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Shojoshin-in Temple, Mount Koya, Japan

A Buddhist retreat in Japan

Destination: Japan

It's a world away from frenetic Tokyo and the dash for the bullet train – the Daishi religion, and its heartland high up on Mount Koya in Japan, where visitors can stay and live like Buddhist monks

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Lake Bled

Slovenia: a day trip out of Ljubljana

Destination: Slovenia

Castles, caves, culture, great food, bewitching scenery, colourful markets… and the best hot chocolate in the world. Slovenia has everything its European neighbours have – apart from the crowds

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Helsinki at night (© VisitFinland.com)

Helsinki: a delightful city on the sea

by gill19

Destination: Helsinki

Small and sparklingly clean, with air as fresh as a newly-picked daisy: that's Helsinki. Finland’s capital city, it's also super-efficient, and a symphony of spires and Art Nouveau facades

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The regal Roman Baths

A short break in England to beautiful Bath and beyond

Destination: Bath

Bath is ideal for a weekend break, with great food, relaxing spas and interesting historical sights. It's also the perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby charming villages

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Delft

Culture, cycling and cafes on a citybreak to Delft, Holland

Destination: Delft

A typical Dutch city, Delft is full of historical charm, pretty canals, medieval churches and lively café culture - and as an ex-resident, I know just the right places to go when you're there

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Storks on belfry

Take a driving tour of Spain's Castilla y Leon

Destination: Spain

A short fly-drive holiday in Spain's largest province

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In the heart of Trastevere

Rome, Italy : a feast of art, architecture and gastronomy

Destination: Rome

In Rome for another day, or on a return visit? Read my ideal itinerary for seeing the cultural sights, art and amazing architecture of the Eternal City – and sampling its foodie delights

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Porta Roma

Orvieto: a gem in central Italy only two hours from Rome

Destination: Orvieto

Perched high on a massive volcanic rock, Umbria's Orvieto is a fine mediaeval city with enormous charm. It may be best known for its brilliant wines but many delights await the enterprising traveller

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Sunset from The Black Horse at Amberley

A long weekend in Stroud and the Cotswolds

Destination: Stroud

While in Stroud, discover the foodie heaven that is the farmers' market, observe beautiful views over five valleys, eat until you burst at gastro-pubs and stay in historic boutique hotels

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The view at lunch

Sri Lanka, a changing island

by sbritt

Destination: Kandy

The recent end to the long civil war means that this spectacular island is becoming more and more popular with holiday makers and travellers. Beautiful scenery and jaw dropping wildlife await!

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