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Our selection of tropical destinations

The mere mention of the word tropical makes us daydream of sunshine, palm trees, and crystal-clear seas. Paradisiacal vacations and exotic discoveries spring to mind. Keep this feeling going and let your imagination run wild. Prepare your bottle of monoi oil, sarong, and sun hat, and get inspired as you browse our selection of must-visit …

Legendary Trains: The Hiram Bingham

If you are one of our loyal regular readers, you will probably have been closely following our beloved saga of legendary trains! J And if so, you may also think that we have no more ideas left… But you would be wrong! Following on from the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Orient Express, the Sri Lankan Podi Menike …

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Off to Brazil

The last thing we want is to become tour guides; this section simply hopes to inspire you and help you daydream, offering a relaxing break while you imagine your next vacation. Today we’re setting sail for the natural, enchanting landscapes of Brazil with five charming settings to be discovered after an exciting few days in …

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Chinese New Year

Following on from the traditional New Year for Saint Sylvester’s Day on December 31 and the Orthodox Russian New Year, it’s time for us to travel to Asia for the Chinese New Year! This holiday is celebrated from February 5 onwards, but what does it entail and to what extent is it a festive time …

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The multi-facetted province of Yunnan in China

Travelling through the Yunnan province means surprises at every turn as you experience vastly different landscapes, languages, and people. Plunge into the authentic heart of China and discover a mysterious place defined by sharing and ancient traditions.   Enchanting settings   Many travelers consider Yunnan to be the most beautiful province in China. Located in …

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Mythical Trains: the Glacier Express

We’re sure you were waiting for it with bated breath… But the wait is over! Here is the next installment in our legendary trains series. Following on from the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Orient Express, and the Podi Menike train in Sri Lanka, we are now inviting you aboard the mythical Glacier Express.   A magical …

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Rose de Grasse, an exceptional flower

This unique, magnificent flower is renowned in France but also boasts an excellent reputation across the world. This rose’s status is down to its intense, incomparable scent, which has also made it a favorite of the very finest perfumers.   A 100-petalled rose Noses, growers, locals, and tourists all agree that the Rose de Grasse …

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Belize, a cultural crossroads

Turquoise lagoons, majestic palm trees, and dazzling sunlight shining down on stilt houses… It’s not for nothing that Belize now needs no introduction! Here is a little glimpse of the wonders that await in this multicultural country. More than enough to fill you with inspiration… Don’t be surprised if it soon becomes the top destination …

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India: Exploring West Bengal

India is a fascinating country of a thousand different identities. It is so vast and varied that discovering them all requires several trips – or one very long one. Today we will be taking you to West Bengal. The Indian province is home to Darjeeling, a little town of global renown thanks to its incomparable …

Madagascar, the land of black gold

Madagascar, the land of black gold

Every year, Madagascar produces two thirds of the world’s vanilla, a spice boasting inimitable flavors whose popularity has remained unchanged over time. We took a look at this far-flung island and its diverse, enchanting landscapes. An invitation to discover a veritable treasure trove of unexpected experiences…   A brief history of vanilla Throughout the year, …

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Trans-Siberian : a legendary railway

If your eyes light up at the mere mention of legendary travel destinations, then read on! Take a moment to imagine yourself in a comfortable seat, staring down over the breathtaking landscapes rushing past the window. Feel yourself relaxing as you listen to the gentle purring of the mythical train’s engine. Welcome aboard the Trans-Siberian …

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Kerala, the world’s spice garden

This may in fact be the last Eden on our planet. The setting is bursting with lush greenery, and covered with rice fields, coconut palms, tea bushes, coffee plants, and fruit trees. And nestled among the rolling, verdant hills is the spice garden… Rooted in history Kerala is a peaceful state in south-west India where …

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Calabria, a lesson in authenticity

Everybody knows about Italy’s countless charms, from architecture, culture and cuisine to art and enchanting landscapes. How could anyone resist? However, while Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and Naples are still favorites among tourists, the south of the peninsula also offers a vast range of exciting opportunities. Travelers have already started venturing to Apulia located in …

Tibet, the water tower of Asia

Whether the Mekong, the Brahmaputra, the Yangtze, the Indus, or the Yellow River, some of the biggest waterways in Asia run across the “Roof of the World.” This rich heritage comes with the challenge of preserving the glaciers and streams that feed into these sacred rivers that are indispensable to the survival of part of …