100 Presepi: A Christmas Exhibition in Rome

100 Presepi: A Christmas Exhibition in Rome

I first discovered presepi in Naples a few years ago. These are individually designed nativity scenes, a traditional Christmas decoration in Italian homes, but also found in churches and other public places. I thought of them as a southern Italian custom, but that was...

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Searching for the Breamore Mizmaze

In my quest to visit all the remaining English turf mazes, I set out on a cold and drizzly afternoon to the tiny village of Breamore (a few miles from Salisbury) to find the Mizmaze on Breamore Down. Although the maze was clearly marked on my map, it was not easy to...

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Learning Jungle Survival Skills in the Amazon

Just outside Manaus we went on a trip to learn some jungle survival skills. "Very useful to know," the guide told us. "In case you are in a plane crash and land in the jungle." As if to emphasise his point, a large black vulture circled above his head as he was...

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Order and disorder in Manaus

Dubbed the ‘Paris of the South’ during its fifteen minutes of fame in Brazil's rubber boom of the 19thcentury, Manaus has never really lived up to its reputation. I expected to find a glamorous city, or at least a certain amount of faded grandeur. However, it was not...

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