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It’s time to reconsider Malta

Destination: Valletta

It has a fascinating military past, the world’s only signed Caravaggio painting, great weather, food and wine, they drive on the left and everyone speaks English – it’s time to think again about Malta

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Osorezan: the other-worldly side of Japan

by Mary K

Destination: Japan

In the northernmost reaches of Japan lies Osorezan, or "Fear Mountain". Here, you can picnic with the dead and meet shaman priestesses, many of them blind, who commune with spirits

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The unusual oval Roman Forum in Jarash overlooks the modern city

Touring Jordan

Destination: Amman

With a history stretching back 10,000 years, magnificent desert panoramas and the famous Dead Sea, Jordan is a fascinating place to visit, and surprisingly easy to travel round

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Hotel Alta

Vibrant San Jose

Destination: San Jose

Finding interesting architecture, culture and a friendly atmosphere in the colourful Costa Rican Capital city of San José.

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Dippy says hello at the entrance to the Natural History Museum

London's museum quarter: South Kensington

Destination: London

Gatekeeper to centuries of history, South Kensington is the place to explore new things and admire humankind's achievements. Here's my guide to its museums

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New York with kids

by joberry

Destination: New York City

Heading to New York City with children in tow? These tips from a parent in the know will help you work out where to stay, where to eat and where to go

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toulouse by night

Toulouse - la vie Rose

Destination: Toulouse

Toulouse, la vie Rose. Culture, shopping, wonderful French food, sunshine, space centre, Airbus-manufacture…

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Interior terrace, traditional village house

Ladakh: life on the roof of the world

Destination: Ladakh

Known as Little Tibet, Ladakh is a bastion of Buddhist calm, located on the old Silk Route and home to remote villages that are just beginning to welcome tourists

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Sigiriya Rock

The simple pleasures of Sri Lanka

Destination: Sri Lanka

On this laid-back Indian Ocean island, you can relax on the beach, enjoy an ayurvedic massage or take a tour of an elephant orphanage, a tea plantation, a Buddhist temple or a rock fortress

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Casa Pedro in Playa Blanca

The surprising side of Lanzarote

Destination: Playa Blanca

In the words of Cesar Manrique, the island's visionary son, Lanzarote is like an untamed, unmounted work of art – and he held it up for all to see

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