Asia

The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan has long held an air of mystery for many in the West. Isolated between India and China, and with restrictions on tourism and other foreign influences, this tiny nation (often considered to be the setting for…

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Thursday, 15th January 2015

On this day: Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji

The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji started on this day in 1707. The eruption lasted for a couple of weeks and formed a new peak and crater on the south-eastern flank of the mountain. Despite regular seismic activity in…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2014

On this day: Monkey Day

Who doesn’t love monkeys? Today is Monkey Day – a day to appreciate and celebrate all simians. Some of our favourites are these macaques relaxing in hot springs in Japan. We like them so much we did a full post…

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Sunday, 14th December 2014

The Pearl-Qatar artificial island complex

The Pearl-Qatar is a luxurious residential and resort development being constructed on a network of artificial islands in the waters north of the Qatari capital Doha. The development’s name comes from the pearl-diving industry which used to be based on…

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Thursday, 13th November 2014

The Sights and Mysteries of China’s Northern Deserts

Back in 2012 we visited the Gobi Desert, but there are four smaller deserts to the south and west of it which are also well worth exploring. Travelling east to west, we begin with the Tengger Desert. As with the…

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Thursday, 9th October 2014

Large-Scale Sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

We’ve visited a handful of large-scale sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in the past, but because we love them so much we thought we’d do a comprehensive round up of as many as possible, in roughly chronological…

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Friday, 19th September 2014
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On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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