Holidays

The Azores: Taking tee amid the volcanoes

By Eugene Costello, January 17, 2014

Looking out to the right from my airplane window there was a long mass of land, a long mound covered with patchwork fields.

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Brazil: It's all kicking off!

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

All eyes are on Brazil this year when the beautiful game is played in 14 of its cities. Thousands of England's fans will be following their team around this diverse country. The beaches are legendary, the samba intoxicating and its cities are vast and chaotic. Yet there is also adventure to be had. There's the Amazon with its 1,100 tributaries which holds one-fifth of the world fresh water.

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Mexico: Apocalypto now!

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Mel Gibson has a way with cinematic experiences that talk to our most base sentiments. His film Apocalypto (2006) is testament to this.

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Get away now, while duty calls

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Phuket, Thailand
Island life

Why go:
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and its curvy coastline of white sands, leaning palms and clear waters is traditionally the most popular.

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Cyprus: Reclining and dining

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

On our last visit to Cyprus, we could not escape the attention of the ubiquitous cats (brought to the island, so legend has it, by St Helen in the fourth century to combat the snakes). Whenever we ate al fresco, our fish would attract a bunch of scrawny mendicants, slaloming between our feet in search of an under-the-table offering.

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Las Vegas: How to enjoy a disappearing act in Sin City

By Mark Silver, November 27, 2013

I haven’t the foggiest how he did it. The audience gasped as a classic convertible suddenly appeared on stage from nowhere. The world’s greatest illusionist then sat in the driver’s seat and gave a wave.

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Denmark: Extinguished by the sands of time

By David J Constable, November 27, 2013

Denmark can be characterised by its anthem, Der er et yndigt land (There is a lovely land). For while the country covers a landmass of only 16,562 square miles — 72,182 less than Great Britain — it is pure pastoral backdrop, a shifting image of sea and sand; flat and arable with few built-up metropolitan areas.

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Peru: Heading for the hills

By Anthea Gerrie, November 27, 2013

A gift from the Jews!” declares my tour guide, pointing out the white Jesus extending his arms over Cuzco in the manner of its more famous neighbour in Rio.

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Reclining and dining

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

On our last visit to Cyprus, we could not escape the attention of the ubiquitous cats (brought to the island, so legend has it, by St Helen in the fourth century to combat the snakes). Whenever we ate al fresco, our fish would attract a bunch of scrawny mendicants, slaloming between our feet in search of an under-the-table offering.

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Making treks to the Holy Land: The rise of the backpacker

By Ben Julius, September 13, 2013

What do Mitzpe Ramon — a sleepy town in the Negev — and the Arab city of Nazareth, have in common? They are both popular backpacker destinations on an evolving hostel circuit.

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