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  • Armenia’s top sights

    Armenia’s top sights

    September 15th, 2020Owen Morton
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    In early August, the small Caucasus republic of Armenia announced it was reopening to international tourists – once you’ve had a negative Covid-19 test. In celebration of Armenia’s reopening, we’ve gathered a list of the top sights and activities in this beautiful, historic country.   1. Yerevan The capital city, Yerevan, is the best place…

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  • The best sights of Central Asia

    The best sights of Central Asia

    August 27th, 2020Owen Morton
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    It hasn’t been long since the fantastic sights of Central Asia were hidden behind a barricade of expensive and convoluted visa-application procedures, compounded by a general perception that these were difficult and even dangerous countries in which to travel. In recent years, however, the local authorities have sought to open up to tourists, visas have…

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  • 6 best things to do in Georgia

    6 best things to do in Georgia

    August 4th, 2020Owen Morton
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    Thanks to a robust response – including a speedy lockdown and closure of international borders – Georgia has managed the Covid-19 pandemic with considerably more success than many nations: there have to date been fewer than 1200 confirmed cases, and less than 20 deaths – remarkable statistics compared to the neighbouring countries of Armenia (39,000…

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  • Travel writers through the ages

    Travel writers through the ages

    July 13th, 2020Owen Morton
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    Here at Rough Guides, we’re known for our “tell it like it is” ethos, which – coupled with our in-depth knowledge of destinations, reliability, attention to detail and resourcefulness – results in the best guidebooks out there. (We’re not biased.) The current coronavirus situation means we can’t get out there researching at the moment, so…

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  • Wash your hands: the Soaps of Sidon, Lebanon

    Wash your hands: the Soaps of Sidon, Lebanon

    June 8th, 2020Owen Morton
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    With the world in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, you’re sure to have heard plenty of advice on how to protect yourself. Face masks, self isolation, social distancing… these are all important, but one of the most vital tips is also one of the most basic: wash your hands regularly. It may have taken…

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  • Pandemics of history: 9 places that have already weathered the storm

    Pandemics of history: 9 places that have already weathered the storm

    May 21st, 2020Owen Morton
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    There’s no question that we’re living through unusual times: the coronavirus pandemic is a health crisis unparalleled in our lifetimes. But it’s by no means the first disease to spread across the world: there are plenty of plagues and illnesses that are now consigned to the archives of human history. Here, we take a look…

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  • Spotlight: coronavirus in the Middle East

    Spotlight: coronavirus in the Middle East

    May 11th, 2020Owen Morton
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    Understandably, most of us are closely following the effects of coronavirus at home: the daily news keeps our minds directed to what’s happening close to us. But cast your mind back two months, before the coronavirus hit Italy, and you’ll recall that back then, much of the media’s attention was focused on the Middle East…

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