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nightbirds

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nightbirds

The Night Bird: cross-border train tracking through the darkened Alps, stars defining the mountain peaks, a chain of moonlit cameos coasting back along the line…

bucket lists

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bucket lists

I keep stumbling across “bucket lists” (things to do before you kick it) on the internet. Evidently it's a big, popular thing. I suspect most of them are made by young people, just setting out on their adult life. Travel…

make a wish

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make a wish

In Japan there is a better system than waiting for a shooting star. You go to a Shinto shrine and write/draw your wish on a votive tablet. A lot of people wish for health and wealth, for themselves or…

the High Line

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the High Line

Manhattan's “High Line” - a disused elevated railway line that has now been repurposed as a public footpath - wasn't open yet on my last visit to New York, in 2011. I went to visit it this year. It's brilliant.…

42 things I love about France

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42 things I love about France

le Tour de France, vast open tracts of countryside, empty motorways fast trains Renault cars Paris croissants lots of public art imaginative and bold public architecture warmer than England good food, made from the best ingredients, with plenty of time…