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Ancient Gardens of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka; G Ryan Smith; Land8

Sri Lanka – Ancient City of Sigiriya

In 2003, G Ryan Smith visited Sigiriya while on a field study abroad in grad school. At the time, he was struck by the formal similarities between it and the Renaissance gardens he was learning about in landscape history classes, despite Sigiriya having been built more than a millennium earlier. Ryan Smith was also struck by the apparent ingenuity and technical ability of these ancient builders in shaping the land and hydrologic systems. The gardens not only feature fountains that function to this day, but the surrounding…

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Ravenna, Italy | The colour and the glory; Vedica Kant; Live Mint

Photo: Sandro Vannini/Corbis

This was among the world’s most important cities. Its extravagantly colourful mosaics continue to tell that tale…

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Retro Retreat: 1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist house on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany; Retro to Go

Photo: Ben Buschfeld & Katrin Lesser

We’ve not done one of these before, but with the summer holidays on the (vague) horizon, you might be looking for somewhere to go.

Source: Retro Retreat: 1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist house on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany – Retro to Go

Monarch butterfly magic in Mexico; AP

Photo credit: AP

The sight of millions of these butterflies painting forests in blazing colours makes for a wonderful experience…

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Cologne – city on the Rhine; Deutsche Welle

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The Rhine, the cathedral, the old town, the excellent museums and not least the population’s easy-going sociability make Cologne one of Germany’s most popular travel destinations.

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Big Pit in Blaenavon marks 30 years as a mining museum; BBC

Photo: National Museum Wales

Big Pit in Blaenavon celebrates 30 years as an industrial museum in April 2013. Take a look back at some archive photographs of the coal mine.

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Old Sana’a, an endangered UNESCO heritage site; Al Arabiya/AFP

Photo: AFP

To see Sana’a’s Old City for the first time is like “a vision of a childhood dream world of fantasy castles,” a visitor once remarked, but official neglect and unruly construction are threatening to destroy that magic.

Source: Old Sana’a, an endangered UNESCO heritage site | Al Arabiya English

Nouveau riches; Cathy Dillon; Irish Times

Photo: Irish Times

It’s not all Eurocrats and expensive chocolates you know. The Belgian capital also has a wealth of beautiful Art Nouveau architecture to be explored…

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A Trip Into Baku’s 12th-Century Old City; RFERL

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Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Cologne; Reuters

Photo credit: Wolfgang Rattay

There’s more to Cologne than silly costumes and footballer Lukas Podolski.

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Walking on Water; Dilip Bobb; Indian Express

Italy – Venice and its Lagoon

 

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Haifa – Israel’s seaside ‘capital of the north’; Abigail Klein Leichman; Israel 21c

Photo: Israel 21c

Home of the lush Bahá’í Gardens, national science and maritime museums and Israel’s only subway, Haifa has lots to offer tourists.

Source: Haifa – Israel’s seaside ‘capital of the north’

Rhapsody to a Bohemian secret: Taking in the past and present in the Czech Republic’s Olomouc; Nathan Thomson; Daily Mail

Freddie Mercury was onto something — there’s plenty to rhapsodise about in Bohemia, even though there’s no sign of Scaramouche.

Source: Rhapsody to a Bohemian secret: Taking in the past and present in the Czech Republic’s Olomouc

Sleepless in Lijiang; Erin O’Dwyer; Traveller

Photo: Getty Images

A night on the tiles in this World Heritage-listed playground leaves Erin O’Dwyer feeling surprisingly refreshed.

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Street View hikes Endor-like Yakushima Island in Japan; Tim Hornyak; CNet

Photo: Google Japan

The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to towering cedars that are thousands of years old. Google has captured views of the forest in winter.

Source: Street View hikes Endor-like Yakushima Island in Japan

The Eternal Charm And Winding Canals Of Amsterdam; Livia Fabietti; World Crunch

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Bear moment in Bern; Jofelle Tesorio; China Daily

If Chengdu has pandas, Bern has bears. Jofelle Tesorio finds out how the Swiss capital and its citizens struggle to keep the bears in the pit while treating them more as important symbols and not just tourist attractions.

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Tracing Britain’s History Through its Cathedrals; Ruth Kozak; Oye Times

You don’t have to be a religious person to appreciate the majesty of Britain’s many cathedrals. All of them are significant in British history and each contains historical relics such as the tombs of kings and statesmen.

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Forbidden City: Taste the history and culture; China Travel Page

Located in the heart of Beijing, China, the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia.

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Bradford travel tips: Mill about in front of Hockneys in picturesque Saltaire; Lanre Bakare; Guardian

Saltaire has some of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings, and its Salts Mill centre has a whole gallery devoted to David Hockney…

Source: Bradford travel tips: Mill about in front of Hockneys in picturesque Saltaire

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