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Why Nuclear Bunkers Don’t Make Good Nightclubs

What do you do when you’ve invested millions in an underground bunker system, only to have the Cold War fizzle out without even a sniff of nuclear attack? Open a museum and offer guided tours to the public? Eventually, yes. But only after trying (unsuccessfully) to get the nation drunk enough to forget that the whole thing ever happened. Continue reading “Why Nuclear Bunkers Don’t Make Good Nightclubs”

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Europe by Light

It’s a freezing midwinter night when our bus pulls into Munich. Some people poke their heads eagerly out of the window, waiting for the first glimpse of the city. Most people sink lower in their seats, pull blankets up to their chins and start asking around for Compral. (Life tip: if you ever spend a night out in Prague, make sure that the next day or three can be spent in a predominantly horizontal position.)
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Africa

Table Mountain: a Practical Guide

You know how some tourist attractions and Natural Wonders are completely overrated and just a little disappointing? This one is worth every minute and every penny. If you’re in Cape Town, near Cape Town, or have enough money in your savings account to go to Cape Town, Table Mountain really isn’t a question.

Pack some sun cream, a hat and a camera, and you can send me a thank-you postcard from the only slightly overpriced Shop at the Top. Go.
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The Cape of Good Hope, Good Food, Good Wine

It you’ve heard that Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most beautiful parts of the country to explore, you’ve heard right. There’s good reason for the thousand of tourists that flock here every year.

From the incredible mountain ranges down to the sparkling coast, whatever you’re into, the Mother City can offer.

Now, if you’ve ever seen a postcard of South Africa, or watched the movie Invictus, you know that Table Mountain is your priority. If you do nothing else, do that. But once you’ve taken a swing at the big guns (Table Mountain, Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and, of course, the beach), here are a few things I recommend you try next: Continue reading “The Cape of Good Hope, Good Food, Good Wine”

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Why Venetian Pigeons Twitch

Keeping time is important to us.

Humans have been setting their sundials and Apple watches for thousands of years, and everywhere you visit you’ll find cultural traditions to help to tick the days away.

The glockenspiel in Munich keeps the Germans to task. In the Cape of Good Hope, the canon on Signal Hill frightens children daily at twelve noon. Prague’s orloj, the famous astronomical clock, dances elaborately on the hour for thousands of tourists every day. (You may have heard that this was voted the 2nd most overrated attraction in the world. You should definitely ignore that.)

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What Not to do in The Hofbrauhaus

Munich’s most famous beer hall got that way for a reason. It’s not hard to have a good time in a place with a live folk band, a stein safe and dumplings. But to make sure you have the best time possible, here’s a list of things you should definitely not do:

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How to Bend Down in an Italian Shower

Before they conquered football and fashion week, the Italians built some pretty enormous stuff. You could race 12 ton trucks through the crowded Colosseum and not spill anyone’s gelato. But if you did, the poor guy would be covered in cioccolato until he got back to Tokyo, because the same cannot be said for the hotel’s en-suite.

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