Timothy Phillips

What I learnt from retracing the iron curtain

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The Berlin Wall, taken from West Berlin showing the death strip in 1988 (Getty)

Just before the pandemic, I spent several months travelling through Europe from the north of Norway to Istanbul and beyond to Azerbaijan. I saw unforgettable sights: the endless daylight of the Arctic summer; the vast Hammershus castle on the Danish island of Bornholm; Vienna’s ornate Prunksaal library; and the sandy beaches of Corfu.

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