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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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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Marco Polo and Korčula

Marco Polo and Korčula

Most historians agree that Marco Polo (1254-1324) was born in Venice, but the old walled town of Korčula, on an island of the same name close to Dubrovnik, has a strong rival claim. The evidence for either birthplace is not conclusive. On the one hand, Marco Polo...

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A Trip to Al Ain, UAE

A Trip to Al Ain, UAE

Al Ain is an oasis city on the border between the UAE and Oman. For tourists the main sights are the UNESCO sites of palm oases and prehistoric remains. Less obvious attractions are the camel market and the nearby camel races. But for me, one of the more memorable...

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Eating Out in Muscat, Oman

Eating Out in Muscat, Oman

Although Muscat is growing as a holiday destination, most tourists confine themselves to the coastal area of Qurm and find their culinary needs well catered for in the many hotels. However, for anyone who chooses, as we did, to venture further afield, eating out in...

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