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World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

In the Mesdag Panorama, you step into the painting: a 3D, 360° image of Scheveningen of another era; the people, the beach, and the rough North Sea. You’re in a museum – and you’re on the beach!

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UNESCO in Finland: Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

After visiting the Old Church at Petäjävesi in central Finland, I head south-east towards the Kymi River Valley. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive. More of the long, lonely stretches of road I always seem to experience in Finland. I have to resist the temptation to drive on the wrong side of the road and instead […]

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UNESCO in Finland: The old church at Petäjävesi

Finland has seven sites on the World Heritage list. I’ve popped across the border for a couple of days to have a look at two of them: Petäjävesi Old Church and Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Public transport in Finland is good, but unless you have plenty of time – which I don’t – driving […]

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Silent Sunday: The tantalisingly turquoise Trasimeno

The tantalisingly turquoise Lake Trasimeno, Umbria in Central Italy

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Silent Sunday: House at hastily vacated Pyramiden in Svalbard

A ramshackle house at Pyramiden, a hastily vacated Soviet settlement in Arctic Svalbard

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Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been continuously inhabited for more than 3000 years and was the […]

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Silent Sunday: Destroyed by war, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Destroyed by war, ruin of a house, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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