Buildings

Jumbo Kingdom

Docked in the middle of Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, in the style of a sumptuous Chinese palace, is the gigantic floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom. Opened in 1976, this mammoth eatery can accommodate up to 2,300 people, and the facilities…

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Tuesday, 27th September 2005

The Whampoa

Has an extremely drunk captain parked his ship in-between these buildings? Nope, this is actually The Whampoa, a ship-shaped (haha!) shopping arcade in Hong Kong. According to their website, the Jusco Whampoa Store offers: one-stop-shopping facilities to customers, including fashion,…

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Monday, 26th September 2005

Château de Versailles

With more than 67 staircases, 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 2,000 windows and more than 1,800 acres of grounds, this is the awesome royal Château de Versailles outside Paris, France. I visited Versailles about 15 years ago (eek!) and it truly…

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Thursday, 22nd September 2005

Location, Location, Location

This is the tiny Scottish island of Little Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, near Glasgow. It has a jetty, two cottages, three vacant houses, a lighthouse complex and a twelve bedroom baronial mansion… and it’s currently for sale. The…

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Thursday, 22nd September 2005

BBC Television Centre

The BBC Television Centre in London was the first purpose built television production building in the world and the filming location for many of the BBC’s great shows including Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers. In the centre of the ‘concrete…

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Friday, 9th September 2005

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep overlooks the city of Chiang Mai from its mountain top location 3,520 feet above sea level. Dating back to 1383, the temple is accessed via the 290 step staircase which you can…

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Friday, 9th September 2005

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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

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