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  • 61 Versailles to boast palatial hotel
    Built by Louis XIV on the site of a royal hunting lodge, the Palace of Versailles is one of the world's most popular tourist sites, and soon it will be possible for a few privileged visitors to actually...

  • 62 “Shadows of the days gone by” in Palmyra
    From Damascus, the Syrian capital, it's a dusty journey of at least three hours by way of ancient rocky villages to reach Palmyra, standing like a life-sized cinema set against the backdrop of the bare...

  • 63 Barcelona dreams
    Drive a Ferrari 
 Or perhaps you'd rather it was a Porsche, or a Lamborghini? If you're ready for speed and new sensations at the wheel of one of the world's most powerful, sophisticated and luxurious...

  • 64 Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
    Nowhere are the ancient festivities of Chinese New Year celebrated with such gusto and fervour as in the ultra-modern city of Hong Kong where the three main days of celebration will bring everything to...

  • 65 Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
    Nowhere are the ancient festivities of Chinese New Year celebrated with such gusto and fervour as in the ultra-modern city of Hong Kong where the three main days of celebration will bring everything to...

  • 66 Dance to the rhythm of the samba at Rio's carnival celebrations
    Click on the photo for more glamour and some gorgeous scenery, too

  • 67 From Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express
    Click on the image to see more photos of the legendary train and its journey to the historical Turkish city  

  • 68 The Jesus trail: hiking in the Holy Land
    “The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.” So...

  • 69 Around the planet in the wake of the whales
    Click on the photo for more spectacular images of these marine marvels

  • 70 The polar bear kingdom of Svalbard
    At the far limits of Europe, set in the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole, lies the archipelago of Svalbard, a wild and unspoiled wonderland of white. Over half the area is covered...

  • 71 The glitz list: destinations with glamour
    From the Swiss mountains to the South Seas: exclusive beaches and ski resorts, chic cities and island paradises, these are the places with star quality, where elegance and sophistication reign. Lonely...

  • 72 The glitz list: destinations with glamour
    From the Swiss mountains to the South Seas: exclusive beaches and ski resorts, chic cities and island paradises, these are the places with star quality, where elegance and sophistication reign. Lonely...

  • 73 Mexico's treasury of natural and historical marvels
    If you've been lucky enough to visit Mexico, you may have some inkling of the vast wealth of natural, cultural and artistic wonders the country has to offer. Even so, you're probably only scratched the...

  • 74 Natural and man-made wonders in the Jordan desert
    Petra, the “rose-red city half as old as time”, a city carved into the rock by the Nabataeans, was established around the sixth century BC and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since the...

  • 75 See the Northern lights from a 'spa ship' hot tub
    Winter in Northern Norway is the most glorious season: you can go dog sledding, get to know the culture of the indigenous Sami people in Finnmark – the Norwegian Lapland – or sample the most...

  • 76 From Singapore to Bangkok: a journey to remember
    Click on photo for more images of this luxury train ride

  • 77 The biggest camel fair in the world
    Throughout the year, a constant trickle of pilgrims come to Pushkar to pay their respects at the temple of Brahma, to make their ritual baths from the ghats – the broad steps that lead down to the...

  • 78 The frozen beauty of Tierra del Fuego

  • 79 Staying with the stars
    Maybe it's their own tendency to demand the little – and sometimes not so little – luxuries when they themselves travel; maybe it's just a whim, or another outlet for their creative talents;...

  • 80 The Savoy Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh
    When A-list sun-seekers are longing for a break they are increasingly turning to the natural beauty and dazzling sunshine of Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh. From Sheiks and royalty to Prime Ministers and...



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