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Jeanneke Pis, Brussels

Jeanneke Pis, Brussels

I’m not quite sure what it is about the Belgians. Their famous statue, Mannekin Pis, has been making schoolboys snigger since the seventeenth century. Did you know, by the way, that the one you see there today peeing away happily isn’t the original? The...

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Fort Boyard, France

Fort Boyard, France

Totally spooky. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see Fort Boyard in the twilight or in a ghostly mist. It’s actually a fort but has the look of a stone ship – pretty forbidding, I think. Work began to create this creepiness in 1801 under...

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

It started life as an opulent theatre, opening in 1919. It later transitioned to a cinema, as so many theatres did when people decided that moving pictures were more interesting than moving, acting, singing human beings. And what singers there had been there. True,...

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Airbnb Hosts: Invent a Principal

I know it’s tricky. As an Airbnb (or other site) STR host then you know that you have to be firm with your guests – but you also need to be sure that you don’t annoy them. If you’re using Airbnb or another site that encourages guests to leave...

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The Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas

I honestly thought it was a joke. But it turns out that the Heart Attack Grill is real. And it lives up to its name. Its mission, if it can be said to be a mission, is to serve up the sort of food that if eaten on a regular basis would lead to a heart attack. Yes, the...

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The Sani Pass, South Africa

The roads in South Africa have considerably improved since my adventurer dad made his first African endurance drive in the early sixties. However, there are still plenty of challenges for the adventurous driver and the Sani Pass is definitely one of them. This...

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Englischer Garten, Munich

The Englischer Garten in Munich is so called because its style is based on the parks that were popular in England during the eighteenth-century. This large urban park was modelled on the English versions. This is why it’s easy to see why there was a famous...

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Airbnb Hosting: It’s Not A Power Struggle

You’d think it was sometimes. A power struggle, that is. A relationship between host and guest is supposed to be symbiotic. If it’s little early in the morning for you to understand such words, here’s the definition. A symbiotic relationship is: a...

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Chetham’s Library, Manchester

Chetham’s is the oldest operating public library in the English-speaking world. It was founded in 1653. If you think that was a long, long time ago then I have to also tell you that the building (the gorgeous building) dates from 1421. It originally housed...

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Visiting Germany: Hamelin

You’ve heard that name before, haven’t you? Hamelin? That’s right, it’s Hamelin where the legend of the Pied Piper began. The story of the Pied Piper refers to an incident which apparently happened in the Middle Ages, in 1284. The story...

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Shop & Dine In Leeds

Leeds is a splendid city. There are many things to see and to do within the city itself and going a little further afield to the outskirts takes the traveller to even more fabulous places. But today, we’re staying in the city centre itself. We start by shopping...

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La Concha Motel, Las Vegas

You can’t stay at La Concha Motel in Vegas anymore, but you can visit to see the astonishing lobby building. (As seen in the photograph above). The lobby building, which was initially erected in 1961, has been restored and is used as the visitors’ centre...

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Where Is Ipanema?

It’s likely that you know what the most recorded song in history is? It’s Yesterday written by Lennon and McCartney, of course. But do you know that the second most popular, the runner-up, is Girl from Ipanema? Ipanema, as you can see from the map below,...

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Juzcar, Spain

The Village of Juzcar nestles in a valley   in the Andalusia area of Southern Spain. It is – or rather, was – one of the White Villages of Andalusia – the traditional whitewashed villages that have not changed for hundreds of years. And Juzcar was...

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Hosts: Location Stars? Channel Basil Fawlty

At the time of writing, despite hosts muttering about the problem for years, Airbnb asks its guests to rate the location of the accommodation they stayed in. Hosts have, possibly understandably, been up in arms about this issue forever. Well, almost ever. Let’s...

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Labworth Cafe, Canvey Island, UK

If I told you that the connection between a Swedish water tower and a café in Canvey Island, Essex, UK, was the Sydney Opera House then you’d probably think that I’d lost it at last. Fair enough. But read on. Canvey Island in Essex is not really the sort...

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