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BARCELONA IBERIAN EYE POPPER

“Catalan” Barcelona is, above all, a city to be appreciated through the sense of sight. In almost any part of the city, at any time of day or night, one need only look around to find a remarkable vista: a building that takes the breath away with its incredible architecture; a monument that astonishes; the

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SOUTH AFRICA A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY

Even before the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africans were often asked what the man meant to them. Every response, though personal and poignant, can be captured in one line: “He is the person who saved this country.” And what a country it is: wildlife and wilderness; relaxation and refinement; rural rhythms and urban

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WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? THE WORLD’S MOST SCENIC CRUISES

Traveling by ship captures an explorer’s spirit. The majesty of the ocean and the magnificence of the planet’s shorelines combine to create journeys uncommon and unforgettable. Beauty is most certainly in the eye of the beholder, but any observer will acknowledge that these four destinations belong on the bucket list of every cruise enthusiast and

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THIS WILL FLOAT YOUR BOAT: THE NEXT GENERATION OF RIVER CRUISING

Life in the slow lane, a supremely calming experience, an antidote to the fast-paced world: river cruising is all of this and more. Like floating country inns, river vessels evoke a relaxing rhythm, discreet luxury, and a welcome respite from pressure and pretentiousness. River vessels are long and low in the water and their masts

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SHORE BETS: THE WORLD’S TOP 5 PORTS

For centuries, port cities welcomed immigrants to their chosen homes. Today, once unseemly wharves and their environs lure travellers, who come to peek into the past and ultimately find new landscapes and cultures. I am pleased to present my choices for the top five ports in the world. Whether from tight maritime streets, strolling harbour

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FLYING AT CHRISTMAS – IT’S NOT JUST FOR REINDEER ANYMORE

There is probably no time of year more steeped in tradition than Christmas. And while traditions are often sacred and comforting, they can, from time to time, become a little suffocating, in danger of approaching routine, and in need of respite. So, perhaps this is the year to forego Grandma’s shortbread and the same ol’

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