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The Øresund Bridge

The Øresund Bridge

Isn't that just gorgeous? The bridge was built in the last few years of the last century, opening in 2000, but the idea for the connection between Denmark and Sweden had been on the cards since before the Second World War. In fact, it was the war that was the first...

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So, How Many Countries Are There In The World?

So, How Many Countries Are There In The World?

Well, do you know?  Of course, we can all name the various countries of Western Europe - and probably quite a good number of African countries. And we know about places like the USA, Australia, China, Russia and so on.But how many of us, when compiling our list, would...

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Hamburg: From Nazi Bunker to Modern Hotel?

I do like a good hotel but I'm not sure whether this is one I'd like to stay in. It's not open as yet, so I'm secretly hoping that it might be delayed at the planning-permission stage or something. You see, to me this is just a little too spooky.The building, you can...

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Hosts: Do You Have Drawers In Your Rental Bedroom?

The reason I ask is because it's just been announced by the hotel trade that fewer hotels are adding chests of drawers to their guest rooms. (If you're reading this in America, you may refer to them as 'dressers' for reasons best known to yourselves).Those that do...

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Ross Island: India

The island's official name is, deep breath, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep Island and despite that, it's decidedly spooky. The island was first inhabited in the early eighteenth century but was soon abandoned. This was because of a 'high mortality rate' for reasons...

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Gare do Oriente, Portugal

It it lace that I'm reminded of? Or a canopy of leafless trees, maybe? It was inaugurated in 1998 and sometimes it reminds me of those highly ornate railway stations of Victorian times with their soaring glass canopies or a grand but spooky gothic cathedral. At other...

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Rollogo Suitcase: Brilliant or Daft?

If I was the proud owner of this suitcase, I'd certainly think it was brilliant. If I saw someone with one, would I think it's daft or would I be envious enough to want one? The latter, I think. I think that the Rollogo looks a bit silly but that could just be my...

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Beignets for Breakfast

Yes, there are some wonderfully healthy ways to start the day. A smoothie. A nutritious shake. Or how about  a healthy homemade museli or additive-free granola? (With almond or oat milk, of course).And then on the other hand, there are tasty ways to have...

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La Boqueria, Barcelona

To be fair I'll have to admt that I don't truly know what the top attraction is in Barcelona for visitors. But if I had to guess, I'd say the Sagrada Família, wouldn't you?But I'd imagine that La Boqueria, the huge market, would run a close second.There's been a...

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Should I Travel By Train or Plane?

Of course, it depends very much on where you want to go. In some cases, there's no option and it has to be air travel. If I want to go from New York to London, there's no under-the-ocean railway tunnel that's going to give me a choice. It's pretty well known too that...

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Herculaneum, Italy

I'm sure that you know what Mount Vesuvius did almost two thousand years ago? Famously, it erupted and destroyed the Roman settlement of Pompeii. There had been other earthquakes of course. Some years before, Pompeii had been pretty badly damaged and the repairs to...

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Paris: Morris Columns

They are an icon of Paris, without a doubt. The Morris Columns, developed in the nineteenth century specifically to support advertising posters are seen in other European towns too but yet they somehow seem to be so typical of Paris. When Gabriel Morris, a Parisien...

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The Most Photographed Sight In Bratislava

Meet Cumil. And as the title says, he is (allegedly) the most photographed tourist attraction in Bratislava. One of the surprises of Bratislava is the number of lifesize bronze statues that are scattered about. Cumil is described as 'Man at Work' although he's...

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Got A Great Idea For Airbnb Hosts?

Have you? Maybe you've got an idea for a fabulous app that would make a host's life easier. Maybe you think that a service supplying consumables to hosts for their guests is a great idea. Or perhaps your ideas range from property management to providing cleaning...

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Žižkov Babies: Prague

Sculptor David Černý created the 'babies' that you see in the photograph. And they are 'crawling' up and down the Žižkov Television Tower. The fibreglass sculptures were added to the tower as a temporary exhibition - Černý is a locally-born artist - in 2000 but they...

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How Safe is That Country You’re Visiting?

Not long ago I was talking to an American person here in the USA where I live. I haven't always lived here - I am born, bred and buttered English.This person was going to visit the UK and asked me if the country was safe. I had to chuckle. I'll explain why in a...

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The Monkey’s Paw, Toronto

Some people like foodie tours or trips that include museums or journeys that include rail travel - and so do I, and a lot more besides. But I still haven't found a rummage-about-in-bookstore tour.If ever I do, then I'm sure that it will include the Monkey's Paw in...

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