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Hipcamp: Travel For Today’s World

Hipcamp: Travel For Today’s World

For many of us, the pandemic has made us think very carefully about travel in the future. Yes, there will still be some people who will want go on the sort of trips that they did pre-quarantine, but for others, the thought of being cooped up on a cruise ship or a...

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122 Rue de Provence, Paris

122 Rue de Provence, Paris

As you can see from the map below, 122 rue de Provence is not far at all from several of the tourist sights in Paris. But if you happen to pass the building today, although it now houses offices, here's a fascinating story you can tell your companions.Back in the day,...

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Florence Cathedral: The Way Of The Future?

The creation of the stunning Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore began in 1296. It was finally completed in 1436. Whichever way you look at it, that was a long, long time ago. But when the cathedral reopened to the public after the coronavirus lockdown, they used...

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Visiting Italy: The Fisogni Museum

When I was a kid, my dad's business was the motor trade. His businesses sold cars, repaired cars, sold petrol, sold oil ... this was a long long time ago and it seemed that this relatively new business - based on the motor car - would be around forever. It still is,...

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Share Your Passion & Promote Your Rental

I just changed the title I'd planned for this article. The title I started out with didn't say 'Share Your Passion & Promote Your Rental'. It was 'Easy Networking Ideas To Promote Your Rental'. The latter would have probably been much more search engine-friendly...

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Window Swap: See The World

This morning I was looking through a window and watching exotic foliage swaying in the breeze in a garden in India. Then I went to look at the Paris rooftops. I moved on to the German countryside view from Elmar's window. My next stop was to watch the world going by...

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Ferropolis: Yikes

Okay. Recently I wrote about the Shivering Sands Army Fort and described it as one of the spookiest places I've ever seen. Actually, it's a toss-up - England's Shivering Sands or Germany's Ferropolis. You can get a glimpse of what the place is like from the image...

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Paris: What Is Le Cinéma Sur L’eau?

Local authorities and tourism organisations are having to serious;y rethink about the people whose entertainment and leisure they are responsible for. So on July 18th, 2020, in the midst of the COVID epidemic, the city of Paris held its first Le Cinéma Sur L’eau....

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International Internships: Online

As I write this, the world is starting to open up again after most countries imposed lockdowns on their citizens. But who knows how long it will be, if ever, that we feel comfortable enough to take long haul flights? If you'd been planning an internship overseas, your...

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Shivering Sands Army Fort: UK

I've written about some seriously creepy places over the years but this must be one of the spookiest. Built during the Second World War, and about 9 miles from the nearest land, these anti-aircraft fortifications were interconnected by walkways and probably pretty...

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Villa Cavrois: A Modern Castle

A modern castle - that's what it was called when it was built. And remarkably, that was seventy years ago. It was seen as being astonishingly modern, nested as it was in the countryside of the somewhat traditional Northern France. It was created as the family home for...

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Campendium: Where To Camp in N. America

Whether you want to head to the hills like the guy in the photograph above or prefer your camping to be in a luxury RV, the vacation starts with deciding where to go. At the time of writing, with a pandemic underway, many people are considering camping in one of its...

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The Bertha Benz Memorial Route

An American chap was once telling me a joke. It was about cars, two men were arguing; an American and a something-else that I don't remember. The punchline was that the American said "Well, I should know because we Americans invented the car". I didn't get it at all....

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National History Museum, London. Take a Tour

As I write this, in June 2020, museums and places where people gather are closed in the UK.  There's nothing good about this - apart from the obvious one of preventing the spread of the coronavirus - but although it's not possible for us to visit, we can at least 'go'...

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Thirty Day Business Rentals: Website

It might be a temporary thing, or even permanent, but a lot of short term rental hosts who have been advertising on Airbnb or a similar service are rethinking their business models. Recently, several states, counties and cities have banned short term rentals so that...

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The Colditz Cock

It's still a very imposing place. But had I been there towards the end of the Second World War, I think I would have found Colditz completely terrifying. Seeing it today, in the sunshine, it's hard to believe that this was the most secure Nazi prisoner-of-war camp...

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Spanish Cuisine: Tortilla de Patatas

At the time I'm writing this, no-one really knows what's going to happen to the travel industry. Even before this virus confined us all largely to our homes, many people were avoiding flying, for instance, because of concerns for the planet. Will flying become a more...

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London: Cabmen’s Shelters

If you've been to London, you might have noticed them. If you're planning to go there, then watch out for them. These curious little structures, looking rather like a Victorian garden shed, are scattered throughout the city.There are only thirteen of them these days...

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