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A crumbling monument to insanity – the “Colossus of Rugen”

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I think it was the bread rolls that really brought it home to me. The sheer scale of the place was one thing, the madness of the entire concept another. But it was when our guide told us about the bakery that I truly understood how reality hadn’t been factored into these grandiose plans. How […]

Retro Travel Photo – Before We Grew Up: Berlin Wall watchtower, Berlin, Germany

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In this new occasional section we share some of the travel photos from our archives – when we paid our dues but rarely our way. Times were tough, hitch-hiking was a favoured mode of transport (even through the Sahara, which was surprisingly easy) and luxury hotels were places we tried to sneak into to have […]

Something for the weekend – Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre, Sweden

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I’ve been meaning to reboot this series of articles for some time as I realise that not everyone (myself included) has the opportunity to travel to Japan every week. On the other hand, taking a short break every now and again is within the reach of most readers of this site and can be just as […]

A Latvia Road Trip: Part One – Liepaja

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This article is part one of the series “A Latvia Road Trip” “Teaser” with original itinerary A Latvia Road Trip: Part One – Liepaja A Latvia Road Trip: Part Two – Jurkalne, Kuldiga, Edole Castle and Kuksi Manor   Not two weeks after returning from the #CitybreakGermany campaign, it was time for me to pack […]

Spot the difference: Photos show how Berlin has changed since 1990

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What a difference 22 years makes… I had the pleasure of living and working in Berlin from 1990-92 and have been back many times since. I was rummaging around in my box of old (printed) photos from those days and took a few of them with me when I was in the German capital a few […]

Been there haven’t done that – 5 things you shouldn’t miss in Levi, Finland

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Continuing our mission to inspire and inform Grown-up Travellers we present the latest in our series of articles containing ideas for alternative things to do and see in well-known destinations. So far we’ve shared our tips on London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin. Then we featured Oslo, Paris, Amsterdam, Chicago and Istanbul. We then focused on Australia and you can check out these guides to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney before coming back […]

12 sure-fire ways to make Londoners hate you

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Ooh, someone’s got themselves in a bit of a tizzy after spending time in their former home town… Well I did tone it down quite a bit, to be honest. These were my working titles: “How to piss off locals when visiting London”, “Why people think you’re a dick when you spend a weekend in […]