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If paradise was a place on earth, the hot springs at The Esalen Institute in California’s Big Sur would be a very strong contender. I, for one, became an instant devotee. A visit to the Esalen Institute hot springs was high on our must-try list as we were planning the Pacific Coast Highway leg of our […]

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Famous dandy Beau Brummell surveys Jermyn Street
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Shaving is not an innate skill men are born with. It must be learned. If we’re lucky, Dad will have sat us down to teach us this manly art. If we’re unlucky, he handed us the razor, a bottle of Old Spice, and hoped for the best! But shaving doesn’t need to be a painful […]

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Views across the Ionian Sea from a rented flat in Soverato, Italy.
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Renting a house or apartment for travels overseas can be surprisingly affordable, even for relatively short stays.  Navigating the dizzying array of options can make this possibility seem overwhelming. Faced with cultural differences, language barriers, and the choice between private rentals or agencies, it’s hard to know how to proceed. Limited to a relatively fixed budget, I’ve still found […]

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Midsummer Sun in Finland
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While the summer solstice is marked in some way in many countries, in Finland the Midsummer Eve or juhannus is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It virtually turns cities into ghost towns as people rush off to their cottages across the country for that brief spell of midsummer magic. Historically juhannus was celebrated […]

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Voodoo Ray's pizza joint in Dalston
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For any self-respecting London foodie (who isn’t a trustafarian, Russian oligarch or a Chinese high roller), finding cheap, delicious eats in the capital ought to be part of their daily struggle against the ever-increasing cost of living. Cooking at home might help curb the credit card bill, you say, but with all that’s on offer in […]

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Lighthouse Park 29 April 2004 027 6x4
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Surrounded by majestic mountains, but open to the waters of the Pacific, Vancouver is one of the world’s truly remarkable cities. No wonder Vancouver is regularly recognized as one of the world’s best places to live! Some of the best hiking in Canada is within sight of downtown Vancouver. Between the mountain ski hills overlooking downtown and […]

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