Tag Archives | UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO has done all the hard work in rounding up the world’s most amazing places and labelling them World Heritage Sites. This page visits them all one by one. That’s the aim, anyway! Let’s get started…

Tea in China

Facing the Dragon: China Now And Then

Climbing the Dragon’s Spine, China It curved and clawed away from me as I stared […]

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Halong Bay at Sunset

A Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay showcases the dual nature of travel today: the absolute thrill of finding an […]

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Doorways into Egypt

Egypt: One of History’s Greatest Jigsaw Puzzles

Aswan For over two thousand years people have stood where I’m standing now. And yet […]

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How Lyon’s Secrets Defeated the Nazis

The Cour des Loges Hotel Review As hotels go, the Cour des Loges didn’t need […]

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Dawn over Kakadu

Kakadu Park: Smoke, Art & Crocodiles

Kakadu. The sound is soft yet distinctive, like a bird call that rolls and unfolds across the willows and the reeds, the waters, the low and smoky air, to reach me on the scrunched and scorched soil. On the earth that is itself Kakadu.

The word…

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sunrise kakadu

Sunrise in Kakadu, Australia

Right now I’m at the airport, dashing to repack and catch my flight. Shorts and…

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Love on the Edge of Death

A surprise find in the Roman Colosseum…

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Budapest Parliament. This Is What Democracy Looks Like

You have to put yourself in my shoes.

Boots, really, with thick rubber soles to keep out the cold and to keep a foothold on the ice. Boots that worked hard and worked fast, striding between commuters in a winter-worn Budapest. Five feet, six inches above them, a troubled mind tangled through what it had just seen.

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Warsaw Skyline photo

Not the Ugly Sister: Warsaw in Photos

Warsaw. I’ve always thought it’s a shame about the name. Krakow, the first city in Poland I visited, sounds intriguing and edgy, a cracking

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Staircase

Secrets in Salt: The Wieliczka Salt Mines

“Are you ready?” asks Christopher, a guide from the nearby village of Wieliczka. He’s cloaked in a long charcoal jacket and blowing on his hands to keep warm. For a giant-sized man, he uses a soft voice. “Because once we start, I will not be able to talk to you. And you will not be able to turn back.”

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The Sydney Opera House At Night Swirl Blur

Taking Photos of the Sydney Opera House

I’m writing this as the breeze plays with the straps of my bag and the white sails of the Sydney Opera House glow

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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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Petra candlelight

Petra By Night – The Power of a Path Into Darkness

Usually, I manage to find something beautiful, something that moves me wherever I go. But last night, in Petra, that didn’t happen.

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Tree trunk growing around statue of a head for the weekly fun picture quiz

Fun Quizzes: Indiana Jones Style

The latest in the series of fun quizzes about travel takes you into the jungle in Asia where a tree wraps its branches around a very special something…

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A paint version of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, India

Rummaging through the archives this week, I stumbled on my photos of the Taj Mahal, taken on an old point and shoot digital camera. While I have plenty attempts at…

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Beauty, Brutality & Motherhood – The Alhambra

In the scorching cauldron of Andalucia, the Sierra Nevada mountains rise up to tickle the skies and gather enough snow to cover the peaks for most of the year. Beneath them…

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Inside Seville Cathedral

When it came to first impressions, the inside of Seville’s sprawling cathedral left me cold. I saw gloom and scaffolding, dust and darkness, and the dreams and shadows of the Spanish Inquisition lurking behind the many locked gates and doors…

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Transcantabrico train in stained glass

Time Travel: The Transcantábrico Train, Spain

Everything’s still, save for a breeze so slight it’s invisible until it reaches the window and makes the curtains sigh. I hear railway sounds from another century, a whistle and muted metal clanging, before the landscape of northern Spain picks itself up and learns to glide by.

I’m not used to seeing hedgerows at right angles and beaches with vertical shorelines…

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Norbert Niederkofler at St Hubertus Restaurant in Rosa Alpina

Cooking Beneath the Stars: Norbert Niederkofler, Michelin and Wide Open Spaces

Life sometimes reinforces our inadequacies in a brutal, confrontational way. Soon, I’ll be introducing you to Norbert Niederkofler, an imaginative, creative chef who began life in the Dolomites, travelled the world, then returned to his homeland to bring his vision of art to the table. He’s…

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Art Underground: Wieliczka’s Salt Sculptures

There are some secrets in this world that don’t make any sense. The Wieliczka Salt Mines near Krakow sparkle so mysteriously that I can’t help but wonder whether they’re part of an international conspiracy.


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