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Bhutan: Himalayan Harmony

Emerging from the pint-sized terminal at Paro, Bhutan’s sole international airport, new arrivals are greeted by dazzling sun, crisp mountain air, and, most invitingly, a wave of genuine…

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With Modernity in Mind: The Mira Hong Kong

Before arriving at The Mira, I already knew this was an unusual hotel. Anywhere that accepts bookings via Whatsapp, the instant messaging app, is clearly striving to break the mould.

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Playing the Game in Kowloon, Hong Kong

The taxi eats through the Kowloon traffic like Pac-Man. It weaves in and out of the busy streets, surrounded on all sides by endless rows of stained, ramshackle residential buildings,…

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Art and Cuisine in Mexico City

Mexico City is a study in diversity and contrast. From the enduring enclaves of Chapultepec, Coyoacan and the Centro Historico to the hip neighbourhoods of Condesa, Roma and Polanco, nods to…

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A Weekend Escape to Australia’s Central Coast

I’m ensconced in my favourite spot on a chaise longue, one of two, overlooking the beach. The early morning sky takes on a ripe apricot glow as the sun begins to climb. Sunbeams strike the…

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A Bygone Era Revived: The Venice-Simplon Orient Express

I am one of those people who is unable to relax until I get to where I am going. I don’t do airports well and I thoroughly dislike the security check process. In fact, the whole ‘getting…

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Acropolis Now: Athens

More than one person said to me when I confessed a desire to visit the Greek capital, “Oh, don't bother with Athens; skip it and head straight for the Greek islands.” And miss the…

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Touring the Great Wonders of Northern Egypt

Cairo was a tumultuous introduction to the Middle East’s largest country, with four constantly weaving lanes of vehicles occupying every two-lane road, a constant tumult of noise and…

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Tokyo: Programmed for Efficiency

The salaryman is slumped asleep on the train, oblivious to everything — maybe even his own station of disembarkation — doomed to ride to the end of the line. But no, his clockwork…

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Croatia: A Rich Tapestry of Historical and Natural Heritage

In Split, on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, I met an elderly man who attested to having lived through most of the 20th century and, at one time or other, carried at least 12 different…

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