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World at a Glance: Appearances can be deceptive in Regensburg

One day, many years ago, aimlessly wandering about the beautiful German city of Regensburg, I stumbled over this odd sculpture. From the front, it looks like a pious priest, praying for the geese, perhaps – or preaching to them. Ah, but don’t be deceived by that friendly first impression. Walk around the statue. Have a [...]

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Day out London: Blenheim Palace

If you’re in London – or in the Cotswolds, one of my favourite parts of England, I recommend an outing to the little town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. The palace represents the early stages of the English Romantic movement – an architectural style characterised by closeness to nature. I love the medieval towers, and [...]

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Silent Sunday: The 12th century bridge on Dartmoor

The 12th century clapper bridge across the river Dart, Postbridge Dartmoor

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World at a Glance: The Broken Chair of Geneva

As this is published, I’m on my way to Geneva for a closer look at some of Switzerland’s heritage sites. I haven’t been in town for about four years now, but during my civil servant days, I was frequently in Geneva, participating in various UN committees. Then, on my way to work every morning, I’d [...]

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Hospital de Sant Pau

Antoni Gaudi isn’t the only famous Barcelona modernist architect. Another one is Lluís Domènech i Montaner. I was introduced to some of his spectacular buildings during a walking tour of Barcelona. The walk did not comprise Hospital de Sant Pau, but I had the opportunity to wander about the grounds of this hospital during another [...]

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Silent retro Sunday: Marsaxlokk, a fishing village in Malta, 1995

Marsaxlokk, a fishing village in Malta, November 1995

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Jurassic Coast

The #FriFotos* theme this week is coast, which suits me well, as I’ve been meaning to say a few words about the Jurassic coast anyway. Do you have a kid completely enamoured with dinosaurs and fossils? I do… or at least, I did. On a road trip in Southern England a few years ago, the [...]

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