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Paraty: Masons and Pirates in Brazil

Nossa Senhora das Dores paraty brazil

The colonial town of Paraty (or, as locals spell it, Paratí, with the accent on the last syllable), has been my secret Brazilian embarrassment. It is only now, on my sixth trip to Brazil, that I managed to visit it. As it is the first tourist stopover outside Rio, everyone assumed this Brazil expert who’d […]

Chapada Diamantina: Brazil’s adventure playground

Swimming in the Poço do Diabo Chapada Diamantina Bahia Brazil

Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Highlands), six hours out of Salvador, is one of Brazil’s most easily accessible National Parks and is quickly becoming a place not just to visit but to invest. There are three different biomes that meet here: Atlantic Rainforest, cerrado  and caatinga. From the small village of Lençóis at the entrance to the […]

Dead Russians: St Petersburg’s Czar Tombs

Church of the Blood, St Petersburg

Although you don’t often think of Russia as part of Europe, a walk in St Petersburg convinces you that, unlike Moscow, this is a city that looks more like Paris than Tehran. I mean look to your left! Then you go to the various cemeteries and you’re surprised at how many dead Russians you recognize. […]

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