A visit to Peterhof, St Petersburg

I was looking through my old photographs the other day and I came across the pictures of Peterhof, Peter the Great's summer palace near St Petersburg.We went there purely by accident. The intention was to take a canal cruise through St Petersburg but when we arrived...

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Pirates of the Malacca Strait

The Malacca Strait, which runs between Malaysia and Singapore and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has been a favourite haunt of pirates for over a thousand years. The problem persists to the current day, with 40% of the world’s pirate attacks taking place in this...

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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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