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Visiting India: What is a Stepwell?

Visiting India: What is a Stepwell?

Stepwells are absolutely astounding. Many date back hundreds of years are were often created as low-lying water supplies. Because water levels in streams and rivers could fluctuate with the seasons, the answer was these elaborate reservoirs or water tanks which were...

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Stay Warm with Ororo Heated Apparel

Stay Warm with Ororo Heated Apparel

I prefer to think that I’m a really easy going person. But there are some things that I don’t like at all – pigeons, the word ‘awesome’, broccoli, cleaning toilets and … being cold. I really hate that. It’s why I live in...

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Visiting the USA: Eating Healthily

If you’re visiting the USA from overseas, you’ve probably already wondered about food. Can you eat healthily in the USA? You’ve read about the meat and poultry industries and their practices, you are aware that the United States has an extremely high...

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The Great British Bandstand

Seaside piers, bathing huts, bandstands, floral clocks in parks … they all sum up English days gone by to me. I’m thinking Edwardian or possibly before. Or even later – the years between the world wars. When England was booming on the world’s...

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Handmade in Ireland

Maybe you’ve been to Ireland and regretted not bringing more of their lovely products and gifts back home? Or perhaps it’s at the top of your list –  a visit to Ireland as soon as you can. Here’s the answer. If you didn’t bring home the...

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Hosts: Don’t Believe in Superguests

I admit that I really don’t understand what comes over some people when they become Airbnb hosts. Is it the prospect of earning a ton of money or what? Why is it that they suddenly become blinkered to human nature? Why do they suddenly forget what the world is...

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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

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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