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travel August 31, 2019

Banksy and street art in Bristol

Even a visitor with no interest in street art might find that a tour of Banksy’s Bristol leaves an indelible mark.

travel August 17, 2019

Tourism in Guerrero, Mexico

The Mexican state of Guerrero offers iconic beaches, culinary delights and a pleasing climate. But for tourism promoters trying to sell it as a dream destination it has one major hitch – a frighteningly high crime rate.

travel August 3, 2019

Taipei’s beef noodle soup

On a quest to find Taipei’s best beef noodle soup, the favourite comfort food of the Taiwanese, the visitor may find the dish also holds memories that warm the heart.

travel July 20, 2019

The Johannine Library and Mafra Palace

A journey to see the majestic libraries of Coimbra, Portugal, may make the visitor wonder at the hand of fate.

travel July 6, 2019

Cannabis tourism in Toronto

Canada’s legalisation of recreational cannabis last year has created a market for marijuana tourism. Even on a guided tour the details may become a little hazy.

travel June 8, 2019

Tropical Islands Resort, Berlin

The transformation of a one-time Nazi airbase into faux Tropical Islands is a spectacle on a scale that must be seen to be believed.

travel May 25, 2019

In search of the northern lights

In honour of a special birthday, the author withstands the subzero temperatures of Lapland on a quest to experience the famously fickle aurora borealis.

travel May 11, 2019

Studying language, history and culture in Toledo, Spain

As a descendant of Sephardic Jews forced to leave Spain during the 15th-century Inquisition, the author visits Toledo seeking citizenship, only to discover ties to the ancient city can sometimes be set in stone.

travel April 20, 2019

Whisky business at the Laphroaig distillery

A wee dram at the Laphroaig distillery in the Scottish Hebrides turns into an invocation of a whisky-loving soul.

travel April 13, 2019

Apartment living in Hong Kong

While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.

travel March 16, 2019

Cruise ship holidays

When it comes to making holiday plans, some are happier abandoning terra firma and giving in to the pull of the ocean.