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The ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius lurking menacingly in the background

Pompeii: a city risen from the ashes

Destination: Pompeii

Nowhere else on earth gives as vivid an insight as Pompeii into how ordinary people lived 2,000 years ago - or shows so graphically how they died

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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

A revitalised St Ives

Destination: St Ives

There are three very good reasons to visit St Ives right now: the ailing pound against the euro, a great new luxury place to stay, and a fantastic exhibition at the Tate

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Bluff your way through a French wine-tasting

Destination: France

There is no better way to buy French wine than direct from the maker’s vineyard. Here’s how to swill, sniff, spit and talk like an expert, and the best hotels to stay in

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Food hub: the newly opened Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Market forces: a gourmet tour of Madrid

Destination: Madrid

The Mercado de San Miguel is a magnet for foodies in the Spanish capital. Sample the mouthwatering fare of its food stalls, then set off on a tapas crawl of Madrid or join an evening wine tasting

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The Musée National du Moyen-Age, Paris’s most overlooked major museum (© Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont)

A perfect day in Paris: the Latin Quarter

Destination: Paris

With its monuments, Gothic churches and bookshops, the old university district of Paris is a tourist trap. Delve deeper, and find a place where Parisians actually live. Here’s how to enjoy it in a day

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Spanish Gothic: Las Palmas cathedral at night

A breezy short break in Las Palmas

Destination: Las Palmas

Old world meets new in the capital of Gran Canaria. From its ornate Spanish balconies, patios and squares to its modern clubs, bars and cool urban beach life, Las Palmas thrills

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St Mark's from S.Giorgio Maggiore

Exploring Venice on a budget

Destination: Venice

Venice, one of the world's most beautiful cities, can also be one of the most expensive. It doesn't have to be. Read my tips on where to stay, what to eat and which sights to see on a budget

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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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Magritte Museum, Brussels

Brussels: a surreal weekend with Magritte

Destination: Brussels

Brussels has always had plenty to interest the art historian and art lover. Now, it has the most exciting opening in a long time – a new museum dedicated to the famous Belgian surrealist René Magritte

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The new Hergé Museum

Homage to a famous Belgian

Destination: Belgium

In Louvain-la-Neuve, a university town near Brussels, fans of the Tintin comic books can get their fix of nostalgia at a gleaming new purpose-built museum dedicated to their creator, Hergé

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