A weekend walking off the beaten track in Venice

The name Venice evokes dreamy images of wide canals bathed in sunlight. It conjures a picture-perfect scene of shimmering water, rippling in the wake of the gondolas which meander downstream, punting relaxed tourists under arched bridges and beyond. You think of the luxury of cathedrals, Doge’s palaces and the iconic image of St. Marks’ Square […]

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5 unusual places to stay for a unique holiday experience

Going on holiday always involves a degree of escapism – leaving the realities of everyday life behind you for a while to seek out new places and new experiences, or just to take a much-needed break, far-removed from daily stresses. But why not take the escapism up a gear, and remove yourself even further from […]

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Five Parisian cinemas that the filmmakers loved

In the 2012 World Cities Culture Report – an international survey examining the cultural offerings of twelve cities – it was revealed that Paris had the highest number of cinemas in the world at 302; almost three times that of London. This hardly comes as a surprise – France is widely considered the birthplace of […]

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The voluntourism that is turning orphanages into tourist attractions

In 2016, J.K. Rowling tweeted a series of responses to a request to share an appeal from a charity which offers volunteering opportunities in orphanages, explaining why she could never endorse their work: ‘I will never retweet appeals that treat poor children as opportunities to enhance Westerners’ CVs,’ ‘Voluntourism is one of the drivers of […]

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Trams, Tramps and Tantrums: The Realities of Travelling Abroad

Unintelligible languages, indecipherable currencies and airport delays; travel abroad is fraught with stresses and worries. Once the ordeal of packing has subsided there still remains the issue of endless airport security and the looming worries of lost luggage or delays. Even when the plane has landed safely and you have beaten the odds by surviving […]

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The real face of Parisian prostitution

When asked, “What is art?” Baudelaire answered —“Prostitution.”  When walking along the Seine, it is easy to see how Baudelaire may have thought art was prostitution. A myriad of vendors sell identical sketches and paintings of prostitutes lounging in the nude, smoking cigarettes and laughing amongst fellow prostitutes and clients. These images, created by artists […]

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