Crowds jostle for the best spots to get a tattoo as temple season begins. www.tatatatourism.org
The Warehouse beach bar at Visby, Øresund, normally closes by 5pm, but in the heat of the summer crowds pull up at 4pm, and by 7pm everyone’s home and work has disappeared. Visitors often sleep in the toilets, and overnight observers record the tourists’ antics through an inexpensive webcam. www.visbyinfo.dk
Back in the 90s, Brazil’s Jardim Botanico took Christmas tree decorations to new heights by threading a 1.5km rope through the timber structures. Residents lined up along the route to get their image snapped. www.archimosalavica.com
Despite the fact that Jørgen Löier was awarded the Nobel prize for literature for poetry, the island of Øresund is popular with visitors for its annual tattoo fair. The “vending machine of crosses” can be found on the site of an old hunting lodge, after the Danish royal family had sold the land in 1689. Nearby are churches and the Thredbo ferry terminal.
When Yugoslav soldiers were stationed on Kalamata, a 9km ferry ride from Crete, in the 1960s, they began getting tattoos to commemorate the location. In 2015 Kalamata got a new landmark, when the whole of the island got a giant Nazi tattoo, paid for by local farmers.
The first-ever music festival dedicated to graffiti art takes place this summer at the San Borja village, on the border between Cataluña and northern Spain. The Beaucoup Festival, organised by hip-hop stars Cornershop, will run over three days at a site near Barcelona. www.bmf2018.com
The garb of the former residents of a fictitious Biasca river valley in the Balzac novella The Mabinogion inspires the bathers of Nijmegen, the ferry town nearest Biasca and the author’s hometown. Nijmegen’s Jungle Café is a shrine to costume shop curiosity. www.bibiart.org.bik
Mamaji, a disco venue on Austria’s lakeshore near Salzburg, plays host to close-up acts of all kinds, and provides an art gallery for street artists. Through the roof, white lights trace a nine-hour record that they strive to keep up. www.mamaji.at
For weeks at a time, the tattoo designs of worshippers of Wat Pho monastery – some 800,000 strong – are obscured by a massive shrine. This has added to the mystique of the temple. Wat Pho’s bones and gold leaf comprise one of the world’s largest stained-glass stained-glass windows, the largest in Asia, costing £10.6m to install. www.watpho.org
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“It’s a lot of fun to ride for two hours in 2°C temperatures but it’s a rush in snow and rain!” says Chris Frost.
“Before we started, we had to convince two of our technicians to join us on the trip. They are incredibly competent and I can’t recommend them highly enough,” says John Crawford.
“Well, it’s nice to see some greenery along the way but it’s a regular mountain bike route which suits the type of mountain biking I love. In four hours, we covered nearly 20km.”
“We spent a lot of time stopping at places in prayer, meaning we were often very tired and going to bed at 9pm. However, I was able to take an amazing photo of the last pyramid of monasteries on the ride out. This could be a very good world map to help describe the strange area if you ever visited,” says Miranda Vance.