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  • The most romantic getaways in the USA

    The most romantic getaways in the USA

    August 22nd, 2016Stephen Keeling
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    Hollywood has been making movies about falling in love since the 1920s, but it’s not all fairy-tales and fantasy. There’s real romance in America, from sun-soaked beaches and cosy cabins with bubbling hot tubs, to quaint old cowboy towns and dude ranches where you can hike snow-topped mountains and ride horses across open prairies in…

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  • Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

    Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

    March 11th, 2016Stephen Keeling
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    Colombia meets Jamaica? Not quite, but two competing images loom large over the Caribbean island of Providencia: Bob Marley, adopted saint of the local Raizal population, and Johnny Depp, fictional hero of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and a symbol of everything ‘pirate’ to the local tourism industry. It’s all a very long…

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Colombia

    12 tips for backpacking Colombia

    February 22nd, 2016Stephen Keeling
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    Colombia is a nation on the rise. The land of Shakira, Gabriel García Márquez and James Rodríguez has it all, from the bougainvillea-festooned streets of Cartagena and the mysterious tombs of Tierradento. There’s white-water rafting at San Gil and all-night salsa clubs in Cali, and as a bonus, the Colombian peso is at its lowest…

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  • The Mayan ruins less travelled: El Salvador’s forgotten history

    The Mayan ruins less travelled: El Salvador’s forgotten history

    November 20th, 2014Stephen Keeling
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    El Salvador’s Mayan ruins can’t be compared with the great Mayan centres in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, but they have their own powerful charm – and on most days you’ll have the sites completely to yourself. Stephen Keeling went to explore El Salvador’s rich but oft ignored Mayan heritage. Joya de Cerén Around 1400 years…

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  • The best places to visit in May

    The best places to visit in May

    March 13th, 2014Stephen Keeling
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    May is the perfect time to travel in the northern hemisphere. With the weather warming up, fewer tourists and lower prices than the peak summer months, the beaches of the Caribbean and the Med are prime targets, but there’s plenty going on elsewhere. From New Orleans jazz to a whale shark festival in Australia, here…

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  • Lost for words at the Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Lost for words at the Grand Canyon, Arizona

    January 23rd, 2014Stephen Keeling
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    If a guidebook tells you that something is “impossible to describe”, it usually means the writer can’t be bothered to describe it – with one exception. After pondering the views of the Grand Canyon for the first time, the most spectacular natural wonder on Earth, most visitors are stunned into silence. Committed travellers hike down to the canyon floor…

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  • All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express

    All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express

    December 19th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    First, tea is served. In a fancy teapot, with biscuits, by a butler dressed in pristine white uniform. You gaze lazily out of the window as porters labour in the crushing afternoon humidity, blissfully cool in your air-conditioned cabin. Then the train eases out of the station: the skyscrapers of Singapore soon fall away, and you’re across the Straits…

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  • The Great New York Historic Pub Crawl

    The Great New York Historic Pub Crawl

    September 11th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    This is not a guide for Sex and the City fans. Cocktails and glam clubs are still big in Manhattan, but good old-fashioned pubs, aided by the US craft beer revolution, are back in vogue. This tour takes you to the oldest, most venerable Manhattan alehouses. Technically the oldest tavern in the city, Bridge Café…

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  • Exploring the Great Plains

    Exploring the Great Plains

    August 19th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Most US travel itineraries skip the “middle bit” – often stereotyped as a boring, endless and pancake-flat swathe of corn that makes up the Great Plains. But while the region lacks showstoppers – no Grand Canyon, no New York – the Great Plains are crammed with surprisingly intriguing attractions and great tracts are, well, quite…

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  • On the trail of Mark Twain in the USA

    On the trail of Mark Twain in the USA

    August 5th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Stephen Keeling follows in the footsteps of Mark Twain, the American literary giant who penned such classics as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal, Missouri “Hannibal has had a hard time of it ever since I can recollect, and I was “raised” there. First, it had me for a…

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  • The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 years on

    The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 years on

    July 9th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    In an emotional venture to Pennsylvania, with Lincoln’s speech echoing in his ears, Rough Guides writer Stephen Keeling remembers the Battle of Gettysburg – the deadliest battle in the American civil war – 150 years on. I can’t remember when I first heard about the Battle of Gettysburg, but it was probably at school. Even…

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  • Florida at 500: ten historic highlights

    Florida at 500: ten historic highlights

    June 21st, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Five hundred years ago, grizzled Spanish conquistador Ponce de León became the first European to set eyes on (what he called) La Florida, the “Land of Flowers”, though Spanish colonization didn’t get going until 1565, with the foundation of the city of St Augustine. Today the place is part historic theme park, part memorial to…

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