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Matsuo Kouzan – Abandoned Town in Japan

The idea of exploring an abandoned town, I must admit, is kinda of exciting. Here in Australia abandoned towns are often cordoned off – certainly abandoned buildings in Melbourne are barricaded and people are forbidden from entering, but in Japan there are apparently a few places you can visit. I was inspired to write this blog post after reading about

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Buildings of Buenos Aires – Palacio Barolo

Perhaps one of the most interesting places that I found when I visited Buenos Aires was the incredible Palacio Barolo, a 22-floor building mostly in white completed in 1923 when Argentina was living in a booming economy. At the time, and for the next 13 years, it was the tallest building in Buenos Aires at 100 metres in height. Today

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Lima – Through My Lens

I probably wasn’t going to do a ‘Through My Lens’ on Lima. From memory, that of a year ago, it didn’t stand out as one of the most amazing places I’d visited visually. But then I looked through the photos I took and I thought ‘gees there’s such contrasts, interesting buildings, architecture, and more’. So that’s why it’s here today. 

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Pensive in Peshawar

Have you ever been to a place and you never quite felt settled? I’m talking in travelling terms here – where you spent your few days there somewhat unsure about the place and the people you met? And the experiences you had? Well, that was how I felt in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Now it was a while ago,

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Small Places – Djenne, Mali

Djenne is a pretty special place. A small town on the less-populated side of the Niger River. As I wrote in my recent post on Mopti (Sunday Spotlight – Mopti) I visited on a longish day-trip from Mopti. Actually, half the fun of the day was the amazing journey from Mopti to Djenne and back, in a pretty beat up

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Little Places – Ganvie, Benin

One of Benin’s most visited attractions is the stilted-village of Ganvie. It really is a bit of a tourist trap in some respects I guess, it’s on the Lake of Nokoue, and that is a short ride from Benin’s main (but not capital) city of Cotonou. If you are visiting this West African nation, well, this is likely to be

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Sunday Spotlight – Cambridge

Hallo again! Hope your weekend is going well. This Sunday I’m shining the spotlight on a place I visited earlier this year, the quintessential ‘University Town’ – Cambridge. Sure, there’s Boston in the States, or Oxford much closer, but there’s no doubt that for atmosphere, history, alumni and well… the scale of the universities, Cambridge is the ultimate in University

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