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Aerial view of Calais town hall

Calais: more than just a Channel port

Destination: Calais

Hours to wait for a ferry or tunnel shuttle, or just want a short-break in France? There are plenty of attractions in and around Calais. Here are the best sights, hotels and restaurants

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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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Menton: a Cote d'Azur gem

Destination: Menton

Not as famous as nearby Cannes and Nice, but no less glitzy and grand, the French Riviera town of Menton makes for a stunning, sunny break

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The beautiful domes of the Blue Mosque in the heart of Istanbul's Old City

Istanbul on a budget

Destination: Istanbul

Not only is Istanbul the only metropolis in the world to straddle two continents, it's also a city where you don't have to spend a fortune to have a great time

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Surprising Frankfurt – more than simply a business city

Destination: Frankfurt

With its high-rise buildings and business buzz, it would be easy to dismiss Frankfurt as boring. But that would be wrong: take time to explore properly and you may even fall in love with the place

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Odjakhuri and Tsolikouri at Café Kala

Tbilisi: a taste of Georgia

Destination: Tbilisi

It is one of Europe's least-known cities, with fine wines and a cuisine that blends Persian, Mediterranean and Russian influences. Here's how to dine out in Tbilisi, capital of the Republic of Georgia

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Cafe Central

Austria - a coffeehouse tour of Vienna

by jillap

Destination: Vienna

Winter is the perfect time to relish coffee as it was meant to be enjoyed: in the grandeur of Vienna's legendary coffeehouses

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Memorial to the Queen Mother

Churches, pubs and farms: a stroll in Hertfordshire

Destination: Hertfordshire

Read my guide to discover an interesting but easy walk for all of the family through the beautiful countryside in Hertfordshire

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Los Voladores de Cuetzalan

Cuetzalan: a classically Mexican affair

Destination: Puebla

Close to Mexico City, the pueblo magico of Cuetzalan serves as a great weekend break for those with an appetite for adventure and a desire for a more authentic Mexican experience

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Banksy? The Highbury Vaults

A guide to Bristol's best pubs and bars

Destination: Bristol

Whether you're into cider, real ale, gourmet pies, Banksy or even Noel Edmonds, my pick of Bristol’s most interesting and hip hostelries should keep you entertained and well oiled

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