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Seventy years ago today, the first wave of filmgoers wept as the plane to Lisbon buzzed over (a fictional) Rick’s Café. Thanks to an intrepid former American diplomat, the iconic restaurant that set the scene for one of the most beloved Hollywood love stories of all time comes alive in Casablanca, serving up a taste of home for the nostalgic masses.

By Jennifer Pocock, former assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. The peak cherry tree bloom has already come and gone, carpeting the sidewalks of America’s capital city with a layer of pink and white petals. For the Japanese, this blossoming is a metaphor for life: a brief and brilliant burst, followed by a certain fall. Yet…