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The smoke that thunders – Victoria Falls

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You can hear Victoria Falls long before you see them. The majestic waterfall on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe drops into a narrow gorge, amplifying the crashing water’s echo throughout the gorge and beyond. It can be heard in Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The Zambezi is a mighty river, home to hippos and crocodiles, it also provides the livelihood for many of the people living along its shores.

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Dobrý den, Prague!

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The  capital of the Czech Republic is a lively place. Don’t be fooled by the stag dos – Prague is a very cultured city that has a lot more to offer than cheap drinks for foreign drunks!

First of all, Prague is ridiculously easy to get around in, even if you do not speak a word of Czech. A three-day ticket for all public transport (except the airport express) costs around €10 / £ 7.50 / $10 and it gives you access to all buses, trams, metro, a funicular railway and a commuter boat across the Vltava river.

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Intiñan, the path of the sun – Mitad del Mundo

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Roughly 23km north of Ecuador’s capital Quito lies San Antonio de Pichincha, and within San Antonio lies a complex known as Mitad del Mundo – the middle of the world.

It’s hard to miss, as there is a huge monument with a globe on top of it in the middle of the ground. This monument, visitors are told, marks the line of the equator, latitude 00°00’00S. Oh, and it’s the place where all the tour buses stop, just in case you need to find it by yourself.

There is lots to do and see for visitors, with colourful Arts & Crafts on offer, restaurants serving local cuisine, the Museo Etnográfico which is very insightful and explains the indigenous peoples and cultures of Ecuador and the Andes, and of course the picture stop with one foot in the northern and one foot in the southern hemisphere.

The only problem is that GPS puts the equator 240m further north.

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Leprechauns in Dublin

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Here’s a little word association game. What do the following have in common? Guinness, James Joyce, U2. That’s right. Dublin!

Dublin is a vibrant and musical city. There are buskers everywhere ranging from fiddlers to harp players, especially along Grafton Street, the main shopping street.

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History lessons in Cape Coast

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Today, Cape Coast is the capital of Ghana’s Central Region, located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. It is a well-known fishing port and the city is home to some of Ghana’s best schools as well as the University of Cape Coast. The heritage of the various colonising powers, which laid claim to the town for centuries, can be seen everywhere.

Cape Coast Castle is one of the city’s main attractions and looking at the white-washed building, you’d never guess what a tragic role it played in the lives of thousands – if not millions – of people.

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Swimming in Budapest

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Hungary’s capital Budapest is one of those grand old cities oozing with bygone opulence and vibrating with life.

There’s the Váci Utca, possibly Budapest’s most famous pedestrian street, with its fancy shops and restaurants right next to old-fashioned market halls and street vendors. The covered markets offer everything you could possibly need and they’re a great source for authentic Hungarian food – I just hope you like paprika, because you can buy it in any conceivable form.

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