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  • All change: the railway in Budapest that’s run by children

    All change: the railway in Budapest that’s run by children

    November 18th, 2015John Malathronas
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    Trains are a fascination in many a child’s life – from the shrill blow of the commanding whistle to the clunky levers used to stop and go. Today, in Budapest, kids don’t have to dream about becoming the next train conductor, they can simply join the Children’s Railway. Rough Guides writer John Malathronas went to find out…

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  • Memories of the Berlin Wall 25 years on

    Memories of the Berlin Wall 25 years on

    November 5th, 2014John Malathronas
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    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rough Guides writer John Malathronas remembers his experience crossing Checkpoint Charlie. It was in August 1989 when I presented myself to Checkpoint Charlie – a bit scared, very curious, but mostly excited – and crossed to what was then East Berlin. Life in West Berlin, an…

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  • Visiting Vlad the Impaler, Romania

    Visiting Vlad the Impaler, Romania

    May 6th, 2014John Malathronas
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    The whereabouts of Dracula’s grave is a contentious issue; two monasteries in Romania are fighting for the title of the resting place of Vlad the Impaler – but which one has the strongest argument? John Malathronas goes to Snagov monastery to find out. “You need four people for an impalement,” says my guide, Gabriel, in taciturn…

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  • Surfing in Rio, Brazil

    Surfing in Rio, Brazil

    February 13th, 2014John Malathronas
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    My favourite spot in Rio isn’t lying on Ipanema beach or watching the world go by sitting in the Copacabana Palace terrace. Nor does it involve hiking in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, or snaking around the islands on a boat trip in Guanabara Bay. My favourite spot is unfamiliar to the casual tourist, because…

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  • The ruin pubs of Budapest

    The ruin pubs of Budapest

    June 17th, 2013John Malathronas
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    John Malathronas goes on a “tipsy tour” of the ruin pubs of Budapest.  One of the crazes in Budapest over the past few years has been ruin pubs. At £1.50 a pint they won’t ruin you financially, although by the end of a long evening they may well have ruined your plans for an early…

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