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  • Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    June 15th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    St Petersburg is a sophisticated forward-looking city that feels and looks much more European than Moscow. Its pretty canals are lined with pastel-coloured buildings that house shops, cafés and a plethora of outstanding museums. This is Russia’s most charming city, its laidback and relaxed pace of life a welcome change from the country’s frenetic capital.…

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  • Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    June 14th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    Bustling and energetic, Moscow is a vibrant 24-hour city with a captivating and chaotic spirit that blends Western and Eastern cultures. Grand palaces and pretty onion-domed cathedrals sit cheek-by-jowl behemoth Soviet buildings that are relics of years of Communist rule. At night, the city morphs into one of the world’s liveliest, offering a decadent nightlife…

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    June 11th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    One of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, Moscow has an energy like no other city, a chaotic spirit rumbling just beneath its polished surface. And since Russia is hosting the World Cup, 2018 is a big year for the city. Whether you’re hoping to be in the heart of the action, or you’re longing for a…

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  • 8 of Europe’s most haunting ghost towns

    8 of Europe’s most haunting ghost towns

    March 23rd, 2017Kiki Deere
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    Abandoned buildings with crumbling walls. Deserted streets. Eerie silence. Scattered across Europe are a number of once-bustling towns that are now left uninhabited. Some were the scene of fierce fighting; others were abandoned when natural disasters struck. From France to Norway, these are the ones you should add to your bucket list. 1. Oradour-sur-Glane, France The small…

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  • 9 of the best UNESCO sites in Europe

    9 of the best UNESCO sites in Europe

    February 23rd, 2017Kiki Deere
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    With more UNESCO sites than any other continent, Europe is home to a staggering array of natural and cultural landmarks. There are historical sights and architectural marvels aplenty, from classical Greek ruins to Italian Renaissance cities. The scenery is exceptionally diverse too, with white-sand beaches, ancient forests and dramatic fjords just a hop and a skip…

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  • Homestays: why you should stay with a local rather than in a hotel

    Homestays: why you should stay with a local rather than in a hotel

    February 15th, 2017Kiki Deere
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    This feature has been made possible by Homestay.com, an accommodation marketplace connecting guests to local hosts in over 150 countries. In recent years social travel networks have become increasingly popular, largely thanks to a rising interest in experiential and responsible tourism. Travellers are looking for new ways to engage with local communities and delve into…

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  • The 10 best places to travel as a student

    The 10 best places to travel as a student

    December 19th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    This feature has been made possible by Cheapflights.co.uk, where you can search and compare cheap flights from 1000s of airlines, travel agents and travel sites. Travel is the best form of procrastination and as a student, with those long holidays full of faraway deadlines, it’s almost inevitable you’re going to want to get away. Flights…

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  • 10 of the best UNESCO sites in Asia

    10 of the best UNESCO sites in Asia

    December 13th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    From spectacular temples to awe-inspiring natural wonders, the world’s largest continent is home to UNESCO sites aplenty. Its sheer size makes it exceptionally diverse – culturally, ethnically and in terms of its natural environment. From Russia’s subarctic areas to the equatorial south, Asia is home to unique geographical features, while over millennia thousands of civilisations…

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  • In pictures: when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges

    In pictures: when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges

    February 11th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    When we heard there was going to be an orange fight in Italy, we had to be there. Here are some of the best photographs taken by our roaming writer-photographer, Kiki Deere. The small town of Ivrea, 55km north of Turin, hosts one of Italy’s most exuberant carnivals. Dating back to the end of the…

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  • Nanyuki: the Kenyan town where your Valentine’s roses are grown

    Nanyuki: the Kenyan town where your Valentine’s roses are grown

    February 10th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    When you receive your Valentine’s bouquet this year, will you wonder where it came from? Probably not, but it’s possible your flowers are better travelled than you. Sitting just below the horn of Africa, Kenya is the largest exporter of flowers to the European Union, meaning your pretty petals may have crossed equators and oceans…

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  • 10 new tourist attractions to visit in 2016

    10 new tourist attractions to visit in 2016

    January 4th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    Want to travel somewhere new this year? There’s plenty to discover in 2016. Take a look at these new attractions opening around the globe for inspiration for your next trip. 1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood, USA On April 7 2016, Universal Studios Hollywood will mark the much-anticipated opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.…

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  • The stunning Philippines in pictures

    The stunning Philippines in pictures

    December 18th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere shares some of her best photographs of the Philippines from her latest trip to Southeast Asia.  Comprising 7107 islands, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s most incredibly diverse landscapes – nowhere more so than Luzon, the country’s largest island. Northern Luzon is home to the country’s remotest wildernesses, a…

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