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  • 21 Vitoria: Spain's emerald city
    A medium-sized city with a huge commitment to the environment and great quality of life, Vitoria combines a pretty medieval Old Town with modern facilities and a forward-thinking attitude to urban management....

  • 22 A paradise for winter
    They say that the beaches of Punta Cana, stretching for over 50 kilometres along the east coast of the island of La Hispaniola, are the best beaches in the world. With their white sands, warm turquoise...

  • 23 Luxury ahoy! - the ultimate in superyachts
    The first of these magnificent yachts is called The Streets of Monaco, a luxury 155-metre vessel with capacity for 16 passengers and 70 crew. The name is completely accurate, as the design recreates the...

  • 24 It all began in Nazareth
    From Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the very first “Ave Maria" – “Hail Mary, full of grace” – to Bethlehem where the baby was born; Ein Kerem...

  • 25 The Canaries – a perfect place for Christmas
    Over four million Brits prefer to celebrate Christmas abroad. Some of them choose snowy ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, but many are looking to add a little sunshine to the last week of the year....

  • 26 Royal Madikwe: award-winning luxury with an eco-conscience
    Madikwe, the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, is a joint venture between the state, the local community and the private sector and is a landmark in modern conservation and community development....

  • 27 Paris: city of - Christmas - light
    They call Paris the City of Light, and at Christmas time the name's more appropriate than ever: the whole of the city on the Seine seems to be decked in magic. with glittering tinsel garlands, streams...

  • 28 Cool and unusual Spanish hotels
    How do you fancy sleeping in a tree top? In a red stone fortress? Under the stars? In a converted cinema? Or in a traditional Bedouin haymah? These original hotels appeal to the deepest emotions, the sense...

  • 29 Oslo, capital of peace
    On the day of the award ceremony, all eyes wll be on Oslo Town Hall, the imposing red building where the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to this year's joint winners: President of Liberia, Ellen...

  • 30 Autumn colours in Kyoto
    Recently the readers of U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler name Kyoto the best Asian city, ahead of Bangkok and Hong Kong in a survey whose result pays tribute to the time-honoured cultural wealth of the...

  • 31 Austrian castles and palaces
    Each of the castles and palaces dotted across Austria has its own particular story and its own particular points of interest. Whether it surveys the city below from atop a limestone outcrop, boasts a tragic...

  • 32 Le Marais, the chic district of Paris
    Spreading along the right bank of the Seine, Le Marais is the perfect setting for a getaway: with galleries and museums, pavement artists decorating the streets outside the bustling cafes and restaurants,...

  • 33 Europe's spectacular natural heritage
    Dramatic mountains – the vast Durmitor massif in the eponymous national park in northwestern Montenegro, the volcanic mass of Mount Teide, and the dramatic Dolomites in the Italian Alps where green...

  • 34 Costa Rica: a rainbow in shades of green
    That fact that 25% of Costa Rica is classified as a protected area – a proportion no other country can boast – says a lot about the country's wealth of flora and fauna and the generosity of...

  • 35 Hong Kong, where occident and orient mix and blend
    There are many great views of the cosmopolis of Hong Kong: looking down on it as it spreads out before you as you stand at the top of Victoria Peak, peering over the edge as you sip a cocktail on one of...

  • 36 Be inspired by Stockholm
    This watery city – spread over 14 islands – has been called the 'Venice of the north', and, like its Italian counterpart, it offers many delights for the visitor. To start with, Stockholm boasts...

  • 37 Chobe National Park river safari
    Here, in the Chobe National Park, the heartbeat of Africa is strong. What could be more memorable than sailing the calm waters of the Chobe River, along the border between Botswana and Namibia, at dusk...

  • 38 The best of British
    There are lots of places of cultural and natural heritage around the British Isles that UNESCO considers to have outstanding universal value. They range from the great megalithic blocks of Stonehenge and...

  • 39 A whole 'Liszt' of reasons to visit Budapest

    In reality, Budapest is two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube, the great river that has marked its history. Buda is the old medieval city on the hill while Pest is the enlargement of the vast...

  • 40 Hamburg: Europe's green capital
    Enjoy a boat trip along the River Elbe from Hamburg to Cuxhaven on the North Sea; relax in the leafy shade of a spreading oak tree looking out over the Alster lake; take a tour of HafenCity, the modern...



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