Palermo -Sicily’s Chaotic Capital

Palermo is like nowhere else in Europe.  It’s a crazy, chaotic, crumbling city with a vibrant life that has led it to defy the Mafia, the last in a line of exploiters bent on conquering and subduing the spirit of its people.  Every neighbouring power at one time or another. has occupied this island that…

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TOKYO’S FAMOUS FISH MARKET

An article in The Guardian (UK) a few days ago alerted me to the fact that the world’s biggest fish market is about to close.   This is the Tsukiji wholesale Market in Tokyo where Japan’s obsession with seafood is transformed into an operation worth almost 2 billion Yen a day (about £15.5 million). But Tokyo’s…

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Essential Thai – Mai Pen Rai

Foreigners (farangs) are not especially known for their linguistic  abilities in Thailand, perhaps because the Thai language is tonal which makes it more difficult to learn.   Words may be pronounced in five tones which can give five different meanings, a high, a low, a rising, a falling, and a level tone. There is, however, one…

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The Japanese Doll Studio

Lured into the shop, Doll Studio Tomo, by the window display, we found a veritable heaven full of dolls, about 90 in total, each with individual costumes, differently patterned, each doll with a slightly different face, expression and posture. These dolls have the faces and forms of young children, each one the product of carefully selected materials and technical skills, but their facial expressions, attire, and their postures project the image of an ideal child.

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Krka National Park, Croatia

the top attractions of the Park are the waterfalls, especially the famous Skradinski Buk Falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. This is a collection of 17 waterfalls that range in height from over 45 metres. The Roski Slap is another famous fall within the park, actually a series of 12 waterfalls in a space of just 450 metres.

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