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Iceland, as a literary muse

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From inspiring JRR Tolkien and Jules Verne to having more writers in its population than any other country in the world, Iceland is one of literature’s strongest influences.


‘Cycling Detroit makes too much sense to ignore’

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Yes, cars created Detroit. But today, the city’s wide roads are sometimes as empty and as quiet as the Arctic. In other words, it is an open frontier for cyclists.
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Rome, behind the lens

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After four years living in the Eternal City, a writer and photographer learns to capture the views that visitors rarely see.


Saving Borneo's Sun Bears

The world’s smallest bear almost resembles a small, cuddly dog – but don’t mistake them for the family pet. Meet the man who is protecting the world’s smallest bear.
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In Ethiopia, an adrenaline-filled act of faith

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Getting to the frescoed, 1,000-year-old cave churches of Ethiopia’s Gheralta Mountains requires climbing sheer rock walls and skirting cliff edges – all without so much as a rope.


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What hipsters in Paris are playing

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Pétanque – the quintessential French outdoor ball game – is traditionally seen as a summertime pastime for older men. But a new festival in Paris is making the sport cool again.
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