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  • 41 Elephant polo – colossal fun in Thailand
    Elephant polo, the popular Thai sport whose international rules were established in the early Eighties, offers a unique experience for spectators from around the world. This year is a particularly good...

  • 42 Five-star train-spotting!
    The Blue Train  Ranked among the very best hotels in the world, not only for the luxury and exclusivity of the accommodation and the quality of the service, but also for the chance to travel back...

  • 43 Cool pools around the world
    Imagine an endless horizon as pool, sea and sky blend in a perfect shade of azure blue. Some of the best luxury hotels offer their perfect pools for your pleasure. Will you take the plunge? The Oberoi...

  • 44 The Amalfi Coast – leave your map behind
    Cliffs, vineyards and lemon groves, mansions that look out to the sparkling sea across the hilltops, and heart-stopping views at each twist in the road that weaves its way along the Amalfi Coast: La Strada...

  • 45 Luxury on the high seas
    When you hear the word 'cruise' perhaps you picture a kind of floating package tour aboard a vast and impersonal ship where thousands of passengers occupy identikit cabins in a kind of multi-storey floating...

  • 46 Adrenaline rush in Pamplona
    Mention the Spanish town of Pamplona and the chances are someone will bring up the running of the bulls. Blame Ernest Hemingway, who featured the Basque festival in two novels The Sun Also Rises...

  • 47 Float away on holiday
    Whether you fancy the bustle of a modern city getaway or the tranquillity of a tropical island, floating hotels are a way to make sure you get 24 hours enjoyment from every day you spend away. Have a look...

  • 48 Michelle Obama enjoys family time in Africa
    Sprawling for a vast area of 75,000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve encompasses rocky peaks, open grasslands and verdant valleys, each habitat home to its own particular range of wildlife. And within the...

  • 49 Ascot: a day at the races
    You  may have missed Royal Ascot itself, but there's no reason why you shouldn't visit the world's most famous race course for one of the other meetings and try your luck. And this year there's...

  • 50 Meet the orang-utans in the jungle of Borneo
    Your first encounter with an orang-utan in the jungle is an unforgettable experience. Your attention is caught by a rustle of leaves or the movement of a branch, then a reddish shadow appears. Perhaps...

  • 51 Sightseeing in Paris by Citroen
    There are lots of ways to travel around a city, but there's no doubt that none are quite like seeing the sights from a classic 2CV, the minimalist cuatro roues sous un parapluie – 'umbrella on four...

  • 52 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 53 Dazzling and dancing in Vienna
    The annual Life Ball has been raising funds for the fight against AIDS since 1993 and is, as the name suggests, an exuberant celebration that has gone a long way to raise awareness and set a high-profile...

  • 54 It's the year 2554!
    Songkran is always a special occasion, but this year it coincides with the king's 84th birthday. In the Buddhist tradition, based on a twelve year lunar cycle, every twelfth birthday is especially important,...

  • 55 Valencia lights the blue touch paper
    In the run up to March each year, the whole of Valencia focuses on Las Fallas: a fire festival par excellence, dedicated to San Jose – Saint Joseph – which celebrates the arrival of spring....

  • 56 Five fine restaurants with five-star views
    Le Jules Verne, Paris Some say this is the most romantic restaurant in the City of Love, perhaps in the whole world. Even if it isn't, it's certainly one of the most impressive. With the famed chef Alain...

  • 57 Take a Polar anniversary cruise
    This year marks the centenary of the first successful expedition to the South Pole, led by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, aboard the Fram; coincidentally, it's also the 150th anniversary of the birth...

  • 58 Through the Clouds to Machu Picchu


    

Until 1911 the ruins of Machu Picchu were a secret lost to the world at large. Nobody would have imagined that among the inaccessible ravines of the Cordillera de los Andes mountain range lay hidden...

  • 59 The Isles of Scilly: a right royal choice?
    Usually stars and celebs go all out to choose the most exotic locations possible for getaways, holidays and honeymoons, but rumour has it that everyone's favourite royal couple are shunning the usual distant...

  • 60 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...



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