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Iran’s ancient village of little people

Up until a century ago, residents of Makhunik were half a metre shorter than the average Iranian.<p>In the first part of Jonathan Swift’s book Gulliver’s Travels, Lemuel Gulliver washes ashore on the island country of Lilliput, where he encounters the Lilliputians, who stand barely taller than …

Archaeology

The Japanese castle that defied history

Kumamoto has seen its fair share of drama over the centuries – but perhaps most famously, it was the site of the final battle between 20,000 samurai and the ruling Meiji government.<p>In a downtown park in the under-visited city of Kumamoto on Kyushu, the south-western-most of Japan’s main islands, a …

Japan

The country that brought yoghurt to the world

Not only is the history of yoghurt tied to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria's history and identity can be traced through its production.<p>In Bulgaria, yoghurt is everywhere. You’ll find it dolloped on falafel wraps, slathered on moussaka and lined up in supermarket refrigerators. It is the basis of traditional …

Europe

How sausage flavours the German language

It was all but inevitable that pork would become thoroughly baked into the German psyche, its savoury juices trickling down into everyday speech.<p>When I awoke to grey skies and pouring rain on my wedding day, everyone had something to say about it. Poised to marry in a country garden north of …

Germany

What it’s like to live in a well-governed country

From Canada to Botswana, these six nations consistently rank highest for their progressive social policies, trust in government and effective justice system.<p>What makes a country well-run? Whether minimising corruption or spearheading educational and medical initiatives, governments around the world …

Geography

Ancient Rome’s sinful city at the bottom of the sea

Baia was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire – the place where the rich and powerful came to carry out their illicit affairs.<p>Rome’s ultra-wealthy took weekend trips here to party. Powerful statesmen built luxurious villas on its beach, with heated spas and mosaic-tiled pools where they could indulge …

Rome

The truth about Italy’s white truffles

Despite fetching thousands of euros a kilo, the white truffle comes with a dirty secret: many labelled as ‘Tartufi d’Alba’ (from Alba, Italy) actually came from Istria in Croatia.<p>Towards the end of my meal, the waiter put a plaster cast of a human brain on my table and walked away. I picked it up …

Europe

In Castelluccio, the Lentil Harvest Must Go On

Despite a devastating earthquake, a small Italian town must keep its food traditions from fading<p>For centuries, the wildlife and people of the Eastern …

Europe

To See What the Upcoming Year Holds, Take a Solo Walk in a Dark Forest

In Swedish mythology, a “year walk” is a prognosticatory stroll in which one is beset by scary creatures.<p>Picture a dark, gloomy forest on a winter’s …

Forest bathing: The Japanese background to the latest wellness fad

I was standing in a press of people, shuffling along at the pace of a just-wakened sloth. Around me was bamboo, several storeys high and greenish …

Japan

Travel - Where women can’t marry without silver

The Oldest Items in 13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries

We asked these unique libraries about their oldest holdings and got delightfully diverse answers.<p>Some of the world’s best, most interesting libraries …

Once a Forbidden Tradition, Mummering in Newfoundland Is Alive and Well

See the creative costumes that mummers in St. John’s wore this year.<p>Every December for the past eight years, the streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland, …

Europe's strange border anomaly

The Dutch municipality of Baarle-Nassau is home to more than 20 Belgian enclaves, some of which contain Dutch enclaves.<p>In a quiet corner of northern Europe there exists a geopolitical anomaly, where many buildings have an international border running right through them. It’s a place where a person …

The Dutch city that’s more like Dubai

Rotterdam is like Disneyland for architecture geeks. When you visit, you’ll likely go home and wonder why our cities can’t be a little more like this.<p>You should always arrive in Rotterdam by train. That way, as you leave the station, you can turn around, as I did last month, put your bag down and …

Does Santa Claus come from Finland?

If you ask Finns where Santa Claus comes from, they will say Korvatunturi, a fell in Lapland.<p>The Dutch call him <i>Sinterklaas</i>, and in Germany, he goes by the name of <i>Weihnachtsmann</i>. You might know him simply as Santa.<p>He is a man of many names, and many nations claim him as their own. But one country …

Christmas

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Freddie Mercury

Travel - What you don’t know about panettone

Panettone in Milan, Italy (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)<p>Candying lemons for panettone in Milan (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)<p>Angelo Polenghi making panettone (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)<p>Panettone upside-down (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)

Travel

Travel - Is oshi palav the ‘the king of meals’?

Travel

The College Student Who Decoded the Data Hidden in Inca Knots

Manny Medrano cut loose on spring break by analyzing a set of khipus.<p>There are many ways a college student might spend spring break. Making an …

A tiny town with a big penchant for flight

In Kruševo, Macedonia, fliers from all over the world arrive in droves – all to take advantage of its perfect paragliding conditions.<p><i>BBC's Travel Show</i> <i>brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features and practical hints, tips and advice for your</i> …

A strange life on London’s River Thames

Eel Pie Island is one of around 180 islets on the Thames, born of the river’s meandering, 184-mile path from the Cotswold hills to the North Sea.<p>I arrived at a pea-green footbridge to nowhere. From my vantage point on the towpath, the bridge’s brushed-steel curves rose and dipped over the river …

Where Australians can’t understand English

Before coming to South Africa, the last thing an Australian would think is that there might be language difficulties.<p>Traveller's Rest, the dusty farm where I spent a month climbing, lies 260km north of Cape Town in the bosom of South Africa’s rugged Cederberg ranges. The mountains tower …

The secretive business of hunting ‘Lucifer’s fingers’

Percebes are a rare delicacy from the sea, and divers will risk life and limb to harvest them from Portugal’s most south-western coastline, the Costa Vicentina.

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

<b>Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor.</b><p>The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from Egypt's "New Kingdom", about 3,500 years ago.<p>Other items included figurines, wooden masks and …

The Whistled ‘Bird Language’ of Turkey May Be Lost Forever

Mobile phones are putting this ancient form of communication at risk.<p>In the mountains of Northern Turkey, you might hear the strains of whistling on …

In Pakistan, an Inclusive Sikh Festival Highlights History Before Division

Each year, thousands visit the city of Nankana Sahib to commemorate Sikhism’s founder.<p>“Everyone is equal in Guru Nanak’s eyes,” says Hardial Singh, …

Travel - The Iraq city that opens its doors

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Kabul’s peaceful garden refuges

Jordan’s ancient town ‘without a soul’

When Gadara was declared an archaeological site, residents were asked to relocate. According to former resident Ahmad Alomari, they took the soul of the town with them.<p>“Here is my house,” Ahmad Alomari announced. Preoccupied with navigating the rubble underfoot, I almost missed his declaration …