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Qatar: At a glance - Part 1
Qatar is a peninsula of 11, 521sq located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. The capital city is situated on a calm bay halfway along the east coast of the Qatar peninsula. Its two municipalities of Doha and AL Rayyan house the majority...
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Cyprus: Troodos places of interest - Part 6
The picturesque village of Kalopanagiotis is known for its healthy sulphur springs and for its church of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis and Byzantine museum. Houses with tiled r...
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Cyprus: Troodos places of interest - Part 5
PANAGIA ASINOU CHURCH
The Panagia Asinou church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a small church dedicated to the Virgin of “Phorbia”, with wall paintings dating from the 12th to the ...
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Cyprus: Troodos places of interest - Part 4
The church of Timios Stavros (Church of the Holy Cross)
The village of Pelendri was once the property of Jean de Lusignan, son of the Lusignan King of Cyprus, Hugh...
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Cyprus: Troodos places of interest - Part 3
As its name implies (palaio means old) this is a very old village. The village is mentioned in 13th-century documents and it is believed the King of Cyprus Henry II gave it to ...
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Hong Kong - Part 2
The rooms overlook Victoria Harbour, constantly changing, the 1100 square km that form Hong Kong today stretch towards the Pearl River delta and along the shores of the South China Sea. The city developed thanked to its maritime trade: the area is re...
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Africa's Bono Tours - Part 1
SOWETO TOWNSHIP TOUR
It sounds like a delightful African name, but the word is actually an acronym for southwestern townships. It is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townsh...
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Cuba: Havana club rums
In the heart of Cuba, alchemy is at work as the Maestros Roneros- rum masters –hone skills passed on from their forefathers. This occupation is more than a romantic window into a rich culture: its history, craftsmanship and tradition are the pillars ...
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Cuba: Havana - Part 3
Malecon 663, an incredible house on the Malecon, Havana’s iconic sea esplanade, has been transformed by percussionist with legendary salsa band Charanga Habanera and his French wife.
With its eclectic rooms, mini concept store, open b...
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Cuba: Havana - Part 2
Beyond the hotel world, the standard of villas is shooting up. Leticia Villamontes Leyva acquired her 1920’s Petit Chateau mini-mansion in Vedado, one of the most exclusive districts in Havana, after a 12-year “permuta” the complicated bureaucratic s...
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Cuba: Havana - Part 1
The classic American cars and crumbling colonial buildings of Cuba’s sultry capital are now being joined by a host of world-class five-stars hotels, boutique villas and tantalising restaurants.
Havana’s hot moment in the fashion sun- ...
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Portugal: Porto - Part 2
The Yeatman restaurant is the only eatery in the city to carry two Michelin stars. Dress smartly and indulge in one of chef Ricardo Costa’s three inspired tasting menus, which change frequently, but typically, showcase exquisitely presented Portugues...
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Portugal: Porto - Part 1
Porto is famous for its medieval heart and signature tipple, yet Portugal’s second city is also buzzing with places to eat, drink, shop and party.
Once overlooked for its showier sister Lisbon, the vibrant Portuguese metropolis of Port...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 9
The Hanseatic League
During the previous articles, I have mentioned the Hanseatic League without any explanation. As it features heavily in many of the sights and history of Tallinn, which we wil...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 8
Since independence, Estonia has been a multi-party democracy with a vengeance. No single party has been able to command an unchallenged majority in parliament. Parliament is do...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 7
Government, Politics and the Economy
Estonia' s history has given it little preparation for good government. However, the country has managed to move from a one-party state under the Soviet syst...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 6
History – continued;
The 19th century largely past by for Estonia and it remained peaceful with the Baltic German barons and landowners continuing to control the country under Russian rule. Star...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 5
The first ethnic Estonians settled in the forests of the Baltic shore around 5000 years ago, but there was little interaction between the region and the rest of Europe until medieval time...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 4
Wildlife – continued;
Estonian lakes, rivers and forests also provide a home for beavers, flying squirrels and a handful of species including racoons, muskrat and mink, which were introduced fro...
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Introduction to Estonia – Part 3
Lakes and Forests
Estonia, similar to much of the region, is a low lying country. The highest point is the summit of Suur Munamagi, which rises to just 318m above sea level. The terrain can be ma...
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