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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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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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Silent retro Sunday: A street in Leningrad, 1984

A street in Leningrad, Soviet Union – February 1984 (the present-day Russian city of St Petersburg)

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Tanum rock carvings

Rock carvings are prolific in Scandinavia. Our prehistoric forebears must have been particularly eager to express themselves. You’ll find them everyhwhere, and often very well preserved. In fact, there’s a large moose carving not far from my home, next to a playground. But two of the petroglyph sites are apparently more interesting than the rest. [...]

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World at a Glance: The place where the gods were created – and high heels

I’m sitting outdoors at a cafe in wintry Oslo today, with a red and turquoise fleece blanket enveloping my shoulders, steaming mug of tea in hand, watching people – mostly on their way to the shops to exchange gifts, I reckon. Those two extra copies of the latest Jo Nesbø novel… or whatever. Suddenly I [...]

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Wings in flight

I was pleased to see this week’s #frifotos* is all about wings. Whether in the metaphorical sense or the very tangible one, whether on birds or planes or on the back of my daughter’s angel costume, I love wings. Sometimes I even dream I have wings. And the line between dream and reality, well, who’s [...]

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