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Erfurt: Pearl from the old east

The lovely German city of Erfurt won two Guild Tourism Awards in four years – first for its unveiling of an ancient synagogue and second – in 2014 – for the Andreasstrasse Memorial and Education Centre , which commemorates resistance to the rule of … ..more

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My experience of writing ‘The A to Zen of Travel’

It was Plato who suggested nobody should travel before the age of 40.  He believed that people, by 40, had gained the maturity to resist being taken over by the new cultures they encountered. Strange that he saw this as … ..more

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Griffintown: Montreal’s rising star

On a cold Sunday in April, Griffintown, a district of the Canadian city of Montreal, certainly feels ‘gritty’. Resembling a wasteland and devoid of people, scraps of paper drift about like tumbleweed, seagulls cry mournfully and detritus previously hidden by months … ..more

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How to break into travel writing

Why did I want to write a book? To be honest, I didn’t. Travel features are what I do but when someone asks you for a book, you don’t say no. Barely a whiff of interest and before a full … ..more

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At Rigoletto’s place

Mantua’s Gonzaga dynasty casts a long shadow – in fiction as much as fact. There’s a sequence in Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot when Spats Colombo, played by George Raft, is questioned about his whereabouts on the night of … ..more

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Estonia’s museums: getting interactive

Estonia, it seemed to me during a recent visit, must have more museums per head of population than any other country in the world.  They range from collections of samovars to state of the art national museums. Writes Valery Collins. … ..more

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Extreme travel: five record breaking destinations

We’re all guilty of a smug, post-trip gloat. We explain with pride the time we visited the world’s largest castle, or regale in heart-pumping detail the time we cycled down the most dangerous road on the planet. Experiencing the most … ..more

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Religion in Estonia

The excitement among the mainly Polish congregation at the Catholic Church of St Peter and Paul in Tallin on Sunday 27 April 2014 was palpable. Their beloved Karol Wojtylo, John Paul ll, was being canonized in distant Rome. There could hardly … ..more

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Stanisław Witkiewicz’s Carpathian style architecture

There is a peculiar beauty to buildings created out of wood. The town of Zakopane in southern Poland is a good spot to reflect on such architecture. This is largely thanks to architect and designer Stanisław Witkiewicz who designed many buildings … ..more

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Colonial splendour on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar

Everywhere you turn in downtown Yangon you’ll find a crumbling government office or huge commercial building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The fast and furious development of the city, from small riverside town to international hub, saw … ..more

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