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A Magical Mystery Tour of Hamburg
, 12 February 2019

"'There's nowhere in the world the Beatles played more than here,' says tour guide Stefanie Hempel, as we stand in Hamburg's Beatles Platz. 'Here the foundation stone was laid for their career.' That may be so, but that doesn't explain the ukulele. For Hempel, a musician herself, is toting the diminutive stringed instrument as we set out on her tour of the band's Hamburg hangouts. However, its purpose soon becomes clear, as Hempel performs the song In My Life..."

Taking an unconventional Beatles tour in Hamburg, Germany.

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Malbork Castle Has an Amazing Restaurant
, 11 February 2019

"He's emerged from the kitchen to deliver a dessert that's an unconventional delight: a confection of white chocolate, sesame seeds, halva, blackcurrant sauce and fruit, served in a glass inside a small pink cage. Outside the restaurant, however, things seem less light-hearted as I take a guided tour of Malbork, the world's largest brick castle and a symbol of the historic rivalry between the Germanic knights and the former Kingdom of Poland. Spread out along the Nogat River, its scarred brick-red bulk hints at the many battles it has seen..."

Eating and touring within the impressive medieval brick castle at Malbork, Poland.

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See Remote Queensland's Flora and Fauna Aboard the Gulflander Train
, 5 February 2019

"It's not easy to catch a train from Normanton, a remote town in the Gulf Savannah region of northwest Queensland. For one thing, the Gulflander train only operates once a week. And if you try to catch it at the tail end of the wet season, as I am, you run the risk of being washed out. But we've been given the go-ahead by the track crew, and the landscape looks beautiful as we enter the savannah, dotted with slender dark-trunked trees..."

Riding the memorable "train from nowhere to nowhere", in Outback Queensland, Australia.

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Markets of Durban
30 January 2019

"Of all the markets we visit on our walking tour of central Durban, South Africa, the most memorable is the Bovine Market. As the name suggests, you come to this simple space within a low metal shed to eat beef Ė but not a standard cut. The women working here dish up cowís head, served with steamed bread. Itís a traditional Zulu treat, and a popular one in this maze of markets at Warwick Junction. There are outlets for all sorts of food and clothing, scattered across different levels..."

Taking a tour of the diverse street markets of Durban, South Africa.

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Memories of Mandela
25 January 2019

"My one bout of bad weather in Cape Town comes on the day Iím sailing to Robben Island. But gloomy weather seems appropriate for a tour to a former prison. For it was on Robben that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, after the freedom fighter was captured and tried by South Africaís apartheid regime in the 1960s. Though the prison is now a museum, nothing much seems to have changed since the days it held political prisoners..."

Describing a tour to Robben Island, the former prison of Nelson Mandela off Cape Town, South Africa.

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Meat-free Highlights by Minibus
, 23 January 2019

"On the bus, the commentary flows as we head to Melbourne's west. Although Scott, an experienced chef, is a passionate advocate for her cause, she's enthusiastic rather than strident as she tosses out facts and figures. An unexpected but enjoyable aspect of this tour is the conversation among the participants. Our group, which is not exclusively vegan, trade stories, restaurant recommendations and cooking tips with an openness that's friendly and refreshing..."

Joining a new food tour sampling the vegan delights of Melbourne, Australia.

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This Lively Hangout is a Mecca for Surfers
, 15 January 2019

"'Muizenberg is the epicentre of diversity,' says Daniel Blaauw. 'It's a really connected community. You'll always find a happy face, a friendly person to talk to, something interesting on the beach.' I can see what he means as we gaze at the beach, with its colourful huts and lively restaurants, which has made this suburb of Cape Town a magnet for surfers. It's a sunny weekend and surfers carrying boards head for the waters of False Bay..."

Taking a stroll through the historic seafront district of Muizenberg in Cape Town, South Africa.

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An Architectural Fantasy in an Idyllic Setting
, 14 January 2019

"Williams-Ellis created the village over 50 years from 1925, in a quest to prove that a beautiful setting could be enhanced by buildings, rather than spoiled by them. Its location, on a wide estuary bordered by wooded hills, was the perfect frame for his vision of a village harmoniously embedded in its landscape. But Portmeirion is no ordinary town..."

Marvelling at the harmonious Italianate village of Portmeirion, in North Wales, UK.

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How to Do a Car-free Day Trip from Melbourne
www.lonelyplanet.com, 10 January 2019

"Melbourne may love its trams, but its excellent public transport system also allows travellers to take excursions into neighbouring regions of Victoria on a budget. Natural forests, towns and the seaside are all within easy reach of the city, and taking the train means you can slow down, enjoy the scenery (or even a craft beer) without the stress of driving or being stuck on a tour timetable..."

Detailing a collection of day trips by public transport from Melbourne, Australia

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Full Steam Ahead
Paradise, January-February 2019

"To a train fan thereís nothing more exciting than the hiss of a steam locomotive, and the peal of its whistle. Even more so when itís about to bear you through a picturesque area of Japan. Iím about to board the SL Taiju, a loco which worked on the northern island of Hokkaido from 1941 to 1974. Recently granted a second life in the Nikko region north of Tokyo, it runs 35-minute trips between the hot springs town of Kinugawa Onsen and Shimo-Imaichi..."

Exploring the Nikko region of Japan for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.

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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

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