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The baby dragons of Slovenia

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(CNN) — Postojna Cave, situated one hour’s drive southwest of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, is so vast, it has its own railway. And yet, one of the cave’s main attractions is something at the other end of the size spectrum — and completely unique to Postojna. Baby dragons! Postojna is, during normal travel times, one of Europe’s most visited underground attractions. It’s been known to locals for...

Tips on buying a cheap Italy house from those who’ve done it

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(CNN) — Buying a cheap property in Italy is an attractive prospect for many travelers, particularly with the ever-growing number of towns offering up homes for next to nothing through regeneration schemes. While some have been brave enough to take the leap and snap up a house ranging in price from one to a few thousand euros in a rural Italian village, others are likely to have been deterred by...

Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

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(CNN) — Some 73 feet below the traffic and bustle of London’s Piccadilly lies a silent warren of corridors and pitch-black rooms, rarely seen, rarely visited, but which played a vital role in the course of 20th-century history. Now, the opportunity has come round again to slip behind the door of the abandoned Dover Street Tube station and descend by torchlight into the World War II hideaway from...

Incredible images shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

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(CNN) — Curious meerkats, a rescued Amazon river dolphin and a school of barracudas feature on the shortlist of images for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice competition, and fans can vote for their favorite. The 25 images are currently on display at an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London until voting ends on February 2, 2022, according to a press release from...

Which Christmas markets are still going ahead?

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(CNN) — There’s nothing quite like a festive market to bring out the Christmas spirit in people. While these events can be traced back to Vienna — the city’s first recorded December market was in 1298 — the tradition has spread across the world over the centuries. From Germany, to Switzerland, to New York, it’s difficult to find a coveted destination that doesn’t hold an impressive annual advent...

These are the world’s most expensive cities in 2021

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(CNN) — All over the world, it’s been a tough year on wallets. Supply-chain blockages and changing consumer demand have pushed up the cost of living in many of our biggest cities, according to new research published Wednesday, and inflation is the fastest recorded over the past five years. The Israeli city of Tel Aviv topped the rankings for the first time, overtaking last year’s leader Paris...

Southern African nations join European favorites on CDC’s list for ‘very high’ travel risk

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(CNN) — Eight nations in southern Africa — seven new ones plus one holdover — are listed at the CDC’s highest travel risk level for Covid-19. The countries are under various travel bans worldwide because of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed seven of those nations at Level 4 (highest travel risk) on November 27, a day after President...

Travel restrictions by country following the Omicron variant outbreak

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(CNN) — Just as many countries around the world were beginning to loosen their border restrictions, reports of a newly detected coronavirus variant in South Africa sent many of those doors slamming shut again. Different countries and territories have taken different approaches toward preventing the spread of this new variant. The most up-to-date information is below, but please be aware that...

Couple who traveled to South Africa arrested for ‘fleeing’ Amsterdam quarantine hotel

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(CNN) — Dutch police said on Sunday, November 28 that they arrested a married couple who had “fled” from a mandatory government-ordered quarantine. The pair, who AFP identified as a 30-year-old Spanish man and 28-year-old Portuguese woman, reportedly arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Friday from South Africa, where the new Omicron coronavirus variant was first identified and detected...

Exploring Vardzia, Georgia’s mysterious rock-hewed cave city

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Vardzia, Georgia (CNN) — From 3,000-year-old Uplistikhe to the 6th century David Gareja Monastery and the long-forgotten dwellings of Samshvilde, all of Georgia’s cave sites are awe-inspiring. But none prevail quite like Vardzia. Scattered across the slopes of Erusheti, looming over a lush valley scored by the Kura river, Vardzia is Georgia’s most remarkable cave city. In its day, the rock-hewed...