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The Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
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Schönbrunn: Vienna’s summer palace fit for royalty

Just outside the centre of Vienna, Schloss Schönbrunn one of the city’s most famous and impressive buildings. It’s sometimes called the Austrian Palace of Versailles – and after I’ve failed to visit the French version in all my trips…

Temple remains at Olympia archaeological site, Greece
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Ancient Olympia: Let the Games begin

Celebrity athletes, elaborate construction projects, political infighting – when you think about it the Olympic Games haven’t changed all that much since they first started in Ancient Greece. All the way from Olympia 776 BC to Rio 2016, the Olympics…

Dubrovnik city walls, Croatia
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Wandering the city walls in Dubrovnik

Conventional cruise wisdom has it that when you get into port, you should be first off the ship to get as much time as you can in each destination. Great in theory, but it didn’t take into account that…

The Monastery at Petra
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Exploring Petra: The mountainous Monastery

After a first day visiting the Treasury and Petra’s other main sites, day two meant it was time to take some of those pathways and go exploring. And one place that I’d seen mentioned time and again as a…

The Royal Tombs and Roman columns at Petra, Jordan
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Exploring Petra: Beyond the Treasury

When you think of Petra, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Treasury and the famous walk through the narrow corridor of the Siq to get there. But that’s only a tiny fraction of Petra’s huge…

The temples of Petra in Jordan lit up by candles at night
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Petra by night // In pictures

As soon as I announced I was going to Petra, the one thing everyone said I must do was see it at night. On three evenings a week, the ancient city is open to visitors in the evening when…