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The Great Court of The British Museum, London

From the outside the British Museum looks like an old building worthy of its stature, but today I was heading for the museum’s centre. To the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. A wonder of what can be done with change and thought. For this is the largest covered square in Europe no less, 2 acres in size, must be seen with your own eyes to understand the scale I must say. Of course, thousands and thousands of visitors queue and enjoy the British Museum itself. Started in 1753 as the first National Museum in the world. Antiquities from all times...

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The North Cape – To The Top of Europe

I was aboard the Hurtigruten and had a whole plethora of excursions to take part in on our cruise around the Arctic coast of Norway. Where should I start the series of articles from my time aboard? But at the top! The North Cape, at the top of mainland Europe. The North Cape is one of those spots that produces a feeling that is hard to describe unless you stand there yourself. 71 degrees North, you stand at the famous globe sculpture, looking North out to the cold blue Barents sea. Knowing, there is only the Svalbard Islands between you...

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How well do you know your London landmarks?

Now then, how well do you think you know the sights of London? Some of you may live there, some of you may have travelled there and some of you may think you could recognise the landmarks easily! But do you know them really? London is, after all, the tourist capital that had people from outside Britain numbering over 17 million last year. But of course it is a getaway for people all around the UK too. Millions more are making their way to London for the breathtaking array of history, culture, architecture, shopping, entertainment, parks, cuisine and much...

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Peterborough Cathedral – around and within

Driving South I usually bypass Peterborough using the Ring Road. On previous visits into the city I’d often wondered what Peterborough Cathedral or to give it its full name, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Andrew, was like inside. It’s such an incredible building from the outside. Visitors are welcomed, there is no entry fee, unless you are doing a guided tour, but they do ask that you might like to make a donation. There’s a small fee if you’d like to take photos. So having paid my dues I set about taking in the...

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Sweden – A visit to the fortress of Vaxholm

On the second day of our visit to Vaxholm we walked through the village to the quay. Here we boarded the small ferry to take us to the small island of Vaxholm fortress (Vaxholm Kastellet), only a few hundred meters away. The water around the island used to be the main route from the sea to Stockholm. So in 1544 Gustav Vasa built the first buildings of a fortress to defend the city of Stockholm from naval attacks. The island was attacked by the Danes in 1612 and the Russians in 1719. The ferry leaves every 15 minutes between...

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Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

I’ve been to Hong Kong quite often of late and as always I’m looking for something interesting to do. I’ve heard of people going to see Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, but had never ventured there myself, so this was my ideal opportunity. Octopus card in hand I head to the MTR station and wend my way to Tung Chung Station. It’s a short walk to the ticket office for the Ngong Ping Cable Car; this is where you will need some patience. I had to queue for an hour to get a ticket for...

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