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While philosophers may debate whether beauty is objective or relative one thing they all agree on is that there are cities in the world which through sheer elegance help us transcend our ordinary existence and lift up our spirits to an almost divine plane of existence. These six cities are the best representation of this ideal. 6. Casablanca in Morocco, Africa Few cities in the world can possibly hope to match the radiant beauty and overwhelming sense of history found in the city of Casablanca. As the main economic and cultural center...

When sailing around the Caribbean, one of the most difficult decisions you will make is which specific destinations you must visit. Because let’s face it, there’s no place in the Caribbean that isn’t magical. With this in mind, here are the top three places where anyone sailing around the Caribbean should visit. 1. Anguilla This 35-square-mile island has 33 of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. There are no pebble-strewn coastlines or rocky shores here, just sandy sweeps begging to be immortalized on Instagram....

Words: Len Rutledge   Images: Phensri Rutledge Narrow cobblestone streets, cute little squares with spraying fountains and huge trees, enormous Spanish-built forts and restaurants serving spicy Mexican and Cuban fare are not normal in most North American cities. But then little about San Juan, Puerto Rico is normal. It is far from what we expected. My scant knowledge of Puerto Rico was strongly influenced by the musical ‘West Side Story” where white and Puerto Rican gangs battle for the streets of a section of New York. Central...

A vacation in the greatest city on Earth would be a dream come true for many. As the holiday season approaches, a chance to visit New York City becomes a treasure trove of possibilities. The sheer abundance of events, activities and sights is too overwhelming to cover in a single go, but at least, you can stimulate your taste buds with some of the most delicious and varied meals in the world. If you want to save some time and go straight for the hippest and most satisfying gourmet experiences, here’s the food lover’s ultimate NYC adventure....

Halloween Around The World Marriage proposals in Italy, baking bread in the shape of babies in Ecuador, and burning expensive possessions to appease the souls of the dead in China. Across the globe there some strange but wonderful ways locals celebrate their own versions of Halloween. Thomas Cook has collated 50 of the outlandish laws, traditions and locations to create a Halloween map of the world full of need to know trivia you never knew existed. Here are a few highlights from around the globe: Halloween Haters In Dublin, Georgia,...

The Best Travel Destinations for 2018 Len Rutledge The travel and tourism industry is booming as more and more people take advantage of low airfares and increased opportunities to see new places. While there has been some resistance to increased visitor numbers in some European destinations, much of the world is still welcoming visitors with open arms. Here are some suggestions for places to travel and activities to experience in 2018. The Philippines Brilliant green rice fields, teeming cities, colourful jeepneys, stunning beaches, and...

A lot of world trotting travellers tend to be content with picturesque surroundings without delving deeper. It is a matter of style over substance, but Napa Valley is a place for connoisseurs of quality. It is completely understandable if a question crosses your mind – but why Napa? Is it not one of those over-puffed regions everyone recommends, kind of like Toscana or Provence? Well, just like the two marvellous European landscapes mentioned along with it, it is worth the hype. These are the 5 must do things in Napa Valley, California: Visit...

The Bizarre & Amusing Translations of Place Names Around The World It’s fair to say that we don’t always put a lot of thought into the names of places we visit. In fact, unless they are in the English language, we just take them as read. This point is widely proven across the USA and the UK, where we all enjoy poking fun at some of the truly ridiculously named villages, towns and cities across both nations. Ridiculous Place Names Just take a look at this very enjoyable article from The Telegraph which lists 10 of the silliest place...

A road trip from Washington DC to New York Words: Len Rutledge    Images: Phensri Rutledge Driving in the USA can be daunting or charming depending on where you are. Despite initial reservations, my wife and I found driving between two of the country’s major cities was no great problem. Day 1 Washington DC to Lancaster 190 km This morning we leave Washington DC on route to Lancaster. We skirt Baltimore then follow I-83 north for 90 minutes before exiting at York. By now we have entered a beautiful region of rolling hills, neatly cultivated...

Remote tropical destinations appeal to many as a prime choice for getaways. Clear, turquoise water, powdery sandy beaches, palm trees swaying the breeze and plenty of sunshine make for the idyllic location to relax and unwind. While there are many popular places around the world to enjoy the perfect vacation, there are a number of less frequented islands, which offer the chance to avoid crowds. Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine while enjoying the quiet and laid back atmosphere away from daily life stress. Cayo Coco, Cuba Relax...