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  • 8 reasons you should go to Europe’s least-visited country

    8 reasons you should go to Europe’s least-visited country

    June 20th, 2016Anita Isalska
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    Bid farewell to tourist traps and selfie sticks. Even for intrepid travellers, one European nation remains an enigma: the Republic of Moldova. Wedged between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is a country of unspoilt pastures, buttercup-yellow monasteries, and record-breaking wineries. Its capital city, Chişinău, is a collage of leafy, Paris-style boulevards and stark Brutalist buildings. Beyond…

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  • 10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    January 21st, 2016Anita Isalska
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    Compared to flashy Emirati neighbours like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of Oman is a breath of fresh, sea air. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, but its terrain brings the biggest thrills. This port city on the Gulf of Oman is backed by the arid Hajar mountains, meaning you can…

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  • 7 reasons to visit Trondheim, Norway

    7 reasons to visit Trondheim, Norway

    December 15th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    Aurora-chasers venture to the Arctic north, while slick Oslo lures the arty crowd. In the stampede to these A-list destinations, the rest of Norway is often forgotten. But leave some space in your itinerary for Trondheim, the country’s former capital and third largest city. With Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, rocking nightlife, and museums to charm…

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  • Going off grid at Greenland’s Eqi Glacier

    Going off grid at Greenland’s Eqi Glacier

    November 5th, 2015Anita Isalska
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  • 13 of the world’s cheesiest cuisines

    13 of the world’s cheesiest cuisines

    May 20th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    Real lovers of cheese aren’t satisfied with a dusting of parmigiano. These thirteen dishes showcase the world’s best cheeses in truly lavish proportions. So if your heart is gladdened by gruyère or you say “halleluiah” at halloumi, loosen your belt for these wicked ways with cheese… Swiss fondue What started as a ruse to use…

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  • Minsk: beyond the stereotypes of the Belarusian capital

    Minsk: beyond the stereotypes of the Belarusian capital

    May 18th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    ‘Mini-break’ and ‘Minsk’ don’t trip off the tongue. And if you’ve never considered a visit to the Belarusian capital, you aren’t alone. Anita Isalska explores why the city makes for an interesting trip.  Firstly, there’s the popular perception of Minsk as a grey, post-Soviet megalopolis. Another disincentive is the Belarusian visa, a requirement for visitors…

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  • Baikal: exploring Siberia’s epic frozen lake

    Baikal: exploring Siberia’s epic frozen lake

    May 12th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    Anita Isalska explores the frozen surface of the epic Lake Baikal in Russia.  During Siberian winters, the mercury drops as low as minus 35ºC (minus 31ºF). Brightly painted houses in central Russia’s villages groan under the weight of snow. The surface of vast Lake Baikal freezes. But as I stand its shore, I see an…

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  • 10 reasons to pack your bags for Tasmania

    10 reasons to pack your bags for Tasmania

    March 20th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    Tasmania has shaken off its reputation as a sleepy backwater. Australia’s smallest state is buzzing with art, nurturing an exciting foodie scene and cutting the ribbon on new hiking trails – all against a backdrop of rich history and remarkable wildlife. Here, Anita Isalska gives ten reasons why you should give in to the island’s lure. …

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  • These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    March 10th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    If you’re after some rejuvenation on your next break but still fancy a bit of an adventure, there are a whole host of alternative therapies offered around the world. From snail facials to a spot of sauna whipping, you can invigorate your body and soul with a smorgasbord of weird but wonderful wellness treatments. Here…

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