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Visiting the UK: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Visiting the UK: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

There's really no doubt about it - there are two particularly outstanding things that most people enjoy when they are visiting the UK. They are the history of the place - you can't move without bumping into something or other that's historic - and of course, the pubs....

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Sciacca, Sicily

Sciacca, Sicily

Did you read that fantastic story about Carlo Giarratano at the end of July 2019? He is the captain of a fishing boat who, despite new laws to the contrary, went to the aid of 50 migrants in a poorly prepared and ailing boat one night out at sea. Carlo Giarratano...

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Alwyn Court, Manhattan

It's not the sort of building you expect to see in New York. And many hundreds of people walk past it every day and don't look up at the somewhat astonishing architecture of Alwyn Court.This apartment building was built in the two years from 1907 to 1909 and featured...

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What Was The Green Book?

The Green Book, a guide for travellers. was published more or less annually from 1936 to 1966. At the time, the publisher and compiler of this travel guide said:"...there will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published ... It...

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Visiting London: The Magdala

Many people visit London because it's jam-packed with history. Visitors from newer countries love the fact that there are buildings, streets and stories that existed long before their own country did. But history from way back, although fascinating, is only part of...

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Kleines Berlin, Trieste, Italy

I guess that the clue is in the name. A feature with a German name in Italy does make you wonder just what it is and (if you're me) whether it's a relic from the Second World War. Kleine Berlin is a network of tunnels and yes, the tunnels were built during WW2 when...

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Divided by a Common Language: Tea & Coffee

Traditionally, stereotypically, the English are supposed to drink nothing but tea and Americans never do - they always drink coffee. Like most stereotypes, this is a load of nonsense. The two drinks can vary a lot in both countries though so it's a good idea to know...

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Valladolid, Mexico

Okay, who wouldn't want to visit a place that had a sign like the one in the photograph above? If you can't read it, it says 'Don't Hurt the Plant'. A lovely sentiment.Valladolid, which is a lot more difficult to pronounce correctly than you might think, has so much...

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Heidelberg Thingstätte, Germany

There are so many things to see in the old German town of Heidelberg. You'd need, I think, at least two weeks there in order to enjoy everything that the place has to offer.But one site, often overlooked by visitors, is the Thingstätte. The whatstatte? Well, exactly....

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Hosts: Do You Allow Smoking in your Rental?

Of course you don't. It's almost certain that you don't allow vaping either. I don't and I'm pretty sure that the hosts who do can be counted on the fingers of one hand. It would be pretty crazy to allow smoking - you'd never get rid of the smell and it would linger...

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Visiting the Channel Islands: Sark

If you love to drive then I imagine that photograph made you wonder where that is. And can you drive along that road? And actually, it's even more exciting than it looks in that photograph - see the video below.So you might be surprised to hear that you won't be able...

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Atocha, Madrid, Spain

Now I don't know about you, but when I first saw the photograph above, I assumed that it was taken somewhere pretty rural. Definitely somewhere in the country and somewhere, I thought, with a tropical climate. Either that or maybe some sort of zoo or tropical pleasure...

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What Is An Aebleskiver ?

An aebleskiver is something you should definitely sample when you're in Denmark. Well, make that half a dozen as these are delectable.Although they are often eaten at Christmas, they're also popularly sold at summer fairs and other events so no matter what time of...

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Cadaqués, Costa Brava

Of course, there are people who see the words 'Costa Brava' and think "oh no, far too touristy and isn't it there that those cheap packae holidays to to and all the London gangsters go to retire?"Actually it's the Costa del Sol that is the haven for English criminals...

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The Morgan Garage, Samso, Denmark

Samso is a Danish island located off the Jutland peninsula. It's a picturesque and peaceful place and it is a model community, one of its outstanding features being the fact that it runs on planet-friendly power. One hundred percent of its electricity comes from wind...

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Farleys House & Gallery, Sussex

Lee Miller was an American fashion model and photographer whose main claim to fame at one time was a photograph she had posed for ... in the bathtub of Adolf Hitler. However, after that aberration, she married Roland Penrose, the English surrealist painter and author....

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