The Ancient Burial Sites of Gotland

The Ancient Burial Sites of Gotland

There are stones everywhere. Wherever you go in Gotland they are scattered on the beach and by the road, in fields and in forests. They must have provided plentiful building material for the ancient labyrinths around the coast. And, as I discovered, these stones were...

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Eating Out in Helsinki: an Unexpected Treat

Finnish cuisine? No, I hadn’t heard of it either, but food was the unexpected highlight of our trip to Helsinki, an eclectic mix of local ingredients and impeccable Scandinavian design. There seem to have been two consequences from the unpromising combination of harsh...

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Walking on the Roof of Milan’s Cathedral

Never mind that it is a very fine Gothic cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world. What makes Milan's cathedral really special is that you can walk on its roof. And not just a short walk, either: you can walk all around the roof, admiring the 3000 plus...

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A Slow Walk Around the Walls of York

Too often, we do things in a hurry. I have walked the walls of York many times before, but I had never taken the time to stop and look at all the information boards, to think about all the people who had walked that way before. This time I was going to do it slowly....

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The Bits of Pisa that Most Tourists Miss

Pisa is full of tourists, but most of them seem to be clustered in one spot. In front of the Leaning Tower, capturing a selfie or photographing their friends as they pretend to prop up the tower. But, as we discovered during a recent autumn visit, there is much more...

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