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​Worldly Me:
The weekly roundup: ​​​2​​4 March 2017

It’s a big ole world out there, and an ever-changing one at that. From digital wizardry to quirky ideas, the downright brilliant and the overly bizarre, here’s what the planet taught us this week.


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Colmar, France

​DID THIS TOWN INSPIRE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?

Causing quite the stir for any avid Disney fan, it's believed (yet unconfirmed) that the little town o​f Colmar, in north-east France was the inspiration behind Belle's hometown in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

A small provincial French city, Colmar was founded in the 9th century and still boasts many of its original, and very romantic features. Considered one of the best preserved townships in Europe, it's well worth a visit whether you're a Disney fan or not. 

Check Colmar out with one of these irresistible UK & Europe flight deals.

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​The Barkley Marathons
THE ​ULTRAMARATHON NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT
During the ​25 years in which the little-known Barkley Marathons have been running, only 10 people have completed the course. Quite possibly the most gruelling ultramarathon in the world, each year 35 participants from across the globe descend on the little Tennessee town of Wartburg to partake in the 100 miles (160 km) run.

There is a catch though. The marathon must be completed within 60 hours. Of course, if you'd prefer to have a crack at the 'fun run', that one's only 60 miles (97 km) in 60 hours. Easy. 

Put it on you USA agenda. With these cheap US flights, there's no reason not to.

 


Real life Mario Kart in Tokyo

MARIO KART 

Dress up as Mario or Luigi, commandeer a kart and take to the streets for your very own Mario Kart race. It could only happen in Tokyo.

MariCar, a company independent of Nintendo, started the venture to allow fans of the iconic video game live out their number one Mario fantasy. But you'll have to​ be quick: Nintendo don't seem too happy about it.

Flights to Japan on the cheap - and on the flash! Quick, before it's GAME OVER.  



Lindt Chocolate Heaven

THE HIGHEST CHOCOLATE SHOP IN THE WORLD
We all know the Swiss are the king pins of making chocolate (hello velvety smooth cocoa goodness), but did you know Switzerland is also home to the highest chocolate shop in the world? Located at 3,454 metres ​in Jungfraujoch, access to 'Lindt Chocolate Heaven' is via cogwheel train. As well as startling glacier views and snow cloaked mountains, you'll find a cute Lindt chocolate shop and museum.

There's nothing better than Swiss chocolate bought and consumed on a beautiful Swiss mountain.  

For this and more secrets about Switzerland, click here. 

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Chalk-drawn treasure hunt

ANN ARBOUR, MICHIGAN
Local artist, David Zinn has been adorning Ann Arbour, a town in Michigan, with charming chalk drawings since 2008. Peaking out of cracks in the pavement, curbs, ledges and all sorts of cubbyholes, visitors to Ann Arbour love to find his adorable chalk creations.