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Exploring a Secret Nuclear Missile Base

By: @russellofearth

Have you heard of Zemaitijos National Park in Lithuania?

Zemaitijos National Park is located just three hours from Vilnius, not far from the Latvian border. It’s a lush and beautiful parkland dotted with towering trees which surround the serene and calming waters of Lake Plateliai.

It’s also home to a secret. A Cold War secret. A Soviet Union secret which was kept hidden from the Lithuanian people (and the world) for decades. It’s the site of the former Soviet Union’s first underground nuclear missile silo! Continue reading

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TBEX – 9 Tips for a First Timer

Your first TBEX is a bit like your wedding day. You see a lot of familiar faces, meet new ones and spend the whole time on your feet in a semi inebriated blur.  The following TBEX tips will help address the confusion and often conflicting advice you receive as a TBEX first timer.

My first TBEX was in 2015, Russ and I had the utterly brilliant idea of driving from London to Madrid with a little stop in Costa Brava for TBEX Europe. I learnt quite a number of lessons from my first TBEX, which I hope you’ll find helpful on your next trip to TBEX. 

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A Walk Through Revolutionary Paris

By: @russellofearth

How much do you know about the history of Paris and the French Revolution? I’ll be the first to admit that before embarking on our Revolutionary Paris tour my understanding of French history could be best summed up by a rendition of Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables and a pretty infamous cake quote from Marie Antoinette…. Continue reading

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Trooping the Colour – What, Where, When?

Trooping the Colour, is an annual event that takes place around St James’s Park in June every year.  

The centuries old British tradition was originally a military one. Nowadays it’s an opportunity for displays of marching manoeuvres, a parade in honour of the Sovereign’s birthday and a great opportunity for royalty spotting. Continue reading

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Why you should say oui to a Paris Bike Tour

The City of Lights, the City of Love, no matter what you call it Paris can be pretty spectacular. A Paris bike tour has been on my to do list for quite a few years, so on our recent trip I jumped at the chance. We connected with Fat Tire Tours for the opportunity to see the city from two wheels. Continue reading

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Polawalk Vienna

By: russellofearth

Do you take dozens of photos a day without thinking travelling?  Do you find yourself taking photo after photo after photo without reviewing them?  Do you find yourself sharing some photos on Instagram and never giving a second thought about the others you’ve taken?

If you’re anything like us then you’ll probably find yourself agreeing with a lot of these questions.  It’s so easy to be able to take dozens (or even hundreds) of photos per day on your smartphone when exploring a new city and never giving them a second glance one they’ve been uploaded or shared on Instagram, Facebook, etc. Continue reading

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Review: Closer by Circa

By: @russellofearth

The moment I realised I was sitting on the edge of my seat, leaning forward with anticipation, and holding my breath was the exact moment I knew I was a fan. I was transported into the the world of Closer by Circa.

We live in a world where we can see incredible displays of human achievement on TV, in the cinema, online, but there is nothing quite like seeing such a spectacle performed in an intimate settings only a couple of metres from your seat. The five skilled performers captivated the imagination of an entire audience with nothing more than chairs, ropes, a trapeze, and their sheer raw talent. Continue reading