The Stairways of San Francisco

The Stairways of San Francisco

San Francisco is built on 49 hills – not just ordinary slopes, but tall steep inclines. Yet the city’s early planners and developers chose to lay out the roads in a grid pattern, paying no heed to contours. This resulted in some very steep streets, causing problems...

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Malay cooking and sambal belacan

Imagine the scene: a house in the jungle, surrounded by tall trees that provide welcome shade in the tropical heat. A long fishpond beside the cooking area. This is the setting for "Cook with Shuk", a traditional Malay cooking lesson. Langkawi is increasingly becoming...

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Sightseeing in Colombo: A City of Contrasts

Colombo, a sprawling urban area housing around three million people, is often overlooked by visitors to Sri Lanka who head for the beaches or the hills. However it is worth spending some time sightseeing here, visiting the temples and colonial buildings, and...

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Lustleigh: a Traditional Dartmoor Village

It would be easy to miss Lustleigh, a traditional thatched village nestling in a valley between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. But if you're visiting Dartmoor it's worth making the detour. Lustleigh makes a perfect day out with country walks and the possibility of...

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