Picturesque scenery in Hongcun Village, Anhui; Wang YuXia; ECNS

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Wave-breaking music; Louise Turk; Illawarra Mercury

Victorian-based surf photographer and videographer Jon Frank has been to some of the best locations in the world in a bid to capture his ethereal images of ocean waves.

Source: Wave-breaking music

48 hours in Beirut; Louisa Wilkins; Gulf News

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So close geographically, so far from the UAE in character. Louisa Wilkins spends a long weekend in Beirut

Source: 48 hours in Beirut

Beyond Paris: Louvre-Lens and Pas-de-Calais; Beverly Mann; Creators

Photo: City of Beverly Hills

Beverly Mann wandered through centuries, marveling at the masterpieces of De Vinci, Michelangelo, Delacroix, Rafael and 18th-century Islamic artists — all while viewing a country landscape revealed through massive windows. She was encased in the new Louvre-Lens Museum in the former coal-mining town of Lens, situated just a little over an hour by high-speed train from Paris.

Source: Beyond Paris: Louvre-Lens and Pas-de-Calais, by Travel Writers

Hidden gems of history; Esha Chhabra; China Daily

Photo: Agencies

Want to travel off the beaten track to heritage sites? If you think of Peru but not Machu Picchu, Cambodia but not Angkor Wat, India but not the Golden Triangle, here are some choices for you.

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Australia’s wild wild West: Whale sharks and wow factor on a land and sea adventure; Helen Nicholson; Daily Mail

Western Australia offers plenty of surprises for those who make the journey. Helen Nicholson dives in for encounters with whale sharks and happy days in sunny Perth.

Source: Australia’s wild wild West: Whale sharks and wow factor on a land and sea adventure

Just my cup of tea: An island-hopping adventure in the very verdant Azores; Stephanie Cross; Daily Mail

Photo: Bob Krisl

Most people would fail to plot the Portuguese archipelago on a map but they’re missing out, says Stephanie Cross after she explores islands where the landscape veers from a desolate, dusty, black moonscape to every shade of green.

Source: Just my cup of tea: An island-hopping adventure in the very verdant Azores

23 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe; Shabana Adam; Female First

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Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque are just some of the stunning architectural styles adopted to build, restore and refurbish these castles. Here are 23 of Shabana Adam favourite fortresses in Europe…

Source: 23 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe

Monarchs are Mexico’s other North American tourists; Arlene & Robin Karpan; The Western Producer

Photo credit: Arlene & Robin Karpan

Bold splashes of orange speckle the blue sky as countless Monarch butterflies fill the air and land on branches, logs, the ground and even on our heads and shoulders.

Source: Monarchs are Mexico’s other North American tourists | The Western Producer

Magical Istria tour: A family fortnight on Croatia’s Adriatic coast; James Tute; Daily Mirror

Photo: Getty

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Mauritania: Festival des villes anciennes gets final prepations; North Africa Post

Photo: North Africa Post

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Discovering Queensland’s World Heritage-listed wonders; Roz Fisher; Northwest Star

FROM the minute you round the bend and catch a glimpse of the Daintree River, you know you are about to enter a very different world.

Source: Discovering Queensland’s World Heritage-listed wonders

Exploring Queensland’s rainforest hinterland; Olivia Pozzan; BBC

Photo: BBC

Beyond the bikini-draped shores of Australia’s Gold Coast is a lush, subtropical wonderland of cascading waterfalls, bioluminescent mushrooms and rainforest retreats.

Source: Exploring Queensland’s rainforest hinterland

Walk among 5,000 years of history on sacred Greek island of Delos; Janet Podolak; News Herald

Photo: Janet Podolak

The sacred island of Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and his twin, Artemis, is in the middle of the Greek island group called the Cyclades, which is Greek for “circle.”

Source: Walk among 5,000 years of history on sacred Greek island of Delos (with video)

The 46 Places to Go in 2013; New York Times

Photo: Guillermo Cervera

See New York Times list of destinations to visit, from No. 1 Rio to No. 46 Paris.

Source: The 46 Places to Go in 2013

Up Close with Hippos in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa; Laurel Robbins; Paperblog

Photo: Paperblog

Laurel Robbin’s hippo tour in iSimangaliso Wetland Park was one of the highlights of her trip to South Africa!iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 280km of coast line.

Source: Up Close with Hippos in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa – Paperblog

Mumbai Multiplex | The line starts here; Supriya Nair; Live Mint

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

The ‘heritage wing’ of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a railway enthusiast’s dream.

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Visiting Russia’s Orthodox mecca; Vladimir Erkovich; RBTH

Photo: RBTH

Sergiyev Posad is the closest to Moscow of all the ancient towns on the Golden Ring.

Source: Visiting Russia’s Orthodox mecca

The unmistakable sights and smells of Granada’s Alhambra fortress; Mauricio Vicent; El Pais

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A Modern Tourist’s View of Pergamon Museum; Catherine Tsounis; Hellenic News

“Absolutely everyone on my Kontiki Tour was heading to one place in Berlin: the Pergamon Museum which is the best Ancient Greek Museum in Europe,” said Despina Siolas, MD/Ph.D. “It is amazing how all the museums of Germany are East of the Brandenburg Bridge.”

Source: A Modern Tourist’s View of Pergamon Museum – Hellenic News of America

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