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Wintry Vilnius by Instagram

On a chilly November day last year, I spent a brief twenty-four hours in the Lithuanian capital. Here’s a quick look at wintry Vilnius by Instagram. 1. A night-time shot of the pretty Vilnius Cathedral. (See the photo on Instagram here.) 2. Borscht, a Lithuanian soup. More summery than wintry this cold beet soup, but […]

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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: Vadstena Castle, Sweden

The imposing 16th century Vadstena Castle – Östergötland in Sweden

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4 days exploring World Heritage – #JoinGermanTradition

If you enjoy visiting sites of outstanding universal value  – UNESCO World Heritage sites, that is – you will know that a few countries dominate the prestigious list by the sheer number of sites. Some would even say that some countries are over-represented, and that the value of some these sites is, well… not particularly outstanding. I’ll not […]

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Silent Sunday: Kick sledge in snow, Norway

Kick sledge in snow – winter in Norway

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Christmas lights in Paris

Christmas markets have just exploded the last years, have you noticed? They’re everywhere! It’s no longer just an ancient German/Central European custom. These days, every city, every town and every little village seem to organise these festive affairs during Advent. Some Christmas markets last from late November until well into January. Others are brief one weekend […]

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The streets of Genoa

Italy’s largest sea port was once known as a rough and rowdy city. Yet, more than 100 palaces and grand residences line the splendid streets of Genoa. A beauty that tears the soul The Ligurian coast seems to have had a magnetic draw on artists. Poets, musicians, painters, they all flocked to these shores. Percy […]

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