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  • Sauntering through the ruins of Ani, Turkey

    Sauntering through the ruins of Ani, Turkey

    January 21st, 2014Site Editor
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    The ruins of Ani are a traveller’s dream – picture-perfect scenery, whacking great dollops of history, and almost nobody around to see it. While Turkey as a whole has been enjoying ever more popularity as a tourist destination, the number heading to its eastern reaches remains thrillingly low, lending an air of mystery to its…

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  • Music, dance and drama in ancient Aspendos, Turkey

    Music, dance and drama in ancient Aspendos, Turkey

    January 16th, 2014Site Editor
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    It’s a hot summer’s evening; overhead is a soft, purple-black and star-strewn sky. The incessant chirrup of cicadas mingles with the murmur of thousands of voices – Turkish, German, English, Russian – and the popping of corks, as the 15,000-strong audience settles down, passes round wine and olives and eagerly awaits the entertainment ahead. All…

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  • Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    Sand and spice on Ko Samui, Thailand

    January 15th, 2014Site Editor
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    Ko Samui is perhaps an unlikely spot to learn the art of Thai cooking. Given the choice between lapping up rays on a patch of sand, palms and waterfalls in the Gulf of Thailand or arming yourself with a sharp cleaver to take on a mound of raw pork and fiery chilies, most people will…

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  • The Rough Guide to 2014

    The Rough Guide to 2014

    January 13th, 2014Site Editor
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    To kick off the new year with a healthy dose of travel inspiration, we’ve put together an interactive Rough Guide to 2014. Each year our team of writers and editors use their collective experience to come up with a definitive list of the places we think deserve the spotlight shone on them in the coming…

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  • Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    Fight night in Bangkok, Thailand

    January 13th, 2014Site Editor
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    The Thai people are predominately Buddhist, and through much of their country Siddhartha’s spirit is palpable. Even in the noisy and overcrowded capital city, hard-faced nationals will soften their features and treat visitors with a respect given all living creatures. The exception that proves the rule is the brutal national sport of muay thai or Thai boxing – where…

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  • Navigating a Swedish smorgasbord, Sweden

    Navigating a Swedish smorgasbord, Sweden

    January 10th, 2014Site Editor
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    Offhand, how many different ways can you think of to prepare herring or salmon? The two fish are staples of the smörgåsbord and, at last count, there were well over 120 varieties being used in restaurants and kitchens across Sweden. The Swedish smörgåsbord (literally “buttered table”) is a massive all-you-can-eat buffet where you can sample…

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  • Behold the northern lights, Sweden

    Behold the northern lights, Sweden

    January 9th, 2014Site Editor
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    They appear as shimmering arcs and waves of light, often blue or green in colour, which seem to sweep their way across the dark skies. During the darkest months of the year, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are visible in the night sky all across northern Sweden. Until you see the light displays yourself,…

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  • Shopping in the City of Gold, United Arab Emirates

    Shopping in the City of Gold, United Arab Emirates

    January 8th, 2014Site Editor
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    Dubai’s nickname, the “City of Gold”, is well earned: gold jewellery is sold here at some of the world’s most competitive prices, and shopping among the constant flow of customers, many here for their marriage dowries, is an exceptional experience. The Gold Souk is a fascinating warren of tiny shops and stalls clustered together in the old quarter…

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  • Meeting Shiva on Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

    Meeting Shiva on Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

    January 6th, 2014Site Editor
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    Sacred sites are easily accessible in Sri Lanka; you can barely move a step without tripping over giant Buddha statues, temples and rock paintings. But the most rewarding of all requires a night-time expedition to a pilgrim’s mountain. At 2243m, Adam’s Peak is far from the highest place on the island, but as the holiest…

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  • Painting the town red at La Tomatina in Spain

    Painting the town red at La Tomatina in Spain

    January 3rd, 2014Site Editor
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    On the last Wednesday of every August, 130,000 kilos of over-ripe tomatoes are hurled around the alleyways of Buñol until the tiny town’s streets are ankle deep in squelching fruit. What started in the 1940s as an impromptu food fight between friends has turned into one of the most bizarre and downright infantile fiestas on…

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  • Hitting Ibiza’s closing parties

    Hitting Ibiza’s closing parties

    January 1st, 2014Site Editor
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    Ibiza’s summer clubbing season is an orgy of hedonism, full of beats, late nights and frazzled young things. It reaches a messy climax in September, when the main club promoters and venues host a series of seratonin-sapping parties to round things off and extract a few final euros from their battered punters. These end-of-season events…

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  • Browsing La Boqueria, Spain

    Browsing La Boqueria, Spain

    December 30th, 2013Site Editor
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    It happens to most newcomers: noses flare, eyes widen and pulses quicken upon entering La Boqueria, Barcelona’s cathedral to comida fresca (fresh food). Pass through the handsome Modernista cast-iron gateway and you’re rapidly sucked in by the raw, noisy energy of the cavernous hall, the air dense with the salty tang of the sea and…

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