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Ten cities I would visit again

and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire […]

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Ten ways to experience Istanbul like a local

The only city in the world that straddles two continents: Istanbul. Its strategic position on the Bosphorus, a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, was a prized possession since ancient times. Many wars were fought in this area and Istanbul (or Constantinople as it was then known) was occupied by a […]

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Enchanting spots: Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul

The Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul graces the shoreline of the Bosphorus and is an awe-inspiring showcase of the immense wealth of the Ottoman Empire. The Empire stretched across three continents (Europe, Western Asia and North Africa) during its pinnacle in the 16th and 17th centuries.The Dolmabahçe Palace served as the Empire’s administrative centre in the […]

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Ten incredible bridge walks

I love bridges, from the simple brick-and-mortar and wooden contraptions (I’m not so sure about the rope kind) to the massive engineering marvels with their elegant spans and towering masts. Some cross a simple stream or small creeks whilst others traverse wide rivers, harbours and canyons. It’s always a joy to cross a bridge on […]

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Ten unforgettable city cruises

Some of the most spectacular cities in the world have a sea- or harbour-side setting. Think of Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour; or downtown Vancouver, hemmed in by Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet; New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the list goes on. The best way to really appreciate the beauty […]

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