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It’s Airbus, Gus. Let’s go there!

Why we love airbus Mostly, it's because the headquarters are in Toulouse, which is a gorgeous historic city in France. And, of course, France also means impeccable food. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links…

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Snacks on the tracks

Here we go again - Matouring waxing on with dreamy eyes about the world's state-of-the-art rail systems.  Today it's - no surprise! - Japan.  Like most of Asia (and Europe as well) they realise the complete 360º view of what train travel brings to exploring the earth -  or even just getting to work and…

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A walk around the block

Wide open spaces.  Free to roam. Fresh air. Peace and quiet. As quiet as a mouse.  “Listen to the silence. It has so much to say." But maybe not here.  Watch as Tim Traveller poses the question "Today this channel asks another vitally important question: where should I live if I want to have the largest…

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Fun with Get Your Guide

We periodically like to feature our valued affiliate friends.   Today, it's GetYourGuide.com.  Based in  Germany, they have a diverse and exciting mix of activities for almost everyone. Get Your Guide's mission statement We’re on a journey to transform ordinary trips into extraordinary ones. We are your guide, bringing you personal experiences. Wherever your travels take…

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Couch potato time travel

This article is fairly short, as the content itself is pretty easy to understand.  We won't start waxing on about how much we'd love to visit these places and how, when we get there, how we love to bask in the Swallowtail or Variegated String of Pearls-infused hot tub, while listening to Mongolian throat singing,…

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I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!

Today's world is getting ever more intense . . . and tense.  Between Covid-19, Mother Earth pushing back on our bad behaviour, just general bad behavior of the "ultra haves" versus the have-nots, and work and home pressures, the temptation to "lose it" is often dangling in front of our noses. But, some cultures look at…

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Oiran Dochu

Oiran (花魁) is a word used to refer to the high-class prostitutes that worked in the Yoshiwara red-light district (Yoshiwara-Yukaku) during the Edo period. The Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri started in 2003 to preserve this piece of Edo history. It takes place along a 500m or so stretch of road with members in full Edo period dress…

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Medieval retrieval

If you visit our site, you'll know how much we love history, especially since we don't feel as old once we've completed the article.  It's a labour of love.  And one can only imagine the labour that was put into building these almost impenetrable edifices, all those hundreds of years ago. But, castle-building is not a…

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Blast from the past

History is great, especially when you get tired of the (to us, anyway) somewhat ho-hum modern living.  So it's never a bad idea to go back and look at what was the future. France have always created unusual vehicles - many of them, such as the Citroën DS, are still beautiful to behold.  As was the…

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Flying solo

If you fly frequently, the thought about what would happen if one jet engine stopped working must have crossed your mind at one time or another. And if it's actually happened to you, it must have been a rather frightening event.  But, what actually happens if your aircraft experiences this? Well, SimpleFlying.com have got some answers…

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Social media topsy turvy

As if Amsterdam isn't wild enough as it is, here's a new adventure for you that you probably never imagined even existed - The Upside Down. Enjoy the ultimate Instagram experience with 25 rooms and numerous interactive features, just minutes from the centre of Amsterdam. Crazy, upside down, topsy turvy fun. Tiqets have the tickets for you. …

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Discover Discover

Up, up and away! If you're regular visitor to our site, you'll know that one of our affiliate friends is Eurowings, a low-cost offshoot of Germany's Lufthansa. Well, there is now also an offshoot off the offshoot, called Eurowings Discover.  It came about because Lufthansa itself does not have the right platform – in terms of costs…

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Roadkill

It is almost certain that you recently interacted closely with an invisible giant, as the Harvard landscape ecologist Richard T T Forman has described it. Others have called roads ‘the single most destructive element in the process of habitat fragmentation’, declaring that ‘Few forces have been more influential in modifying the Earth than transportation.’  But, the engineering…

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Let’s Bora Bora, Laura

No doubt you've heard of Bora Bora, perhaps somewhere in your distant past.  But, maybe you don't know too much about it.  It sounds intriguing and a little bit exotic, but what's it all about, really? And how do you get there and, once there, even get around?  Well did you know that there are…

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Dread, Bath and beyond

Politics is never straightforward, and when it comes to ancient laws and customs, it can be even more discombobulated. Not far from Salisbury, UK is a ruin called Old Sarum.  Once grand and formidable, it is now a curious and somewhat sad example of where the rich stay rich and the poor . .  well,…

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…that’s all, folks

Most people who are familiar with US folklore have probably heard of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack and folk hero in American and Canadian folklore.His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. He has been the subject of various literary compositions, musical…

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You can go to Hell

Please don't take it personally.  You might actually like it, if you give it a chance: blue skies, fresh air.  What more could you ask for? In fact, Jill Koch and her husband Jim go to Hell and back. By jet boat.   They deliver the mail. Read more here, courtesy of AtlasObscura.com …

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