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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…

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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.…

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  • Keeping Austin weird: why the time to visit is now

    Keeping Austin weird: why the time to visit is now

    July 6th, 2018Edward Aves
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    Kooky, liberal and easy to fall in love with, Austin feels a world away from clichéd images of conservative, oil-rich Texas: a “blueberry in the tomato soup” as memorably described by former governor, Rick Perry. A haven for free-thinking creatives, the Texan capital is a laid-back college town at heart, fed by its vast and…

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  • Why Halifax is Canada’s friendliest city

    Why Halifax is Canada’s friendliest city

    March 5th, 2018Edward Aves
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    Canadians are a friendly bunch; in fact according to Twitter analysis (so it must be true) Canucks are the nicest people in the world. And Canada’s friendliest city? Halifax, says a recent poll, which placed the Nova Scotian capital among the fifteen friendliest on the planet. Another confirms it’s one of the world’s least snobby.…

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  • 7 unusual ways to explore Canada’s Bay of Fundy

    7 unusual ways to explore Canada’s Bay of Fundy

    February 1st, 2018Edward Aves
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    Inscribed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America – rubbing shoulders with perennial favourites such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone – Canada’s Bay of Fundy is truly one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Twice a day, a raging torrent of over 100 billion tonnes of Atlantic seawater – equivalent…

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  • Canada 150+: healing the divide on Spirit Island

    Canada 150+: healing the divide on Spirit Island

    December 20th, 2017Edward Aves
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    As Canada's 150th year draws to a close, Edward Aves looks back on an event of great importance to some of the nation's indigenous people.

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  • Why Turin should be your next foodie break

    Why Turin should be your next foodie break

    May 26th, 2017Edward Aves
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    Not so long ago, Turin (Torino) – Italy’s great northern powerhouse – was largely ignored by tourists, unfairly dismissed as little more than a giant Fiat factory. Yet this elegant city of Baroque palaces and graceful piazzi would be a prime draw were it anywhere else other than this spectacularly beautiful country. Since hosting the…

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  • 25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    November 30th, 2016Edward Aves
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    It’s 25 years since an adventurous quartet of Rough Guides authors set off for the Subcontinent to begin work on researching the inaugural instalment of The Rough Guide to India. After two years of intensive writing and painstaking editing, the first edition of the book thudded onto the bookshop shelves in 1994, weighing in at…

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  • Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State

    Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State

    September 21st, 2016Edward Aves
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    Pioneers, visionaries, geniuses, crackpots – the Sunshine State has seen more than its fair share of eccentrics over the years, drawn from cooler northern climes in pursuit of their dreams. Florida’s Gulf Coast may be best known for its relentless sunshine and glorious sandy beaches, but it’s also home to some of the state’s more…

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  • Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break

    Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break

    July 1st, 2016Edward Aves
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    So you’ve circled Dubrovnik’s city walls and wandered the ancient alleys of medieval Split? Then the laidback and cosmopolitan city of Pula, home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside Italy, should be next on your list. While some Croatian destinations along the glittering Adriatic coast can sag beneath the weight of the…

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  • 5 reasons you should visit Almaty, Kazakhstan

    5 reasons you should visit Almaty, Kazakhstan

    November 25th, 2015Edward Aves
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    Straddling the cultural crossroads between Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan is an intriguingly cosmopolitan place. This vast country, which stretches from the Caspian Sea to China, is one of Asia’s most diverse, where ethnic Kazakhs and Russians rub shoulders with Uzbeks, Ukrainians, Tatars, Germans and many more in an enviably harmonious mix. Almaty, its biggest city,…

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  • Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

    Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

    September 18th, 2014Edward Aves
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    In preparation for the new Rough Guide to Ethiopia, the book’s editor, Edward Aves, travelled to the remote and little-visited Bale Mountains National Park.   “Another two hours? This is interminable!”, blurts out one of my fellow passengers, as frustration at the bus’s glacial progress along the single, winding dirt track begins to set in, sparking snorts…

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