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Colours of Rajasthan, Diwali and hill forts

Wandering around Jaipur during Diwali, my friend and I came across a colony where the celebrations were in full swing. We, though complete strangers, were invited in to join.

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World at a Glance: Great Zimbabwe

I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I’m short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one […]

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Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, […]

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World at a Glance: Humayun’s Tomb

Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it’s a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun’s widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) […]

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8 Instagrams from Arctic Sweden

A visit in Arctic Sweden will likely begin in Luleå, one the biggest cities in the region. Luleå isn’t uninteresting in itself, with more than 100 cafes and restaurants, a pretty cityscape and some unusual street art. But I’m here to have a closer look at the Laponia region (the Latin name for the Sami […]

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Mysterious Newgrange

You’ve heard about Stonehenge, of course, but are you familiar with Newgrange? Just across the water, in Ireland, Newgrange is a temple even older than the mysterious stones at Salisbury Plain. 97 standing stones surround the megalithic tomb. You’ll be with a guide; can’t wander about on your own in here; small groups are let […]

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Old Rauma and Sammallahdenmäki, UNESCO in Finland

As I write this, I’m sat in my favourite cafe in Rauma, for the third time in two days. I’m in Finland to have a look at two of the country’s world heritage sites. As you know, I’m on a quest to see many of them, perhaps even all, and I’m really enjoying this self-imposed […]

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