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Virtual Tour. Monaco Then and Now

Virtual Tour. Monaco Then and Now

I've said here before that New Orleans is one of my favourite places in the States but one of my absolute favourite places in Europe is somewhere that's so different - Monte Carlo. I was only about eleven years old when I first went there and - because I'm pretty old...

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The Crooked Forest

The Crooked Forest

You never know, one day you might find yourself in the Polish village of Nowe Czarnowo. It's just outside the town of Gryfino not far from the German border - see the map below.This isn't an ancient forest. The trees, about four hundred of them, were planted in the...

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The Rudest City in the USA?

A study recently revealed the top fifty rudest cities in the USA. By this, they mean the least polite. The place where no one is likely to give you their seat on a bus or hold the door open for you or spend time indulging in small talk. It will come as no surprise to...

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Visiting Germany: Stadtbad Lichtenberg, Berlin

I could spend weeks in Berlin just looking at the architecture. And one building to see before it gets destroyed, or simply crumbles away, is the Stadtbad Lichtenberg. The building was opened in 1928 as a public baths. But more than that. It had swimming pools, a spa,...

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Post-Covid Bed & Breakfast?

At the time I'm writing this, the end of April 2020, there are plenty of stories going around that we might be told by our governments that social distancing - currently because of COVID19 - needs to continue for many months to come.It may be that certain individuals...

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Hosts: Going It Alone?

At the time I'm writing this, there are many property owners who think that maybe the days of short term rentals are over. It might be history by the time you read this but right now the coronavirus is at its height and the general opinion seems to be that there are...

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Dolmen of Guadalperal: The Spanish Stonehenge

It will only take you a couple of hours to drive to the Dolmen of Guadalperal from Madrid. And the best time to visit this monument - thought to be around 7,000 years old - is during a spell of dry weather. Zoom right in on the map below and you'll see why. This...

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Hosts: Stand Out From The Crowd

The image above tells us something very clearly, doesn't it? It's easy to think that if we dressed in blue bodysuits, black braided wigs, black apron-thingies and painted our faces with blue triangles that we'd stand out from the crowd, right? But as the photographs...

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Amsterdam: And That Famous Photograph

Yes, that photograph. You know which one I mean, don't you? You may have had it on your wall at some time, or you might even have it now, as IKEA alone has sold at least half a million copies over the years. But who took it? Where is the photographer now? And where in...

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No, This Isn’t the End of Travel

At the time I'm writing this, it is so quiet around here. Most of us are under house arrest thanks to this virus and even though we live close to a flight path, even the number of planes going overhead is greatly reduced. And internet 'commentators' are saying that...

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Airbnb Hosts: So Now What?

Of course, it's still too early to tell. But the signals are all there that people who provide short term rental accommodation are going to have a pretty hard time in the next few months ... or more. Hosts are already bleating about how their 'businesses' have been...

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Varosha, Cyprus

Just look at the sparkling ocean. Wouldn't you love to swim in the clear, warm Mediterranean water? There's a lovely beach too, of course, and in days gone by this resort was popular with the rich and famous. It wouldn't have been unusual back in the day to see...

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Kennington Road, London

If you're visiting London and have had your fill of the usual tourist attractions, then head to Kennington Road where you'll find the site of a gory murder, the childhood home of Charlie Chaplin, a war museum, a one-time residence of Vincent van Gogh and an excellent...

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Will America Now Change Its Toilet Habits?

If I were to go to the shops now in search of a few rolls of toilet paper, the chances are I'd be disappointed. You know why - the current situation with the coronavirus has sent the US population panic buying. And the item that they mostly bought in their panic was...

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The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya

It must be very difficult these days to create new buildings and structures, bearing in mind the ecological pressures brought to bear upon architects. But the local people of northeastern India discovered many years ago that you don't necessarily need building...

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Middlesbrough & The 1898 Smallpox Epidemic

Believe it or not, there are actually several good reasons to go to Middlesbrough. You may have the impression, as I did, that this is a pretty ugly old industrial town. Okay, it is. But there are still many things to see and do there. There are a handful of stately...

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Visiting the UK: The Museum of Timekeeping

Clocks - marvellous things. Strangely, clocks and watches are still popular, despite the fact that we have digital readouts on our phones, laptops, car dashboards, cookers, microwaves and so on. True, clocks are more likely to be decor items these days and watches are...

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Craco, Italy: Ghost Town

Considering that it's a completely abandoned ghost town, Craco has seen a good amount of activity in recent years thanks to film & TV companies, occasional religious festivals and of course, visiting travellers. As you can see from the map below, it's located in...

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The Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant in the World

I never really think of Switzerland as being a pioneer in vegetarian cuisine. Yet the world's oldest vegetarian restaurant is in Zurich - the Hiltl Restaurant which opened in 1897. It's still in business today - in fact, there are several locations now throughout...

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