Montenegro's medieval walled city of Kotor, an Adriatic seaport cradled in a spectacular fjord-like bay, has survived centuries of weather and warfare. Now it is facing a different kind of assault, that of gargantuan cruise ships disgorging throngs of tourists threatening a place that was only a few years ago commonly described as a "hidden gem". The coastline the poet Lord Byron called the "most beautiful merging of land and sea" is now one of unbridled real estate development. With rocky slopes jutting into azure waters, Kotor's bay and its white-stone old town have been hailed as an alternative for travellers looking to avoid the mass tourism choking Dubrovnik some 70 kilometres (45 miles) up the coast in Croatia. Last year the hugely popular Dubrovnik -- like Kotor, a medieval walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage site -- became synonymous with the global "overtourism" scourge, showing up on lists of destinations to avoid. Dubrovnik has seen a marked surge of visitors since … [Read more...] about Pristine no more: cruise ships, crowds swamp Montenegro
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SECRET files released by the US government in October 2017 helped shed light on the assassination of President Kennedy. Donald Trump stepped in to order the “long anticipated" file dump — but the CIA and other agencies pressured him to hold back some of the material for now. Here’s what we know. Who killed JFK? No one knows for sure who killed JFK but the official version is that the culprit was Lee Harvey Oswald. The US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 22 in 1963 as he travelled in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Shortly after, Oswald, a 24-year-old self-proclaimed Marxist, was arrested in a nearby cinema after police hunted a killer of one of their fellow officers. He denied shooting anybody, claiming to reporters that he was a "patsy". Later he was accused of shooting the President dead with his $21 mail-order rifle from a window of the sixth floor of a nearby school textbook warehouse. Two days after the assassination and … [Read more...] about Who killed JFK, what are the John F Kennedy assassination files and why did Donald Trump decide to release them?
Nicholas Shakespeare 14 July 2018 9:00 AM 14 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Queen of the Sea: A History of Lisbon Barry HattonC. Hurst & Co., pp.280, £14.99 Paris, Venice, Montevideo, Cape Town, Hobart. There are cities, like fado, that pluck at the gut. In my personal half dozen, having also lived there, Lisbon ranks high. ‘What beauties doth Lisboa first unfold,’ gasped Byron’s Childe Harold. Two centuries on, Portugal’s capital remains Queen of the Sea. Yet beyond a sombrely sentimental gift to entrance, the character of Lisbon is elusive. It outreached the grip even of its greatest modern muse, Fernando Pessoa, whose posthumous 100-page guidebook, Lisbon: What the Tourist Should See, finally published in 1992, included the helpful information that Lisbon ‘rises like a fair vision in a dream, clear-cut against a bright blue sky which the sun gladdens with its gold’. Nor did … [Read more...] about Portugal’s entrancing capital has always looked to the sea
Almost everywhere you look in Wales there's a castle. And while we may be known for our impressive medieval structures, there's so much more history to be found, if you know where to look. From hidden hill forts that date back to the iron ages and museums documenting industrial Wales, there are plenty of things to do and places to explore. Let us know if we've missed your favourite historical hotspot. Here are 100 things you can do in Wales if you love history 1. Dive one of Wales' designated wrecks Seen everything there is to see on land? Why not dive one of the "designated" wrecks off the Welsh caost. There are only six “designated wrecks” in Welsh waters and these are given protected status under the 1973 Protection of Wrecks Act. These include a viking ship, an early submarine and a cargo vessel containing 40,000 slates. But don't just jump in the water. Anyone who visits, films or surveys these sunken vessels needs to get a special licence from the Welsh Government. 2. … [Read more...] about 100 things to do in Wales if you love history
Such a strange atmosphere. So lukewarm, so mild. Not perhaps since the 1979 World Cup, when Australia sent a second XI because of Kerry Packer, has a cricket match between England and Australia in this country been so short of traditional rivalry and ribaldry. England did their best to inject excitement, by losing three quick wickets when set to score 215, which was followed by a late spasm of poor shot-selection before they won with three wickets and six overs in hand, going 1-0 up with four to play. Overall, though, it was as if the Australians had never tampered with the ball in South Africa, so subdued was the occasion until England’s mistakes manufactured a semi-climax. Only Australia’s captain Tim Paine and the easy-going Shaun Marsh were members of their Ashes-winning team last winter or that scandal-ridden team in South Africa, so there was no Aussie for the Oval crowd to hate or bait. Paine has been appointed on the same lines as an old-time England … [Read more...] about Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali spin England to win over Australia in first ODI at The Oval