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This is Speicherstadt.

It's a warehouse area in the German city of Hamburg, criss-crossed with waterways that reflect the beautiful brick facades.

It is, in fact, the largest warehouse complex in the world and played a key role in the city's history as a major port.

Word on the street is that it has a good chance of being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the next year or two.

#germany25reunified #germany #travel #hamburg #worldheritage #photography #travelphotography
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Beautifull, i 've been there 2 year ago ☺
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I'm spending a couple of days in Hamburg, Germany. Don't bother making the joke... I've already asked about hamburgers and nobody has laughed yet.

Starting the trip at the super funky +Superbude St. Pauli hotel. Very nice vibe and I would highly recommend it!

What's in store for tomorrow??

#germany #travel #hamburg #hotel #hotelphotography #travelphotography #youth #germany25reunified
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Another of the painted doors in the old town of Funchal in Madeira.

It's all part of an art project that revitalise the area. About 200 doors were handed over to artists to create whatever they wanted!

See more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/04/painted-doors-funchal-madeira/

#travel   #travelphotography   #portugal   #madeira   #art   #portobay  
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I spent the afternoon exploring Kensington Palace in London with +City Wonders (formerly Dark Rome Tours) 

Sadly you can't get to William and Kate's bedroom - even with this great tour - but there's lots to see.

Three figures loom large through it all - Princess Margaret, Queen Victoria and, of course, Princess Diana.

#travel #london #england #wondersoflondon #travelphotography
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The painted doors of Funchal, Madeira

I’m in a narrow street called Rua de Santa Maria (Santa Maria Street) in the capital of Madeira, Funchal. It’s not wide enough for cars and, even if it was, tables and chairs from the many restaurants and cafes are taking up most of the space. This is the old part of the city, not far from the water’s edge and it’s feeling the effects of age.

In an effort to revitalise the area, the local council has organised an art project in the street this year. And, as I discover quite quickly, it involves the doors of the buildings.

See more photos: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/04/painted-doors-funchal-madeira/

#travel   #travelphotography  #art #portugal #madeira   #painting   #artwork   #door   #portobay  
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Biking around Hamburg today. 10 per cent of the city is water... thankfully I didn't crash my bike into any of it! :)

#germany25reunified #germany #travel #hamburg #travelphotography #photography
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Great shot! Hope you had an enjoyable ride. 
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The artist community of Spinnerei in the German city of Leipzig.

I met a cool Australian artist called Frankie Morgan who's doing a three month residency here.

Even outside the studios are funky - like this fox!

#travel #art #travelphotography #germany #stsleipzig
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Oh my gosh - how tiny was Queen Victoria?!

This is her original wedding dress which I found on display at Kensington Palace during my tour with +City Wonders (formerly Dark Rome Tours) in London.

I took a photo next to it so you could see a size comparison - I'm about six foot, for the record.

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Only 4ft 11? You always imagine her to be taller because she looks so imposing in statues. It was such a shock to see this dress!
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A spot on summary of last night's Future of Tourism event in London hosted by G Adventures. I've added my thoughts into the comment stream on +Alastair McKenzie's original post.
 
The Future of Tourism

Last night the Future of Tourism talk played out to a packed audience (700+?) at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Judging by the continuous and rapid stream of gushingly enthusiastic tweets being projected onto the screen throughout the evening, it was a huge success, but I'm going to play the role of the little boy looking at the emperor in his new clothes and ask: "were you not seeing what I was seeing?"

TBH I was disappointed, and judging by the steady trickle of people leaving from about halfway through - they can't all have had buses to catch - I suspect I was not alone.

I'm not saying I wasn't pleased I went, and I was certainly chuffed to be invited as a VIP (that exalted position may now be in danger!), but I didn't come away feeling I'd learned anything much about the Future of Tourism.

I think Bruce Poon Tip (founder G Adventures) is a charismatic speaker and, like everyone in the audience, I'm a huge fan of G Adventures and its philosophy, but I didn't need an extended history of G Adventures. Bruce spoke for an hour and ten minutes (Don't challenge me on this. I recorded it). The opening ten minutes was really promising, filled with stats and interesting propositions. He made points like:

+ Travel marketing is now a two way conversation and the big travel brands are being forced to engage.

+ Travel has the potential to be one of the biggest wealth distribution schemes in a world where the huge majority of people earn under $2 a day and yet of $100 spent on vacation in developing countries only $5 stays in the local community. Since the travel industry is already the second largest source of global GDP after oil and set to double in size over the next ten years, and since travel is an emotional purchase... we should treat travel as an expression of ourselves & our values and think of it as a way of giving back.

+ It's not innovators/leaders who start movements (in this case in tourism). It's the first followers. A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous, but it's the first follower that turns a lone nut into a leader.

But then it became an hour long advert for G Adventures. Too much! Inspiring, and a great example for the travel & tourist industry, but it stopped being about the Future of Tourism and became the History of G Adventures.

Then came the stellar panel - Bruce Poon Tip, Tony Wheeler (Co-Founder Lonely Planet), Julia Bradbury (TV presenter/traveller) and Pippa Jacks (Editor TTG. Not enough of her! Pity!) moderated by Lyn Hughes (Editor in Chief, Wanderlust mag) who squandered a great opportunity. 80% of her questions were simply repeating variations on which destinations did each panelist think are being/have been the best/worst examples of tourism? And she even wasted our time by regurgitating that tired old debate from 5-10 years ago - are we "travellers" or "tourists". Purleeze.

Like I say. There were a few nuggets in there, and yes, G Adventures is a truly inspiring company whose praises should be sung from the rooftops.... but not when it dominates the topic, which was supposed to be 'The Future of Tourism'.

Can we have a little more of what it says on the flyer next time, please?

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One view of the forests of Madeira, Portugal.

At different altitudes and from different angles, the fauna of the island appears so different!

See more from a levada walk I took here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/04/levada-walk-tour-madeira-portugal/
Rua Praia Formosa, Edificio Vista Formosa Bloco A r/C esquerdo, 9000-247 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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A great way to see the island. The guides really know the place well and will find lots of little things to show you and explain. I did the levada walk which was beautiful and it was incredible to see how the landscapes changed so much during the walk.
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The cathedral is absolutely incredible today - I can't even imagine what a masterpiece it must have been when it was built almost a thousand years ago. There are so many intricate details in the cathedral, you could spend hours there or go back multiple times. I would highly recommend getting a guided tour or a guidebook to truly appreciate all the elements that make up such a huge building.
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So much history in a building which has still kept up with the times. This really puts the theatre back into a movie theatre and makes the experience so much better. There is a great range of movies to see but it's also a great place just to get a sense of nostalgia.
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Cool collection of inventions - for both adults and children. It is not uniquely Spanish, though, so there are probably better things to do in Barcelona if you only have a day or two. But could be a good option on a rainy afternoon or once you've seen other parts of the city.
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A fascinating place to check out when you're in Durham. It's just across the lawn from the cathedral and us easily combined in a day trip (or half a day, even). You can only access the castle through a guided tour and they're only offered at particular times each day. Make sure you check and book in advance so you don't miss out.
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A lovely little church with some wonderful items inside. This is a very important site for the local community and so a good way to get a better understanding of the people who live here. It's also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.
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The water palace is beautiful and a great place to visit after the main palace. It is not enormous and won't take too long to see. But it's an interesting insight into the royal way of life in Indonesia. The location of this listing is in the wrong place, though. The correct GPS coordinates for the Taman Sari are: -7.810040, 110.358905
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