Holidays

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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The Faroe Islands

By Sharron Livingston, August 13, 2013

I was trudging my way up the Kollur headland in Eysturoy island to see the lighthouse 352 meters high and visibility was hazy. A thick fog had settled and the vista I had hoped to enjoy was hidden.

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Norfolk: Bedding down on College Farm

By John Belknap, August 13, 2013

If your kids ever beg you to go camping but you can’t face putting up tents and sleeping on the ground, consider staying on a working farm.

Dotted all over the UK are farms with camping areas for families where the tents are actually cabins, with running water and toilets.

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