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Scotland’s clock that’s (almost) never on time

Arrive in Edinburgh on any given day and there are certain things you can guarantee. The fairy-tale Gothic of the royal castle, built on an extinct volcanic plug. The medieval riddle of alleys and lanes. The majesty of the churchyards and macabre spires set against a barb of basalt crags, all as if created by a mad god. Yet there is one other given in the Scottish capital, and it is the hallmark of Princes Street, the city’s main thoroughfare that runs east to west joining Leith to the West End. The time on the turret clock atop The Balmoral Hotel is always wrong. By three minutes, to...

Underrated Destinations In Greece You’ll Want To Visit

Quaint villages, beautiful coastlines, and ancient cities in a country full of history await you in Greece. Plan your visit and enjoy all that Greece has to offer. Greece is amazingly popular with the tourists and rightfully so. By including several of these underrated destinations, you will be more than satisfied with your trip to Greece! Patmos When speaking of travel, the beauty of the islands always makes a great destination spot. Patmos is no different. It’s a small island in the Aegean Sea. It is known as one of the most religious islands of Greece deserving of a visit. There...

The peculiar tale of how London’s Canary Wharf got its name

I sat on the veranda of the Hotel Santa Catalina sipping ‘un té británico’ (a British tea) and looking out on the manicured lawns that seemed to stretch down to the sea. Despite the heat in Las Palmas (a tempting 28C), the Brit in me was happy to sip on a good cuppa, even if I did have to ask for it ‘con leche fria aparte’ (with cold milk on the side). My afternoon companion was Angie Cabrera, a local English teacher and native of the island of Gran Canaria, who has researched the history of the British in the Canary Islands (which have been part of...

The language the French forbade

On a cold night winter’s night nine years ago, I made my way along icy cobblestone streets, a howling wind at my back, into the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne region of south-west France. This area is famous for its prehistoric caves, medieval castles and truffles – but I was here for another reason altogether. This was to be my first session of Café Oc, a monthly conversation circle at the Café La Lune Poivre, where locals gather to practice the regional Occitan language. Our Unique World Our Unique World explores distinctive...

Beginner’s guide: traveling to Hungary for the first time

The amazing mixture of the cosmopolitan busy cities and the astonishing sites in the countryside, make Hungary an amazing choice for your next trip. The history, natural beauty and the breathtaking and complex architecture of the cities made Hungary be on the bucket list of any traveler. Planning your trip is surely an exciting thing to do but with so many things to visit and see on your trip, you most probably feel a bit confused. Read below what are the most important aspects which you should consider trying and see when visiting Hungary. Take your time Even if Hungary is not the largest...

Five cities that are more liveable than ever

Navigating a new place can be challenging no matter where in the world it is, but certain cities make day-to-day living a lot easier than others. These ‘most liveable cities’ are ranked every year by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which rounds up 140 of the world’s biggest cities and ranks each one according to more than 30 factors that influence liveability, including safety, access to healthcare, quality of food and drink options, access to education, and quality of the roads and transportation. You may also be interested in:• The best countries for...

How a Johannesburg skyscraper became a symbol of democracy

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3 European Destinations You May Have Overlooked when Planning Your Trip

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing places to visit in Europe, including popular destinations like France, Italy, Croatia, or the Netherlands. Each of these countries has plenty to do and see, but if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and try something new, why not plan a trip to Europe with a few underrated destinations on your list? We’ll help stir up wanderlust with some of our favorites – just keep reading! Finland Finland is a part of the Scandinavian countries which include Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Finland’s neighbors are constantly in the...

What You Will Get On-Board a Dubai Marina Dhow Cruise

Every new development in Dubai is bigger and better than the previous one, that’s why it has been dubbed as the city of superlatives. It is because of this title that Dubai Marina has risen to prominence over the last decade. Curved along a two-mile stretch of Gulf shoreline, this canal district houses the tallest building and the second largest mall in the world; they are both part of the tallest block in the world. Residential buildings and offices in Dubai Marina are continuously redefining Dubai’s architecture thus making the region more impressive. If you want to explore this...

Lyon’s secret labyrinth: an ingenious escape route

Secret Worlds is a series from BBC Travel that invites you to explore the various ways destinations offer a sense of surprise by heading off the beaten path. Join more than three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every...

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