Bizarre street signs

Some years ago, when visiting Copenhagen, I came upon an exhibition of bizarre street signs. These are supposedly all genuine signs that have been in use in various parts of the world.   It's always advisable to keep the hand brake on when there are crocodiles...

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The Hot Springs of Budapest

Before I went to Budapest, I had not realised that it was renowned as a spa city. However, with over 100 hot springs, and numerous public baths, taking the waters is one of the 'must do' experiences for many tourists. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time on my...

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Eating out in Budapest

Gone are the days when Eastern Europe conjured up an image of bland and tasteless food. Today you can eat very well in Hungary, with the capital city, Budapest, offering the best of national and international cuisine. What to eat in Budapest Hungarian food is...

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Temppeliaukio: Helsinki’s Underground Church

The Rock Church in Helsinki (or Temppeliaukio to give it its proper name) is a modern church built underground. All that can be seen from the outside is the massive copper dome hidden in a rocky outcrop, but the interior is a harmonious blend of modern and traditional...

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Marco Polo and Korcula

Most historians agree that Marco Polo (1254-1324) was born in Venice, but the old walled town of Korcula, on an island of the same name off the Croatian coast, has a strong rival claim. The evidence for either birthplace is not conclusive. On the one hand, Marco Polo...

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