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Rhyolite is a ghost town. Driven by the hot desert winds, we watched balls of tumbleweed roll around its ruined houses before coming to rest on the spikes of the Joshua trees, the only inhabitants...

The recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro brought back vivid memories of our visit to the former capital of Brazil. We now wonder whether the Games will give impetus to tackling the environmental...

Road safety clearly wasn’t a high priority for those living in Pakistan’s northwest frontier. However, our minibus, skillfully driven by our resolute guide in 35 degree heat, somehow weaved its...

Lanzarote’s most famous 20th century figure was undoubtedly the architect César Manrique. This extraordinary man gave a large part of his life turning this volcanic island from potentially just...

The city of Chiang Mai is the gateway to northern Thailand’s beautiful highlands. This scenic region, often known as the Golden Triangle, has jungle-clad mountains rising to 2,000m and reaches as...

Rediscovering the ocean through 10 unforgettable experiences

Playing golf in the sea, enjoying a sunset on a deserted beach to the sound of the saxophone, wild dolphin watching, shark...

We had two different reactions from friends who learned that we were going up to Norway at the end of May. The first, and most spontaneous, was: “What a beautiful country.” Almost immediately...

Hiking in the English Lake District

It was a perfect summer’s evening way back in 1968 that I enjoyed my first trek into the English Lake District’s picturesque mountains. Some friends...

“We’re not doing anything this weekend. Let’s go to Porto.” This from the wife on a Tuesday afternoon. So off we went – Thursday evening on Ryanair direct Faro to Porto. The flight was inexpensive...

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