Where Life is Sweet

“There’s no denying the ties that bind Canada with all things maple – it’s as much a part of the culture as ice hockey. The maple leaf is the symbol on the national flag, after all. And if maple syrup is the blood that runs through Canada’s veins, then Quebec is its beating heart. Nearly 70…

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A River Runs Through It

“There is a dedicated National Trail, the Thames Path, that follows the course of the river, all 184 miles of it. It takes two weeks to walk the whole thing, but for me it became a project to dip in and out of, walking it in segments over a year or so, travelling from station…

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Finding Fez

“The heart and soul of this ancient city is the medina, a bona fide labyrinth of some 9,000 streets and alleyways. Within its fortifed walls is a hive of markets and makers, artisans sewing bright fabrics or hammering elaborate silverware. Women in hijabs pluck the choicest figs from a well-stocked cart, and wide-eyed cats wait…

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A Long Way Home

“We spent a couple of days in Arrowtown, a welcome distance from the summer crowds of nearby Queenstown. Retaining its gold-rush charm, the main street is a cluster of heritage-style shops and original miners’ cottages, making it easy to imagine the lives of families who emigrated here to make their fortune panning the Arrow River…

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Counter Culture

“The locals, who live by the slogan ‘Keep Portland weird’, are a conglomerate of tribes: the hipsters, the hikers, the artists and – perhaps gathering most momentum – the foodies. This leafy metropolis has become THE place to eat – a culinary hotspot, thanks largely to its location in bountiful northern Oregon.”

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A Great American Road Trip

“It’s the car that distinguishes the Great American Road Trip from all other journeys — here, what you drive has as much significance as where you’re driving. It was surprisingly easy to acquire our shiny black Mustang; most rental car companies now accommodate this need for recreational scene-setting. One of my travelling companions, The Driver, turned…

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London Was Never An Easy Gig For Kiwis

Op-ed piece written in response to I’m talented. I’m hard-working. I’m blonde. So why can’t I find a job in London? by Alex Hazlehurst… “Please don’t be fooled: there was never a gold-paved road for expat New Zealanders and anyone who tells you so is either misinformed, pulling your leg, or they got exceptionally lucky. London…

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Northern Bites

“Hotel Budir is a perfect example of the fact that even in a country so extreme, there is opportunity. It’s about being creative with whatever is available. “We always try to think, what can we do that’s a little bit different?” Jóhannes explains. “What can we take and make our own?””

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Top Of The Flocks

“The plump birds strutting around the paddock when we visit are already 82 days old. They seem calm and contented, scratching in the grass, unrestricted by fences or pens – it’s the sort of poultry idyll you see illustrated on free-range egg carton labels.”

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Let Them Eat Cake

“If anything can make you feel like a kid again, it’s cake. And if anyone can make a cake that takes you back to your childhood, it’s Philippe Conticini. The innovative Parisian chef is a dessert virtuoso. “It is the passion of my life. Well, first my wife and my daughter, of course… Then after…

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