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Bewitching Kotor Bay

On our way from Dubrovnik to Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro, we passed through a pretty town surrounded by an even prettier bay. So fetching was this stretch of coastline, we hopped off for a closer look: this was Kotor Bay. The town of Kotor has been settled since ancient times, as part [...]

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Silent Sunday: Nevskij prospekt, Leningrad, 1984

Nevskij Prospekt, main street Leningrad, Soviet Union – February 1984 (the present-day Russian city of St Petersburg)

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Neum: where Bosnia and Herzegovina touches the sea

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a landlocked country. Except here at Neum. This little stretch of land along the Adriatic is the country’s only access to the ocean. If you’ve ever taken the bus from north to south in Croatia, along the Adriatic highway, you may have seen the drivers hop off the bus and load [...]

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Svartisen Arctic Glacier

The final segment of my road trip last summer ended, somewhat unplanned, at Svartisen, a large Arctic glacier. My plan for the day was to drive across the Arctic Circle and have a look at Polarsirkelsenteret (the Arctic Circle Centre), but as I headed out of the city of Mo i Rana, a sign for [...]

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Monday Memory: Butrint

At the southernmost end of Albania, near the Greek border, and just a short hop across the Adriatic from the Greek island of Corfu, is Butrint, one of the country’s two world heritage sites. Like Carthage, Butrint is an archaeological site. Butrint was known as Bouthrōtón by the Greeks and as Buthrotum by the Romans. [...]

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Yerevan – a photo essay

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a segment in our Magic of Cities series. Well, wait no more. Enjoy these Yerevan photos. I utterly enjoyed this curious city in the Caucasus and it quickly climbed up the list of my favourite cities in the world. Yerevan is all about colour, water, music, life… [...]

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World at a Glance: Hot kitty in Brussels

When I began a sporadic little series Cats of the World a few years ago, this hot pink spandex cat on a bike in Brussels is not the type of cat I had in mind. Cats are indeed photogenic creatures, and so is this kitty. No surprise, really, that this kitty is indeed in Brussels, [...]

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