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Berlin: 25 years on

Germany

Berlin: 25 years on

Less, it’s often said, is more. That certainly strikes me as being true of the visual and emotional impact of the Berlin Wall Memorial. Nineteen original segments of the infamous, 12ft-tall concrete Wall stand within…

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Liverpool: The Williamson Tunnels

United Kingdom

Liverpool: The Williamson Tunnels

Exactly why Joseph Williamson constructed a network of tunnels on the edge of Liverpool is shrouded in mystery. “After he died, in 1840, they were more or less just forgotten about,” explains Lesley, my guide,…

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Bangladesh: Otter fishing

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Otter fishing

A short, shrill shriek pierces the quietude of the Sundarbans' waterways. I become conscious of the hushed rustle of dense jungle foliage and the lapping of water against the sludgy grey mud of the riverbank.

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Abu Dhabi: Dune bashing

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi: Dune bashing

“Will I be allowed to drive once we’re out there?” I ask hopefully from the front passenger seat of our Toyota Landcruiser as we head away from the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s urban beachfront.

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Mount Athos: Greece’s Holy Mountain

Greece

Mount Athos: Greece’s Holy Mountain

“This might be the only city in the world that’s never heard the cries of a newborn baby,” comments a fellow visitor as we walk one of the cobblestone streets of Karyes, the capital of…

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Wales: Zip World

United Kingdom

Wales: Zip World

I always enjoy hanging about outdoors and today I’m doing that, literally, 1,500ft up a Welsh mountainside. Wearing a red jump suit, a helmet and goggles, I’m strapped into a harness similar to those worn…

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Rwanda: On the trail of chimpanzees

Rwanda

Rwanda: On the trail of chimpanzees

It’s not quite 6am and I’m already walking on a muddy trail in Rwanda’s lush Nyungwe National Park. I’ve been told that an early start is essential if I want to catch a glimpse of…

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Tenerife: Carnaval in Santa Cruz

Spain

Tenerife: Carnaval in Santa Cruz

Wandering along the quiet lanes of Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s La Noria district, close to the waterfront, it’s hard to believe that the locals are busy gearing up for Carnaval, one of Europe’s biggest street…

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Salzburg: The Krampus run

Austria

Salzburg: The Krampus run

Night descended on Salzburg’s busy marketplace well over an hour ago. People of all ages stand in the crowd, milling between the warmly lit wooden stalls of the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, the traditional Christmas market on…

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Estonia: A walk in the park

Estonia

Estonia: A walk in the park

“Sometimes, I walk here for an entire day without meeting anyone,” says Anne Kurepalu, my guide, as we stride along a trail cut through the dense, pine-scented forest of Lahemaa National Park in northern Estonia.

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