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Oak Alley, a classic Southern Antebellum Plantation

By Alexandra Redisch in Vacherie, Louisiana Have you ever wanted to visit a southern plantation? In New Orleans, I visited two. The first was the unusual Creole plantation Laura – very different from what we think of as a typical southern plantation. Now it’s time to have a look at the classic Antebellum mansion – […]

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What makes us human? Thoughts on prehistoric cave art.

Last summer, I spent time in Bordeaux and the surrounding wine districts with my mum and sister. A highlight in the area was the ancient cave art in the nearby Vézère Valley. There are many excellent caves to visit in the valley. Having studied archaeology, I have a penchant for prehistory, and if you too […]

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Silent Sunday: Rock temple at Abu Simbel, Nubia in Egypt

Rock Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Nubia in Egypt. Ramses was also known as Userma’atre Setepenre in Ancient Egyptian and Ozymandias in Greek.

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Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here’s your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took us all around the island. Along with a selection of […]

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Chasing ghosts in New Orleans

By Alexandra Redisch in New Orleans Have you ever been chasing ghosts in New Orleans? This delightfully spooky city just beckons us to come ever closer, to hear just one more spine-chilling story. When we were in town, my mum, my little sister and I joined a haunted history ghost tour and we all enjoyed it […]

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Silent Sunday: The tantalisingly turquoise Trasimeno

The tantalisingly turquoise Lake Trasimeno, Umbria in Central Italy

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Review: Jack Wolfskin cruelty free winter coat

By Alexandra Redisch When Blacks contacted Sophie’s World and asked if we would test some of their products, it suited me perfectly as I was in dire need of a new winter coat. Winters in Norway can be long and cold, with metres of snow and temperatures sinking to a staggering -25° (and that’s just […]

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