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July 2, 2018

An island community where exceptional blown glass has been produced for more than seven centuries, Murano is a haven of tranquillity minutes from the busiest attractions of Venice. You cannot say that you know Venice without ever having seen it from the water. While tourists jostle to enjoy the picture-postcard scenes at the bustling Piazza San Marco, Rialto and the Grand Canal, there is a calmer side to this water city, out of the ordinary and only...

April 30, 2018

Step inside fabulous old buildings and look upwards: you might see medieval beams, art nouveau friezes or a madness of baroque plasterwork. This magnificent muddle of styles is hardly surprising. Brussels is a city of mixed identities: a former medieval trading powerhouse, the modest capital of a small nation and the bureaucratic epicentre of the European Union, the latter having brought an influx of money, international ideas and great dining. It...

March 1, 2018

Germany's capital was once known primarily for its Cold War stand-offs, with the Berlin Wall looming as a potent symbol of all that was bad about East–West relations. Then the Wall came down and Berlin was reunited. It now has one of Europe’s most buzzing arts, cultural and media scenes and boasts a host of new skyscrapers, nightclubs and fashion stores that make it one of the capitals of cool. In short, Berlin is again one of Europe's great...

February 28, 2018

London has a different market for all the days and all the ways there is cash to spend. It has street markets, indoor markets, markets in arcades, archways and shipping containers, markets selling fish and meat or fruit and vegetables or bric-a-brac, book fairs, flea markets, car-boots and pop-ups, vinyl fairs, collectibles and antique bazaars, makers' markets and art fairs, farmers' markets, Christmas markets and charity fetes, street-food markets,...

January 4, 2018

Our car wanders through the farthest parts of Bengkulu, where Ikhsan lives with his wife and two children. We pass by Fort Marlborough, which was constructed by the 18th-century British venture the East India Company (EIC). Fort Marlborough has gone down in history as the second largest British fort in the Asia-Pacific region, following one in India. It now stands in the centre of Bengkulu with its cannon facing the vast Indian Ocean. As our car...

January 3, 2018

It takes a few moments for the reason to register: I’ve just flown the brand-new kangaroo route by Garuda Indonesia, giving me just enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee before continuing my journey in utter comfort (I’m not going to lie; I fell asleep again). It’s fortunate really, because if there’s anything my final destination requires, it’s ironman levels of energy. The fall and rise of the Greater Blue Mountains Let’s get one thing...