Covid test & Spain holiday

NATIONAL hotel chains in Spain have offered to pay for foreign tourists to be PCR-tested before they return home to avoid their having to quarantine after their trip. The Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Apartments (CEHAT), responding to the UK’s decision to order two weeks’ quarantine for all incomers from Spain – including Brits coming back from their holidays…

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Escape From America!

12 Countries Where You Can Buy Citizenship (And A Second Passport) After the 2016 presidential election, so many people were dreaming about moving out of the US that Canada’s immigration website crashed. Now, the idea of becoming an expat is getting hot again. According to a recent YouGov survey, 31% of Americans say they are interested in bolting if their candidate…

Go back in time – plague-free

Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a…

Never forget

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 of its inhabitants, including non-combatant women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. Read more courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Pre-War to Gen Z

Are today’s teens in a panic about climate change and happy to hang out with their parents, whilst pensioners think plastic recycling and global warming are just silly modern hysteria? Worldwide research on our perspectives depending upon when we were born has been carried out in 40 countries, with a stratified sample – that is, specifically designed to reflect a…

The quintessential average

Hassloch in Rhineland-Palatinate is regarded as the quintessential average community in Germany.  So why should you visit? Hassloch is a community much like many others in Germany. 21,000 inhabitants from 83 nations live here. There is a complete spectrum of schools, 27 sports clubs and numerous supermarkets. Although the community is one of the largest ‘villages’ in Germany, the atmosphere…

La Belle France sans gluten?

Where to eat… gluten-free Michelin-star dining in Provence L’AUBERGE LA FENIÈRE, NEAR LOURMARIN An oasis of serenity at the foot of a forest-covered hillside, this Michelin-starred restaurant near Lourmarin has been delighting guests for decades with its Mediterranean cuisine – and three years ago the restaurant went entirely gluten-free and yet kept its star, making it unique in the world.…

Uzbekistan’s gems

Uzbekistan is renowned as one of Central Asia’s most culturally rich destinations, with ancient cities, spellbinding architecture and a compelling history. Created by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer, a new project on the Silk Road has been announced that includes documentation of the striking beauty of the nation’s palaces and mosques. Read more courtesy of LonelyPlanet.com   Booking.com

Fabbriche di Careggine rises again

In the mountains of Central Italy, there’s a medieval village that’s been at the bottom of a lake since the 1940s. And next year, it seems like it’s finally going to come back to the light. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine dates back to the 13th century and used to be inhabited by ironworkers. It became a “ghost village”…

1400’s flatpack house

This timber house built in the 1400s was dismantled and kept in a Buckinghamshire barn – a medieval flat-pack home that’s for sale at £100,000… Mention a ‘flat-pack’ home for sale and you might imagine a latest offering from Ikea, or perhaps something destined for the centre of Tokyo. You’re less likely to imagine a 15th-century former merchant’s house, painstakingly…

Tiny Andorra

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 6,079,214-week series, Wiki Wormhole. This week’s entry: Co-Princes of Andorra What it’s about: One two, princes kneel before you, that’s what I said now. Princes, princes who co-rule Andorra, just go ahead now. (And you thought we were kidding last week about trying to get that song stuck in your head.) The…

Cinematic London

Walk in the footsteps of your favourite actors and screenwriters around the cinematic world of London. Your guide is a movie enthusiast, armed with weird and wonderful film trivia.  Meet your guide in Soho, where you will be put into teams – prepare to have your movie knowledge tested in our Silverscreen Quiz! There are several other games along the…

Paris Cafe bleu

During the heyday of train travel in the late nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries, rail stations in major cities were places where wealthy travelers showed off their status and prestige. Le Train Bleu, a restaurant situated in Paris’ Gare de Lyon, is a historic reminder of that bygone era. Read more courtesy of ParisUnlocked.com Klook.com Please rotate on mobile devices

Hiding giants

Danish artist Thomas Dambo creates larger than life sculptures hidden around his hometown of Copenhagen. His sculptures require secret poems and clues in order to locate them. He says each has its own treasure map or poem engraved into stone to steer people onto unfamiliar paths where they’ll discover them. Read more courtesy of CanYouActually.com   Klook.com

Ancient Rome for all ages

Do you devour every documentary on the ancient world you can find? Or are you simply fascinated by the Ancient Romans and ready to learn more? This is the best way to begin! One of the most rewarding aspects of learning about Ancient Rome is recognizing the immense influence it has on our daily lives. Here’s your chance to hear…

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