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One of the musicians during the regular service at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy in Sri Lanka. Three times a day, music is played as an offering is made to the holy relic in the temple. The relic is a tooth of Buddha and it's what makes this temple the most important Buddhist site in the country, bringing hundreds of thousands of worshippers every year.
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On safari in Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of elephants roam in the wild here and you can get quite close. I was lucky to spot this 3-week-old baby elephant suckling from its mother!
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This is Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. On top of this rock, the King of Ceylon built his fortress in 477 AD because he was scared of revenge. After all, he had killed his father and stolen the throne from his brother.
 
These days, you can climb right up to the top with a series of staircases. Back in the day, they had to pull themselves up with ropes!
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Throughout the Italian city of Turin are palaces that were the residences of the Royal House of Savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world. The buildings are so opulent and I spent a whole day visiting different ones in the city.
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Between Genoa and Turin is an area of vineyards that is so important, it's been named as a World Heritage Site!
 
Experts think grapes have been grown (and wine made) here since about the 5th century BC. As well as producing a decent drop, the Italian scenery is beautiful too!
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Sadly this is not a photo of my accommodation. This is inside of the 'palaces' in Genoa, Italy. Did you know there's a whole street in the centre of the city lined with opulent houses like this? The street and the palaces are now a World Heritage Site and three of them are open as museums.
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Here's a tip for you. If you ever visit Cinque Terre in Italy, give yourself an extra day to also see Porto Venere and Palmaria. They are just a few kilometres away and are so worth it!
 
Palmaria is an island just 100 metres off the coast. There are trails around it that take you to stunning views, with dramatic cliffs and birds circling around. And the amazing thing is that there are so few people. After the crowds of Cinque Terre, it's refreshing to be alone on these trails!
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This is probably one of the classic angles you're used to seeing from Cinque Terre in Italy. I can now see why. As you walk along the coast, there are so many different viewpoints where you see the small towns against the backdrop of the sea and the cliffs. With their colourful buildings, they shine in the sunlight. But hiking in the nature around them is not to be dismissed!
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I've been to Florence a few times but have never visited the Boboli Gardens before. The large landscaped area is beautiful and has paths that go up and down hills, around fountains, and through manicured hedges.
 
This is the view from one terrace, down to the Pitti Palace and across the river to the main part of the city.
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And this is the view that greeted me at the final stop of my 25 kilometre day hike across the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany. This is the town of Montepulciano, with the 16th century Sanctuary of San Biagio below the main town, on the right of the photo.
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