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The Crab Migration That the Colombian Army Is Dispatched to Protect

The crustaceans, native to Providencia, have seen declining numbers.<p>The minuscule Caribbean island of Providencia, which is part of Colombia, is …

Crabmeat

From Africa to tea with the Queen

Eighty-year-old Julia Albu drove through Africa, breezing her way through notorious borders and military blockades by saying she was going to London to have tea with the Queen.<p>Eighty-year-old women are supposed to stay at home. The neatly dressed grandmother of our collective imagination derives …

South Africa

Why the UK has so many words for bread

Everyone in the UK has an opinion on just what to call what is perhaps the most inoffensive foodstuff known to man.<p>Having customers order a ‘toasted teacake’ in the West Yorkshire sandwich shop where I worked as a teenager wasn’t unusual, yet even this simple request always necessitated a follow-up …

Language

Turkey's forgotten Georgian kingdom

Archaeology

The Turkish city that lives for breakfast

Breakfast is so integral to Van in eastern Turkey that a backstreet parallel to the main boulevard is unofficially known as ‘Breakfast Makers Street’.<p>Turkish breakfast – a meal of epic proportions based around an often daunting array of cheeses, olives, egg dishes, jams, grilled sausage and cup …

Vegetables

Travel - Where steam locomotives are still king

Amman’s Hejaz Railway station is easy to miss (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)<p>The Hejaz Railway was ordered by Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1900 (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)<p>“Any Muslim in the world... can come and claim, ‘I have shares in this’” (Credit: The Travel Show)<p>In 1908, the first train ran from Damascus …

Locomotives

11 Things You Can Only See in Georgia

Travel<p>With seaside, mountains, lakes, historic ruins and rich cultural heritage, there’s an abundance of incredible sights you can only see in Georgia.<p>Here are 11 unique and unmissable sights to put on your list.<p><b>1. Katskhi Pillar</b><p>This 40m high natural limestone wonder is one of the most enduring …

European Travel

Bulgaria Travel Gastronomy | Tales From Bulgaria

Bulgaria has long been known for hearty traditional comfort food. But springing up around its classic cooking is a new wave of culinary innovation: exciting new chefs, eclectic restaurants and cool independent food producers serving up organic local produce with contemporary flair.<p>“In the last five …

Ice Cream

The Ajanta Caves: Discovering lost treasure

The Ajanta Caves were a sanctuary for Buddhist monks that was forgotten, along with its stunning riches, for nearly 1,500 years. Jonathan Glancey investigates.<p>The Ajanta Caves, 30 spellbinding Buddhist prayer halls and monasteries carved, as if by sorcery, into a horseshoe-shaped rock face in a …

Painting

Different nationalities really have different personalities

Each country may have its own unique traits, behaviours, and attitudes – but they rarely match the national stereotypes.<p>Whether it’s the caricature of the introverted English, the brash Americans or the industrious Japanese, national stereotypes are easy to come by. But do countries really have …

Psychology

An ingenious way to hide a map

In World War II, clandestine maps were printed onto cloth handkerchiefs to be used by Allied servicemen in case of capture behind enemy lines.<p>Treasuring my father-in-law’s old cloth hankies sounds unpleasant. But they hold a secret. They are war-time maps that look like handkerchiefs, depicting old …

Northern Italy

The Djibouti lake posing as paradise

From a distance, Lac Assal may look like tropical waters fringed with powdery white sand. Up close, it’s an inhospitable alien landscape.

Africa

Drawing on experience: Naples

Have book and pen, will travel.<p>Naples, Italy<p>Piazzetta Nilo -- Many people from Alexandria settled in this area, a colony called "Nilsense", from the River Nile.<p>View larger image.<p><i>Tim Baynes has recorded his impressions of more than 20 years of travel in Moleskine notebooks. Each week The Passport</i> …

Italy

The Faroe Islands’ 500-year-old fight to save its language

"We can manage our own destiny" (Credit: Nori Jemil)<p>A long struggle for independence (Credit: Nori Jemil)<p>The fight to keep a language alive (Credit: Nori Jemil)<p>A culture shaped by a remote world (Credit: Nori Jemil)<p>A community brought together (Credit: Nori Jemil)<p>The man known as 'Dictionary’ …

Faroe Islands

Is the iconic Parisian bistro dying?

In Paris, the bistro bar has become a way of life, but the iconic institution may be in danger of becoming lost to changing dining habits, foreign influences and new technology.<p>It’s lunchtime at a busy neighbourhood bistro in Paris’ 11th arrondissement. A pair of young male servers are gliding …

France

An Insider’s Tour of New York’s Disappearing Magic History

Peek behind the curtain of once-magnificent venues and the back rooms where magicians share their secrets.<p>Fifteen of us are gathered in front of the …

Coney Island

South Korea’s unstoppable taste for haste

How did the people go from transplanting rice to downloading torrents in just a few decades?<p>On a recent evening at Ttobagi Driver’s Restaurant in Seoul’s Gwanak District, I surreptitiously started a timer upon placing my order. The waitress strolled off in a leisurely fashion, returning with kimchi …

South Korea

Libraries: Where the world’s memory is stored

A new book celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, with many of its entries in Europe. Cameron Laux looks at how they have carried knowledge through the ages, surviving 10th-Century raids – and looting by a 21st-Century crime ring.<p>If you are a fan of minimalism, you might want to …

European Travel

Critically endangered bird finds sanctuary in Hong Kong

As cities grow and populations rise, urban wildlife adapt and change to live alongside 21st century humans.<p>Often, this means changes in diet or …

Hong Kong

In Milpa Alta, people still speak the Aztec language

Milpa Alta – which maintains traditions from its pre-Columbian past – feels like a tiny mountain village, making it hard to believe that it’s part of Mexico City.<p>In the 1970s, before workers laid the asphalt that became a two-lane highway connecting Mexico City with Milpa Alta, the southernmost of …

Mexico

Why no-one speaks Indonesia's language

Bahasa Indonesia was adopted to make communication easier across the vast Indonesian archipelago, but its simplicity has only created new barriers.<p>The woman stood in her roadside stall in a quiet neighbourhood in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, chopping tomatoes, beans and spinach, plus one red …

Language

The Canoe That Changed Hawai‘i

How Hōkūleʻa and its amazing voyage across the Pacific helped kickstart a Hawaiian cultural renaissance.<p>For its crewmembers, <i>Hōkūleʻa</i> is more than …

Hawaii

London’s Royal Observatory Once Again Gazes at the Sky

It’s been 60 years since the city’s smog shut it down.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> Slate’s Future Tense <i>and appears here as part of the</i> …

Greenwich, UK

On This Thai Island, Coconut Goes Into Everything

And these islanders use nearly every part<p>O<b>n a rare cool tropical morning,</b> I found myself in the middle of a coconut grove, dwarfed by towering, …

Speedboat

The curious story of Denmark’s rebel cakes

Once associated with war and rebellion, the Danish kaffebord – or coffee table – has become an opportunity for shared friendship and cake.<p>After a long, uphill cycle to the Danish battlefield of Dybbøl, I stopped to gaze at the brilliant-white windmill with its black-capped roof and great red sails, …

Jutland

Do genes explain Danish happiness?

The Danes are famously considered to be the happiest people in the world. Can other nationalities follow suit?<p>The Danes are famously considered to be the happiest people in the world. Can other nationalities follow suit?<p><b>Related article: What Copenhagen can teach the world</b><p><i>BBC's Travel Show brings</i> …

Happiness

The epic story of the map that gave America its name

A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two European humanists came together to produce an extraordinary map of the world.<p>St-Dié-des-Vosges is a small, leafy town in the Meurthe valley in north-east France. It lies 68km south-west of Strasbourg in France, 93km …

Maps

Can Paris become the world’s most visited city?

Following recent terror attacks, the mayor’s office has released a 59-point plan to lure tourists back to Paris, and the city is investing millions of euros into its attractions.<p>BBC's Travel Show <i>brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features</i> …

France

The five countries that set world culture

Rather than military, political or economic might, it’s the culture of these countries that most strongly impacts the wider world.<p>Global influence is often measured by military, political or economic might, but for some countries, it’s the strength of the culture – its food, fashion or …

University of Florida

How the Manhattan Project’s Nuclear Suburb Stayed Secret

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, once home to 75,000, went up fast and under the radar. But it was built to last, too.<p>Bill Wilcox was proud of his town. He’d …

U.S. Army