Category Archives: Travel Facts

In The Frame: All aboard the Violet Barge

For this episode “In The Frame” we bring you La Maison de la Violette”. In July 2000, Helen Vié opened “La Maison de la Violette” on board a barge anchored on the Canal du Midi, to celebrate the delicate flower that … Continue reading

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TravelFacts#7: Secrets of the colour blue

In the ancient world, the search for the colour blue was one steeped in mystery and enigma. It was in the Middle Ages, however, that the colour producing properties of woad or pastel were discovered, and this priceless pigment became … Continue reading

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TravelFacts #6: The world’s tallest building

I expected nothing less than the world’s tallest building to be located in Dubai because I firmly believe that this city holds the world record for the world’s largest list of the world’s largest records in the world! The magnificent Burj … Continue reading

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TravelFacts#5: The A380

For number five in the TravelFacts series, I have 15 fun and fast facts about the airborne Goliath that is the Airbus A380. 1. Like me you may have thought that the A380 is the largest plane in the world. It … Continue reading

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Travel Facts#4: The Toulouse Violet Barge

There is a legend that circulates among the growers of violets. The legend says that a young market gardener, a soldier of the Empire, returned from Italy with a handful of violets. He offered the plants to his lovely lady … Continue reading

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The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain takes choreographed water music to a new level – in fact I have never seen anything quite like it before. Taking place in the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake in front of The Dubai Mall (the world’s … Continue reading

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Travel Facts#3: Heads of State!

As tourists wander around Westminster absorbing the history of years, they stumble across King Charles 1st and Oliver Cromwell locked in each others’ sight for eternity. It is often thought that Cromwell’s statue – erected in 1899 to a design by Sir William Thornycroft –  is avoiding the gaze of the … Continue reading

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