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Photo of the Week: A Gondolier on the Job, Venice, Italy

  • Cecilia Cambero (photo and text)
  • 12 October 2012

This picture, showing a gondolier during a work break, was taken near St. Mark’s Square, one of the main tourist spots in Venice, Italy. Although the area is always bustling, with people rushing around the place, this picture reflects one of those quiet moments that you can only glimpse when wandering a few corners off the beaten path, in Venice and elsewhere in Italy.

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A Window to the Past: Pirenópolis, Brazil, Joins the whl.travel Network

  • whl.travel
  • 3 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. The colonial mining centre of Pirenópolis is found in the shadow of the Pireneus Mountains at the centre of the Brazilian state of Goiás. A well-preserved 18th-century architectural gem, the historical town offers travellers unique insight into Brazil’s days of yore, with quartzite-stone cobbled streets, picturesque churches, old colonial mansions and museums to provide all the essential back story.

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Video Spotlight: Marrakech Street Food

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 7 September 2012

Discover the magic of street food in Marrakech – couscous, bisteeya, mechoui, freshly baked bread and countless spices. This week’s video spotlight brings you mouth-watering culinary delights from the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains that will surely make your mouth water!

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Video Spotlight: Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 July 2012

Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail is a short film in which an American couple explore the abandoned railway lines of Hokkaido, looking into what’s still out there following widespread rail closures of the 1980s. Travelling through rural Japan via bike, they uncover a lost history that tells a fascinating tale that few outside of Japan itself will ever know.

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Explore Jerusalem Like a Local

  • Roy K.
  • 18 July 2012

Jerusalem is the kind of historic city with so many landmarks that it is easy to have your itinerary written for you before you even set foot within the city limits. To truly bring the contemporary city of Jerusalem to life, however, it helps to dig a little deeper and uncover some local gems. Jerusalem is much more than just a history museum and the crossroads of religion. It is also a modern metropolis.

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Video Spotlight: Where the Hell Is Matt 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 24 June 2012

We featured the Where the Hell is Matt? 2008 update – part of a continuing series of short films about a funny dance – as a Video Spotlight toward the end of 2012. It was, in fact, the original inspiration for our Video Spotlights as a continuing feature here at The Travel Word. That’s why we were delighted…

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Video Spotlight: Nomadism

  • Paul Tavner
  • 27 May 2012

A lot of the films we feature as part of our Video Spotlight are difficult to classify. This week’s entry changes things. It’s a short film that would be equally at home being projected in a gallery as it is shared on a blog or on Tumblr. Canadian photographer and filmmaker Marty Mellway has produced some remarkable footage, filmed during his most recent travels.

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Photo of the Week: Colourful Council House, Perth, Australia

  • Ryan Mossny (Photo and Text)
  • 20 May 2012

This colourful display on one of Perth’s most recognisable buildings now takes place from sunset till dawn every day of the year. The magical lighting effects help to bring the building alive at night, encouraging reactivation of the city centre and drawing increased numbers of visitors back into the city in the evening.

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Blissing Out in the Dry Tortugas, West of Key West, Florida

  • Amber Nolan
  • 16 May 2012

“Wow,” is all I can say. From this angle, we can see the entire length of the island. It seems artificial, and certainly doesn’t look like any other part of Florida. I feel content with this paradise around me, and am completely “blissed out.” I hope the ferry never drops visitors off at this island. I appreciate it so much more knowing how far I had come to make this happen.

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Video Spotlight: Toy Thailand

  • Paul Tavner
  • 13 May 2012

It’s always interesting to see film-makers experimenting with new techniques, especailly ones that bring a complete new visual style to their work. In this week’s Video Spotlight feature, Joerg Daiber makes use of ’tilt shift’ photography to bring a completely unique perspective to what would otherwise be familiar scenes filmed in some of Thailand’s most popular destinations.

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