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The Road to Gjógv

A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn. Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see: … or this: We’re on Sheep Islands, so you will also see this: On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. [...]

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Arctic Sortland: Norway’s Blue Town

At 68° north, a fair distance above the Arctic Circle, is Sortland, Norway’s Blue Town. Sortland is the capital of the Vesterålen Archipelago; less famous, perhaps, than its neighbour to the south, the Lofoten Islands, yet just as stunning. But why is Sortland blue?

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Postcard from Lesbos

Sappho is celebrated as a Lesbian poet. And of course she was – as is every inhabitant of Lesbos, man or woman. But was she also a lesbian?

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Sail boats in the harbour, Union Island, Grenadines

Postcard from the Grenadines

Treasures might be buried in the Grenadines. I didn’t search. The beaches, the sapphire sea, the sail boat and everything on it was enough.

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"Vikar" graffiti on wall in Torshavn, Faroes

Faroe Islands: Sagas, sushi and street art

Sagas abound in the Faroe Islands. Perhaps surprisingly, these Viking isles also have a fabulous sushi restaurant and lively street art.

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Scenes from a Bahraini mall – empty elegance

Manama, Bahrain, 29 September 2009 It’s 6:30 pm and I’m in Moda Mall at the World Trade Centre, wondering where all the people are. Moda is a huge shopping centre with high-end boutiques. Just from where I now sit, I see Louis Vuitton, Dior, Emporio Armani, Versace and Fendi. And where I sit is in [...]

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No more: The natural bridge of Aruba

The natural bridge, the square 50 cent coin, the windblown Divi Divi trees pointing to the southwest… in Aruba, you always know directions.

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