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The Azores islands are conveniently split into three groups, spread over 600km of ocean: São Miguel and Santa Maria in the east; Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the...

The nine islands of the Azores archipelago lie due west of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean some two hours flying time from Lisbon. They are one of Europe’s best-kept secrets with...

Lanzarote (named after the Genovese navigator Lancelotto Malocello) is one of those places that many people have heard of but few have actually visited or even know much about. Helga and I...

Moab is an unassuming little town in eastern Utah near the mighty Colorado River. Native Americans were the earliest dwellers in this harsh desert environment and the town’s name may have its...

We had both wanted for years to visit Iran, the country which has some claim to be the cradle of civilised empire, and recently we seized the opportunity to join a tour group. Before we left...

In its obituary of José Saramago, the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano described him as “an anti-religious ideologue and populist extremist”. In 1992, the then Prime Minister of...

“...It has to be said that a journey to a country must always involve starting from beyond its frontiers,” wrote José Saramago in the preface to the English edition of his book Journey to Portugal...

Our journey began in Nairobi. Its nickname is ‘Nairobbery’ due to its dubious reputation of street theft! However, following safety advice from our guide, who fussed around us like a mother hen...

We arrived in the Maldives from Singapore after a tiring work assignment in the Far East. Our flight touched down at Malé airport at 3am, and its bleary-eyed passengers were quickly ushered on to...

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