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Canberra named third best city in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

Enlighten Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 11th March 2017 National Library of Australia Canberra Women's History Reflection Night

Canberra named third best city in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

I agree, and I’m also thrilled that Seville, maybe my favourite place anywhere (I was just back there for a week a month and a half ago), is named. However, I don’t want tourism to get out of control there!

Now I’m just waiting for all the nasty editorials in the Sydney and Melbourne newspapers, insulting Canberra. It’s inevitable, but – hey – who cares?  We win!

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Catedral de Barcelona


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08/09/2017 · 9:02 am

Barri Gòtic – Barcelona

I have stayed in this area three times recently, and I think it is the best place to stay in Barcelona. In the second picture you can see the place we rented on the last visit on the left. Right next to the Cathedral, and near some other major sites, it was a pretty amazing experience.

The area is far from perfect; Barcelona is a big, butch city, and all the nightclubs etc. in the old quarter mean there’re lots of very young people making a big, smelly mess.

However, this is a huge, American-style grid city, and this is a different, more European part of town with an old atmosphere. The history here is incredible, and – once you figure out the crazy-winding streets – it is a fascinating location for a visit.




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Las Ramblas


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07/09/2017 · 12:36 am

Today in Barcelona: Gaudí



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Final day in Seville

Scenes from Seville on this hot Sunday afternoon: the entrance to the colossal Cathedral, and hot horses hiding in the shade.



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Changes in Seville…

Well, the heavily-armed police who have been out since the Barcelona attacks are gone, but now we suddenly have all these defensive bollards disguised as decorative trees at the entrances to popular tourist spots.

Until the weekend, everywhere I’ve been in Spain has had national police officers with assault rifles standing in the middle of pedestrian areas. Today, the local police are back – sans scary weapons – but new, disguised barriers are in place instead.


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