With a Local: Vancouver, British Columbia

"I think Vancouver gives you a taste of the quintessential Canadian experience. You can do fun things out of doors with lots of active lifestyle options, and there’s a great variety of good food. There’s a little bit of history and you are close the mountains. You can get to Whistler easily and a bunch of different destinations right around the area," says Nicole Ford.

Durham Miners’ Gala – The Big Meeting in north-east England

“I think it’s a celebration of working class life in the north East. The pits have gone but it hasn’t broken the spirit of people or the communities. It’s now become a great festival, a carnival. Some people come for the fun fair, some people come for the speeches, some people come for the bands, some people come for the banners, some people come for the laughs. It brings people together,” said Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, talking after the 2016 Durham Miners’ Gala.

With a Local: Kinigi, Rwanda

"For anybody interested in trying Rwandan food I recommend Imvange, a stew, with potatoes and maize, cooked in a traditional pot. I like it because eating it makes you feel strong. People eat this before going out to cultivate the land or carry heavy things. We call it the spice of Rwanda. The Kings of Rwanda used to eat this kind of food," says Charles.

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer with Ira Young

“We go through the Rockies, on the Rocky Mountaineer, but what I think a lot of people don’t realise is that we wind our way through some amazing desert canyons on the first day. They have some big sky vistas. That was a big eye-opener for me, the amount the scenery changes,” said Ira Young, Guest Service Manager on the Rocky Mountaineer.

The Silly Walk Eindhoven

The creation is the work of Niels van Swaemen and Kasper van Leek, the talented street artists and designers behind Studio Giftig. It was unveiled in the spring of 2016. Locals are proud that John Cleese visited Eindhoven to declare the tunnel open. One end depicts a grinning Cleese as he looked back in 1970, when the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch was initially broadcast.

A walking tour of Kamloops, British Columbia

Rolling into the Canadian city of Kamloops marked the end the first day of a scenic journey from Vancouver to Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train. As we neared the city of 90,000 people — which, by area, is one of the largest municipalities in Canada — a member of the train’s guest experience...

With a Local: Amersfoort

The ladies of Amersfoort saved the city with beer...The ladies, who did most of the brewing in those days, decided to empty kettles with boiling hot beer from the city gates onto the ice. The result? The ice melted, the catapult sank, the army drowned. Hurray for our women!