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Some of the world’s great streets have made that leap from being famous for what they are to being famous for what they may never have been.

Broadway houses many or perhaps even most of New York City’s playhouses, but its name has become synonymous for an entire type of theatre, and the Champs Elysees have evolved into a by-word for urban style and elegance.

London’s Fleet Street belongs in this

... What Made Fleet Street Famous?

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Last week, we went in search of the Holy Grail – the Holy Grail of Riviera Easy Hiking, that is.

Did we find it? Well, probably not if you apply the most rigid of standards (angelic voices from above, wounds that suddenly close after festering for decades, 1000-year-old guardians who fall down on their knees to pray), but we were pleased enough with what we uncovered.

If it was not The

... The Holy Grail of Riviera Easy Hiking?

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Borderlands are special places. Even small towns freely mix cultures and languages in a way which you would normally associate with airports or the great cities of the world, and are characterized by an attractively easy familiarity with diversity in its many guises.

But borderlands are also no strangers to violent conflicts, and even along the many “happy“ and peaceful frontiers of today’s Western Europe, you can discover vestiges of past encounters that

... Borderlands and Military Pasts

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A practice-oriented post today, featuring our travel tips for your first French Riviera visit.

Never forget that most current residents were not born here either so have also been first time visitors at some stage and were, in all probability, as confused as you must be when you take the coastline train, faced with an array of place names most of which mean little or nothing to you.

Where to stop first on

... Travel Tips for Your First French Riviera Visit

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If you are familiar with the landscapes of north-western Italy, you will know that many towns along the Riviera coast are “twinned“ with an older village in the mountains. The reason for this is that coastal settlements were deemed unsafe during the long period between antiquity and the restoration of order under effective governments sometime in the 18th century.

We have visited several of these unequal “twins” in the past, always finding the

... Ready to Tackle that Uphill Walk from Ospedaletti to Coldirodi?

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This week, we are bringing you more lush Mediterranean Dreams from the French Riviera Garden Festival: having visited the western section of the Festival des Jardins de la Cote d’Azur last week, today we present the remaining six gardens in Nice and Menton as well as all the other news from the festival.

Flamboyant theatrical effects, the arts and the environment: the three exhibits in the Jardin Albert 1er near the Old Town

... Your Lush Mediterranean Dreams Realised in the French Riviera

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Two years ago, the French Riviera Garden Festival premiered to considerable national and international acclaim.

Over five weeks in the spring, 500,000 visitors attended the 5 exhibition sites, and a press corps of 150 journalists from more than 30 countries generated content (nearly 250 articles and radio / TV programmes) with an “advertising value of more than €2 million“ (the host organizers’ calculation, not mine).

The festival was also credited with a

... Viewing the 2nd French Riviera Garden Festival

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Germany’s northwesterly region between Bielefeld and Gütersloh is one of the country’s economic powerhouses.

The names of the region’s towns and cities may mean little to you, but you are probably familiar with some of the brands and products that come from here: the kitchens and white goods of Miele, frozen pizzas and baking goods made by Dr Oetker, books and TV programmes from one of the many international Bertelsmann affiliates

... Have You Heard of the Rheda Castle in Bielefeld?

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Street art works best as a visual counterpoint. It needs something it can aggressively challenge, an urban environment that provides some bite into which it can sink its sharp teeth.

This is why street art looks best either in organically grown streets of historic buildings or in an architectural setting of geometrically austere glass-and-steel constructions. The perfect environment for street art, it follows, would therefore be a cityscape that is both

... Street Art in the City of London

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Walks that prominently feature the attractions of a town or city fall into one of two categories. Either they are walks that are great in their own right but perhaps a trifle short (“while you are there, you might as well have a look at the town”) or they are walks that help you to pass time in a town which is attractive but otherwise too small for a whole day of exploration.

... Imperia on the Italian Riviera

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