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  • El Tajín: Visit one of Mexico’s most mysterious Mesoamerican cities

    El Tajín: Visit one of Mexico’s most mysterious Mesoamerican cities

    November 30th, 2018Daniel Stables
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    The smell of vanilla hangs thick in the air over Papantla, a bustling hill town in the jungly northern reaches of the Mexican state of Veracruz. The prized aromatic has been cultivated here since pre-colonial times, by the same Totonac people who still live here, speak their own language, and practice a brand of Roman... Read more »

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  • The heart of New Orleans – voices from the city

    The heart of New Orleans – voices from the city

    November 29th, 2018Damien Gabet
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    There is no avoiding Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. One version of the city existed before the disaster and a demonstrably different one does now. Thirteen years have passed, and yet it remains part of the city’s daily conversation, intrinsic to its character. There are three things that New Orleans has always done exceptionally well: food, liquor... Read more »

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  • Churchill, Canada: life in the polar bear capital of the world

    Churchill, Canada: life in the polar bear capital of the world

    November 12th, 2018Georgia Stephens
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    The town of Churchill, Manitoba, is attempting to answer an age-old question: how do you stay safe living in the polar bear capital of the world? Georgia Stephens travels to the edge of Arctic Canada to find out. The polar bear doesn’t move. It’s resting its head on a smooth rock protruding from the snow, its... Read more »

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  • Beyond music: 5 alternative reasons to visit Nashville

    Beyond music: 5 alternative reasons to visit Nashville

    November 10th, 2018Damien Gabet
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    Escaping music altogether isn’t really an option in Music City (and why would you want to?), but this is the closest you’ll get. Damien Gabet shares five very good alternative reasons to visit Nashville.  1. Eat, eat, eat! Lunch? Visit family-run Arnold’s Country Kitchen. A societal leveller, this zero-frills canteen sees millionaire financiers queue up with... Read more »

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  • In search of authentic sounds in Nashville

    In search of authentic sounds in Nashville

    November 5th, 2018Damien Gabet
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    Damien Gabet hits the road to try and fulfil a lifelong dream of playing live in Nashville, Tennessee. Finally, the right kind of place. I’ve been looking all week. Somewhere I can get up on stage and play the bass guitar at an open-mic night. It’s been a long-held dream to perform in Music City. Bourbon... Read more »

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  • Things to do in British Columbia: 7 scenic excursions from Vancouver

    Things to do in British Columbia: 7 scenic excursions from Vancouver

    November 2nd, 2018Rachel Mills
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    The booming city of Vancouver on the west coast of Canada is British Columbia’s biggest attraction. Each year over 10 million people visit the city, but far fewer explore beyond its forested North Shore or the Pacific Coast horizon. Just a short drive from the city you’ll find mountains, lakes, vineyards, islands and inlets to explore, and... Read more »

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  • The faces of San Francisco: keeping the city’s creativity alive

    The faces of San Francisco: keeping the city’s creativity alive

    October 12th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    San Francisco has changed a lot in the last few years. It’s now the buzzing centre of America’s tech culture, and so expensive that most of the artists and iconoclasts who made it famous can no longer afford to live there. But you’d be wrong to assume that the city’s lost its radical edge. There... Read more »

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  • Podcast: the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans

    Podcast: the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans

    September 10th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    In 18th-century Louisiana, escapee African slaves would make a break for the bayous. Here they might encounter Native Americans and occasionally find asylum with them: two peoples who had in common a struggle for freedom from oppression. That this episode in history is remembered is in part thanks to the Black Masking Indians of New... Read more »

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  • The best day-trips from San Francisco

    The best day-trips from San Francisco

    August 15th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    The Golden Gate Bridge, rows of colourful Victorian houses, trams chuntering up steep hills: San Francisco is a city full of iconic sights. But it’s worth tearing yourself away from it for a day or so to discover the other Californian treasures on its doorstep. Angel Island State Park A trip to Angel Island State Park... Read more »

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  • Ottawa: top things to do in the capital of Canada

    Ottawa: top things to do in the capital of Canada

    August 14th, 2018Edward Aves
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    Move over Toronto and Montréal: there’s a quiet revolution happening in Ottawa. Not so long ago, the city was lambasted as the dullest place in Canada, dubbed the “town that fun forgot” by a sniping journalist half a century ago. The label stuck like glue, but nowadays the perception of the capital of Canada has... Read more »

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  • Stargazing in Utah: a postcard from Antelope Island

    Stargazing in Utah: a postcard from Antelope Island

    August 3rd, 2018Jacqui Agate
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    Following the USA’s total solar eclipse in 2017, ‘astrotourism’ is big news. And the growing global light pollution problem means so-called ‘dark sky parks’ are more precious than ever. Jacqui Agate reports from Antelope Island in Utah, home to more dark sky parks than anywhere else in the world. It’s 9.30pm and Antelope Island is... Read more »

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  • San Antonio at 300: a city on the rise

    San Antonio at 300: a city on the rise

    August 2nd, 2018Edward Aves
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    Texans tend to go a little gooey about San Antonio. Dallas‘ big money may eye Austin‘s hippie vibes with suspicion, while Austonians often snark at the Big D’s consumerism. Houston gets a bad rap from everyone. But love for the Lone Star State‘s second biggest city seems to be just about universal. It’s not hard to see why.... Read more »

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