Profile: Timbuktu; Al Jazeera

Historic Malian town has long been target of Tuareg rebels fighting to carve out a desert homeland.

Source: Profile: Timbuktu

Traveller’s guide: Seychelles; Chris Leadbeater; Independent

As honeymoon decisions go, theirs was an excellent one. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – seeking a destination where they could hide from the world’s attention – picked the Seychelles as their place of post-wedding escape last May, they chose wisely.

Source: Traveller’s guide: Seychelles

Reims, France: a cultural city guide; Paul Wade; Telegraph

Photo: Telegraph

Paul Wade offers an essential cultural guide to Reims, a city that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine champagne.

Source: Reims, France: a cultural city guide

Diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize; Keriann O’Riordan; Daily Collegian

Keriann O’Riordan adds diving the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize to her bucket list.

Source: Diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize

Under cranes and canvas; Sean Mooney; Traveller

Sean Mooney leaves the tent and sleeping bags at home and opts for a family ‘glamping’ stay on historic Cockatoo Island.

Source: Under cranes and canvas

Blue Heaven; Holly Hunt

Argentina – Los Glaciares National Park

HOLLY HUNT treks among the mountains and glaciers in the ice fields of Argentina’s southern Patagonia.

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Santo Domingo boasts rich offerings — from sun-soaked beaches to New World firsts; Kristen Browning-Blas; Denver Post

Source: Santo Domingo boasts rich offerings — from sun-soaked beaches to New World firsts

Brno’s Villa Tugendhat reopens after two year renovation; Dominik Jun; Radio Prague

Photo: Barbora Kmentova

This week saw the completion of a two year restoration project of Villa Tugendhat, a unique functionalist villa in the city of Brno. Its history matches that of Czechoslovakia: repeat occupation, dilapidation and ultimately restoration.

Source: Brno’s Villa Tugendhat reopens after two year renovation

An Underwater Serengeti; Todd Steiner; Earth Island Journal

Photo: George Duffield

Scientists and Recreational Scuba Divers Are Working to Protect the Spectacular Marine Life in the Waters Around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island…

Source: An Underwater Serengeti

Daily Daydream: Cocos Island, Costa Rica; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

Photo: Smarter Travel

Jacques Cousteau called this island “the most beautiful in the world.” Who are we to argue? Find out where it is and how to get there!

Source: Daily Daydream: Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Old growth, new life; Leisa Tyler; Traveller

Leisa Tyler walks in the vast Tarkine wilderness in the state’s north-west, among some of the oldest forests on earth.

Source: Old growth, new life

Day Trip from Delhi: Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra; Mary Spierling; San Diego Reader

Photo: San Diego Reader

Source: Day Trip from Delhi: Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra

Falling for Victoria Falls; Sam Bradley; IOL

Photo: IOL

A trip to this World Heritage Site promises more than just smoke and thunder, writes Sam Bradley.

Source: Falling for Victoria Falls

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha); Zan Azlee; Fatbidin.com

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

This week is part 10 of Zan Azlee multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos and text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 10:

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Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

Photo: Smarter Travel

Take a whale-watching tour, head into a rainforest, snorkel in the ocean, swim in a freshwater lake, or explore the sand cliffs—you’ll never run out of things to do on this island!

Source: Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia

Retreat to rainforest; Cameron Wilson; Traveller

Photo: Traveller

Cameron Wilson explores Lamington National Park’s forests and birdlife along its extensive network of walking tracks.

Source: Retreat to rainforest

Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat restored in Czech Republic; AP

Photo: Petr David Jozek

Mies van der Rohe masterpiece in Brno, seen as an exemplar of modernist architecture, to reopen after £5.7m restoration…

Source: Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat restored in Czech Republic

Under Sabratha’s spell, near the sea in Libya; Alice Sun-Cua; GMA Network

Photo: Alex Cua & Alice Sun-Cua

The very name sounded exotic enough: Sab-ra-tha, the three syllables rolling in the tongue like some sweet, mysterious fruit.

Source: Under Sabratha’s spell, near the sea in Libya

Zebras, rhinos and close encounters of a Zambian kind; Errol Barnett; CNN

Photo: Errol Barnett/CNN

“Stop the car, stop the car! There’s a bull elephant in the road!” Words Errol Barnett listened to closely as they’re being shouted by a man sitting next to him clutching an AK-47.

Source: Zebras, rhinos and close encounters of a Zambian kind

A visit to Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, Polonnaruwa; Seth Miller; Wandering Aramean

Source: A visit to Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, Polonnaruwa – Wandering Aramean

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