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About Paul
Paul Stafford is a journalist and photographer based in Birmingham and London, United Kingdom. He works on a freelance basis and is always on the lookout for new stories and leads. He is interested in everything but specialises in Ukraine, Mexico, South Korea, Scotland and Spain. He's available to travel to wherever the story may be on short notice. He is set up so that he is available to report at a moment's notice.
He has worked extensively in travel reporting, as well as recently undertaking journalistic assignments across Ukraine and in Crimea.
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Granada City Guide: Best Things To Do And Where To Stay In Spain’s Magical Moorish Centre

26 May 2024  |  www.everand.com
Granada, a city in Spain, is renowned for its rich Moorish heritage and stunning landscapes, including the Alhambra, Albaicín, and Sacromonte hills. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-visit, showcasing Moorish architecture and design. The city's historic core blends Moorish Islamic and Spanish Christian sensibilities, with notable sites like the Catedral de Granada and the Church of San Gil y Santa Ana. The Sacromonte area is famous for its flamenco performances in cave homes. Federico García Lorca, Spain’s greatest poet, has significant ties to the city. Granada offers a variety of accommodations, from state-run paradores to charming hotels, and a vibrant culinary scene with free tapas. The city also boasts unique shopping experiences, including the Alcaicería bazaar and taracea artisans. Despite its hilly terrain, most attractions are accessible on foot.

Petra Guide: Where To Stay, Eat, Drink And Shop In Jordan’s Rose-red Ancient City

18 May 2024  |  www.everand.com
Petra, a historic city in southern Jordan, is renowned for its ancient Nabataean architecture carved into sandstone cliffs. The city, largely hidden within gorges and canyons, offers dramatic entrances and significant landmarks like The Treasury and The Monastery. Visitors can explore Petra through various routes, including the main entrance via the Siq and an alternative path from Little Petra. Accommodations range from luxury resorts like Mövenpick Resort Petra to authentic experiences at Ammarin Bedouin Camp. Dining options in Wadi Musa include My Mom’s Recipe and Zawaya, while The Cave Bar offers a unique drinking spot. Shopping highlights include The Nabataean Ladies Cooperative and The Sand Castle. Practical tips for travelers include using Jordanian dinars, understanding local customs, and considering the Jordan Pass for entry and visa benefits.

How To Spend A Day In Williamsburg, New York’s Energetic, Trend-setting Neighbourhood

12 Apr 2024  |  www.everand.com
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a neighborhood that has evolved from a hipster haven to a more mature community while retaining its creative charm. It offers a variety of experiences from strolling along the East River at Domino Park to enjoying the culinary diversity. The area is well-connected by public transport, including the J, M, and L trains. Visitors can enjoy the local art scene, indulge in diverse food options, experience unique coffee shops, and shop at places like Brooklyn Flea. Accommodation options like The Hoxton and Moxy Brooklyn Williamsburg provide views of the Manhattan skyline. The NYC Ferry offers an affordable way to explore the riverfront, and cultural institutions like the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center and City Reliquary connect visitors to the local community.

San Sebastian City Guide: Where To Stay, Eat, Drink And Shop In Spain’s Gourmet Hot Spot

07 Apr 2024  |  everand.com
San Sebastián, a city with a rich history and a reputation for high culinary standards, offers a variety of experiences for travelers. From its Belle Epoque architecture, such as the Hotel Maria Cristina, to the surf-friendly Zurriola Beach, the city caters to diverse interests. The Old Town is a hub for cultural exploration with museums like San Telmo and Euskal Itsas Museoa. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the Bay of Biscay or hike the Camino de Santiago. The city's food scene is renowned, with pintxos bars and Michelin-starred restaurants. Local drinks include Basque cider and txakoli wine. Shopping for gourmet Basque food and visiting markets like Mercado de la Bretxa are popular activities. Architectural highlights include the Kursaal, and the best views are from Monte Igueldo. Tips for travel include a 10% tip for service, using bus 16 for local transit, and swimming to Isla de Santa Clara. Flight-free travel is possible via Eurostar and TGV, while air travel options include British Airways and easyJet.

How To Spend A Day In The French Quarter, New Orleans’ Fun-loving, Jazz-inflected Neighbourhood

04 Apr 2024  |  everand.com
The French Quarter, embodying the soul of New Orleans, offers a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, from jazz music at Preservation Hall to Creole cuisine at Mr. B’s Bistro. The area's history is preserved in the architecture and museums like the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Visitors can enjoy the Mississippi River through strolls or steamboat cruises, and indulge in the local culinary and musical heritage. Antiques and artwork can be found on Royal Street, while various hotels provide historic charm. Travel to New Orleans is accessible via direct flights from London Heathrow or indirect routes from other UK airports.

24 Hours in Santander, Spain

13 Feb 2024  |  www.travelmag.com
Santander, a city in Spain's Cantabria region, offers a rich blend of cultural, historical, and culinary experiences. Known for its beautiful beaches like El Sardinero and Playa de los Peligros, the city also boasts significant landmarks such as the Palacio de la Magdalena and the Catedral de Santander. The local cuisine is diverse, featuring ingredients from both land and sea, with several Michelin-starred restaurants. Key attractions include the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, Centro Botín, and Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico. Accommodation options range from luxurious hotels like Eurostars Hotel Real to budget-friendly choices like Alda Don Carlos.

How escaping the UK and going abroad on holiday saved our family Christmas

21 Dec 2023  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
The author recounts the stress of driving to visit family members across the UK during Christmas, which led to exhaustion and tension. After a particularly stressful holiday, the author and their partner Helena decided to travel to California and Mexico for Christmas 2019, which proved to be a delightful experience. The COVID-19 pandemic reminded them of the importance of family, leading to a new approach: spreading family visits throughout November and December and traveling somewhere new by Christmas, resulting in a more relaxed and enjoyable holiday season.

How escaping the UK and going abroad on holiday saved our family Christmas

21 Dec 2023  |  news.yahoo.com
The author recounts the stress of driving to visit family members across the UK during Christmas, which led to exhaustion and tension. After a particularly challenging holiday, the author and their partner Helena decided to travel to California and Mexico for Christmas 2019, which proved to be a delightful experience. The COVID-19 pandemic reminded them of the importance of family, leading them to scatter family gatherings throughout November and December to reduce stress. This new approach to the holiday season allowed for more relaxed and enjoyable family interactions.

How man’s best friend is helping rehabilitate inmates in England

16 Oct 2023  |  Positive News
In Staffordshire, England, HMP Dovegate has initiated a program where prisoners train assistance dogs, gaining skills and qualifications for future employment. The Restart Dogs project, led by animal behaviorist Rachel Trafford, aims to instill positive behaviors in dogs through reinforcement, paralleling the rehabilitative approach of the prison system. Participants like Dan, a former drug dealer, have found a new purpose and are preparing for a crime-free life post-release. The program has shown early signs of reducing crime and is expanding to other prisons, with plans to support released prisoners in starting their own dog training businesses.

Petra guide: Where to stay, eat, drink and shop in Jordan’s rose-red ancient city

10 Oct 2023  |  The Independent
Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Jordan, is renowned for its ancient Nabataean architecture carved into sandstone cliffs. Key attractions include Al-Khazneh (The Treasury), the Royal Tombs, and the High Place of Sacrifice. Visitors can explore Petra through the main entrance or via Little Petra. Accommodation options range from the luxurious Movenpick Resort Petra to the authentic Ammarin Bedouin Camp. Dining options in nearby Wadi Musa include My Mom’s Recipe and Zawaya. The Petra Museum offers insights into the city's history, and the Jordan Pass is recommended for tourists to cover visa fees and entry to major attractions.

How escaping the UK and going abroad on holiday saved our family Christmas

10 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
The author recounts the stress and challenges of spending Christmas driving around the UK to visit family, leading to a resolution to spend future holidays abroad. In 2019, the author and their partner Helena traveled to California and Mexico, finding the experience far more relaxing and enjoyable. They now plan family visits in late November and early December to avoid the holiday rush, resulting in a more relaxed and festive time.

How escaping the UK and going abroad on holiday saved our family Christmas

05 Oct 2023  |  au.news.yahoo.com
The author recounts the stress and challenges of spending Christmas driving around the UK to visit family, leading to a resolution to spend future holidays abroad. A trip to California and Mexico in 2019 provided a refreshing break from the usual holiday chaos. The Covid-19 pandemic reinforced the importance of family, but also the need for a stress-free holiday. The new strategy involves spreading family visits throughout November and early December, allowing for a more relaxed and enjoyable Christmas spent traveling to new destinations.

Grand Final: Everything you need to know about Aussie rules football

29 Sep 2023  |  The National
The Australian Football League Grand Final is set to take place with Fitzroy and Collingwood competing. The article explains the rules of Aussie rules football, including the scoring system, field of play, player positions, umpire roles, and common offences. The game is described as a battle between 36 players on a large field, with unique rules that allow for handling the ball and a scoring system involving goals and behinds. The article aims to clarify the game for those unfamiliar with it, ahead of the Grand Final on Saturday at 8.30am UAE time.

San Sebastian travel guide: Best things to do, where to stay and more

24 Aug 2023  |  independent.co.uk
San Sebastián, a city with a rich history dating back to the Spanish Royal Court's summer visits, offers a blend of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and cultural experiences. Renowned for its food scene, particularly pintxos, the city boasts the world's highest ratio of Michelin stars per capita. Attractions include Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo for panoramic views, museums like San Telmo and the Aquarium, and surfing at Zurriola Beach. Accommodations range from the luxurious Hotel Maria Cristina to the surf-friendly Surfing Etxea. The city is also a starting point for the Camino de Santiago and features modern architectural highlights like the Kursaal. Travel to San Sebastián can be done flight-free via Eurostar and TGV or by air with airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, and Vueling.

Review: Liverpool’s Beatles-themed Magical Mystery Tour

28 Jun 2023  |  www.travelmag.com
The review explores the Beatles-themed Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool, highlighting key stops such as the childhood homes of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. The tour, led by guide Neil Brannan, evokes a sense of reverence and nostalgia among participants. It concludes at The Cavern Club, emphasizing the enduring impact of The Beatles' music and legacy.

Granada city guide: Best things to do and where to stay in Spain’s magical Moorish centre

03 Jun 2023  |  www.independent.co.uk
Granada, Spain, offers a blend of Moorish and Spanish Christian culture, with the UNESCO-listed Alhambra as a highlight. The city's historic core, Albaicín district, and Sacromonte are rich in history and culture, including flamenco. Local cuisine features the traditional 'free tapa with a drink' deal. Accommodation options include heritage hotels like Parador de Granada. Notable eateries and bars offer local and international flavors, with some providing stunning views of the city. Granada's shopping scene includes the Alcaicería for souvenirs and Artesanía González for authentic taracea. The city is also known for its vibrant live music scene.

The 1,700-year legacy of Korean temple cuisine

16 May 2023  |  BBC
WooKwan Sunim, a nun of almost 40 years, is a master of Korean temple cuisine, which emphasizes an organic, vegetarian, zero-waste approach to food. At Gameun Temple near Icheon, South Korea, she forages for ingredients and uses traditional techniques like pickling and fermentation to create healthy and delicious dishes. Despite challenges from modern developments encroaching on foraging areas, WooKwan continues to innovate within the constraints of temple cuisine, promoting a balanced and simple diet. Her cookbook, 'WooKwan's Korean Temple Food,' introduces these practices to a global audience, blending Eastern and Western ingredients.

Where to Stay in San Francisco: The Best Neighborhoods for Different Travel Tastes

08 May 2023  |  TravelMag
San Francisco offers a variety of neighborhoods for travelers with different tastes, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly options. Union Square and Nob Hill provide a well-connected base with historic theaters and upscale restaurants. North Beach and Chinatown offer great dining and cultural experiences. Fisherman's Wharf is ideal for family fun and access to famous landmarks. The Castro and Haight-Ashbury are known for their social history and cool vibe. The Marina District is a budget-friendly area with good access to major sights. The article also provides tips for getting around the city, including using the BART system and historic cable cars.

Zaragoza city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Spain’s hallowed heartland

14 Apr 2023  |  The Independent
Zaragoza, a city rich in history and culture, offers a blend of Roman, Moorish, and Spanish influences. Key attractions include the labyrinthine Casco Viejo, the cathedrals La Seo and El Pilar, and the Aljaferia Palace. Visitors can enjoy local cuisine in tapas bars, explore historic sites, and shop for traditional Aragonese goods. The city is easily navigable on foot, and offers unique experiences such as the Thursday night juepincho tradition in La Magdalena. Zaragoza is accessible by train from major Spanish cities and direct flights from London.

Barcelona city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Catalan capital

06 Apr 2023  |  independent.co.uk
Barcelona is a city rich in culture, architecture, and gastronomy, with a distinctive Catalan identity. Visitors can explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces, such as Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia, and enjoy the city's modernista buildings. The Gothic Quarter and Poble Sec offer a vibrant tapas scene, while Michelin-starred restaurants provide high-end dining experiences. Accommodation ranges from lavish hotels like El Palace to boutique options in central locations. Shopping opportunities abound on Passeig de Gracia and in vintage stores in El Raval. Barcelona's museums house extensive art collections, including works by Picasso and Miro. The city's style is also showcased in the Design Museum. For panoramic views, the hills surrounding Barcelona and the terrace at MNAC are recommended. Insider tips suggest taking advantage of free admission days to major attractions and using the Metro for transportation.

The 20 Most Unique Easter Celebrations in the World

04 Apr 2023  |  travelmag.com
Easter celebrations around the world are marked by unique and diverse traditions. From Bermuda's Good Friday KiteFest to France's Knights of the Giant Omelette, each country showcases its cultural heritage. Germany's Georgiritt, Greece's Rouketopolemos, and Guatemala's Colourful Carpets are some of the distinctive celebrations. Hungary's Sprinkling, Jerusalem's OG Easter Sites, Italy's Scoppio del Carro, and Japan's Kanamara Matsuri also stand out. Mexico's Passion Play, the Netherlands' PaasVuur, the Philippines' Maleldo, Poland's Easter at the Salt Chapel, Spain's Semana Santa and Roman Passion, Ukraine's Festival Pysanka, the UK's Bottle-Kicking, the USA's Easter Fires, Vatican City's Way of the Cross, and Zambia's Shimunenga are other notable festivities. Afghanistan's Nowruz Buzkashi is also mentioned as a spring festival.

How a Scottish mountain weighed the planet

31 Mar 2023  |  www.bbc.com
The article by Paul Stafford, a features correspondent, discusses the historical quest to determine the weight of the Earth, which took place in the 18th century on Schiehallion, a mountain in Scotland. Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne, with the help of Charles Mason and mathematician Charles Hutton, undertook the challenge of measuring the Earth's mass by calculating the gravitational pull of Schiehallion. The mountain's isolation and unique shape made it an ideal candidate for the experiment. Maskelyne's innovative approach involved using a pendulum to measure the gravitational deviation caused by the mountain. Hutton's contribution included the creation of contour lines on maps, a technique still used today. The team's efforts resulted in an estimation of Earth's mass that was within 20% of the current accepted value. The article highlights the significance of this scientific endeavor and its lasting impact on both astronomy and cartography.

A Short Guide to Moseley, Birmingham

01 Jan 2023  |  travelmag.com
Moseley, a neighborhood in Birmingham, is celebrated for its Victorian charm, creative atmosphere, and world-class dining and nightlife. The area boasts historic pubs, Michelin Guide restaurants, and a variety of cultural and green spaces, including Canon Hill Park and the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. Notable residents like JRR Tolkien have found inspiration in Moseley's natural beauty. While there are no hotels in Moseley itself, nearby Birmingham city center offers accommodations with convenient access to the neighborhood. Moseley's independent spirit is evident in its local markets and the success of independent businesses over chains.

Where to eat in the English town of Clitheroe

01 Dec 2022  |  Science
Clitheroe, a town in the Ribble Valley, has emerged as a culinary destination with a mix of established favorites and new openings. Highlights include the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, the historic Clitheroe Market, and various notable eateries such as Holmes Mill, Toms Table, and The Three Fishes. The town offers a range of dining experiences from local sausages at Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop to Greek cuisine at Brizola Bar & Grill. Key figures in the local culinary scene include chefs Tom Drinkall and Nigel Haworth.

Yelena Yemchuk’s Odesa: A floating dreamland

01 Apr 2022  |  www.1854.photography
Yelena Yemchuk, a photographer born in Kyiv, Ukraine, has documented the lives of young people in Odesa volunteering for the army following the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014. Her photobook 'Odesa' captures the beauty and resilience of the city's youth amidst the backdrop of conflict. Yemchuk's work is characterized by a romanticized view of Ukraine, and her images convey a sense of curiosity and wonder. The book, published by Gost, was designed before the full-scale invasion in 2022, and now serves as a poignant reminder of the individuals whose futures are uncertain due to the war.

Ukrainian artists respond to Russian invasion

03 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Ukrainian artists and cultural figures are responding to the Russian invasion with defiance and a commitment to preserving their national identity. The destruction of the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum and the loss of Maria Prymachenko's folk art highlight the threat to Ukrainian culture. Art curator Kateryna Taylor and artist Pavlo Makov, who should be preparing for the Venice Art Biennale, are instead focusing on humanitarian efforts and calling for Russia's removal from La Biennale. Visual artist Yelena Yemchuk discusses the burgeoning cultural movement in Ukraine over the past decade and the country's growing sense of independence. Despite the war, there is a belief that Ukraine will experience a cultural revolution once the conflict ends.

The Best Things To Do in Gyeongju

15 Apr 2020  |  Culture Trip
Gyeongju, a city rich in Korean history and culture, offers a variety of unique experiences from stargazing at Cheomsongdae Observatory to cycling between ancient Silla tombs. Visitors can dine like royalty with traditional Ssambap, stay at Golgulsa temple to learn Sunmudo, and explore quirky museums like the Teddy Bear Museum. The city also boasts significant historical sites such as Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, and offers a taste of traditional rice wine, Beopju, in Gyochon Hanok Village. Gyeongju is a serene destination that beautifully blends natural wonders with cultural heritage.










A trailer for the documentary 'Dog Years' filmed across Greece that covered the humanitarian refugee crisis in 2016.

The road to Russia

18 Mar 2017  |  www.slow-journalism.com
The article covers the events and aftermath of Crimea's annexation by Russia, focusing on the period from the third anniversary of the annexation in 2017 back to the 2014 referendum. It discusses the historical context, the strategic and symbolic significance of locations like Sevastopol, and the local and international reactions to the annexation. The journalist interviews various Crimean residents, revealing a mix of opinions about the Russian takeover. Some, like Anatoliy Tavrichesky, initially welcomed it, while others, such as Taras Manasov and Kamilla Aksyonova, expressed concerns about the future and the impact on the Tatar community. The article also touches on the economic consequences of EU sanctions, the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, and the political and social changes within Crimea under Russian control.

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