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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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Rustic and relaxed Trastevere, one of Rome's most charming areas to explore

Why Rome is a heaven-sent city

by KatyS

Destination: Rome

When it comes to architecture, Italy's capital isn't just Roman ruins. As the birthplace of the Baroque art movement, it boasts 900 of Europe's most beautiful churches. Here's three you must see

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Durbar Square is at the heart of Kathmandu

A day in Kathmandu, Nepal

Destination: Kathmandu

Chaotic but colourful and vibrant, the very name of Kathmandu conjures up images of a mystical and alluring city. Here are just some of the not-to-be missed sights in the Nepali capital

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Great Umayyad Mosque

Damascus: bringing history alive

Destination: Damascus

Conquerors, traders, tourists - Damascus has seen them all over the years. Today, visitors to the city will be impressed by their legacy and surprised by the warm welcome from everyone they meet

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Plastic ice cream cones at a stall on the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, Asakusa

Plastic sushi and peanut ice cream in downtown Tokyo

Destination: Tokyo

Tokyo is exquisite. There is an attention to detail that is utterly charming, and you feel like a child in a sweet shop as you walk the streets of Asakusa, finding treasure at every turn

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Traditional house in Suzdal

Beyond Moscow

Destination: Vladimir

How to leave the city behind and in just a few days greatly broaden your understanding of Russia

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Street market in downtown Cairo, from my hotel

Cairo - beyond the clichés

Destination: Cairo

OK, so everybody wants to see the pyramids, but when you're in Cairo, the largest city in Africa, shouldn't you be able to think of something else to do afterwards?

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The (unstable) head of the Daiichi Nyorai

The Mystery of Usuki's Sleeping Buddhas

Destination: Japan

If the neon lights, bustling noodle bars and late-night karaoke haunts of Japan's big cities have left you wondering where the country's tranquil side is, head to Uzuki to find some serenity

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View from King Fasiladas's palace, Gondar

Ethiopia's magical history tour

Destination: Ethiopia

Largely ignored by tourists, Ethiopia has some of Africa's most dramatic scenery and a wealth of fascinating cultural sights that reveal the mysteries of ancient civilisations

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