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Gerald Durrell’s Corfu: A Greek Easter and Seasonal Kumquats

Gerald Durrell's Corfu: A Greek Easter and Seasonal Kumquats

I wanted to visit Corfu ever since I read Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, which was set in Corfu of the 1930s, and the spirited character Spiros livened up the writer’s depiction of this seaside town. Incidentally, Corfu is known to have one of the most unique Easter ...

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Charms of the Sunshine State

Charms of the Sunshine State

Ever heard of Pensacola or Perdido Key? Whether you know of it or not, reading this travelogue will certainly have you trying to experience everything I have at the southern tip of the United States of America, and maybe do some exploration of your own. PENSACOLA, FLORIDA Back in August ...

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Terracotta Army: Legacy of the first emperor of China

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the first emperor of China

One of the 20th century’s greatest archeological finds were the underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures, which were found near the burial site of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang (221-210 BC). The emperor was born Ying Zheng, after he came to power at the age ...

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When book and travel go hand in hand

When book and travel go hand in hand

Sometimes, a journey starts with an inspiration. And, often, books inspire us. In between the pages of a book are adventure, triumphs and tragedy, love, longing and loss. MetroPlus speaks to some voracious readers who were influenced by books to embark on an odyssey in the footsteps of their favourite ...

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Paris wants UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafe terraces | travel

A cafe terrace in Paris.

A group of Parisians has launched a campaign for UNESCO to award cultural heritage status to the French capital’s bistros and cafe terraces, almost three years after terror attacks in the French capital which left 130 people dead, some of them gunned down in cafes and restaurants. An association — ...

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Gopalpur on Sea: where sun, sea and surf meet on India’s east coast

Gopalpur on Sea: where sun, sea and surf meet on India’s east coast

As the public transport bus from Berhampur railway station weaves through traffic and rumbles through a road flanked with endless emerald-green paddy fields, the breeze suddenly drops and you can smell the sea. I’m about eight kilometres short of Gopalpur on Sea in the southern tip of Odisha. Villages with ...

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Animal Attraction – The Hindu

Animal Attraction - The Hindu

Giant Panda Adventure Walking into the Giant Panda Adventure, the first thing you notice is the microclimate (complete with their favoured trees). Ocean Park has obviously paid a lot of attention to detail to ensure that their animals, including the giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le, are comfortable. There ...

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Monumental convenience – The Hindu

Monumental convenience - The Hindu

You plan your vacations online; you book your flight tickets, hotel rooms online; you put up pictures of the vacation online. Then why not go online to book a ticket for the monuments you want to see on those holidays? With Archaeological Survey of India’s new tie-up with ticket company ...

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Around the world in 254 days

Around the world in 254 days

Battling gutsy oceanic winds, cyclones, virulent hail, sub zero temperatures and scorching heat, a six-member all-women team of the Indian Navy created history as they entered Indian shores on May 21 after circumnavigating the globe. This was a never before done 254-day expedition around the world. One among the Indian ...

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Artists’ and writers’ retreat, set in beautiful locations, throw open their doors for a creative vacation

Artists’ and writers’ retreat, set in beautiful locations, throw open their doors for a creative vacation

Experience a new place in a different way and create a holiday that can nurture your hidden passion. You can do pottery, paint or just sit down and write that book. Around the world, art retreats are innovatively merging lifestyles and occupations by allowing you to explore locales and the ...

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