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  • Skating on the world’s largest ice rink

    Skating on the world’s largest ice rink

    February 17th, 2014Site Editor
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    Yes, Paris has the elegance of the Seine. Fine, London has the bustling Thames. And OK, Rome has the historic Tiber. Great waterways all, no doubt about it – but none of them is a match for what you can do on the ribbon of snow and ice that is Ottawa’s Rideau Canal in winter.…

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  • See sunrise on Mount Bromo, Indonesia

    See sunrise on Mount Bromo, Indonesia

    February 14th, 2014Site Editor
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    It’s not the most famous, the most active or the biggest volcano in the world, but Indonesia’s 2392m-high Mount Bromo is one of the most picturesque – in a dusty, post-apocalyptic sort of way. The still-smoking and apparently perfectly symmetrical cone rises precipitously out of a vast, windswept, sandy plain. This is the Sea of Sand, actually the floor…

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  • Experiencing the Pousada Maravilha Hotel, Brazil

    Experiencing the Pousada Maravilha Hotel, Brazil

    February 12th, 2014Site Editor
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    Fernando de Noronha is an impossibly beautiful secret island just an hour’s flight from Recife in northern Brazil. A pristine National Marine Park, it was once visited by Charles Darwin and is so eco-orientated that on some beaches no sun cream or flip-flops are allowed. It has long been a hideaway for the Brazilian jet…

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  • Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    Braving Torres del Paine national park, Chile

    February 11th, 2014Site Editor
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    You have to keep your head down. Despite the spray-laden wind, it’s tempting to lift it above the rim of the boat and look ahead, so you can see the foam-capped waves racing past as the Zodiac inflatable roars upstream. Soon, in the distance, a towering peak of rock rises up. As you get closer…

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  • Hiking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales

    Hiking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales

    February 6th, 2014Site Editor
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    The Pembrokeshire Coast Path fringes Britain’s only coastal national park, which has resisted the onslaught of the twenty-first century in all but a few hotspots such as Tenby and St David’s (and even these remain remarkably lovely). Get out and stride along part of the 186-mile trail and you’ll soon appreciate this evocative and spectacular edge of Wales. Long…

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  • Feeling fruity in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Feeling fruity in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    February 5th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you’re looking for a classic Southeast Asian scene, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, south of Ho Chi Minh City, will do the trick. This is an area of vivid green rice paddies, conical-hatted farmers and lumbering water buffaloes, of floating markets and villages built on stilts. Lush orchards overflow with mangoes, papayas and dragonfruit; plantations brim…

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  • Into the valley: hearing a Welsh choir

    Into the valley: hearing a Welsh choir

    February 4th, 2014Site Editor
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    The road into Senghenydd from the imposing Welsh castle town of Caerphilly snakes along the side of a steep slope that drops into a rocky valley below. Lined with red-toned terraced houses constructed from local stone, the village almost clings to the hillside, and though coal mining died out here long ago, the landscape still…

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  • Hoarding books in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

    Hoarding books in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

    February 3rd, 2014Site Editor
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    Though a drive through the electrically green countryside that surrounds Hay-on-Wye makes for a perfectly lovely afternoon, a more potent draw is the sleepy Welsh town’s mouthwatering amount of printed matter: with over a million books crammed into its aging stores, quaint, cobblestoned Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli, in Welsh) is a bibliophilic Mecca to be reckoned…

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  • Visiting the imperial mausoleums of Hué

    Visiting the imperial mausoleums of Hué

    January 30th, 2014Site Editor
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    The broad, peaceful outer courtyard sweeps you past an honorary guard of immaculate stone mandarins towards the first of a series of elegantly roofed gateways, through whose triple doorways you get a perfectly framed view of Emperor Minh Mang’s mausoleum complex. Archways look wistful in peeling ochre paint; slatted lacquer-red shutters offer tantalizing angles on…

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  • Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    Moonlit manoeuvres through Hoi An, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    Once a month, on the eve of the full moon, downtown Hoi An turns off all its street lights and basks in the mellow glow of silk lanterns. Shopkeepers don traditional outfits; parades, folk opera and martial arts demonstrations flood the cobbled streets; and the riverside fills with stalls selling crabmeat parcels, beanpaste cakes and noodle soup. It’s all…

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  • Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam

    January 28th, 2014Site Editor
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    If you want to try eating snake in Vietnam, there’s one place to head – Le Mat snake village near Hanoi. The restaurants here specialise in the art of serving snake in an elaborate theatrical show. Feeling brave enough? Here’s what to expect.  When the man bringing your meal to the table is missing most of his…

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  • Getting in line at Mardi Gras, Louisiana

    Getting in line at Mardi Gras, Louisiana

    January 22nd, 2014Site Editor
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    America’s most over-the-top and hedonistic spectacle, Mardi Gras (the night before Ash Wednesday) in New Orleans reflects as much a medieval, European carnival as it does a drunken Spring Break ritual. Behind the scenes, the official celebration revolves around exclusive, invitation-only balls; for such an astonishingly big event, it can seem put on more for…

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