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Silent Sunday: Town square at abandoned Pyramiden in Svalbard

The town square at the abandoned Russian settlement Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic.

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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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Silent Retro Sunday: Ciudad Este, Paraguay, 1997

The border town Ciudad Este in Paraguay, 1997

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UNESCO in Finland: Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

After visiting the Old Church at Petäjävesi in central Finland, I head south-east towards the Kymi River Valley. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive. More of the long, lonely stretches of road I always seem to experience in Finland. I have to resist the temptation to drive on the wrong side of the road and instead […]

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UNESCO in Finland: The old church at Petäjävesi

Finland has seven sites on the World Heritage list. I’ve popped across the border for a couple of days to have a look at two of them: Petäjävesi Old Church and Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Public transport in Finland is good, but unless you have plenty of time – which I don’t – driving […]

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Silent Sunday: The tantalisingly turquoise Trasimeno

The tantalisingly turquoise Lake Trasimeno, Umbria in Central Italy

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World at a Glance: Black Rocks and petroglyphs in St Kitts

There’s more to little St Kitts than great beaches and UNESCO listed military installations. This tiny Caribbean nation is also home to black rocks and rock carvings. OK, I hear you say. Rock carvings are interesting. But black rocks? I’m glad you asked. At one of the spots where the wild Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, […]

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