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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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The perilously-sited Civita di Bagnoregio, in central Italy

Out on a limb in Italy

Destination: Lazio

The precarious village of Cività di Bagnoregio is one of central Italy’s most arresting sights. Cross the footbridge into a fairytale place with an astonishing history.

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Sofia: a weekend break with a difference

Destination: Sofia

Bulgaria’s capital will dispel a few misconceptions and is the best place to buy a vintage typewriter

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The Gates of Dawn in Vilnius

A midsummer night's dream in Vilnius

Destination: Vilnius

Vilnius, the pretty capital of Lithuania, has 100 types of beer and a thousand and one different events to celebrate its title of European Capital of Culture 2009

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Baku's Icheri Sheher, viewed from Maiden's Tower

March to a different beat in Azerbaijan

Destination: Baku

Azerbaijan’s oil wealth is transforming the little-known former Soviet republic, but behind Baku’s modern façade lies a traditional heart best explored through a long musical heritage

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Durham Cathedral

Durham: a jewel in the north's crown

by Glynis

Destination: Durham

With fascinating sights and friendly people, wild landscapes and a warm welcome, the compact city of Durham has more than enough to keep you entertained on a weekend away

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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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Impressive Pantheon at night

Italy: how to see Rome in a day

Destination: Rome

The glorious city of Rome might not actually have been built in a day, but if you know where to go and what to see, you can certainly see the best of the eternal city in a day

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Dalyan – a muddy delight

Destination: Dalyan

Richard Baker gets down and dirty in this small, but lively, Turkish resort

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