Books to Read Before You Visit Italy

Books to Read Before You Visit Italy

Italy is a major destination for British and American tourists, and there is no shortage of books for the curious traveller. So my problem in compiling this post was not what to put in, but what to leave out. The choice that follows is just a small selection of books...

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Malay cooking and sambal belacan

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

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

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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Singapore: Sightseeing, Food and Durian

Singapore: Sightseeing, Food and Durian

Singapore was a city of contrasts.  From the bustling ethnic districts of Chinatown and Little India to the cool calm of the Botanic Gardens, to the sophistication of Clarke Quay and the financial district.  From sweltering humidity to torrential rain, often changing...

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