Tag Archives | Traditions

This page gathers together different traditions from around the world, traditions that include dealing with love and death, grief and hardship, curses, parties, religion and more. Dive in to explore and find out a little bit more about the world…

Central Amalfi

When Life Hands You Lemons…

Lemons. They’re all over the place in the narrow streets of olive and stone-soaked Amalfi. […]

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Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta

Spain has the Tomatina, Britain has cheese-rolling and Texas has rodeo. Step forward Australia, with […]

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Igloo festivals last for such a short time

An Igloo Festival in Japan

Kamakura. It’s one of those words I’d never heard until I went to Yokote in north Japan.

Snow was falling as I arrived in the city, 260 miles from Tokyo. Softly at first, like…

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News > The Footprints of Dragons

I can’t remember the first time I saw one. Not this year,nor last. Nor buried somewhere in the shadowy dreams of childhood. Wings. Claws. Scales. Jaws. Fire.

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Catalonia near Tamariu

Cuban Songs & Independence in Catalonia

The song sounded soulful but also a little sad. The man’s voice, with a tremor likely absent in his youth, addressed the crowd as though we were but one.

One person. A girl. A friend. A home. I couldn’t quite be sure, losing words as they…

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Lamaroo Beach, Darwin

Going Walkabout in the Northern Territory, Australia

At 3am I woke up. At 4am I gave up. For the last few hours, I’ve…

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Ode to the sea carpenter

An Ode to the Sea

Pinning dreams of the ocean down to the mast in the Grenadines…

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Asukasa golden dragon

Swastikas & Smoke: Sensoji in Japan

I love this photo. I love the smoke, I love the skin creases…

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Love on the Edge of Death

A surprise find in the Roman Colosseum…

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How to Make Candy – Sugar Lessons in Sweden

Picture the scene. You’re walking through a Swedish market, your young daughter holding your hand. She sees row upon row of sweet candy canes, bright luminescent swirls of sugar and mint that gleam in scarlet and white, holly leaf green and ivy, forming…

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Siniyet Kafta early stages Jordanian Food

Jordanian Food: Sumac, Spice & Slice

The older I get, the more I enjoy cooking classes. With an opening statement like that, I’m in danger of

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Petra, Jordan

The Horses of Petra, Jordan

Dust rose from the ground as the horse thundered past and the sun began its ablutions. It painted pinks and pomegranates, amber, pistachio, charcoal and soft apricot rust across the walls of Petra before calling it a day and turning in for an early night…

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Italian foods chocolate cake trieste

Sweet Treats & Sauerkraut: Three Flavours of Trieste, Italy

Italian food. There was a time when I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, but I can barely remember that now. The moment my train slowed to a stop in Trieste (and, if I’m honest, quite a while before that) my daydreams wandered…

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Best Christmas market Vienna hearts

The Best Christmas Markets in the World*

So, to celebrate gingerbread, gluhwein and twinkling bright lights, I bring you this post: the Best Christmas Markets in the World. (Only, it’s not really the whole world. Just the countries between Turkey and Germany. But let’s face it, that wouldn’t make such a good title…

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Swedish Christmas Candles

A Merry Swedish Christmas

Have yourself a very Merry Swedish Christmas! Yes, I’m busy writing up the nitty-gritty of the Iron Curtain and all the details of…

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About poppy day

Red is for Remembrance: About Poppy Day

“You have blood on your hands,” she said as she jabbed me in the ribs. “And you’re celebrating mass murder.”

As a travel writer with a British passport, the first statement is something of an occupational hazard…

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Afternoon Tea

Dirt, Sweat & Cucumber Sandwiches – English Afternoon Tea

A clock plods through its strict rhythm as the clink of china echoes through

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I Have A Confession To Make…

I watched the Royal Wedding and it made me smile.
So what, you may be thinking. So did two billion people across the planet, according to stats from the BBC this morning. People travelled across the world, queued since 4 am and campaigned to become Prime Minister just so they could watch.

What did you do? Well

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Beneath the Totem Pole: Tlingit Culture in Alaska

It’s a narrow wooden bridge, so when a girl runs past, the reverberations affect us all. She’s a teenager, or maybe older, in classic blue jeans and US sneakers, with flowing blonde hair. A few minutes later I see her again, wrapped in a traditional Tlingit cloak and chanting with her ancestors.

We’ve crossed the bridge to the space outside Chief Shakes’ House, some 1000 miles north of Seattle.

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Toasting Traditions in France - Man raises a glass, must maintain eye contact

Wine, Health and Seven Years of Bad Sex: Toasting Traditions in France

In France, The Rules Are Complicated
In France, saying cheers is not enough (well, it’s santé for a start, which means health rather than happiness.) No, you must…

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