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Africa   1 Mar, 2019, 13:20
Morocco’s Red City’s hidden green heritage  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds oases of calm in Morocco’s most visited city. Along with the locals he takes refuge in the many public gardens that are part-hidden in Marrackesh.

Europe   17 Feb, 2019, 13:13
Shining lights of Sofia from Bulgaria’s fourth-highest mountain  
Lee Ruddin

There are many reasons to visit Bulgaria. Lee Ruddin adds climbing its fourth-highest mountain to the list.

Central Asia   12 Dec, 2018, 17:37
Signs of colonialism fading in present-day Mumbai  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds history hangs heavy as he finds while he’s getting selfies against Bombay’s famous Gateway to India, everyone else chooses their background as the Taj. And that’s the Taj Hotel, not the wonder-of-the-world in Agra.

Europe   13 Sep, 2018, 18:39
Estonia or Finland: which is best for coffee? Maybe it’s Sweden  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin eavesdrops on tourists, fresh from a cruise ship, asking for advice. And sticks an oar in.

Europe   2 Aug, 2018, 11:17
Exploring Malta – at walking pace  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin braves the heat to walk from Mdina to Valetta, six long miles under an almost-African sun.

Europe   2 May, 2018, 19:01
A lukewarm reception for Iceland’s famous northern sights  
Lee Ruddin

Despite the best intentions of determined guides, Lee Ruddin is curiously un-moved by many of Iceland’s much-hyped attractions.

Europe   2 Feb, 2018, 14:31
Escaping the crowds in Poland’s concentration camps  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds coachloads of tourists have turned Auschwitz into selfie central. So he walks to Płaszów to feel the atmosphere of Europe’s most goulish – and unlikely – visitor attractions.

Europe   29 Jan, 2018, 00:21
Death – and less – in Venice  
Lee Ruddin

An already gloomy Lee Ruddin finds Italy’s canal city more sinister than benign.

Europe   18 Jan, 2018, 17:27
A trippy visit around Prague’s KGB Museum  
Lee Ruddin

The communist era hangs heavy on the newly-fledged Czech Republic. Lee Ruddin takes a tour of the capital city’s KGB museum to learn about life under totalitarian rule.

Central Asia   25 Jul, 2017, 10:08
Sri Lanka’s better off the tourist trail  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds many of Sri Lanka’s famous highlights overrun with travellers and spoiled. The overlooked town of Matara is much more to his liking.

Europe   15 Aug, 2015, 09:34
A sunny day-trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina  
Lee Ruddin

When Budva gets flooded with revellers, Lee Ruddin needs a breath of fresh air. A daytrip to BiH gets him out of Montenegro and proves just the tonic he needs.

Europe   3 Jan, 2015, 19:32
Echoes of Marco Polo on an Adriatic island  
Lee Ruddin

On Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Lee Ruddin misses the ferry for Dubrovnik. This proves a blessing, as the island of Korčula has a more immediate and accessible charm.

Americas, Europe   14 Nov, 2013, 18:33
A doomed search for boredom on a trans-Atlantic cruise  
Lee Ruddin

Seven nights at sea prove all-too-brief an experience for Lee Ruddin, who steams across the Atlantic from the UK to the USA. The Queen Mary II, one of the world’s largest vessels, is just too large and busy.

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