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Bosnia and Herzegovina – October 2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been in the limelight in the 20th century for, mostly, the wrong reasons; yet this is an extraordinary, beautiful and interesting country which Bosnians are doing their best to rebuild. Forbiddingly sparse in parts, lushly wooded … Continue reading

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A Glance at the Life and Times of Miklos Banffy

Budapest and Transylvania 26th September to 3rd October 2015 “In a brown velvet jacket and wide trousers he walked a little self conscious from one desk to the other… ‘I am drawing here, am writing there, at the third one … Continue reading

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Krakow and Lviv – September 2014

Until 1919, Krakow and Lviv (Lemburg) were Polish and part of Austro Hungary’s province of Galicia since the partition of Poland in 1772. Lemburg was the capital. Now Polish Krakow is in Nato and the EU and Lemburg (Lvov/Lviv) is … Continue reading

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The Lofoten Islands, Norway

Everyone has their favourite coastline that causes wonder and longing. For what it is worth, mine are the coasts of North West Scotland and Albania. Or rather were. The Lofoten Islands have surplanted all. They are an intense scattering of … Continue reading

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Kosovo

It is but a short drive from Skopje into the ‘new’ country of Kosovo, now recognised by most countries. Their recent history is off putting. Indeed it was only 10 years ago that ‘people from outside’ attacked Prizren, long a … Continue reading

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Skopje – June 2014

There are many reasons to go to Skopje, capital of Macedonia. I would put on the list the Byzantine churches, the Ottoman architecture, a rich collection of costumes in the National Museum, the unique donations of both buildings and art … Continue reading

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Cuba

Those who know the island urge “go before it is spoilt”. What is it about our fascination with failed states that have kept their people in poverty and fear? It is a sort of voyage voyeurism. What indeed will happen … Continue reading

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