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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The migrating monarch butterflies of Mexico

“Las mariposas?” The butterflies? A man on a horse rides slowly out of the low sunlight on the edge of…

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Stuttgart’s Schweine Museum: the world’s largest pig museum

If you’re going to open a museum to house a collection of pig-related artefacts then the site of a former…

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Michelin-starred food in the Austrian Alps

It reminds me of buses: you get one Michelin-starred chef and, blow me, another three come along. High in the…

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How to charter a superyacht

Cruising the oceans, visiting exciting cities, staying in ocean side villas or hotels – indulging in the delights of an out…

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Remembrance tourism in France and the Pyrenees

The image of Southern France is not immediately associated with concentration camps. But there were many of them in the…

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Rhino tracking on Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

As dawn breaks over the game reserve soft, clear light spreads over 22,000 hectares of wild, sub-tropical scrubland. Animals are…

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Cultural hot spots of Amsterdam

Whatever your motive for going to Amsterdam – diamonds, Dutch masterpieces or ladies in red-lit windows – spare some time…

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The Christmas markets of Stuttgart, Germany

Across central Europe, Christmas markets prove a popular draw during Advent. To gain first-hand experience one of Germany’s markets I…

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How to write a great travel blog post

Some of the greatest writers I know have blogs that hardly anyone reads. They may write stupendous prose, they have…

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Baden Baden: the naked truth

There’s a public drinking fountain in Baden-Baden called the Fettquelle. Dating from 1871, it’s a natrium-chloride-thermal spring that flows continuously…

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Hainich National Park in central Germany

It is a crisp, cold day and the sun is glistening off fields blanketed with fallen snow. About an hour’s…