The Vine Bridges of the Iya Valley, Japan

The Vine Bridges of the Iya Valley, Japan

Well, would you? Would you cross the Iya Valley on this vine bridge? History doesn’t reveal who built these bridges – or why – but it certainly was an ingenious solution. Wisteria vines were woven together along with planking to produce a footbridge...
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

If you’re not from the UK, it’s easy to think that ‘only the British’ drive on the left-hand side of the road. And by the same token, British people sometimes think the same – that wherever else they go in the world, they’ll have to...
Olympic Village: Germany 1936

Olympic Village: Germany 1936

Most of us know a little about the 1936 Summer Olympics that were held in the outskirts of Berlin. And even for those of us who know very little, the combination of Germany, 1936 and Hitler indicates very creepy undertones. As we can imagine, Hitler saw the games as...
Sagrada Família: Barcelona

Sagrada Família: Barcelona

One of the most famous buildings in Spain had its construction started in 1882. And it’s still not completed. It’s estimated that Gaudi’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona will finally be fully completed in 2026. Gaudi himself died exactly one hundred...
High Line Hotel, New York

High Line Hotel, New York

Within walking distance of Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and just about everywhere you want to visit in New York, sits the fabulous High Line Hotel. The building is splendid, the rooms are gorgeous and the amenities you can...
When is Mardi Gras?

When is Mardi Gras?

In 2018, Mardi Gras was early. It fell on February 13th and because the festival’s date is based on that of Easter, it’s different every year. This can make arranging to visit Mardi Gras tricky if you like to plan ahead. But we’re here to come to...
Visiting the UK: National Memorial Arboretum

Visiting the UK: National Memorial Arboretum

An astonishing place, the National Memorial Arboretum in the UK exists especially as the nation’s tribute to the men and women who have been killed, injured or afflicted by war and in the service of their country. It was conceived in 1988 and designed to be a...
Icaria, Greece

Icaria, Greece

You’ll remember Icarus from Greek mythology, right? To refresh your memory, he was the bloke who had wings made of wax and despite being warned not to do so, he flew too close to the sun. The result, naturally, was that his wax wings melted and he fell into the...
Is a Hammock Ideal for Airport Sleeping?

Is a Hammock Ideal for Airport Sleeping?

This week the internet has been abuzz with the story of a bloke who set up his hammock in the airport and therefore had a much better sleep than all those regular people who were trying to sleep in those uncomfortable airport seating areas. But is this really a wise...
Spend Your Vacation in a Tiny House

Spend Your Vacation in a Tiny House

You’ve seen them on the internet. You might have seen them on the road. For several years now, tiny homes have been incredibly popular – understandably. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in one? The good news is that you can rent a tiny...
Keysmart: Essential Key Holder

Keysmart: Essential Key Holder

I’ve always liked products that make my life easier, especially if they don’t break the bank. Which I why I’m telling you today about the Keysmart key holder. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But you’ll be surprised just how much difference...
Need a Beach Vacation?

Need a Beach Vacation?

If so, then you’ll find that Fort Lauderdale is hard to beat. And there’s so much more than the sea, sand and sun. Fort Lauderdale’s events calendar is always busy – from festivals to theatre, from art exhibitions to sporting events – and...
The Dwarves of Wrocław

The Dwarves of Wrocław

Wroclaw in Poland has a lot to commend it to the traveller. It has been the European Capital of Culture, the World Book Capital, it has hosted the European Film Awards and has several theatres, festivals, museums, sports facilities and plenty more. The...
Where to Stay: 40 Winks, London

Where to Stay: 40 Winks, London

How many hotels are there in London? I’m sure that Google would be able to tell me but the information would soon be out of date. There are faceless chain hotels, independent quirky hotels and then … there’s 40 Winks. It defies description –...
What Are Stolpersteine?

What Are Stolpersteine?

There are over 60,000 stolpersteine in various places throughout the world. If you’ve been to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy … most of Europe … then the chances are that you’ve seen at least one. If your trip is in the future, watch out...
Fangfoss-with-Spittle: Truly…

Fangfoss-with-Spittle: Truly…

I have just added this place to my bucket list and originally, it was simply because of the name. (Although the fact that it’s in the wonderful county of Yorkshire helps, of course. It’s in a great location – about ten miles away from York itself and...
Technical Museum, Peenemünde

Technical Museum, Peenemünde

Definitely falling into the category of dark tourism, Peenemünde is decidedly spooky. It is located on the island of Usedom in the Baltic and since the nineteenth century was a vacation venue for Prussian royalty and German nobility. But, in common with several other...
Alheira: Portugal’s Lifesaving Sausage

Alheira: Portugal’s Lifesaving Sausage

This is true but I can’t blame you for wondering how sausages could possibly save lives. Well, admittedly I’m going back a few hundred years here but the fact is that yes, a humble sausage saved hundreds if not thousands of lives. I’ll explain…...
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