Month: August 2019

Why go?  The world’s most northerly capital city – lit by the midnight sun in summer or winter’s magical Northern Lights – is a highlight of many a North Atlantic cruise. Though architecturally underwhelming, its waterfront setting and mountain vistas imbue the city with charm, while just inland lie epic landscapes shaped by volcanoes and glaciers.  Cruise
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(CNN) — Wandering the Saturday market in the tiny hill town of Barga, you would be forgiven for thinking you had time-traveled to the Tuscany of 30 years ago. Shawl-clad grandmothers gesticulate wildly over pungent wheels of cheese. Spiky heads of romanesco and palm-sized porcini mushrooms spill from crates. And everywhere floats the aroma of
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Straddling Europe and Asia, capital to two successive empires and today looking to both the Christian West and Islamic East, the vibrant metropolis of Istanbul defies the stereotypes. Byzantine churches sit cheek by jowl with Ottoman mosques in historic Sultanahmet, whilst vibrant Beyoğlu hums with bars, restaurants, contemporary art galleries and shops. The sheer incongruity
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