World at a Glance: The Cotton Palace at Pamukkale

It's January 2021, the januariest of them all. Final day of January, but still... It's long this month. It's cold, it's dark. Most noticeable this year, it's quiet. Quiet as the world after the apocalypse!Give me the opposite, please. A bright, sunny day on a [...]

Hiking Gaustatoppen, Norway

Only 4 more weeks until this strange, ominous year will become history, and not a moment too soon. If you're like us, you're more than ready to get back on the road. Any road. But healthy would be a bonus, wouldn't it? Just now, healthy [...]

Pisa: Field of Miracles

Campo dei MiracoliField of Miracles: how wonderful is that name!Wonderful - and apt, I think. I can easily picture this as a centre of miracles: the blue sky, the green grass, the wonderful white constructions, the warm Tuscan terracotta wall: it's all rather stunning.The official [...]

Saint-Émilion: wine, medieval history and more wine (Day out Bordeaux)

I'm noticing I haven’t written nearly enough about wine here on the blog. Scandalous really, considering the total yum! We’ve covered the vines of Switzerland’s Lavaux, (surprised Switzerland is wine-growing country? I was.) We’ve briefly touched upon the yummy wines of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. We’ve [...]

Ancient Nessebar and Bulgaria’s southern Black Sea coast

I've always thought the Black Sea has an exotic ring to it. Dramatic events have unfolded here: Gorbachev losing his job while holidaying in Sochi in August 1991, The Yalta Conference during World War II, Dracula arriving in Varna in a coffin on his way [...]

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.

What makes us human? Thoughts on prehistoric cave art.

By Alexandra Redisch, in the Vézère ValleyLast summer, I spent time in Bordeaux and the surrounding wine districts with my mum and sister. A highlight in the area was the ancient cave art in the nearby Vézère Valley. There are many excellent caves to visit [...]

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