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Mogarraz, Spain

Mogarraz, Spain

Understandably, this tiny town in western Spain is often voted one of the world's most attractive - if not beautiful - places. It features almost fairytale-like architecture and is located in the Las Batuecas National Park in the Sierra de Francia mountains of...

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Visiting India: Kanheri Caves

Visiting India: Kanheri Caves

There are lots of fabulous advantages of being a traveller in this day and age - even more so than ten or twenty years ago. Today we can go to places that at one time would have been seen only in books. And the Kanheri Caves are a great example.The caves look more...

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Musée Hergé, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

If perchance, you were a child in the twentieth century - as I was - or if you are a devotee of classic comics, then the name of Hergé will be familiar to you. That's because it was dramatically announced at the beginning of each television episode of ... 'Hergé 's...

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Divided By A Common Language: Biscuits

A bit of a minefield, this one. If you're from the UK, you know exactly what a biscuit is. And if you're from the USA you know exactly what a biscuit is. And yet the two products are totally dissimilar. Sometimes, you'll read or hear that a UK biscuit is a cookie. It...

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Kaymakli, Turkey

For visitors from other parts of the world, Kaymakli seems to be magical and other-world-y. In this region of Turkey there are several underground cities and although Kaymakli isn't the deepest, it's certainly the largest. It's thought that it was first...

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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sussex, UK

This Modernist building caused quite a stir when it was opened in 1935. It was the first building in the UK to be created using a welded steel frame and its architects were both fleeing from Hitler's regime. They were German Erich Mendelsohn and Russian Serge...

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Visiting the USA: Safety in the City

There are plenty of statistics on the internet that tell us - accurately - whether a city in the USA is a safe place to stay or visit. The trouble is that most cities have areas that are wonderfully safe and absolutely splendid places for the visitor to travel to, but...

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India

This amazing beehive-like structure was built just in time for the millennium. No, not the one we remember - it was built in 1799. It's known as the Palace of the Winds and was built was part of the women's chambers of the City Palace. The structure answered a problem...

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Don’t Miss Eating Salade Niçoise In Nice

For me, I don't know about you, one of the pleasures of travelling is eating authentic food it the location of its origin. I'm sure that you've found too that a Pizza Napoletana in Naples is nothing like the one from your local pizza place. Just one daft example. It's...

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Divided By A Common Language: Eggs For Breakfast

So, the guests had just left our Airbnb rental and I went in to check the place. I like to do this as soon as the guests have gone for several reasons. One of them, and probably the least sensible, is to check the fridge to see if they've left any goodies. And yes, I...

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Visiting The UK: Chislehurst Caves

All over the world, there are mysterious caves. And many of them are open to visitors these days. They are truly fascinating and have been used for many purposes. Some date back for thousands of years. The Chislehurst caves are also available to visit and have a...

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Sun City Resort, South Africa

Sol Kerzner came from a hotel background. His family started and ran a chain of hotels so when as a young man, Sol graduated from his Johannesburg university he joined the company and eventually ran the entire shebang. The hotel chain became the richest and most...

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El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

There are plenty of bars that claim Ernest Hemingway as a once-upon-a-time customer. But I'll bet that the claim of El Floridita , the bar in Havana, has a pretty good reason. In fact, the Nobel Prize winner is still there drinking at the bar - in the form of a...

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Showers – Simple Enough Surely?

You'd think so wouldn't you? A shower is a shower is a shower, right? When you're travelling the world, no. The trouble is, that like loos and food and driving, every country tends to think it's got it right. Let's take the USA as an example. (Why? Well, simply...

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Survey Reveals An Unhappy USA

So you didn't know that there's an annual world happiness report? There is, and this year's results have just been announced and the big news is that the USA has slipped a few places yet again. In fact, it only just makes the top twenty. Scandinavia remains at the top...

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