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  • A first-timer’s guide to Kazakhstan

    A first-timer’s guide to Kazakhstan

    April 12th, 2017Gilly Pickup
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    Located in Central Asia, hugged by Russia on its northern border and China to the east, Kazakhstan is huge. The ninth-largest country in the world, it has truly diverse landscapes, a gripping history and a culture rich enough to rival any destination worldwide. Here’s everything you need to know before your first trip. Why should…

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  • Groningen: an ancient city with a young heart in the Netherlands

    Groningen: an ancient city with a young heart in the Netherlands

    August 14th, 2015Gilly Pickup
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    Tucked away in the far northeast corner of the Netherlands is the erstwhile Hanseatic city of Groningen. Dripping in history, this charming provincial capital with bubbling arts scene is awash with green spaces, cultural attractions, fine restaurants and gabled houses reflected in the miles of scenic canals. Gilly Pickup explores this little Dutch gem.  Groningen…

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  • Havana: the city where time stopped short

    Havana: the city where time stopped short

    March 23rd, 2015Gilly Pickup
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    Gilly Pickup discovers the enduring allure of Cuba’s bright and breezy capital, Havana, the island’s cultural heart. Havana’s effervescence is palpable. The city is reminiscent of an old picture postcard come to life – awash with faded grandeur and crumbling ice-cream coloured buildings. Bartenders mix up mojitos in time to the hip-swaying, hypnotic sounds of salsa…

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