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Cingshuei Cliff, Taiwan
There is an area of Taiwan, that, in my mind, will always be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The Cingshui Cliffs, located along the Su-Hua Highway in Hualien – a county in eastern Taiwan – are soul-stirring and breathtaking to behold....
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Dương Tơ, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Situated closer to Cambodia than Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc has arguably the best beaches in the country. An international airport opened in 2012, raising the island’s profile and bringing in droves of visitors. Despite this,...
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885, Taiwan, 澎湖縣湖西鄉北寮村
Taiwan’s Penghu islands are a windy place. The owner of the B&B I stayed at in Penghu is an engineer from Taipei who moved to Penghu with his family so he could windsurf more often. The wind is particularly strong in winter and spring, when I...
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A reminder of what went on 20 years before; graffiti in an alley near the food market that was once targeted by mortar shells.
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Oh my god, he’s going to do it!” screeched the American teenager to my left. Sure enough with a quick wave to the crowd, a furtive glance downwards and a tuck of the pants, over he leapt. One of Mostar’s bridge-jumpers had just taken the plunge...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
While Mostar itself is a relatively small town it is one of the most visited in the Balkans. Known for its alley of coppersmiths, where the sons and daughters of coppersmiths before them have toiled, the ‘clang clang clang’ nearly drowns out the...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 1992 the Bosnian town of Mostar, until then a peaceful mix of Muslims, Serbs and Croats, self-imploded; a microcosm of all that went wrong in the former Yugoslavia. Neighbours who had fought a common enemy turned on each other. The...
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Gregory Town, The Bahamas
"Friendly" is what comes to mind as you park in front of a neon orange painted wall of the Laughing Lizard. On the way up the steps one passes an old purple barber chair, plants for sale, baskets of yummy looking bananas, fresh juicy limes [or...
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Mt Bromo, Area Gn. Bromo, Podokoyo, Tosari, Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia
Bright and early, just before the sun comes up over Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and Mount Batok, with ample rolling fog and an epic eruption for good measure. We climbed Mount Penanjakan in our Toyota 4x4 pre-dawn in the headlights of some 1,200...
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Erg Chebbi, Morocco
The colours are inescapable. Like the elusive mirage on a sea of yellow, Auberge Yasmina looked impossibly perfect. On the edge of the Sahara, the mighty dunes of Erg Chebbi were yet another gem in the kaliedoscope of Morocco. Only four hours...
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Java, Indonesia
The Borobudur Temple is recognised as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments. The best time to visit is sunrise, which does mean a very early start but it’s more than worth the early morning wake up call. If you climb to the very top of the temple...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Kratovo, Macedonia (FYROM)
Kratovo is one of many under-represented travel spots of Macedonia. The city's been important economical center of the area since the Roman times, important for the mines in it's vicinity. When you visit Kratovo, you should visit the town museum,...
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Skanderbeg, Shkodër, Albania
Though the country's former dictator, Enver Hoxha, died nearly 30 years ago, the Albanian landscape is still dotted with the 700,000+ bunkers that he ordered to be constructed. They're on beaches, in the countryside, in urban areas and even...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Last days of business” said the sign on a street still pockmarked by bullet holes. Necklaces, knives, coffee sets, beads all for sale. After buying a souvenir I asked if I could take his photo. “Why?” he asked. “To remind me of Mostar” I replied....
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Ngapali Beach, Myanmar (Burma)
I have been known to be the Goldilocks of the Beaches - never able to find the one that fits me perfectly. In Myanmar, I found the perfect beach for me. I almost don’t want to talk about it. I would prefer it to remain just as it is, with few...
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Getting to the White Continent isn't easy. Ask anyone. So after a 3 day sail from South Georgia Island with nonstop 30 foot waves and seasickness that had me begging for mercy, this little guy welcomed me into his world of solitude and stillness....
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One of the best flea markets that I have ever been to (and I've been to many) is the one in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. What I found as very usual to start with is that everybody seems to be able to set up a table or throw down a drop cloth...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
And there she was - the fabled Trans-Siberian, ready to take us on the longest train journey in the world. A surreal three countries, five time zones and 8300km of steppe, snow and stations lay ahead... Contrary to popular belief there is no...
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2 Chome-4-35 Mekaru, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 900-0004, Japan
Awamori—liquor fermented from long-grain Thai rice rather than the short-grain rice used in Japanese shochu—is the firewater of Okinawa. Salon de Awamori, a bar perched on a sleek wooden rooftop, features hundreds of bottles, including Sennen no...
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2-2 Uehara, 竹富町 Taketomi-chō, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa-ken 907-1541, Japan
Unlike Okinawa’s eponymous main island, Iriomote island is almost completely blanketed by jungle, rivers, and mountains. The balconies of the Nirakanai Iriomote hotel afford views of the rocky outcrops of Tsukigahama beach. From April through...
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Iceland
Dettifoss was on my list of must-see in Iceland ever since I saw Prometheus and its opening scene. I had to see with my own two eyes the enormous waterfall. The GPS pointed us to this one road that was all gravel and it was closed due to snow....
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Motu Murimaora, French Polynesia
French Polynesia has become synonymous with romantic getaways, and it’s probably because this paradise really does conjure images of Adam and Eve. Aboard Paul Gauguin cruises, you have 24-hour room service, so hiding out in your cabin, just the...
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Excerpt from a daily report aboard National Geographic Explorer on February 23, 2013. Just off shore, in deeper water, lay the massive rotting tabular bergs that may stay locked up in the sea ice for years as they bounce around the Weddell Sea. In...
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Climb into a sturdy kayak for a polar safari, where you encounter the ice and its creatures such as the Crabeater seal, up close. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic experts were the first to pioneer kayaking in the polar regions, which means...