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Petronas Twin Towers

The world’s tallest buildings

The new tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, will officially be opened today. Standing at more than 800 meters (half a mile tall!), it is twice the height of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and it dwarfs the world’s second tallest building, Taipei’s 101 Tower (at 509 […]

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Ten velvet escapes for 2010

When I was sixteen, I made a pledge to myself to visit at least one new country every year. It’s the first day of 2010, a great day to sit down quietly and make some exciting plans for the new year. Which countries would I like to visit this year? My wish list is really […]

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Ten unforgettable city cruises

Some of the most spectacular cities in the world have a sea- or harbour-side setting. Think of Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour; or downtown Vancouver, hemmed in by Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet; New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the list goes on. The best way to really appreciate the beauty […]

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Rio de Janeiro

The ubiquitous fridge magnet: a reader’s collection

I never thought my first post on the fridge magnet ‘The ubiquitous fridge magnet‘ would attract the type of attention it did. Quite a few readers sent me pictures of their favourite magnets – I bunched these together and published it in a new post: ‘The fridge magnet – readers’ favourites‘. A few weeks ago, […]

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Solo travel David

The fridge magnet: readers’ favourites

My recent post on fridge magnets collected during my travels prompted some readers to send me pictures of their favourite magnets. I selected several of them and asked the owners to write a short caption about what the magnets mean to them. Thank you for your wonderful contributions. Long live the fridge magnet and the […]

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Punta Arenas, Chile (wool)

The ubiquitous fridge magnet

Ahhh… those colourful fridge magnets are stuck on refrigerator doors in millions of homes around the world. It’s hard to think of a place anywhere on this planet that doesn’t sell them as a souvenir. They come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes and are made with a multitude of materials (wood, shells, […]

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Matador Network’s ‘Travel Therapy’ Photo Essay

I received some great news today. A photo taken by me during one of my trips to Bali won a prize at Matador Network‘s ‘Travel Therapy’ photo essay contest! It’s the first time a photo of mine has won anything so, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled to bits! 🙂 This is the winning photo […]

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Plane views: Millau, France

On a recent flight from Amsterdam to Majorca, I had the opportunity to view the Millau viaduct in southern France from a height of 10,000 meters (about 33,000 feet). It was an incredible sight and I managed to zoom in for some decent pictures. The Millau viaduct, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is the world’s highest […]

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Enchanting spots: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon , just outside Reykjavik, is one of the most extraordinary spas I’ve ever been to and I can definitely recommend a visit for anyone planning a trip to Iceland. The lagoon consists of a series of aquamarine blue pools (this amazing colour is created by the silica, algae and minerals in the geothermal […]

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The exotic isle of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a jewel in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland. This archipelago boasts dreamy white sandy beaches, a green tropical interior and spice plantations that centuries ago made these islands a magnet for traders from both East and West. Zanzibar is an archipelago, of which the largest island, Unguja, […]

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