"You're truly a fierce one, Lucinda - cheers for your advice. Bramble Bar sounds cool, as does the science fest gig."
Move over San Francisco the danger city, Mount Rainier is only 54 miles out of Seattle proper – and it's a big volcano! Considered one of the world's most deadly because it's covered in glaciers, with 26 glaciers worth of glacial ice - so if …"
For a remote city in what's virtually outback Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia has quite a lot lot art to its name. Among the collection's around 15,500 pieces there are many indigenous works and more contemporary art by WA residents past…"
"Sounds like a great trip, Alan. Was there anything you had to miss out because you ran out of time? I'm planning a trip for my own family but we're going to take a month."
"This sounds really, really cool! Sad to have missed it - oh, well, I'll have to go back..."
The Angel of Independence is an angel topped victory column sitting in the middle of a round about, as these things so often do, near the centre of Mexico City. As you may infer from the name the monument celebrates the outcome of Mexico's War of I…"
Though one of Sri Lanka's smallest National Parks, Lahugala is still a very important stretch of protected land, as it's home to Sri Lankan Elephants, who reside mostly around the reservoirs of Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa – they've been feedin…"
Sydney's Chinese expat community has thrived for about the last 150 years, so they've been Chinese New Year celebrations held here since then. Most of the action centres around Chinatown and the adjacent Darling Harbour area, where there are markets…"
Lasipalatsi is a functionalist office building designed and built in the 30s, and these days used as a function centre. The architects responsible for the building are Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko. It's protected, but th…"
This covered market deserves your attention not for its wares but because it's beautifully built, by the same designer responsible for Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets, though in this instance it's the paintwork in green, cream and maroon that adds a …"
"Also used for the inside of Hogwarts in the first and second Harry Potter films, and in the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas Special."
Loch Shiel is long and narrow. Almost 20kms long in fact. It's also 120 metres deep: its depth fed by the River Shiel. More importantly it's very beautiful and well wooded, a dip in the surrounding countryside that looks something like the Nordic fjor…"
"Château d'Angers is one of the more fort-y looking chateaux, it's medieval in age, as are its beautiful tapestries. Originally one long piece 100 yards long and 20 feet high, it's been broken up into segments for display amongst a collection of 15th and…"
"Hundreds of people have met their end here, and lots of them in grizzly ways. Henry VI, who was 'stikk'd full of deadly holes in the hour before midnight', 21st May 1471 – probably by the Duke of Gloucester later Richard III, who is also accused of kil…"
"You're missing out London. The Tower is definitely haunted! And Windsor Castle is supposed to have ghosts as well. People say the ghosts of Jack the Ripper's victims stalk Whitechapel and there are loads of workhouse children who died in misery and st…"
"Get lost in the passageways that started forming here in the 9th Century. The people living in the medina are living a totally different way of life from anywhere else in traditional open-courtyard style houses cum shops where artisans create their ware…"
It's hard to rate one of these near perfect beaches over another and to do them any additional justice with words over pictures – but if this beach were a woman she'd be an angel. You've got your palm trees shading the edge of the sand on one side…"
It only took nine days in 1903 to build this clock tower, a miniature of the one on London's Houses of Parliament. As well as being smaller, the other major difference is that it's been painted silver. It chimes the hour – and has been drawing at…"
These gardens are more than a hundred years old, and cover six hectares of verdant land in especially colourful and lush greenery and colour. Suggestively shaped endemic Coco de mers grow by the exotic orchid garden, and possibly the tortoises, kept for…"
There are all sorts of interesting critters living on the Seychelles islands, but there are some even more unusual looking ones that are sadly now extinct – you can see a selection from both these groups at the Seychelles National Museum, or at lea…"
This dive is a drift around a huge rock, on which has developed some beautifully coloured corals. It's not just a coral coated rock though, it's one with caves, a chimney tunnel, overhangs and a steep wall – all coated in a colourful, soft coral c…"
This dive is on the Thilafushi Reef. The currents coming across it can be steep, but things are much calmer on the reef itself, which is why it attracts some may fish to feed in the area – big blue fin jacks, big tuna, big marlin and shoals of sma…"
Rasdhoo is one of the few inhabited islands amongst the Maldives list of almost two thousand. It's also the capital of the Alif Alif Atoll region, which means it's a centre for people living in the region, and the best place for local shopping and tradi…"
The Mulee-aage Palace is ornately carved white building across the road from the Friday Mosque. It was built in 1906 by the Sultan (Shamsuddeen III) as a palace for his son, but the royal family were banished in 1936 so they didn't get to live there lon…"
"Medhu Ziyaaraiy is the tomb of Abu-al Barakath Yusuf al Barbaree, who was the Moroccan scholar thought to have been the one to introduce Islam to the Maldives in the 12th Century. A few maintenance changes have been made to the shrine, but it's largely …"
Sultan Park used to be part of the south gardens of the Sultan's Palace, but it's now a small public garden surrounding what was the palace and is now the National Museum. There are some beautiful examples of the local exotic flora, and it's one of the …"
In the heart of the Duddon Valley with views out on to the fells and up to the Dow Crag and the Lakelands, this site is is a collection of pretty fields hugging the rocky base of a crag. The showers are a bit pricey, but fairly recently renovated…"