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  • The best places to visit in 2014 – as voted by you

    The best places to visit in 2014 – as voted by you

    January 23rd, 2014Lottie Gross
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  • A retreat with Catholic Nuns in Norfolk

    A retreat with Catholic Nuns in Norfolk

    January 22nd, 2014Lottie Gross
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    There may be no better way to unwind than staying at the Quidenham Carmelite Monastery: a convent of Catholic nuns who have pledged a vow of silence. In the midst of the stress of a university dissertation, Lottie Gross escaped from the world and learned what it’s like to live the quiet life – literally.... Read more »

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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... Read more »

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  • Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey

    Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey

    January 20th, 2014Martin Dunford
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    Stepping off the boat at Dalyan’s mud baths, you’ll be forgiven for wishing you hadn’t. But don’t be put off by the revolting rotten-egg stench of the sulphur pools – after a revitalizing day here, you’ll be gagging for more. The instructions are simple – roll in the mud, bake yourself in the sun till... Read more »

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  • 18 places to go back in time

    18 places to go back in time

    January 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • Snapshot: Dubrovnik and around, Croatia

    Snapshot: Dubrovnik and around, Croatia

    January 16th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Huddled at the base of a rugged mountainside, the elegant city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s irresistibly beautiful star attraction. Lapped by the glittering Adriatic Sea, its sturdy walls encircle white marble streets and Baroque churches; off the coast lie wooded islands with extensive, rocky beaches and crystal-clear seas. Taken from the Rough Guides Snapshot, these are... Read more »

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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... Read more »

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  • European Capital of Culture 2014: why Riga?

    European Capital of Culture 2014: why Riga?

    January 13th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    January 2014 sees the start of Riga’s year-long stint as European Capital of Culture, an honour it shares with the Swedish town of Umeå. The occasion provides the Latvian capital with a golden opportunity to shrug off its reputation as a cheap destination for boozy breaks, and focus instead on the more creative aspects of... Read more »

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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... Read more »

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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,... Read more »

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  • Hearing wolves howl, Sweden

    Hearing wolves howl, Sweden

    January 8th, 2014Andy Turner
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    Deep in the Swedish birch forest your mind can begin to play tricks. As the shadows lengthen and a chill creeps into the pine-scented air you’re reminded of the folk tales that originated here, from gnomes and trolls to the siren call of the Tallemaja or “Lady of the Woods”. But there is one much-mythologized creature very much... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in March

    The best places to visit in March

    January 7th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Whether you fancy an Aussie music festival, a literary break in England or sake and sakura in Japan, March is an excellent month to travel. Spring breathes new life into the northern hemisphere, while riotous festivals take place everywhere from Ireland to Brazil. Here are our tips on the best places to visit in March. See... Read more »

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