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24 hours in Leipzig

“Wir sind das Volk!” That was the Leipzig war cry during those world changing weeks in the autumn of 1989: “We are the people!” On 9 October 1989, 70 000 people gathered in Leipzig. This is where it all began, the Peaceful Revolution that ended one month later with the earth shattering fall of the Berlin Wall […]

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11 things you’ll love about Dresden

Dresden is only two hours away from Berlin by train, but do try to find time to spend at least one night in this beautiful Saxon city. Here are 11 reasons why: 1. Altstadt (Old Town) and Brühlsche Terrasse Until World War II, Dresden was considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Sadly, it was […]

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Bokor Palace Hotel, Bokor Hill, Kampot province, Cambodia

Bokor Hill Station: Whispers of the past

Gaping holes, pitch black squares and rectangles, glare at me as I approach. And shades of grey. So many shades, many more than 50. Here and there interrupted by patches of rusty red. The abandoned, derelict ruin is all that is left of this once luxurious hotel at Bokor Hill Station. When I hear the […]

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Luther, the man. And the woman.

Behind Martin Luther and the Reformation was a strong woman, Katharina von Bora. Come with me and explore their legacy in Dresden, Leipzig and Torgau.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Reminding us of man’s madness

An Auschwitz-Birkenau tour is a bit like being guided through an industrial site. And in a sense, it was. Mass murder on an industrial scale. What’s unfathomable is how many believed this was right.

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World at a Glance: The Bellinzona castles

In my World Heritage quest, I’ve seen a lot of military architecture lately. Not something I thought I’d be particularly excited about, but I’ve found these sites surprisingly interesting, including the three Bellinzona castles. Quite a few of these engineering feats are now on my wish list (heritage listed or not), such as Beelitz Heilstätten […]

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11 things I love about Almaty

I’ve been in Almaty nearly a week now, and I’ve enjoyed myself tremendously here. The city is beautifully located at the foot of the Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains (or the Tian-Shan Mountains, their better known Chinese name), it’s summer, the weather is lovely (even the occasional daily burst of rain), there’s lots to see and do, […]

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