• The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Places

    6 super reasons to visit Canada

    Here’s a look at six super reasons to visit Canada. View landscapes and wildlife Canada’s national parks Parks Canada administers the country’s marine conservation areas, national historic sites and national parks. From Alberta’s Banff National Park, the oldest in the country, to Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve, the home […]

  • A Boston Blue Fido flat cap delivered by the Trendhim e-commerce website, which features accessories and jewellery for men.

    Clothing & accessories

    Boston Blue Fido flat cap from Trendhim

    Hipsters played a key role in rejuvenating the reputation of the flat cap. Now nobody looks twice —other, perhaps, than in admiration — when a fashionably attired flat cap-wearing man walks his pet pug to the local pub to drink craft beer and dine on pulled pork or its vegan equivalent.

  • You'll find plenty of Nature and wildlife documentaries to view too.

    Entertainment

    TV series to binge watch during the coronavirus lockdown

    Television can be educational. If you like the idea of using the coronavirus lockdown to learn about various aspects of the world, watch the documentary series Explained on Netflix.

  • The abandoned Liban Quarry in the Krakow district of Podgórze was used as a location in the filming of Schindler's List.

    Travel

    Spielberg’s abandoned film set near Krakow

    The buildings were torn down once filming was complete but traces of the set can still be found, including parts of the electrified perimeter fence. Most chilling is a path running down the centre of the quarry paved with broken Jewish gravestones. These are, of course, just film props but they are a reminder that the Jews who once really toiled here were forced to lay roads in the camp using headstones uprooted from nearby Jewish cemeteries.

  • A red rose on Valentine's Day.

    Dating

    Celebrating St Valentine’s Day

    Thank goodness for Google on days like today. I learnt that Valentine’s Day originated as the feast day of St Valentine, who was martyred in Rome in the third century. Apparently, the 14th February was first celebrated as St Valentine’s Day in 496.

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A Boston Blue Fido flat cap delivered by the Trendhim e-commerce website, which features accessories and jewellery for men.

Boston Blue Fido flat cap from Trendhim

Hipsters played a key role in rejuvenating the reputation of the flat cap. Now nobody looks twice —other, perhaps, than in admiration — when a fashionably attired flat cap-wearing man walks his pet pug to the local pub to drink craft beer and dine on pulled pork or its vegan equivalent.

 

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

6 super reasons to visit Canada

Here’s a look at six super reasons to visit Canada. View landscapes and wildlife Canada’s national parks Parks Canada administers the country’s marine conservation areas, national historic sites and national parks. From Alberta’s Banff National Park, the oldest in the country, to Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve, the home […]

 

Food & Drink

Facade of the Alpine chalet at BijoFARM at Fusch, Austria. The farm is organic.

Tastes to savour in Salzburgerland, Austria

Consider reserving a table at Vitus Cooking to sample one of the surprise tasting menus prepared by chef Vitus Winkler and his team. Typically ranging from between four- (€95) to seven-courses (€175) the tasting menus include herbs foraged from nearby streams, woodland and forests. The dishes served provide insights into the land and its culinary heritage.

 

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