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In the heart of the Eternal City, Via Margutta never ceases to fascinate. It’s an oasis of quiet set between the famous Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, right in the tourist centre of Rome, below the parks and gardens of Villa Borghese. Lined with ivy and ochre stucco, art galleries and artists’ studios, [...]

June 1, 2019

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by: danang

As the plane flies above the Indian Ocean, I see land come into view: layers of forest fringed by beach tantalisingly stretched out under the midday sun. We are around 100km off the west coast of Sumatra, approaching the island of Nias. Tourists gape at the view below through the windows of the plane, which [...]

May 30, 2019

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by: danang

A well-toned young man wearing a Harvard University T-shirt jogs past young children as they play on brightly coloured slides and climbing frames. The long grass of the freshly landscaped gardens sways in the sea breeze. Two cyclists in full skin-tight regalia, helmets and sports sunglasses whizz along the freshly laid cycle track, flanked by [...]

May 29, 2019

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by: danang

On February 27, Indonesian President Joko Widodo opened the new terminal at Wiriadinata Airport in Tasikmalaya, ushering in a new era of passenger travel for a pocket of the country well off the typical tourism trail. Tasikmalaya is the name of the city and the district in this eastern part of West Java. The volcanic [...]

April 30, 2019

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by: danang

To wander Hollywood Boulevard while the skies are still in their pre-rush-hour film noir haze is to witness a city intent on transforming itself into something far more theatrical and out-of-this-world. At the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, it comes to work dressed as Mickey Mouses, Marilyn Monroes and Pirates of the Caribbean. On other [...]

April 29, 2019

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by: danang

At the Chapel over the Well in the small Russian city of Sergiev Posad, a timehonoured ritual plays out. Engraved with flowers, vines and blue arabesques, the exquisite structure dates back to the late 17th century. Over three centuries later, Russians of all ages still queue up beneath the well’s tent-like canopy to collect water [...]

April 1, 2019

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by: danang

The path becomes narrower, filtering sunlight through trees. A lizard darts and, somewhere above, parrots cackle. The cliffs drop away in honeyed sandstone towards the Pacific Ocean. As you walk downwards from clifftops you head into gullies and another world, where giant ferns grow and water trickles between mossy boulders. Yet you’re not in the [...]

March 1, 2019

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by: danang

Any time I step foot in Solo, I cannot help feeling excited and, at the same time, very peaceful. The slow rhythm of the city, as well as the warm and friendly nature of the people, makes me feel wholeheartedly welcome, and a world away from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. While it is [...]

February 1, 2019

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by: danang

Shinkansen bullet trains sleek in and out of Nagoya Station. Darting back and forth, to Tokyo one way and Osaka the other, they’re as quick as greased lightning. Soon, the trip to Nagoya will be even quicker for international travelers, when Garuda Indonesia starts direct flights from Jakarta to the region’s Chubu Centrair International Airport in March. Nagoya’s airport-to-city express trains [...]

January 30, 2019

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by: danang