Tag: History

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The Cognac Generation

With a whoosh of hydraulics and a whine of turbines, our high-speed train from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport slips into the humble Cognac train station, a bustling place…

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The Legacy of Vesuvius: Pompeii, Bay Of Naples, and Amalfi Coast

Blazing fire, blistering heat, billowing smoke… No wonder the virtuoso pizzaioli have to be skilful and quick as they manipulate the pizzas in and out of the fierce ovens at Naples’…

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Ngā Tapuwae: First World War Trails, Belgium

“Shall I wear boots?” asks my boyfriend as we’re packing the car. “Definitely — it’ll be muddy,” I reply. We’re driving towards the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. It marks the…

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Bangkok: Back to the River

I start my 72 hours in Bangkok as I mean to go on. I ignore the taxis waiting patiently outside Wat Saket, the city’s ‘Golden Mount’, and seek out the ‘water bus’ which departs…

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The Greatest Show 

It was his impressive skills on horseback that inspired Englishman Philip Astley to forge a career as a showman. Astley was so talented on horseback and at wielding a sword, that after being…

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Where the Gods Play

There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water – Plato

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