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World at a Glance: The fountains of Bern

Bern is one of Europe’s more unassuming capital cities. Like Canberra is overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, all the attention here goes to big sisters Zurich and Geneva. In fact, if asked What is the capital of Switzerland? in a pub quiz, I’ll bet many would shout out one of the two. Despite numerous visits […]

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Silent Sunday: Ypsilon pedestrian bridge, Drammen in Norway

Pedestrian bridge Ypsilon Drammen in Norway

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Silent Sunday: View of Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi views: overlooking the capital of Georgia from Narikala Fortress

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Silent Sunday: November in Kew Gardens, London

Trees shedding autumn leaves at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – November in London

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Ostalgie: What is freedom, anyway?

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’m brought back to my first visit to Berlin, a divided city then. Crossing from West to East Berlin, we had to exchange 25 Mark (about 20 USD) into 25 Ostmark (East Mark). We could not bring East German currency out of the […]

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Silent Sunday: Sunset at Hirtshals lighthouse, Denmark

Sunset at Hirtshals lighthouse, at the northern tip of the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark

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Edinburgh underground

I’m about to descend into Edinburgh’s underworld and experience the city’s grim and ghostly past. Come with me to a haunted place, where restless spirits and grave robbers rule. Welcome to the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

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