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A circus act in Vienna

“Where am I staying?”, I asked again, with a hint of disbelief. I just wanted to make sure I heard it right the first time. “The 25Hours Hotel“, she replied. “It’s a brand new design hotel in Vienna, with a circus theme”. That’s it! That’s the phrase that made me doubt my ears the first […]

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Globetrotting in London

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. Jules Verne challenged his character Phileas Fogg to get round the world in 80 days. I can do better than that – I like to visit the world without leaving London. Here are my top 10 favourite attractions for a globetrotter stranded in London… First stop Venice, Italy via […]

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Ten colourful festivals in India

A guest post by Divij Pasrija. God may be one, but there are a whole lot of different forms of God that are worshiped in India. Almost every culture in India has its own forms of God which they worship with fervent delight. There are almost as many festivals in India as there are number […]

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Lesser known museums in Madrid

A guest post by Beth Davidson. Outside the Golden Triangle – Madrid’s Lesser Known Museums The Golden Triangle. The central art hub of Madrid. The Prado, the Reina Sofia, the Thyssen. These three museums contain a considerable amount of Madrid’s culture and, displaying works by the likes of Picasso, Goya, Miro, and Van Gogh, is […]

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Plane views: Assisi

Assisi is a historic town in Umbria, Italy. Famous as the birthplace of St. Francis and home to the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis, the town can trace its roots back to the 1st century B.C. Assisi is built on the western slopes of Mt. Subasio – a mountain that, funnily enough, sports a bald […]

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Ten things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is my home and my favourite city in the world. I may be biased but I consider it a true privilege to live in this remarkable city. I vividly remember the first time I visited Amsterdam more than twenty years ago. I walked down the Damrak, the main thoroughfare from the Central Station to […]

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A movie-lover’s guide to London

Look beyond the multiplexes and you’ll find a city dedicated to cinematic adventure. From the Ealing comedies and Hitchcock classics, through the swingin’ sixties to the Notting Hill rom-coms of Bridget Jones and Four Weddings, London is a city wrapped up in celluloid. Its historic architecture, towering landmarks, and dark and dingy cobbled back streets […]

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A marriage of Strambotic art and gastronomy

Art on a plate that tastes as good as it looks. For those of us who appreciate fine dining, the presentation of the dish is just as important as its taste and the aromas emanating from it. A recent dining experience opened my eyes to yet a different dimension: art on a plate that not […]

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The ultimate Liverpool pub crawl

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. I recently visited Liverpool and The Beatles (though I love their music) were the last thing on my mind. I started by checking out some of the city’s startlingly good museums, including the Walker Collection. It was packed with interesting exhibits but one little Toby Jug caught my eye […]

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Cook, taste Catalonia

Barcelona is one of those amazing cities that can easily whisk you off your feet, enthrall you and before you know it, you’re on your way home, breathless and consumed by a whirlwind of impressions and vague memories. There’s so much to see and do in the city that you’ll soon find yourself zooming from […]

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