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  • Turkey in twelve meals

    Turkey in twelve meals

    August 12th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Updating a guidebook is fascinating, exhausting, repetitive and exhilarating work. Nothing spurs you under the skin of a place more than 40 pages of listings that need checking in detail and the thought of thousands of travellers following your footsteps and relying on your diligence. Pounding the streets in search of that new café, lifting…

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  • Travel disappointments: Marrakesh

    Travel disappointments: Marrakesh

    August 8th, 2013Tim Chester
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    For some reason, be it popular culture or words of mouth or gushing travel pieces, Marrakesh has held an esteemed spot in my imagination for years. A name that never came dressed without adjectives like “beguiling” or “captivating”, the Moroccan city has long been a byword for exotic adventure in my head, which is probably…

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  • Alan Whicker R.I.P. – Share your memories

    Alan Whicker R.I.P. – Share your memories

    July 12th, 2013Tim Chester
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    One of the world’s longest-serving and best-loved broadcasters has passed away today, aged 87. Alan Whicker spent several decades criss-crossing the globe, martini in hand or nearby, investigating a diverse range of people and places for his show Whicker’s World. Suave and sophisticated, he encapsulated all the glamour early travel promised and provided viewers at…

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  • Tear gas in Taksim Square – Turkey in turmoil?

    Tear gas in Taksim Square – Turkey in turmoil?

    June 12th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Tim Chester recounts his experiences travelling through Turkey a month ago – including a brief encounter with tear gas – and explains how the current situation doesn’t reflect the country as a whole. Nothing prepares you for your first faceful of tear gas. It dismantles three of your senses at once, knocking out sight, smell…

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  • Exploring the Brecon Beacons in a Twizy: a foodie’s tour

    Exploring the Brecon Beacons in a Twizy: a foodie’s tour

    May 29th, 2013Tim Chester
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    A new green initiative has been launched in the Brecon Beacons. The Eco Travel Network was established by local researchers and business owners to offer a pool of electric vehicles to visitors who want to explore the region while keeping their carbon footprint low. These Renault Twizys carry two people and run on batteries that…

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  • Ten beautiful time-lapse videos

    Ten beautiful time-lapse videos

    May 23rd, 2013Tim Chester
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    Time-lapse photography, where multiple images are captured and played back at an increased speed, can portray the world in unusual and awe-inspiring ways. Here’s a look at ten of the best clips we’ve seen, featuring Yosemite National Park at night, a flight across the USA, and the northern lights. Yosemite Range of Light This clip,…

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  • Great Rivers Of The World – The Nile

    Great Rivers Of The World – The Nile

    May 20th, 2013Tim Chester
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    The Nile is often associated with bad puns and Egypt, but the world’s longest river actually stretches over ten countries and assumes a variety of identities along its 4,130 mile course. Taking in (deep breath) Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and of course Egypt, it’s a magnificent stretch…

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  • Tourist tricks and scams – what are your worst?

    Tourist tricks and scams – what are your worst?

    May 15th, 2013Tim Chester
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    They come in many guises and we’ve all been prey – or at least witness – to some of them at some time or another. Cheap tricks and scams surround tourists and travellers like trinket peddlers round an air conditioned coach, and much of your time in many places will be spend trying to dodge…

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  • 20 things you have to experience in Thailand

    20 things you have to experience in Thailand

    May 14th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Planning a trip to Thailand? Or perhaps just dreaming of those beaches and that food? Either way, allow us to offer our 20 essential things to see and do in this spectacular country:

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  • 9 things every foodie visiting London needs to know

    9 things every foodie visiting London needs to know

    May 14th, 2013Tim Chester
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    If you live in – or are planning a trip to – London, and you like to eat, you might want to watch this video. We run through the nine rules you need to follow to ensure you make the most out of one of the world’s most exciting cities for foodies. From street food…

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  • Exploring London from above

    Exploring London from above

    March 26th, 2013Tim Chester
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    There’s three things I try and always do on arrival in a city: get on a bike, get on the water, and get high. Cycling combines the pedestrian’s macroscopic view with the speed and convenience of a vehicle and allows you to explore a place in great detail fast. From New York to Amsterdam, most…

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  • Epic journeys

    Epic journeys

    March 11th, 2013Tim Chester
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    Travel by camel through the Sahara, hike the Appalachian trail, and grab forty winks on an overnight train from Nairobi as we take a look at the world’s most epic journeys. Crossing the desolate sands, Niger © StanislavBeloglazov/Shutterstock   A camel journey across the Sahara is an authentic and intimate experience that gets to the core…

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