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Soak it all up

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Take a dip in some of the world’s top mineral springs.

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Changing of the geisha guard

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A tiny bar serving potent green tea cocktails in the backstreets of Kanazawa seems the oddest setting for my first encounter with a geisha...
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Art of the sublime

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In Japan, creativity seeps into everything outside the traditional frame of canvas and festival.

t’s still early on a warm night in Kana­zawa, but things are already getting a little rowdy at the next table...
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Art of the Sublime Part 2
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Idle on Langkawi

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After frenetic Kuala Lumpur, this island’s fine white sand, turquoise sea and tropical jungle are a welcoming world away.

Lying north of the Strait of Malacca in the southern Andaman Sea near the border between Malaysia and Thailand, the island of Langkawi, the so-called “Jewel of Kedah”, was once home to fishermen and farmers and a haven for pirates with nary a luxury resort in sight.
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Go with the flow

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After an accidental start, Iceland's lagoon wonder is a major tourist attraction and now a lucrative business.

Framed by a black lava rock wall slick with water, Grimur Saemundsen is discreetly surveying his kingdom....
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A passage from Provence

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Here’s a toast to wine-loving popes and the ancient Roman trade route along the Rhone.

As the sun sets, I’m watching the Rhone from the balcony of my cosy, well-appointed stateroom on the Viking Longship Delling ...
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Machu Picchu luxury train journey recalls adventures of Hiram Bingham

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American explorer Hiram Bingham vividly recounted his first sight of Machu Picchu in his classic 1922 book Inca Land: Explorations in the Highlands of Peru. ...
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Machu Picchu just one of Peru's many highlights for travellers

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"IT would have to be one of the most dramatic descents in the world. As our plane approaches Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco, Peru,...
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Feet First

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Treks with a touch of luxury in South Australia

From the air, Wilpena Pound is pure theatre. Like a desert mirage, the steep ochre walls of this ancient crater rise dramatically out of the arid orange plains of outback South Australia’s Flinders Ranges...
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Stressed? Check out this secluded hideaway

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It’s a fine, unseasonably warm autumn’s day as we make our slow spiralling descent down hairpin bends and enter the final 14-kilometre, recently sealed stretch of road leading to the gates of the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa...
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Food, glorious food

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Forget apples. Tasmania is the holy grail, it seems, for those seeking to shed skins and reinvent identities.

You meet all kinds of people on a food-themed cruise of Tasmania. A German-speaking linguistics graduate turned ginseng grower and salmon farmer...
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Sun, sand and Swan Lake at Hamilton Island

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On a balmy Saturday night on Hamilton Island’s Pebble Beach, four Australian Ballet dancers whipped out virtuoso pas de deux from August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake in front of a 150-strong black tie crowd. ...
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Boris Eifman: the modern maverick of ballet

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ON a freezing Monday night in St Petersburg the venerable Alexandrinsky Theatre, a stone's throw from the city's glittering Nevsky Prospect thoroughfare, is ablaze with light and crammed with a jostling opening-night crowd. ...
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Virgilio Martinez’s Central is leading Peru’s culinary revolution

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It is a crisp Saturday evening in Lima, Peru, and the traffic in upscale Miraflores is a whirl of horns and squealing tyres. ...
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NGV’s Hermitage exhibition displays Catherine the Great’s treasures

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‘She would have seen this very same view when she was standing here.” Under the blind gaze of a trio of alabaster statues guarding the Jordan staircase in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Mikhail Dedinkin points across a sea of heads to the broad, silvery Neva River framed like an exquisite still-life by a nearby window. ..
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The sahib of cinema: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan

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IT'S almost midnight in sticky, monsoonal Mumbai and the car containing arguably the world's most famous actor is racing a fat yellow moon reflected in the serene Arabian Sea. ...
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Shanghai surprise

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The city is returning to its glory days, writes Sharon Verghis.

When Graeme Murphy and his dancers first visited Shanghai in the early 1980s, as part of a three-week cultural exchange between Australia and China, they found a city seemingly preserved in amber. ...