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France: The house of Renoir

France

France: The house of Renoir

Visit the Champagne region to discover Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s family home, newly opened to the public, with interiors staged to provide a glimpse into the life of the impressionist painter

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Cuba: Visually-impaired travel

Features

Cuba: Visually-impaired travel

How do you see the world without sight? An initiative that pairs up visually impaired and sighted travellers as guides has presented a solution, and on a trip to Cuba it seems both parties are…

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Iran: Mission impassable

Iran: Mission impassable

Back from the international wilderness, Iran presents the hardy traveller with plenty of tantalising new options. But crossing the world’s hottest desert on foot is not for the faint of heart

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City life: Hong Kong

China

City life: Hong Kong

Chaotic, claustrophobic but brimming with character, the work-hard-play-hard city is always on the move. Yet despite being constantly in flux, Hong Kong somehow still manages to cling on to its many traditions

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India: Spirited away

India

India: Spirited away

From cleansing rituals on the banks of the Ganges to Himalayan yoga retreats, nowhere on Earth does spiritual escapes quite like India. We pick three experiences to help you reach the heart and soul of…

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Ethiopia: The hyena men of Harar

Ethiopia

Ethiopia: The hyena men of Harar

Cultures collide in Harar, an ancient walled city flanked by dry savannah, coffee and khat crops and mountains. But the star attraction of this Ethiopian outpost are the ‘hyena men’, and their fearless interaction with…

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Canadian Arctic: Researching climate change

Canada

Canadian Arctic: Researching climate change

Voluntourism is reaching new heights and making ‘citizen scientists’ of every day travellers. We sent one of our contributors to Canada’s frozen north — famous for its annual influx of polar bears — to research…

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Sri Lanka: The final frontier

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: The final frontier

Since emerging from a 16-year civil war, northern Sri Lanka now offers an enticing glimpse of Tamil culture and hospitality as well as a divinely pretty coastline, emerald-green forest and coconut-infused curries

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