered employees, we arrived at our room. It was composed of one large bathroom, a nice 30’’ television, a little fridge with beverages and snacks enclosed within (each item having its own separate price), a king sized bed that was extremely comfortable and a patio view of the luscious green golf course. When we had finished unpacking we decided that our first priority was to hit the pool that happened to be about 500 feet from where we were staying. We made sure that we wore sandals or shoes everywhere we went because the cement was incredibly hot from the scorching sun. The pool excursions were nothing less than fantastic and wonderfully refreshing.  The areas surrounding the pool were filled with comfortably padded lawn chairs, canopies, umbrellas and of course, refreshment booths.

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The main Las Brisas free-form pool has a 60-foot water slide, two spas and cabanas. The Las Hadas and La Paloma pools each have a spa. The water slide depth is 3 ½ feet so guests must be 48’’ or taller to ride the Las Brisas water slide.

                Ice cold refreshments were a must considering how warm the weather was. The options consisted of either beer or a fruit-based cocktail. 16oz cans of beer were about $7.00 and the chilling cocktails were $14.00. The bar also had the option of turning your mixed drink into a pitcher for $30.00, which is what we decided to do. We ordered a Summer Strawberry Refresher that included succulent strawberries, vodka, crushed ice, mint and a splash of Patron tequila. After swimming we thought it would be a good idea to grab something to eat.

                Cassie and I decided that we wanted to conserve some money, so we found the nearest grocery store—which happened to be a Wal-Mart. We purchased about $60.00 worth of food (fruits, vegetables and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches) and then headed to a small local market down the road to buy some drinks that we could keep in the fridge back at our room. We thought that we would save Saturday night for dining out, so we went for a walk around the resort at dusk and snapped some pictures. We passed the unstinted tennis courts only to come across spouting water fountains and waterfalls that change color to palm trees wrapped in radiating rope lights. We were offered rides around the resort by workers on golf carts (for free) and genuinely greeted by other vacationers throughout our evening voyage.  Returning to the room, we got ready for bed because we had a big day at the spa the next morning!

Day #2

            We had an appointment at The Palm Springs Spa at 10:00AM for a deeply stimulating lava shell massage. Before the massage took place, we were shown our respective bathrooms. They included three giant sinks that had all the pampering essentials such as mouthwash, q tips, manual razors along with shave gel & lotion and combs. A steam room & five single showers resided in the back half and in the front there were lockers that contained our robes & sandals. On the corner of the sink was a large water cooler with sliced up lemons inside for an invigorating burst of flavor. Having indulged ourselves in the bathroom favors, we ventured out into the main lobby and waited for our names to be called.

  With the lights dimmed, the therapist began with an inhalation technique that involved three deep breaths of fresh eucalyptus oil to ease the mind and create a feeling of tranquility. After that, she began the massage by using hot seashells that created a synergy of warmth and relaxation as they glided over the body. The session lasted approximately 50 minutes ending with some hot towel therapy for our feet. Immediately afterward, I felt a calm, controlled sensation throughout my body—not to mention a revitalizing feeling as well. My therapist greeted me outside of the room with an ice cold cup of lemon water, as massages tend to dehydrate the body. When it came down to it, we only paid $5.00 for a supplementary heating oil (either Lavender or Clementine) and tip as the actual massage ($140.00 for 50 minutes) was included in our resort package. I would highly recommend getting the hot oil as it adds to the sensation of the seashells.

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The expansive spa menu offers a full salon, body wraps, manicures & pedicures along with polishes and various massages from Chakra Balancing to Reflexology.

            As the day went on, we jumped in the pool a few more times and did some sun bathing before we got ready to go out to dinner. Cassie decided to pick a nice little Mexican restaurant called Casa Blanca located on Date Palm Dr.—about 10 minutes from the resort. I ordered a Corona with a lime and Fajitas and Cassie ordered a giant margarita and a combo that included an few different Mexican dishes including enchilidas and fried tacos.  The food here was delicious!

After supper we headed back to the resort and decided to take another walk around. We traveled up and down the streets taking pictures of palm trees and the mountains. 95 degrees at 9PM and we were heading towards the “electric forest” where the pyramidal waterfall changes color. There is about a 70 yard stretch of beautiful, soft grass lined by palm trees wrapped in lights that leads up to the waterfall. When we first got to the resort on Friday, I thought “this is the place.” As we walked up to the waterfall I knew that there wasn’t a better time and place. Stopping at the edge of the little pond that separated us from the glistening waterfall, I reached into my pocket, dropped down to one knee and asked Cassie if she would spend the rest of her life with me. She said yes, so we went back to the room, cracked a bottle of champagne and toasted while we sat on our quaint little patio listening to the crickets.

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            On Sunday, another vibrantly sunny day, Cassie and I had an idea to check out the desert right across the road. On the way out, some shimmering blue crystal glass caught our eye. It was mixed in the rocks that they had in front of their welcome sign. We grabbed a few pieces for souvenirs and headed to the desert. We thought it was interesting because the inside of the resort is quite opulent, but everything outside of the walls has a very dry and desolate appearance. Aloe plants, flowers and cactuses lined the wall of the resort. In the desert, just across the way, there was only sand with some rocks and dried out bushes that looked like twigs sprouting up from the ground.  Both of us wanted to see some exotic wildlife such as a rattle snake or a scorpion, but we only happened to find a clan of ducks and a very small lizard. As we made our way further into the desert we found a comfy little spot to relax as stress was nonexistent. We sat down and talked until the sun began to set over the mountains.

Day #4

            Monday morning rolled around a lot faster than I had realized. We woke up at 7:30AM to stop for breakfast before our flight out of LA at 5:50PM. Since the drive to the resort took about three and a half hours, we wanted to make sure that there was more than enough time to get to the airport. Checking out was fast and easy. The lady at the desk was very polite and courteous. The four days that we were there, we only paid $195.00. That was for the additional night that we wanted because we figured as long as we are out on vacation, one more day wouldn’t hurt—who doesn’t want to stay on vacation a little longer?

            I had the idea to stop at Denny’s on Palm Canyon Drive about 15 minutes from our resort. For refreshments, Cassie and I both ordered ice water with lemons and black coffee—coffee for the long traveling ahead of us. Cassie decided to have the biscuits and gravy (not one, but two orders). And I had three buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup accompanied with a cheese quesadilla topped with salsa and sour cream. The best part about our breakfast, other than it tasting great, was the low price. They had select meals that were between $2.00 and $8.00. Our bill total came out to $13.49 and it filled us up. Following breakfast, we were ready to hit the road and let our long journey back to the Midwest commence.

            Our excursion back to the car rental garage wasn’t nearly as hectic as getting from LA to Palm Springs the Friday before. We made it back in about two hours or so. After our luggage was emptied, we waited for the shuttle to pick us up and take us to the airport. The nice thing about the shuttles (at least the ones that we were on) the drivers take your bags & suitcases and organize them in the vehicle so you don’t have to. I would definitely suggest using National’s Car Rental service—easy, fast and cheap. We had approximately three hours before our plane arrived, so we grabbed some salads from California Pizza Kitchen.

            The plane ride back to Wisconsin was quite relaxing. We had two excellent male flight attendants who came by often and offered snacks and beverages such as pretzels, soda, water, tea, coffee and alcohol (the only thing you had to purchase). After about 3.5 hours, we reached Milwaukee around 12:50AM. It was nice when we got into the airport because it was pretty much vacant, so we could avoid the large crowds of people. We were greeted by Cassie’s sister who was nice enough to pick us up at such a late hour. She drove us to our car and from there we headed back to Oshkosh, arriving around 2:00AM.

The entire vacation was incredible and I will never forget the experience that I had out there. I would highly recommend The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa to anyone and everyone. It is a wonderful getaway with astonishing scenery and some of the most cordial people I’ve ever met. The vacation package that we received through Fox World Travel helped us save a lot of money and made the trip even that more enjoyable. I definitely hope I get the chance to make it back out there again sometime in the near future.

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Unbelievable Savings on Caribbean Cruises With Fox World Travel and Windstar Cruises

Fox World Travel and Windstar Cruises present deals that are too good to miss!

Save over 60% on these Caribbean Cruises

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Small ships. Infinite possibilities.

Nose into secret moorages only yachtsmen know. Anchor off quiet islands accessible only by small ships and vivid dreams. Search for the perfect beach – under sail, of course – and celebrate with a champagne toast when you find it. Drop by the Bridge to chat with the Captain, watch dolphins play in the bow wave, return to your outside stateroom or suite after an exquisite meal under the stars to drift off amid Egyptian cotton linens and fresh flowers. Now you know it. The definition of bliss.

Each voyage features a complimentary signature deck barbecue and Private Event, an enthralling affair that draws you in and profiles a culture from the inside out.

For a limited time, you can receive our exclusive 2-for-1 fares when you book by September 26, 2014.

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Yachtsman’s Caribbean – Let us take you into hidden coves and tiny harbors no one else can reach as you fully experience the Caribbean’s private yachting scene. Explore the quaint island charm of Soper’s Hole and the inviting beaches of Jost Van Dyke as you overnight in the harbor. Sail to Virgin Gorda, with its assembly of house-sized rocks called The Baths. Savor the high life on St. Barts.  

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  • St. Maarten to St. Maarten
  • 7 Days

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Jewels of the Windward Islands – This is the Caribbean of days gone by – deep blue waters, quiet coves, and tropical islands dotted with powdery beaches and lush green hillsides. Sail from the rugged natural beauty of St. Lucia to little-known isles that are off the tourist radar. From colorful Bequia and Mayreau in St. Vincent & the Grenadines to the open-air markets of exotic St. George’s, you’ll discover a part of the Caribbean that remains authentic and unspoiled. This is everything that makes the Caribbean synonymous with paradise.  

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  • Barbados to Barbados
  • 7 Days

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Passage Through Panama – Transit the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering, in a sailing yacht that lets you see it all. Watch for rare Scarlet Macaws in Corcovado National Park, “The Amazon of Costa Rica,” and dive the amazing coral reefs of Isla de Coiba. This is a singular voyage of natural wonders and man-made marvels.  

  • Was $5,799pp Now $2,399pp
  • Puerto Caldera to Colon (or reverse)
  • 7 Days

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Classic Caribbean - From the stunning drama of the Pitons to the captivating charm of Les Saintes. From hidden coves and secret beaches to exotic markets and lively cafés. Here’s the best of the Caribbean in one single voyage. Sandy beaches, turquoise waters, lush mountains, and beautiful waterfalls blend with the music, tastes, and joie de vivre unique to the Caribbean life.  

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  • St Maarten to St Maarten
  • 7 Days

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Sale ends September 26th, 2014 so Contact Your Travel Agent Today.

All fares mentioned are per person, in US dollars, cruise only, based on double occupancy in category B and include non-discountable amounts. Government fees and taxes are additional ($85-$320 per person). 2-for-1 cruise fares are based on 50 percent of the published full cruise fares as shown on select sailings. Full amount of Early Booking savings is dependent on the sailing. Private Event will be added at time of booking. Please double check your invoice for its presence. Offer is valid on new bookings only for select departures and subject to availability. Offer may not be combinable with other promotional offers or discounts. Bookings are non-transferable; no name changes can be made nor can this offer be applied retroactively. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn or modified at Windstar’s discretion at any time. Cancellation penalties may apply. Certain restrictions may apply, please see brochure for details. Fuel surcharges may be imposed or increased over time. Offer expires September 26, 2014. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.

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Just How Inclusive is “All Inclusive”: Comparing 6 Top River Cruise Lines

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Trying to sift through the slight differences between various cruise line packages can be a headache, but this article by Travel Weekly provides an excellent summary of what is included in all of those ‘inclusive’ offers.

ImageLibrary_princess_caplounge_service_mod_0131For a company like Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, which this year made a concerted effort to go after the higher-end river cruise and markets its offering as a “six-star” product, its all-inclusive pricing covers almost everything except for international airfare (this is a given for all cruise lines) and port charges.

As part of its rebranding, in 2014, Uniworld decided to also include gratuities in its pricing, as well as unlimited beverages onboard, not including top-shelf wines and spirits.

Another line embracing all-inclusivity is Scenic Cruises, which covers gratuities, unlimited beverages and port charges in its prices.

Viking CruisesCCFreya_Melk_Horiz also includes port charges in its prices. But Viking’s prices do not cover gratuities or unlimited beer and wine — Viking offers complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

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Avalon Waterways prices exclude port charges and gratuities, but include unlimited wine and beer with dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast.

  Tauck’s river cruise prices cover gratuities, unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits, and port charges (the only line besides Scenic to include all three). Most meals are included, save for occasionally during a pre or post-cruise hotel stay when the ships are docked in larger cities where guests have free time to explore on their own — Tauck might not include a lunch or a dinner here or there to allow guests to have a meal in town, according to a company spokesperson. Tauck also includes some onshore meals in the cities and towns on the itinerary.

It’s the difference between the size of the bar tab or no bar tab at all, and some elements, like port charges, that are either part of a commissionable price or not. The differences are admittedly often slight and do not detract from the overall rally cry about the inclusiveness of river cruises in general.

Fox World Travel is currently offering several special offers on River Cruise vacations.

To learn more about River Cruising, contact your travel agent today.

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