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A father-and-son pilgrimage on the Tour du Mont Blanc

It was on a grey winter’s day in my parents’ house outside Glasgow, watching storm clouds gather and sparrows dive for shelter in the garden, that I first suggested Mont Blanc in summer. After what had happened, I knew I should make more effort to spend time with my 74-year-old dad, but what I was proposing at his age was a risk. A 10-day hike around one of Europe’s highest mountains seemed a little extreme. “Old age doesn’t come alone,” he replied, implying the aches and pains, arthritic hands and memory loss from a recent life-threatening stroke...

In Germany, the world’s most romantic postbox

On a chilly afternoon deep in northern Germany’s Dodauer Forest, 100km north-east of Hamburg, a postman wearing a bright yellow uniform was walking alone through the woods. When he reached a clearing, he rummaged through his bag and then slowly climbed a 3m-tall wooden ladder to deliver a purple envelope to a 500-year-old oak tree. “Just one today,” he told me, before crunching back through the forest and disappearing towards the next letterbox on his route. The purple envelope was from Denies in Bavaria. She’s 55, isn’t afraid to laugh at herself and loves...

The naughty meat dish served during Lent

While visiting the state of Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany, I found myself in a monastery’s former donkey stable learning how to make Maultaschen, a type of German stuffed pasta. My hands were covered with the meat-and-cheese filling. I imagined Cistercian monks making the dish on these grounds centuries before. But as I learned, there is more than one version of Maultaschen’s origin story. View image of Maultaschen is a type of German stuffed pasta filled with meat and cheese (Credit: Credit: Kristin Vuković) Maulbronn Monastery is a place...

Made of steel: How a New Jersey town rewired history

Walking among the slate-roofed brick homes of Roebling, New Jersey, along the banks of the US East Coast’s Delaware River, it’s strange to think that so many of the world’s best known transportation structures and mechanisms – from the lifts in the Eiffel Tower to the ski lifts in Lake Tahoe, California – stem from this small, self-contained company town. Less than a century ago, kids here jumped into the river’s free-flowing waters on sweltering summer days, while their fathers and uncles went to work melting and stretching steel in the nearby factory...

Five Romantic Cities That Are Not Named Venice

Whenever you hear of Venice there’s something romantic that comes up to your mind. It’s not a coincidence that exactly Venice is the world’s best known city for the lovers and their romances. However, it’s not just Venice the only romantic place in the world. There are thousands of cities with a beautiful love stories and such atmosphere. You should just check out list of suggestions and prove yourself wrong for dreaming about Venice all the time! Below you can see a list of five romantic cities. Birmingham, UK Even though standing on the small River Rea, Birmingham is the most...

Luxury on the Railroads: The Major Luxury Trains of India

Trains offer a relatively unmatched comfort level compared to most other forms of transport apart from flights. Some trains are far more luxurious than others, with first class services and fine dining experience. Only a handful of such trains exist in India. They offer a ride through cities, various tourist hotspots, and historic centres. There are a total of seven of such heritage and luxury trains currently operating in India: Palace on Wheels: One of the original luxury trains in India, it was founded way back in 1982 and has since been refurbished and voted the 4th most luxurious train...

A Budget-Friendly Travel Guide to Dubai

Are you worried that you don’t have enough money to visit the wonderful city of Dubai? While this one-of-a-kind treasure in the Middle East is best known for its 5-star hotels and fancy restaurants, you might be surprised that it can also be light on your pockets. A small budget shouldn’t stop you from visiting this luxury oasis. Here’s a list of five simple ways on how you can enjoy a Dubai vacation without breaking the bank. 1) Get a budget plane ticket. You shouldn’t start budgeting once you’ve already landed in Dubai. The process starts with booking a plane ticket. Depending on...

The surprising origin of Colombian folk music

When I landed at Alfonso López Pumarejo airport just south of Valledupar, the capital of the César region in northern Colombia, it was the first time in 12 years that I had been back to my father’s homeland. The intense tropical heat hit me like a tidal wave, soaking me in sweat the moment I stepped outside. Maybe it bothered me less when I was 16, but I have since grown accustomed to Germany’s crisp climate. “Aqui señor, aqui!” A dozen taxi drivers vied for my business the moment I set foot on the pavement outside the arrivals gate. Desperate to...

Is the Dead Sea disappearing?

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Incomparable Indonesia: 9 Extremely Beautiful Places Worth to See

Incomparable. Extremely beautiful. Did those points of the headline seem like an exaggeration? When you see Indonesia with your own eyes, you’ll realize that any exaggerating word is actually an underestimation when used for this country. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Indonesia will mesmerize you with its exotic islands, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture. Of course, you’ll have to move a bit further than your hotel to see everything this country has to offer. Yes; the hotel will probably be great. Yes; it will offer you almost everything you need for the trip. No; it won’t give...

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