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Exploring Hunan, China

25/11/2019 by .

Before I visited, the only thing I knew about Hunan was that the food was spicy.  Further research revealed that it’s a landlocked province in the south-central part of the country, surrounded by mountains, with the fertile Yangtze River to the north.

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Guide To The Maldives

15/07/2019 by .

Few parts of the earth are as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, though it hasn’t always been thus: the archipelago in the Indian Ocean only began courting tourists in the 1970s, and many of the most extravagant island retreats came later.

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Hiroshima and the Setouchi Region

30/09/2018 by .

Hiroshima is a five-hour bullet train ride west of Tokyo and of course the city where the first atom bomb was dropped on 6th August 1945. It was almost completely flattened but since then it’s been entirely rebuilt.  It’s an attractive vibrant city, but of course, it’s hard to ignore its terrible history.

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Touring Sri Lanka with a chauffeur-guide

17/09/2018 by .

Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, cuisine and wildlife are among the reasons why the island is drawing growing numbers of visitors. To maximise what I could experience during an eight-day tour of the country I had the services of an experienced chauffeur-guide at my disposal.

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The Road to Paradise on Mount Tateyama

30/12/2017 by .

In the town of Tateyama, around 400km North West of Tokyo, blindfolded women walk to paradise during the sacred ritual of Nunobashi Kanjoe.

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Uzbekistan Wine Route

31/10/2017 by .

In Uzbekistan, most of the population practise Islam so it’s surprising that it’s packed with vineyards. Indeed, during Soviet Union times, it was the major producer of sweet wines, partnering with Georgia who produced the drier stuff.

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A food odyssey in Istanbul

21/09/2017 by .

Isabel Conway travels across Istanbul to uncover a satisfying journey of culinary discovery.  

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Cruising the Mekong River

21/08/2017 by .

Isabel Conway joins up with G Adventures to sample their Mekong River Encompassed cruise taking in Cambodia and Vietnam. Never one to shy from an adventure, Isabel has plenty to report home about.

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Swimming With Whale Sharks In Bicol

04/08/2017 by .

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea and Donsol, in Bicol, is one of the few places in the world where sightings are guaranteed. Rupert Parker goes swimming with them.

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Banaue Rice Terraces

04/08/2017 by .

Now a UNESCO Heritage site, the Banaue Rice Terraces, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, are said to have been built around 2000 years ago by the ancestors of the Ifugao, the indigenous people, who still live here.  Rupert Parker sets out to take a look.

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