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Switzerland: The green fairy

Switzerland

Switzerland: The green fairy

The weather is apt. A cobweb of fog, strung from one side of the wooded valley to the other, is broken in places by the eerie glow of the sun. Shutters are closed throughout the…

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Montségur: Walking with the Cathars

France

Montségur: Walking with the Cathars

I close my eyes and imagine it is March 1244 in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. The great castle of Montségur has fallen and some 200 people are making their way towards a burning…

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Deià: Withstanding paradise

Spain

Deià: Withstanding paradise

“This can’t be the way,” I protest, as my boyfriend ploughs ahead through rambling brambles and waist-high grass on the edge of a vertiginous terrace. It’s a balancing act: to our right the terrain drops…

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Hull: A pint of culture

United Kingdom

Hull: A pint of culture

We huddle around the table in the corner, clasping tankards, our heads leaning in to hear one another over the cacophony of revellers. Around us are dark, oak-panelled walls, illuminated by the glow of the…

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Switzerland: The valley that time forgot

Switzerland

Switzerland: The valley that time forgot

A frog leaps from the stone path in front of me, diving – limbs splayed – into the undergrowth. Further on, a salamander tries to find his grip on the fallen autumn leaves, now a…

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