South Bank, Sunday Morning

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A walk down London's South Bank early on a Sunday morning before the crowds arrive reveals some hidden gems & interesting characters (essay & photos)

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Kolkata: Anger management in the urban jungle

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Travel portrait of Kolkata, India - a personal essay from my first experience of this sprawling, mind-bending metropolis

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It was all Yellow: Saigon Welcomes the Year of the Snake thumbnail

Photos of Ho Chi Minh City's spectacular decorations to celebrate Tết - the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New Year.

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Inside Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace thumbnail

Ho Chi Minh City's Reunification Palace is of full of grand rooms, dark bunkers, soviet-era furniture and military gadgets. Come and have a look inside.

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Ho Chi Minh: City of Beautiful Madness

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45,000 Dong - that's just under a couple of British pounds - will buy you entry to the South Saigon Pools: a secluded oasis in hot suburban district 7. Kids play in the sand-filled shallow water, and in the adult pool a middle-aged Australian is teaching his Vietnamese companion to swim. She paddles with her [...]

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Street Photos and Portraits: Valletta, Malta

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Maltese travel guides are full of references to a chequered history made up of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, French and British influences. They talk at length about the legacy of the Knights of St. John, the interesting architecture and the great food that characterise this Mediterranean island with its temperate December days. It's all there [...]

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Snapshots of Kolkata from a taxi

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The last time I visited Kolkata I was filled with fear and wonder, shock and poetry, confusion and excitement – eager to dig beneath the dusty outer layer of this faded, vibrant, mad, laid-back, modern, ancient, rich slum of a contradiction. I wrote hasty ..

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Street view: Ibiza

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I resisted visiting Ibiza for a long time, simply because I did not imagine it to be the kind of place to have a relaxing holiday, due to its reputation as binge party destination. Finally succumbing based on friends’ recommendations, I was genuinely surprised ..

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Street View: Breil-sur-Roya

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Breil is perched in a quiet valley about an hour’s drive north of Nice. It is popular for trout fishing, historic walks and visits to the surrounding olive groves, so unsurprisingly it is not exactly a hotspot for international tourists.

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Street View: Barcelona & Madrid

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I have always suffered some subconsciously-held prejudices about Spain, based on rather clichéd images of package holidays, an overdeveloped coastline, British people insisting on being served real ale and full English breakfasts in their mother tongue, stag weekends and general loutishness.

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