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Japan, Kyoto

Hot Springs and a Holy Mountain: Kyoto's Kurama Temple & Open Air Baths

Tucked away among the cedar forests of Kyoto's northern hills lies the tiny village of Kurama - a superb place to relax after taking in Kyoto's sights.

Greece, Peloponnese

Picking Olives on the Peloponnese, Greece

Taking part in the olive harvest was a real highlight of our out-of-season travels in Greece.



Japan, Hiroshima

The World Friendship Center, Hiroshima

Hiroshima's World Friendship Center is a peace-orientated guesthouse offering hibakusha A-bomb survivor talks & guided tours for interested visitors.

South Korea, Seoul

Love Lock Paradise on Seoul's Mt. Namsan

At N Seoul Tower love locks are not just permitted but positively encouraged!



Spain, Canary Islands

Cochineal Production on Lanzarote

The cultivation of cochineal insects, which are processed into red food dye E120, is being revitalised in the prickly pear fields of Lanzarote.
The most famous of the painted tombs - the beautiful Tomba dei Leopardi.
Italy, Lazio

Tarquinia's Etruscan Tombs: the Necropoli dei Monterozzi

Exploring the Etruscan 'city of the dead' that lies just outside the lovely walled hill town of Tarquinia, an hour and a half from Rome.


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