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Suzhou, the city of gardens and the Grand Canal, China

Suzhou, the city of gardens and the Grand Canal, China

Suzhou is situated on Lake Tai in the Lower Yangtze Basin, just 66 km (41 mi) from Shanghai. It has long been one of China’s richest cities. The Grand Canal, which starts in Beijing and is 1,700 km long, greatly influenced its development. The construction of the Canal started  in 5th century BC, so it can be considered ‘ancient history’.   The Grand Canal runs through the centre of town and there is a network of smaller canals … Read entire article »

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Algonquin Park Photo Gallery

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Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Algonquin Park was Ontario’s first provincial park, established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary. Today it’s best known for the more than 2000 km of canoe routes that run through it. My (then) husband was introduced to the Park as a  Boy Scout and always wanted to return. When he suggested we do a three-day canoe trip into the Park I said sure, believing that if I didn’t organize it then it wouldn’t happen. But the … Read entire article »

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Roses in Kabul: A visit to Babur Gardens, Afghanistan

Roses in Kabul: A visit to Babur Gardens, Afghanistan

This garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, was developed around 1528 AD and was the ‘last resting place’ of Babur, the first Mughal emperor.  The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently restored the 11-hectare garden and “the historic character of the site with water channels, planted terraces and pavilions” has been re-established. In 2002, Kabul was a bleak place.  The airport runway was littered with the wrecks of bombed airplanes, UNHCR tarpaulins lay over damaged houses in place … Read entire article »

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Cappadocia Photo Gallery

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Riding a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Riding a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

The Cappadocia region of Turkey is best known for its unique moon-like landscape covered with volcanic cones, underground cities and early Christian churches carved out of soft stone. Jessica Sunter and Ian Knight spent a couple of days there during their recent trip around Turkey.  Q: Why is hot-air balloon riding so popular in Cappadocia. Ian: It’s because of the landscape that was formed by volcanic eruptions many years ago. Erosion gradually wore away some of the … Read entire article »

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Are you an ‘authentic’ traveller?

Are you an ‘authentic’ traveller?

Editorial: I was reading the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2012/2013 and took note that millions of people want to travel and have the money to do so but stay at home because of a disability or physical restriction. I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to that yesterday but today it resonates because I pulled a muscle and can hardy walk. Whatever would I do if I couldn’t travel? The report suggests that we need … Read entire article »

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