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Day out London: Kingston-upon-Thames and the fickle king

I’ve long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having seen one too many episodes of Midsomer Murders, or read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There’s an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames…

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World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

In the Mesdag Panorama, you step into the painting: a 3D, 360° image of Scheveningen of another era; the people, the beach, and the rough North Sea. You’re in a museum – and you’re on the beach!

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The Peranakan of Singapore

I’m writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I’ve been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I’m here without the girls, and I must […]

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Laura Plantation – Portrait of a Creole family

By Alexandra Redisch in Vacherie, Louisiana At the earnest insistence of my three children, Lollie, Daisie and Charlie Jr., I write the memories of my childhood days on the old plantation in Louisiana for them. I have concluded to do so, before my memory begins to fail me, for I realise that I am the […]

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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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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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Museumsinsel (Museum Island, Berlin)

Museum Island Berlin – or Museumsinsel – is one of my top spots in the German capital – such a wonderful location and so much history in one place. Five major museums are here: Altes Museum (Old Museum), Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgallerie (Old National Gallery), Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum. All are right […]

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