Christian van Meel

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In tune with Vienna

Discover the Austrian capital’s majestic symphony of Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p>The Austrian capital punches above its weight with its wealth of imperial monuments and array of cultural attractions including its Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p><b>Palace lives</b><br>Vienna’s …

Seven of the world’s riskiest roads

In many cases, these routes are less travelled for a reason: they feature terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving. Yet people still go.<p>As Robert Frost knew well, the road less travelled is often the more interesting choice – at least when it comes to …

Sleep in Kim Jong-il’s bed

In North Korea’s Mt Chilbo Homestay, guests can mix with locals and wander the grounds under the watchful eye of “Dear Leader’s” portraits. Just stay within the electric fence.<p>The power had gone out. I was lying on the floor in the pitch black, listening to waves crashing on the beach outside, …

Tracking Nepal’s endangered rhino

Finding the endangered, elusive Indian rhino isn’t always easy, even at Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Even more challenging? Knowing what to do when the 2,000kg creature charges.<p>As the sunlight ebbed, we realised we were running out of time: for the past three hours, we had been hiking through …

The ancient cities of Sri Lanka

Travellers are flocking to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, home to frolicking monkeys, giant Buddha statues and 1,500-year-old palaces.

Inside the haunted prison of The Shawshank Redemption

The cavernous old Ohio State Reformatory is eerie enough to give you chills – even if you don’t hear the clanking of cell doors and prisoners’ cries.<p>Stand in front of the Ohio State Reformatory today and you might have a hard time believing it once operated as a maximum-security prison. With its …

Is This the Perfect Christmas House?

Perched high on a hill and featuring a 180-degree panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, this magical Victorian home looks straight out of a holiday postcard. The best part? It's for sale! This article originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.<p><i>All photos: CIRCA Old Houses</i><p>It's easy to envision …

10 American Spots You Don't Know About Yet, But Should

Up-and-coming is a phrase we use A LOT around here. And there's good reason for it. Yes, many places are "expected" destinations (ahem, Paris) and some are so remote you have to really try to know about them.<p>Don't get us wrong, we love them all. But anywhere where the crowds are smaller seem the …

TripAdvisor names 10 Destinations on the Rise | CNN Travel

Surreal Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth?<p>There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far beyond the beauty that a typical …