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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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World at a Glance: Le Locle, built for watchmakers

I’m up in the cool, crisp air in Switzerland’s Jura mountains, in the somewhat obscure little town of Le Locle. Just like its neighbour, La Chaux-de-Fonds, this town owes its existence to one of the country’s many claims to fame: watch production.

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Christiansfeld: history and honey cakes

One of the latest sites to be added to UNESCOs World Heritage list is Christiansfeld, a Moravian Christian settlement on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. Seeing as it’s just down the street (more or less), I decide to make a day of it. An hour or so in the air and 40 minutes in a […]

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Day Out Bangkok: Royal Ayutthaya

I’m off to Thailand on Saturday, folks – and was reminded that I still haven’t told you about a terrific Bangkok daytrip I took last time. The old Siamese capital Ayutthaya is only about 70 km north of the Thai capital, and easily reached by bus, train or boat.

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Day out Sofia: Rila Monastery

Last week, I told you about a wee church – but a very special church – on the outskirts of Sofia. Well, I decided to remain in Bulgaria just a bit longer. This week, I thought I’d take you along to another treasure. Today, we’re going to Rila Monastery, about 125 km from the Bulgarian capital, […]

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World at a Glance: The Magic of Boyana

Inside this unassuming building in a woodland park just outside the Bulgarian capital is an absolute treasure. This, you see, is Boyanska tsărkva, or Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon. It’s actually a bit bigger than it looks here, comprising three buildings, in an interesting mix of architectural styles, where the oldest part date back […]

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