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Praiano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Peaceful in Praiano: Off-season on the Amalfi Coast

In a country packed with beautiful landscapes, it says something that the Amalfi Coast is ranked as one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of coastline. This string of pastel-coloured villages are cut into a steep hillside, with jagged mountains…

Sunsets and spirituality in Sedona
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Sunsets and spirituality in Sedona

Among the macho Wild West-style towns of the southwest USA, Sedona in Arizona attracts a more New Age crowd. The town has embraced its alternative side with a host of crystal shops, psychics, alternative therapists and vortex tours.…

Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross
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Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross // In pictures

A few miles south of the Arizonan city of Sedona, there’s an unusual-looking structure tucked among the cliffs. It looks like it could be an observatory – or even a Bond villain’s lair – but it’s really a Catholic…

White Rim Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
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Canyonlands: Land of the giants

Utah’s biggest national park, Canyonlands was also the park on my road trip route that I knew the least about. I’d seen plenty of photos of Arches, the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon and Zion‘s red rocks, but what about Canyonlands?…

Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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The beauty of Bryce Canyon, Utah

A land of delicately carved rock spires in sunset shades, Bryce Canyon was an out-of-this-world start to my southwest US national park hopping. The park is made up of a series of amphitheatres along the edge of a plateau,…

The View from the Shard in the snow, London
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The View from the Shard in the snow, London

So when you book a ticket to the newly opened viewing platform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building in February, what you’re hoping for is a clear, crisp winter’s day. One with perfect visibility over the whole…

Movenpick hotel on the Dead Sea, Jordan
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Luxury or bust at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is already the world’s lowest and saltiest sea, but it’s getting lower and saltier all the time. Its hot weather and lack of rain mean more water evaporates out than flows in. So the salt gets…

View across Prague from the top of the Petrin Tower, Czech Republic
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Prague from above: The Petrin Tower

Perched on the top of Petrin Hill overlooking Prague, you might spot what looks like a miniature version of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The Petrin Lookout Tower might not be quite as imposing at a diminutive 60 metres high compared…

Climbing Vesuvius’ crater
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Inside the volcano: Climbing Vesuvius’ crater

‘We’re going where?’ After trudging up a kilometre-long stony, dusty track as it looped its way up the side of the volcano, we had reached the top of Vesuvius. Or so I thought. To our right a neatly fenced-off…

View across Capri from the top of Monte Solaro, Italy
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Capri from above: The summit of Monte Solaro

Towering over the village of Anacapri is the peak of Monte Solaro. At 589 meters above sea level, the mountain is the highest point on Capri and the best place for views across the island and far beyond –…