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Silent Sunday: View of Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire, Wales

View of Dinas Head from Mynydd Carningli (Carningli Mountain), Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Poets

Portovenere I know you’re all waiting for Cinque Terre – and I’ll get to that. But hold your horses, as the Yanks say. First, I’ll show you a town at least as pretty (and even more interesting, I think). That’s Portovenere, just a few kilometres away. I’d recommend staying here rather than in the five little villages, […]

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Silent Sunday: World War 2 hero and his bicycle in Oslo

When your country is taken over by 100 000 Germans, you get angry Sculpture of World War 2 hero of the resistance movement, Gunnar Sønsteby, placed where he was standing with his bicycle during the invasion on 9 April 1940, watching Nazi troops marching up Oslo‘s main street, Karl Johan.

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I found my love in Portofino

Well, no, I didn’t. Sadly. I obviously wasn’t here long enough; you’d have to look far and wide for a more romantic place to find love. Just ask Bogie and Bacall, or Dolce and Gabbana, or Madonna, or Elizabeth Taylor, or George Clooney. As you might have guessed, Portofino is one of the world’s glamour […]

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Silent Sunday: Flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia

Bright flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia

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Camogli, an Italian secret

One of my favourite villages on the Italian Riviera is Camogli, a vibrant fishing community; all amber, gold, coral and terracotta along the deep blue sea. In fact, Camogli is the opposite of stress.

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Day out London: Kingston-upon-Thames and the fickle king

I’ve long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having seen one too many episodes of Midsomer Murders, or read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There’s an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames…

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