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Talcum powder wars in La Palma

Destination: Santa Cruz de la Palma

If you're on the Canary Island of La Palma in February, you can expect to end up covered in fragrant white powder, as one of Spain's most bizarre festivals takes over the streets of the capital

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House music at Carnaval

Party time in Recife

Destination: Recife

Recife has shed its iffy reputation to become one of northeast Brazil’s key tourist attractions. Visit during carnival and discover a city brimming with colour, culture and caipirinhas

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On the rails in Rajasthan

Destination: Rajasthan

If you want to make the most of a visit to India, take to the tracks and explore regal Rajasthan by train - it can be a palatial journey

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View of Jodhpur from the fort

Meeting Jagger in Jodhpur

Destination: Jodhpur

With some fantastic music, a worthy purpose, and the odd mega rock star dropping in, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur is a totally captivating experience

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An Abbey has been a feature of Malmesbury since 676

World rhythms in Wiltshire

Destination: Wiltshire

A little bit of Wiltshire goes global every year, when Charlton Park near Malmesbury plays host to WOMAD, the World of Music and Dance festival

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Rhodes: island in the sun

Destination: Rhodes

Rhodes blends a big dose of sunshine with outstanding sightseeing and knock-out nightlife

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The Silvesterpfad passes Vienna's Town Hall ©WienTourismus/Karl Thomas

Seeing in the New Year in style in Vienna

Destination: Vienna

Vienna is the perfect destination for New Year revellers on a budget, with free entertainment into the early hours and plenty of champagne or mulled wine to toast a stranger with

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The Kabargin moored at St Petersburg

Tales of the river in Russia

Destination: Russia

Russia’s northern lakes are beautiful, serene and easily reached from St Petersburg. So why do so few foreigners take this magical trip?

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Souk it up in Marrakech

Destination: Marrakech

If shopping's your thing, then head to Marrakech, where bartering for a bargain is an ancient art form. You can shop till you drop and then recharge in one of the city’s boutique riads

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Rue Alfred Sabatier, Pezenas (© Adam Batterbee)

Pleasures of the past in Pézenas

Destination: Pezenas

The Languedoc town of Pezenas was once home to Moliere, France’s most popular playwright, and the creative tradition carries on strong within its medieval streets

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