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Silent Sunday: Cat contemplating the view, St-Paul-de-Vence

Cat contemplating the view in St-Paul-de-Vence

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Lavaux, Swiss wine country

When you think of wine, Switzerland is perhaps not the first country that pops into your mind, is it? Yet, wine bottles from as early as the 2nd century BC has been found here, so historians know wine has been produced in this land-locked mountainous country since Roman times, at least. The country’s largest continuous [...]

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Silent Sunday: Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

Muiredach’s High Cross, at Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

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Vilnius and the KGB

In Vilnius, the thought-provoking and disturbing Museum of Genocide Victims – often referred to as the KGB Museum – left me breathless. And not in a good way. But make no mistake about it. This is from our recent past, and should be, needs to be, experienced. Housed in the former KGB headquarters, a grand [...]

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Sofia by Instagram

I’m just at the tail end of a brief visit in Sofia, one of the few European capitals I haven’t seen before (one of my fave travel reasons). Sofia – apart from having such a lovely name – has been a pleasant surprise: wide open boulevards, varied and interesting architecture, nice cafes, and just a [...]

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Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

A short post today. Just a note, really: One of the striking features of Croatia’s capital city is this bright and cheerful building on Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb’s Lower Town. This is one of five branches of the Croatian National Theatre, known as HNK Zagreb. When the building was officially opened in 1895, Franz-Joseph [...]

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The Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape at Pergamon

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Doha these days, pondering which properties to add to its list of places that deserve special protection. As I hit ‘publish’, 22 new sites have been inscribed; the list now comprising a grand total of 1 001 sites. And I find myself becoming more and more of a [...]

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