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The power of love

The House of Juliet, Verona, Italy Love has an undeniable power. There's a strength in the emotion that is indefinable and seems endless. It’s so strong that it can defeat logic, neutralise rational thought and influence decisions. In other words, it's exactly what salespeople are looking for. Enter stage left, the House of Juliet in Verona. The brainchild of an Italian marketer, it is a money-spinner that only love could make so successful. There's a simple formula to making a fortune in this instance. Find one of history's most enduring love stories. Romeo and Juliet - tick! Identify the city in which it is set. Verona, Italy - tick! Choose the most iconic location from this love story. Juliet's balcony - tick! Locate an old building that needs some patronage from tourists - tick! Build a balcony - tick! Call it Juliet's House - tick! Sit back and let the money roll in - disarm doors and cross-tick! Letters to Juliet There...

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15 June
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The world’s oldest sovereign state

Visiting San Marino From high up on the hill, looking out over the countryside and towards the ocean, you can see why the residents of San Marino have tried so hard over the centuries to keep their land - it’s a stunning view, witnessed from a beautiful city that has maintained its historic charm. It’s hard to imagine how they managed to keep their country intact, though, considering the wars and invasions that have bloodied the lands around them. San Marino is the oldest sovereign state in the world, having been founded in 301AD. But it’s also one of the smallest – about 60 square kilometres (or 24 square miles). It’s this size which has helped protect the country because it’s never been seen as a true threat or as a large enough area to bother conquering. Enclosed entirely within Italy, it’s also been protected geographically from many potential aggressors. The capital of...

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07 June
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Travels through Paraguay

Tips for travel in Paraguay As the bus drives along the bumpy dirt road, I look desperately out the window. Through the haze of the red dust being thrown into the air, I look for a sign. Not a mystical symbol of guidance or anything that ethereal – I’m talking about an actual sign. You see, I’m travelling in the middle of Paraguay and have no idea where I am. I know I’m supposed to be getting off at a small village somewhere but, as far as I know, it could be any of the stops the bus is making. This seems to be a recurring theme of my travels in Paraguay. In some senses one of the hardest countries in South America to get around but, in some other senses, one of the easiest. Let me explain. The reason I was staring out the bus window for any hint of my location...

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10 February