Daily Daydream: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is either a daydream or a nightmare depending on if you love wild animals (especially gorillas).

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Capital Appreciation: Board a Bus for the Best Way to See Brasília; Tim Padgett; Time

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Board a Bus for the Best Way to See Brasília

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Tasmania is an attractive alternative to nearby Australia; Jim Winnerman; St Louis Post Dispatch

While planning a trip to Australia, Jim Winnerman was quickly stymied by the nation’s enormous size and the long distances separating major attractions.

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1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Take 2; Patricia Schultz; Travel Weekly

As the second edition of her best-selling book makes its way to store shelves online and off, Patricia Schultz recounts her life’s journey from travel enthusiast to author.

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Daily Daydream: Siena, Italy; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

Classic architecture, amazing wine, delicious food, and medieval history … without the crowds? That’s amore!

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Reims: Visit the home of champagne; Daily Mirror

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Friends in high places: Sri Lanka’s Knuckles mountains; Ben Tarring; Guardian

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Snakes and spiders aside, a homestay with a pair of kindly subsistence farmers was a magical introduction to Sri Lanka’s Knuckles mountains for Ben Tarring and family…

Source: Friends in high places: Sri Lanka’s Knuckles mountains

Primeval Poland: where the bison roam; Jon Eldridge; The Guardian

Poland – Białowieża Forest

In Europe’s last primeval forest, on Poland’s border with Belarus, experts are fighting to protect the zubr, or European bison. Jon Eldridge investigates…

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Campaign cities share ideas for protecting world’s ancient sites; UNDRR

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Byblos, with its ancient port dating back 5,000 years, is dotted with Phoenician, Roman and medieval ruins along the waterfront that municipal authorities now fear are in danger from sea storms.

Source: Campaign cities share ideas for protecting world’s ancient sites

Salvador, Brazil’s real party capital; Gavin McOwan; Guardian

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As a three-month festival of Brazilian culture opens in London, Gavin McOwan tries out the real thing in Salvador, the country’s – and possibly the world’s – party capital

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Damascus face-lift rouses ire of local activist; Ahmad Khatib; AFP

Photo: Daily Star

Damascus, arguably the world’s oldest city, is bustling with chic new life as Ottoman-era homes are turned into boutique hotels and trendy restaurants jazz up their traditional Middle Eastern fare.

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A Lost World Made by Women; Richard B Woodward; NY Times

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The Treasures of Timbuktu; Joshua Hammer; Smithsonian Magazine

Mali – Timbuktu

Scholars in the fabled African city, once a great center of learning and trade, are racing to save a still emerging cache of ancient manuscripts.

White robe fluttering in the desert breeze, Moctar Sidi Yayia al-Wangari leads me down a sandy alley past donkeys, idle men and knapsack-toting children rushing off to school. It is a bright morning, my second in Timbuktu, in the geographic center of Mali, and al-Wangari is taking me to see the project that has consumed him for the past three years. We duck through a Moorish-style archway and enter his home, a two-story stone structure built around a concrete courtyard. With an iron key, he unlocks the door to a storage room. Filigrees of light stream through a filthy window. The air inside is stale, redolent of mildew and earth.

Regardez,” he says.

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