Category Archives: Culture

57 years since the building of the Berlin Wall

Berlin and Germany will commemorate the victims of the construction of the Berlin Wall 57 years ago. On August 13,1961 the East German leadership under Walter Ulbricht began constructing the Wall. Continue reading

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Almost like staying with friends  -  Airbnb turns ten

Holidaying with locals, cheaper and more personal than in a hotel: with that simple idea, the founders of Airbnb turned the travel industry upside down. We take stock. Continue reading

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Walking in Scotland

If you’re on foot, you really get up close to the the charms of the Scottish countryside. On the West Highland Way, walkers and hikers have the best possible conditions. Continue reading

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A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

The idyllic district of Anafiotika was constructed on the northeastern side of the hill leading up to the ancient Acropolis, and its 100-odd, tile-roofed houses are as old as the modern Greek capital itself. Continue reading

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Tracing Nelson Mandela’s footsteps 100 years after his birth

July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013. Visitors can follow in his footsteps from the Soweto township to Robben Island where he was imprisoned for
years. Continue reading

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Maboneng – Johannesburg’s hipster island

Johannesburg’s inner city is notorious – except for Maboneng. Creative artists live in this hip precinct, tourists stroll through it and the rich party here. But just a street away, abject poverty prevails. Continue reading

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EU to award 15,000 travel tickets to 18-year-olds starting Tuesday

As of this week, 18-year-old Europeans can apply for one of 15,000 free tickets to travel across the European Union, the bloc’s executive announced on Monday. Continue reading

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How ‘mobile churches’ survived Ceausescu’s dictatorship

Seven churches were moved on rails and hidden behind housing blocks in Bucharest during the 80s. Anton Roland Laub’s photo series ‘Mobile Churches’ tells their story — in Berlin’s Chapel of Reconciliation. Continue reading

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Israel and Cyprus battle it out for Eurovision crown

Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Lisbon, has been billed as less kitsch and more about quality music. But one of the favorites, Netta Barzilai from Israel, will still perform a chicken-like dance. Continue reading

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The ‘Markle sparkle’: Why Prince Harry’s fiancée reminds people of Princess Diana

Who exactly is Meghan Markle, the 36-year-old fiancée of Prince Harry? With one month to go until the wedding of the year, a new biography on the American actress-cum-future princess’s life hits the bookshelves. Continue reading

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