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Frida Kahlo’s neighbourhood: exploring vibrant Coyoacán, Mexico City

Ahead of a major Frida Kahlo exhibition at London’s V&A museum we visit the artist’s bohemian district – from her house to the cantina where she drank, and from arts venues to fantastic markets and restaurants

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Coyoacán was once a hard-to-pronounce place, little known outside of Mexico City. Now it is an almost-obligatory destination for most visitors. Blame it on Frida Kahlo-mania. The artist’s birthplace and final residence, now the Museo Casa Azul, is here on a quiet residential street between similar still-private homes built around the turn of the 20th century. The folk art-filled museum, open as such since 1957, now draws queues that snake around the tree-lined block (advance online purchase of tickets is advisable). But this was not always the case.

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Exploring Egypt 

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Many of us are aware of Egypt and the great pyramids it houses. But is there more to Egypt than just these historical structures or is that all there is to see? A country with a population of over 90 million and a land area of over 390,000 square miles definitely has more to offer than just one attraction. Here are some of the attractions that people go to Egypt for that aren’t the Great Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx.

Cairo

Take a private tour of the Alabaster Mosque. If you want to something a little different when you’re in Cairo, then think about having a guided tour of some of its other famous and impressive buildings. You can arrange to visit the Alabaster Mosque (the biggest mosque in Cairo), a tour guide will happily explain the fundamental beliefs of Islam along the way. When you’re done with the tour take a trip to the nearby Khan el Khalili bazaar and get bartering with the local merchants.

Sharm El Sheikh

This resort town offers a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of busy Cairo. Here you can relax and unwind on the beach for a while, but there is still plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. You can have a wander into the old town and get lost in the markets. Thanks to its beach location, there are many boat tours available, and you can take a glass-bottomed boat trip to glimpse the majestic coral and marine life underneath. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can embark on a desert experience, where you will ride into the Naama Desert on ATVs, before you hop onto the back of a camel for a slower ride through the sand. The tour is finished off with a traditional feast made on the campfire, and you’ll end the evening gazing up at the stars on a guided tour of the sky.

Dahab

Fall off the beaten path entirely and head to Dahab. Considered a treasured diving location, you can snorkel in the picturesque Blue Hole, which is teaming with marine life before heading over to the Three Pools and explore the huge coral reefs. If you’d prefer to explore on land, then you must head to the nearby Saint Catherine’s Monastery, the world’s oldest active Christian Monastery. Besides being the oldest monastery it also houses the world’s oldest functioning library, it possesses some of the oldest books in history, like the 4th-century script – the Syriac Sinaitic. There are many ancient works of Christian art inside the complex, and its collection is considered one of the best of early icons in the world.

Karnak

If you’re interested in the architecture from the ancient Egyptian era, then you should visit the temple of Karnak. Karnak is just beside the river Nile and is approximately 600 km south of Cairo. It is extremely well preserved and is huge. There are numerous locations on the site worth checking out including the hypostyle hall (that has over 100 pillars), the avenue of sphinxes, and the Sacred Lake.

Those were some of the best alternative locations Egypt has to offer its tourists. There is still plenty of historical landmarks to be seen and lots of customs and nature to take in too. Of course, if those don’t take your fancy, you can always go and see the pyramids.

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Auckland is the beating heart of New Zealand’s North Island, and a place of stunning natural majesty. If you have never been to New Zealand, and you’re planning a trip now, you need to make Auckland a priority city for your visit. There are plenty of iconic things to see and do when you hit the tarmac in Auckland, and we recommend trying to see as much as you possibly can.

We understand that most of your New Zealand adventure is likely to be taken up with Middle Earth-ing it around the locations in Lord of the Rings, and we can’t say we blame you! But, if you need a change of scenery from Hobbiton, head to Auckland and have an explore. An adventure here holds so much promise, and these are some of the things we recommend you do.

Head for Waitakere Ranges National Park

20 miles from downtown Auckland is this stunning national park contains an unprecedented 40,000 acres of wildlife, woodland, and beachfront. Hiking and biking are the order of the day here, and two of the best beaches here include Piha and Whatipu, as well as magical waterfall Fairy Falls. There is plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, and the stunning surroundings are ideal for travelers to the city. You can drive to the park, and the admission is free, so this is something you need to do.

Glow Worm Caves

Okay, no we’re talking, this is one of the most breathtaking sights you will ever see. Head to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to see this natural wonder. These tiny creatures can only be found in New Zealand, and the caves are beautiful enough as it is. When you add the glow worms in, you get a stunning, subterranean marvel. You can take a boat part of the tour where you have to be quiet, but this is one of those life-changing things you will only ever get to experience here.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

We think that, when you’re traveling, you simply have to check out the art and culture of the city you’re in. Auckland Art Gallery is an excellent, informative, and fascinating gallery, filled with local artwork, and some excellent exhibitions. There are more than 16,000 art pieces on display in this amazing gallery, and there is a stunning Maori display here as well. The gallery is open daily, and it is free to visit, so make sure you get down there and discover some of the finest artwork in the country.

Auckland is the city that has everything. If you want sprawling, lush greenery there’s plenty of it here. If you want a sophisticated and contemporary urbanscape, you’ll find it here. And, if you want some subterranean delights, you’ll also find them in Auckland. There is such a range to choose from that you can’t help but fall in love with the beauty and stunning opportunity here in Auckland. Exploring Auckland is one of the most fun and interesting things to do, and it’s one of the best cities we’ve ever visited.

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Louisiana is one of the most beautiful and interesting states in the US. It has a cultural heritage that is blended with French, African, American, and Canadian cultures. And this is reflected in the Cajun and Creole cultures that permeate throughout the state. New Orleans, the capital, is one of the most intriguing and culturally diverse cities in the country, and definitely worth a visit.

If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana, you need to know in advance that this is not just any old state. There are things to experience here that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the United States. A true slice of the South, Louisiana is definitely a place you need to check out. Here are some things to see, and places to go, if you’ve made up your mind that you’re going to explore Louisiana.

Royal Street

This is one of the finest locations in Louisiana and is considered one of the great art hubs of the state. One of the most historical streets in New Orleans, the architecture here is second to none, and it’s the perfect place for photography enthusiasts. There are also a few art galleries here too, where you will be able to check out some of the great local art. Sculptures and paintings are on display, and there are some excellent galleries here to select from. This is also a wonderful location to do a bit of shopping, especially if you’re interested in picking up some antiques.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

The Gardens is located at the top of a salt dome on Lake Peigneur, and spans 20-acres of colorful and picturesque grounds. These gardens are surrounded by the historic Joseph Jefferson Mansion, the perfect accompaniment to these amazing gardens. The mansion, built in 1870,  is well worth a visit in addition to the gardens. The great thing about these gardens is that they are always open to the public, and you can take a guided tour if you want, which we would recommend.

Laura Plantation

Louisiana has a deep history, and one of the links to the state is slavery and plantations. Though this is not a good thing, it’s important to remember, and that’s why it’s worth a visit. This sugarcane plantation is based around a 19th Century Creole mansion, as well as some stunning gardens. Plantations of this ilk played an important role in shaping not just the future direction of Louisiana, but of the entire United States as a whole.

Mardi Gras

Every year, Louisiana hosts the iconic Mardi Gras festival, one of the most important and fabulous events on the calendar. There is a massive parade, and street celebrations, along with a ball, food vendors, and stalls where you can buy things. This is a great event in the calendar for all Southerners, and one of the defining features of Louisiana. This is something that you will only get to do on an annual basis, so try to make sure you time your visit to coincide with Mardi Gras so you can get a proper celebration in.

These are just a few of the awesome things you can see and do in Louisiana. This is the most wonderful of states and an amazing place to get a true slice of Southern America. So much of importance took place here, and it’s vital to try to get a flavor for that. Check out these awesome things to do when exploring Louisiana.

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Exploring Senegal

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If you’re looking for a trip to Africa that’s filled with culture, color, hustle, bustle, and beauty, then you can’t really go wrong with Senegal. Being one of the most stable countries in West Africa, you’ll find Senegal is the perfect vacation spot for those who want to experience everything this part of the world has to offer without some of the safety concerns you’ll find in neighboring countries. Known as ‘The Country of Teranga’ which literally translates to the country of hospitality, Senegal is renowned for having some of the friendliest residents in the whole of West Africa. It’s common to be invited into someone’s home to chat, share food, and soak up some of the exquisite culture this country is so renowned for. If you’re planning a trip to Senegal, here are some top tips for exploring the country and all it has to offer.

Safety

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of things to do and see in Senegal, it’s important we quickly touch on the safety of Senegal. While it may be one of the most stable countries in West Africa, and therefore much safer than some other parts of the continent, there are things you need to bear in mind. According to the latest travel advice, you will want to be wary of pickpockets in the busiest parts of Dakar, the capital city. While most visits to Senegal are totally trouble-free, it’s important to be careful when it comes to some of the less touristy areas and to avoid traveling at night or on roads that are off the beaten track. Mostly, it’s just a case of using your traveler savvy and avoiding situations which don’t feel right!

Places to visit

Now we’ve got the serious stuff out of the way, let’s take a look at the different areas to visit in and around Senegal. There are five main regions in the country, including Cap Vert-Thies (which is where you’ll find the capital city of Dakar), Central and Northern Senegal, Casamance, and the Tambacounda Region. The most popular tourist and traveler destinations in Senegal are the capital, Cap Skirring, Saint-Louis (the former capital), and Casamance. Each of these parts of Senegal have such different selling points, so if you have enough vacation time try to get round to visiting them all. Cap Skirring is renowned for its stunning beaches, Dakar is a heady mix of culture and chaos, Casamance is a true tropical paradise, and Saint-Louis is teeming with history and beautiful architecture (it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Sights you NEED to see

Now you know which different parts of Senegal to visit, let’s run through a couple of the must-see sights when you’re there. Lake Retba is an absolute must while you’re in Senegal. Located around 30km north-east of Dakar, Lake Retba (meaning Pink Lake) is exactly what you think it’s going to be; a pink lake. It makes for some Instagram-worthy photos, but it can get busy so head down early. La Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) is yet another popular attraction, located on a small island just off of Dakar. Alongside the museum, which provides a fascinating insight into the slave trade, there are plenty of beaches and nice restaurants to while away an afternoon watching the little fishing boats going to and fro. Finally, once you’re done with all of the hustle, bustle, and history of Senegal, you’ll want to head to Cap Skirring to enjoy some R&R on the sandy beaches.

Senegal is a truly remarkable part of the world to visit, but be prepared to feel like you’ve run out of time before you’ve even scratched the surface. This is the kind of place you’ll fall in love with and want to explore time and time again. So, what are you waiting for? Get on that plane and experience Senegal!

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There are a lot of stereotypes out there about the Germans. They’re efficient, lack humor, and they love David Hasselhoff. But, in reality, Germany is a wonderfully warm, vibrant, and friendly place, with lots of staggering surroundings and architecture. The Germans have endured a difficult history, and have managed to become the backbone of the European Union.

Bavaria is the most beautiful and unforgettable areas of the country, and home to some of the best cities and culture that Germany has to offer. If you want to visit Germany, make sure you hit Bavaria first, so you really get an idea of the surroundings and the magic of this great country. This is our guide to exploring Bavaria and experiencing the amazing things it has to offer.

Munich

You might know Munich best as the home of Bayern Munich, but there is so much more to the city than this. For starters, you might choose to oggle the 15th Century cathedral on Frauenplatz to get a feel for some of the great architecture and history here. And, yes, Oktoberfest too. How could we mention Munich without mentioning the most famous (and important) of tourist activities? Drinking beer by the gallon, and scoffing down bratwursts is definitely the best way of spending your vacation.

Tourist routes

It might come as a surprise to hear that there are plenty of routes and roads that lead to and through Bavaria. The Germans were very clever about designing and constructing tourist routes, which is one of the reasons why there are so many great routes. As a highlight, we suggest you check out the 350km Romantic Road, an absolute must for couples. This sub-region of Bavaria is one that deserves to be explored on foot and should be added to your list immediately. Tourist routes are an important part of the area, and allow us to view and experience some of the supreme natural beauty of Bavaria.

Linderhof Palace

There are some definite sites in Bavaria that you need to pick out and earmark as part of the travel and tourism experience. And, one of the main ones is most definitely this amazing, regal palace in the south of Bavaria. It is one of the best and most popular tourist hotspots in the world, and you certainly need to pay a visit. It was built by King Ludwig II, then King of Bavaria, and it was the only one he lived to see. The palace has some gardens which are popular, as well as a room of mirrors that you need to check out.

If you ever decide to journey to Bavaria, you have to make sure you are prepared for everything it has to offer you. There are so many different aspects to visiting Bavaria, and many of them have a lot to offer tourists. So, you need to make sure you have plenty to see and do when it comes to trying to experience the beauty, energy, and cultural significance of Bavaria. It’s the area of Germany that needs to be unlocked, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore it.

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When it comes to stunning travel destinations, you can’t get much better than Europe! There are so many excellent places to discover here, and many of them you’ve probably never heard of before. Some countries and cities will constantly provide you with culture, interest, and magnificence, and that’s why you need to think about visiting a city like Prague.

One of the most picturesque and well-preserved cities in all of Europe, Prague hits you with her breathtaking beauty, cultural significance, and rich history. With breathtaking aesthetic beauty and a dark, interesting history, Prague is on our list of the top 10 European cities you simply have to visit! Here are some of our experiences and recommended things to see while exploring this stunning capital.

Climb the Bell Tower

You’re almost spoilt for choice as you walk these cobbled streets, passing brick and stone buildings, spiraling medieval lanes, and 9th Century architecture. The first thing you need to do is make sure you head over to the Old Town and check out the stunning Bell Tower in the Old Town Hall. This dates back to the 14th Century, and you can climb to the top for a simply stunning view of this remarkable city. For the cost of just $ 5, you will get to enjoy a panoramic view of Europe’s most breathtaking city. With red slate roofs, majestic spires, opulent church domes, and the sprawling Vltava River, this is an experience not to be missed.

Check out Novy Svet

The Old Town is a must-see, we know that already, but, you also need to make sure you check out the slightly less well-known Novy Svet. This is a New World neighborhood located off the beaten track, and consisting of a few small streets. So, why bother checking it out? Well, one of the main reasons is that the log cabins and thatched cottages feel a million miles away from the bustling big city. It’s a tranquil and serene stop-gap where you can grab a coffee before being on your way once again.

Visit Prague Castle

Even if you’re someone with a limited interest in castles, this is definitely an attraction you’re going to want to see. The castle should be in a category all by itself and boasts some incredible architecture and artwork. As the largest medieval castle in Europe, this is a place of wondrous enchantment, and somewhere we could visit time and again. The palace complex is over 18 acres and has some gorgeous Royal Gardens that you should definitely check out if you get the chance.

These are just a few of the things we would recommend checking out when you visit Prague. It’s a city with so much to offer you, and it’s like taking a journey into a different world. As one of Europe’s most magical and enchanting cities in Europe, Prague is fast becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet. If you’re looking for the perfect dose of culture, history, and aesthetic beauty, you need to make sure you visit Prague. But, remember to wrap up warm, because this place can get freezing sometimes!

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Exploring the beautiful Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and one of the great chameleon cities of the world. A decade ago, after slumping tourism and a poor economic book, Reykjavik decided to reinvent itself and now ranks as one of the most popular destination cities in the world. The secret behind its success? Push the natural beauty and wonder of this amazing city and its geographical location. And now Reykjavik is a city booming with tourism, and one of the most stunning places we’ve ever seen.

It has metamorphosed into a city for those seeking a health and wellness destination, as well as those of us out there suffering from the wanderlust bug. Iceland is such a striking and unusual country, and this is a big part of what makes Reykjavik so appealing as a destination. We’re going to look a little closer at the beauty and wonder of this European gem.

Geothermal springs

You’re in for a treat, for Reykjavik is one of the most uniquely stunning cities in the world. There is so much here, and we’re going to try to narrow it down to a few must-see things. Definitely make sure you check out the hot springs – the city is full of them, and they are refreshing, healthy, and stunningly beautiful. Nautholsvik is one of the awesome beaches here, and it contains a natural spring. But, the Blue Lagoon is definitely the most famous place to go, where you can indulge in the natural hot springs full of minerals.

Whale watching

No trip to Iceland would be complete without a spot of whale watching, and there are some great opportunities to do this in Reykjavik. The natural environment attracts these beautiful creatures in abundance, and the best thing to do is book a whale watching tour that leaves from the harbor. This is the sort of unique thing you’re rarely going to get the chance to do again, so make the most of it. There are so many different whales you can see here – Blue whales, Sperm whales, Killer whales, Humpback whales – the list is endless! Whale watching is the perfect way of enjoying the beautiful landscape of Reykjavik, combined with the stunning beauty of whales in their natural habitat.

Take in the landscape

We’ve mentioned how stunning the landscape of Reykjavik is, and now it’s time to really explore it properly. The way to do that is to hike the city. Some of the main points of interest here are the stunning mountain peaks, gorgeous valleys, glaciers of ice, gushing rivers, and the Golden Circle. You are spoilt for choice here, as the beautiful landscape attacks your senses, and you get to enjoy the stunning scenery. Where else in the world can you find stunning lava fields, epic fjords, and bubbling hot springs all in the same place? Magical!

As you can see, Reykjavik is one of those places that is full of extreme natural beauty and elegance. This is not the place to come if you want a city break spent shopping and dining. This is somewhere that demands a love of the great outdoors, and the willingness to be swept away and caught up in the stunning landscapes of a beautiful city. There are so many things to see here that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world. Reykjavik might not be the cheapest city in the world, but it’s one of the most unforgettable.

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Exploring the fascinating Myanmar

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Formerly called Burma, Myanmar is one of the most exotic and intriguing nations in the world. It’s a place that is undergoing a lot of changes, emerging from isolation, and trying to find a new national identity after all this time. It’s a fascinating choice for a vacation destination, and a country of supreme beauty and ancient wonder. For visiting Myanmar is akin to traveling to the Asia of long ago – in the best possible way. If you’re planning an unforgettable trip to Asia, Myanmar is somewhere you need to make sure you go. This is our guide for exploring the fascinating and enticing Myanmar.

Hire a bike

The roads can be a nightmare here at the best of times, so skip four wheels and go for two instead. The rural parts of Myanmar are peaceful and relatively undisturbed by vehicles, making them perfect for anyone looking to have a serene and idyllic adventure in the countryside. You can choose to be part of a tour group, and cycle through the valley of Chindwin River – one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and something we definitely recommend you do. Things move at a snail’s pace in Myanmar, and this is the perfect opportunity to use that to enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Go hiking

Another way to explore this magnificent country is to go by foot. There are so many stunning areas for those looking to take a hike, and this is your chance to get up close and personal with the traditional Myanmar. Shan State is the place to go for this, and you can join a tour group, or map your own journey – though we would advise against solo travel. Inle Lake, Kengtung, and Bagan are just some of the must-see areas of Myanmar you can explore on foot. So, look into trying to get to see these places as soon as you can.

River cruise

One of the most popular choices for tourists looking to get around and explore Myanmar is to take a river cruise. For example, you might choose to take a leisurely longboat cruise along Inle Lake to discover the small stilted villages and incredible waterways of this impressive country. There is also the renowned cruise from Mandalay to Bagan – a real eye-opener, and a must for those looking to explore a different side of Myanmar. There are plenty of stops along the river, and the cruise gives you the perfect opportunity to explore new areas of Myanmar, and really get a feel for a more authentic Myanmar.

By train

Those feeling a little braver might consider taking a train ride. The railways have had little to no investment over the past couple of decades, and it shows. But, for many people, this wonderfully authentic and stripped-back experience is a big part of what makes visiting countries like Myanmar so special. There is a 17-day train tour for those with time and money to spare, but, for the rest of use, we might simply consider a journey to Thanbyuzayat – the terminus for the railway, that was also featured in The Bridge on the River Kwai.

So, these are just some of the excellent things you can do to help you explore the amazing areas of Myanmar. There is so much to enjoy and explore here that it seems like there’s never enough time. These wonderful suggestions will go some way toward helping you get a taste of the real Myanmar, and discover a magical place you never knew existed.

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St. Petersburg is a city of supreme beauty and historical significance, and the second-largest city in Russia. This famous port on the Baltic Sea is full of incredible architecture and is the modern and cultural heart of the Russian Empire. This charming city will take you under her wing, and amaze you with her diversity, historical sites, and fascinating modern marvels.

If you fancy taking a trip to Russia, St. Petersburg is the place you should go. Sure, many people would say Moscow, but, we think St. Petersburg is the preferable choice, mainly because of all the amazing tourist attractions, the wonderful weather, and the fact that it just feels like nowhere else on Earth. Striking the perfect balance between the old world and modern Russia, it’s impossible to be bored in St. Petersburg. Here are some awesome ways you can explore the beauty of this wonderful city.

Rachmaninov Art Hotel

Combine two of your favorite passions – amazing artwork, and plush hotels! The Rachmaninov Art Hotel is one of the best-themed hotels we’ve ever stayed in and was once home to legendary classical composer Sergei Rachmaninov. Also doubling up as a gallery and exhibition area, the hotel is one of the most unique in the world. It’s an absolute must for art lovers everywhere, and the perfect way to get up close and personal with some of the amazing pieces from St. Petersburg’s art scene.

Vasilyevsky Island

If you’re looking for loads of historical tourist attractions and some striking scenery, Vasilyevsky Island is the place to be. This was once the administrative center of St. Petersburg, and now is the perfect area for curious tourists. Set up in a network of grids, the island mixes residential, retail, and historical complexes together, and provides an eye-opening experience for visitors. Fancy seeing some modern art? Head for the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art. Consider yourself more of a bookworm or literature buff? Head for Pushkin House. There is so much to experience here on Vasilyevsky Island that you can’t afford to skip in on your visit.

Summer Garden

If you pay a visit to Summer Palace, once the home of Peter the Great, you can check out these mesmerizing gardens outside. We know it’s called Summer Garden, but, trust us, try to visit in the winter if possible. You’ve never seen anything so pretty your whole life. Founded in 1704 by Peter the Great, it is easily St. Petersburg’s largest park and is considered one of the most romantic and evocative places in all of Russia. The Russian Museum sits adjacent and is also well worth checking out – these two wonderful choices are a great way of killing a few hours in the city.

Grand Peterhof Palace

Hands down the most lavish and ostentatious landmark in the whole city, this palace looks like something straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. This breathtaking palace is truly something that has to be seen to be believed. The Upper Garden and Lower Park areas of the palace grounds are two of the significant attractions on display here, but the actual palace itself is truly awe-inspiring too. Visit in the summer, and you will be completely blown away by this gem of a building.

As you can see, there are some sensational things to see and do in St. Petersburg. You might not be too familiar with this wondrous city, or the magic and mystery lurking beneath the surface. But, there has never been a better time to explore her secrets and find out some of the most beautiful and historic places in all St. Petersburg.

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3 current shows in London — by Arthur Jafa, Laure Prouvost and Yuri Patterson — are exploring modern identity in radical new ways.

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Exploring Bahrain

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The Middle East may not be the obvious choice for somewhere to visit on your next vacation, but you’re overlooking Bahrain! Discovering the world must happen one step at a time, and one experience at a time and the next one needs to be Bahrain. It’s a small country consisting of several small islands, and is definitely a place that will have you under its spell almost immediately.

Famed for its pearl fisheries, and with some of the most stunning coastline in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is an undiscovered gem of a country. And, we feel like this is definitely somewhere you need to head for your next vacation. You’ll find this enchanting country ticking all the right boxes, and leaving you aching for more long after you leave. Check out our tips for exploring the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Pearl of Persia.

Check out local art

We always feel that the best way to truly know and experience a new country and culture is to make sure you check out the art. Bahrain has plenty of stunning local art and crafts on offer, but, the best place to go to be blown away is Heraf Aliyar Handicrafts Center. Established as recently as 2010, this is the perfect place to come for something a little different. The center is used as a place for displaying and preserving local handicrafts by some of the best Bahraini artists. Some of the work is for sale, and there’s even a workshop here where you can see some of the artists hard at work – stunning.

Bahrain Military Museum

The military museum is a must-visit place in Bahrain because of how iconic it is, and the important role it plays for the nation as a whole. It showcases, artwork, documentation, weaponry, and vehicles from all across Bahrain, and celebrates 45 years of the Bahrain Defense Force. The BDF plays a crucial part in protecting the nation and has done for decades. The museum has a rich, varied, and unique history and is completely different to any of the military museums we’ve been to in the past.

Dilmun burial mounds

Most people aren’t aware that Bahrain is actually the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization, which existed back in Mesopotamia in around 300 BC. They used the Persian Gulf for trade routes and were one of the oldest civilizations in the Middle East. Well, what better way to explore this incredible civilization than to visit the famous Dilmun burial mounds in Riffa, on Bahrain’s main island. There is so much amazing history attached to this place, and it’s so symbolic of the Bahraini culture. As a tourist, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to visit this exceptionally beautiful necropolis area.

As you can see, Bahrain has much more to offer than you might first have expected. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and engaging nations in the Middle East, but it is also a country with a rich and interesting history. And, these are just a few of the excellent things you can do if you want to explore Bahrain, but don’t limit yourself – there’s so much to experience here.

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Australia is one of the most amazing nations in the world, with so many hidden secrets and wonderful areas to discover. The geography of the country is vast, meaning that there is loads to see and do, and a great blend of urban and rural areas. One of the most fascinating and beautiful areas of Oz has got to be the Australian Outback. It is located in the Northern Territory and spreads over much of Northern and Western Australia.

Sparsely populated, and filled with areas of extreme natural beauty, the Outback plays an enormous role in the culture and heritage of Australia as a country. And, it’s definitely one of those areas that needs to be explored. But, you need to make sure you exercise caution if you want to explore the outback. This guide looks at some of the places you need to visit, and some of the things you need to do to make sure you get the most out of your Outback adventure.

What you should take with you?

When you are planning a trip to the Outback, you have to make sure you make a list of what you’re going to take with you. There is so much involved in journeying to the Outback, and you want to make sure you aren’t caught short. For starters, you need to make sure you pack the right gear – that means sturdy boots, warm clothing for night time, and a hat to shield against the heat. You should also make sure you take plenty of water to combat the risk of dehydration, and a map so you don’t get too lost without 3G. A first aid kit is also essential because there are plenty of hazards you may encounter in the Outback.

The best routes to plan

There are several routes you might consider taking when you journey through the Outback, and you’ve got to think about what is best for the time you have. It’s imperative that you use a map and plot out your journey before you go, and, if possible, consult with someone who has done the journey before as well. Always make sure you let someone know where you’re going in case you get lost, which can happen in the Outback. Picking the right route can save you time and energy, and will often be a safer and more efficient way to explore all the Australian Outback has to offer.

Take a trip to Uluru

There are some areas of the Outback that you absolutely have to make sure you see while you’re there, and Uluru is most certainly one of them. You probably know it better as Ayers Rock, the huge, red sandstone rock formation in the middle of the arid desert. Uluru is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Outback, and one of the great cultural icons of Australia. It is sacred to the indigenous Aboriginals and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Uluru is one of those things you may never get the chance to see in your life, so, be sure you make the most of it while you still can.

The Outback is incredibly beautiful and full of jaw-dropping sights and experiences. But, you have to make sure you treat it with the proper respect. Every year people go missing in the Outback, often because they’ve been unprepared and haven’t planned well in advance, so make sure you know what you’re doing! There’s plenty to enjoy here, just make sure you know what to expect before you go.

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“As part of the ongoing investigation into the death of JonBenét Ramsey, the Boulder Police Department continues to discuss and evaluate evidence with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” the police department said.

“With the emergence of new DNA testing technology, the Boulder Police Department is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to determine if this new technology could further this investigation.”

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“The images engage with our notion of purity, challenging our perception and the equation it immediately operates,” Bodin explained to The Huffington Post. “The apparent cleanness acts as camouflage and unsettles the apprehension of our customs’ determinatives. Echoing icons, the portraits quietly recall religious purity and aim to question what exactly defines such incarnation and where does its essence lie: is it within the dress, the person, the vision, or the idea?”

For the series, Bodin enlisted young women she already knew as her subjects, whether family friends or previous models. Their first task was convincing their mothers to let them wear the dresses for the shoot, an endeavor which in itself proved challenging for some. Just the difficulty involved in persuading the former brides to wear the sentimental attire speaks to its unusual, and almost mythic power.

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“The resulting portrait might be one of both mother and daughter,” Bodin continued. “With melancholy it highlights an absence that can only find reality in each girl’s imagination, fed by the detail of the lace, the small holes and stains left on the dress, the old wedding photographs they might have seen. Confronting time and generations, the models silently re-enact a past they can only fantasize, allowing themselves to embody the archetypal role.”

Bodin’s photos subtly address many assumptions latently associated with wedding dresses, like the outmoded understandings of purity that, though far less relevant in the younger generation than in their mothers’, still lives on in the lore of the wedding dress.

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