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Silent Sunday: Elevador da Glória, a Lisbon funicular

Elevador da Glória, linking the areas Baixa and Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal. This Lisbon funicular has been in operation since 1885.

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Maulbronn Monastery Complex

It’s difficult to appreciate just how powerful monasteries were in the Middle Ages. Here at Maulbronn, for example, the abbey owned land all the way up to Speyer – today, a one-hour drive away (or two, if your SatNav isn’t cooperating; speaking from experience here). But… a monastery, nevertheless. Plenty of those about. What makes […]

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Travelling through time #joingermantradition

This weekend I’m out and about exploring Germany. UNESCO Germany has very kindly invited me on a journey through history; one with great time leaps at either end. If you’d like, you can follow along on the #joingermantradition social wall. With jobs and kids and whatnot, I have a window of a mere four days to […]

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Silent Sunday: Lovely little Vollen Bay near Oslo in Norway

Lovely little Vollen Bay in Asker near Oslo, Norway

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The Witch of Kilkenny

It’s raining out, a wet, chilly June day, typical in Ireland, I’m told. To escape the weather, I’ve popped in to Kyteler’s Inn in Kilkenny, to the cavernous cellar. Kyteler’s Inn has been a lively, merry place since its first owner bandied about here 700 years ago. Looks like it still is. There’s no mobile connection […]

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Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it’s touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet curtains separating the different rooms. The Royal Habsburgs came here, […]

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11 most popular Instagrams in July 2015

The most popular Instagrams in July come from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Let’s get to it: 11. Antwerp mural. Much as I adore Tin Tin, there’s more to Belgian street art and murals than Hergé’s intrepid journo. Here’s a wall in Antwerp. 10 Art Nouveau Pavillion in San Sebastian. During the summer holidays, the […]

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