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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lodge Lust: Connecting with Sea, Savannah and Desert

Nature lodges in Australia’s Tasmania, South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Chile’s Atacama Desert provide opportunities to commune with sea, savannah and desert.

Four Seasons LA: A Quick Escape

Having spent the previous night camping in the Mojave Desert before driving into LA, we are more than ready for some comfort, and the

Putting On the Ritz-Carlton

Entering the Ritz-Carlton at Dubai Marina, spaces are vast yet comfortable, with Istana-style carved wood…

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…

Lisbon: Exploring the City of Explorers

All great cities have a legend or two. Some weave their marketing motif around them. Mythical figures and tall tales are claimed and even fought over when it comes to setting one centre of…

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