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  • In pictures: around Italy in 16 foods

    In pictures: around Italy in 16 foods

    April 9th, 2015Kiki Deere
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  • In pictures: meet the people of Peru

    In pictures: meet the people of Peru

    March 27th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    Rough Guides writer and photographer Kiki Deere shares with us some pictures of Peru from her latest research trip across the country. “My research for the new edition of the Rough Guide to Peru took me to remote corners of the country, from the little explored Cotahuasi Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the…

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  • 13 striking pictures of Venice Carnival

    13 striking pictures of Venice Carnival

    February 10th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    This year, one of Rough Guides’ roaming authors and photographers, Kiki Deere, returned to northern Italy for one of Europe’s most memorable festivals. Here, she shares 13 stunning pictures of the Venice Carnival. “Carnival has always played an important role in my life, having been brought up in northern Italy“, she says, “but experiencing Carnival in Venice is different…

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  • Baba-Nyonya cuisine: 6 dishes you need to try in Malaysia

    Baba-Nyonya cuisine: 6 dishes you need to try in Malaysia

    February 6th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    Rough Guides author Kiki Deere delves into Malaysia‘s unique Baba-Nyonya (Peranakan) community and introduces us to their unforgettable cuisine. The delicious hybrid cuisine of Malaysia’s Baba-Nyonya is one of southeast Asia’s finest. Like the community from which it takes its name, the cooking style is a unique hybrid of Chinese and Malay culture – a…

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  • Top ten things to do in Estonia

    Top ten things to do in Estonia

    August 6th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    From the cultured capital of Tallinn to the winter-playground that is Otepää, here are ten of our favourite things to do in Estonia.  Admire the beauty of Alatskivi Castle Originally dating back to the sixteenth century, Alatskivi Castle was rebuilt between 1876 and 1885 by Baron von Nolcken who was inspired by the royal residence…

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  • Top 10 things to do in Manaus, Brazil

    Top 10 things to do in Manaus, Brazil

    May 23rd, 2014Kiki Deere
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    Brazil’s World Cup city Manaus will have far more than just football to offer this year. Here are the top ten things to do in Manaus while you’re there. See Italian architecture at the Manaus Opera House Completed in 1896 at a total cost of over two million dollars, the Manaus Opera House was built…

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  • Discovering a lost world on Mount Roraima

    Discovering a lost world on Mount Roraima

    May 20th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    In the mysterious setting of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, Kiki Deere explores one of the world’s most unusual landscapes. The customs procedures take less time than I anticipate as I cross onto Venezuelan soil from Brazil and drive towards what is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural sights. My shared taxi…

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  • 10 unforgettable things to do in the Amazon, Brazil

    10 unforgettable things to do in the Amazon, Brazil

    April 29th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    If you’re heading to Brazil for the World Cup 2014 then don’t miss out on the incredible Amazon jungle. While updating the Rough Guide to Brazil, Kiki Deere discovered the best things to do in Brazil’s Amazon. Hot air balloon ride over Acre’s geoglyphs Lying on the border with Peru, the state of Acre is dotted…

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  • Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s abandoned city of the Amazon

    Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s abandoned city of the Amazon

    March 6th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    In the late 1920s, automobile tycoon Henry Ford transplanted a little piece of the United States to the middle of Brazil‘s Amazon jungle. Complete with whitewashed American-style houses set on impeccably manicured lawns, shaded patios, and tree-lined streets dotted with pretty churches, he called it Fordlândia and it was to become the world’s largest rubber…

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  • The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    January 15th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    Members of the Igorot tribe of Mountain Province in northern Philippines have long practised the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliff faces high above the ground. Comfortably predating the arrival of the Spanish, the procedure can probably be traced back more than two millennia. To this day,…

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  • Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    January 7th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    The Banaue rice terraces were once a colourful collage of winding fields that clung onto a mountain-side in Ifugao province in the Philippines. After being almost completely abandoned by the locals, these plantations are now being revived as young farmers return to work on the paddies. While researching the new Rough Guide to the Philippines, Kiki…

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  • Affordable luxury, Malaysia

    Affordable luxury, Malaysia

    December 19th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    A backpackers’ paradise, Malaysia is known for being one of Southeast Asia’s cheapest destinations. But that doesn’t mean staying in hostels and dorms; luxury in Malaysia comes with a pleasantly small price tag. While researching the upcoming Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget, Kiki Deere went in search of the best luxury hotels…

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