Posted on 12 April 2017 by Martha Hales
Get to know Tashkent
As an ancient hub of the Silk Road, Tashkent has long been subject to outside influences and this is evident today. One of the defining moments in Tashkent’s modern history was the devastating earthquake of 1966, which struck right in the heart of the city with a magnitude of 5.1. Many of the ancient buildings of central Tashkent were levelled, several people died and around 300,000 were made homeless. When the rubble was cleared and rebuilding began in earnest, the new city was planned in the Soviet style, with many giant monumental buildings facing off across leafy public squares. The city today is the largest in Central Asia, and is by far the most appealing place in Uzbekistan for those in search of fine restaurants, breezy city parks and buzzing nightlife.
Posted on 03 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Africa's Creative Hub: Get to know Dakar
Senegal is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights of Africa. Despite being one of the poorest countries on the continent, it remains one of the most stable and democratic. Its people are famously friendly, which the Senegalese call ‘Teranga’. Visiting its capital, Dakar, the most westerly capital of the old world, you are certain to be enamoured by the unwavering positive and hospitable atmosphere of Dakar.
Posted on 22 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Follow in the Footsteps of Sir David Attenborough
There is no other person more synonymous with wildlife documentaries than Sir David Attenborough. His voice is familiar with millions, of all ages and walks of life, even former US president Barack Obama is a self-confessed fan of the broadcaster. Spanning over 50 years, Attenborough’s career has taken him to all corners of the globe, documenting hundreds of species of plant, animal, and marine life. Join us, as we reflect on his life behind the lens and the extraordinary locations and animals in the camera’s focus.
Posted on 15 March 2017 by Martha Hales
Marrakech with a Local
Exotic and alluring, Marrakech is steeped in history, commerce and romance. It may not be Morocco’s capital, but it is the major draw for most visitors to this intriguing country. There is no shortage of things to do in Marrakech, and many come to browse the souks, get lost in the medina and soak up the intoxicating atmosphere.
Posted on 13 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Top 5 Travel Experiences
It is undeniable that a journey to a far flung corner of the world is an incredible travel experience, creating beloved and long last memories. But what exactly makes travelling so magical? A question discussed countless times, under starry skies and on sandy shores across the world, but it can be hard to qualify. Here is our list of 5 travel moments sure to evoke that sense of magic when exploring the world.
Posted on 08 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
The Sound of Latin America
Central America is an area alive with rich and intoxicating sounds. The music of Latin America is as vibrant and diverse as the continent itself, from rare birdsong, to sultry samba beats. With this in mind, here are our top recommendations on what to listen out for on your journey!
Posted on 03 March 2017 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with Story of India, local experts on India
A sensory explosion, India is a vast and unforgettable country. Whether you’re weaving through the streets of Jaipur or spotting tigers in Madhya Pradesh, its sheer diversity is sure to surprise and inspire. Nested among incredible landscapes, India’s stunning temple complexes and vibrant food and festival scenes are just the beginning of what it has to offer. While the Golden Triangle may represent a well-trodden path, there are still plenty of undiscovered corners of India simply waiting to be explored. We caught up with Nutan, one of our local experts at Story of India, to talk tradition, travel and getting the best out of this sprawling country.
Posted on 01 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
San Jose with a Local
Costa Rica’s positioning between the North and South American continents has allowed for the migration of thousands of species, making it one of the most verdant and biologically diverse countries on the planet. The highlights of this wonderful nation, however, extend far beyond the abundant flora and fauna. The nation’s capital, San Jose, is a vibrant and modern city. Its sprawling streets are home to over 2 million people, a third of Costa Rica’s population. Many visitors to San Jose do not spend a great deal of time there, opting to use it as an overnight pit stop between landing and heading out to explore the tropical corners of the country. Here lies a missed opportunity to experience the rich culture and wonderful creativity of the Costa Rican people, as well as their abundant hospitality. For those wanting to get the most out of San Jose, here is our local guide to its charms and highlights…
Posted on 27 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
Peru's Sacred Valley
Home to towering mountains and ancient cities, Peru is both mysterious and charming in equal measures. One place that ought to feature in any itinerary is the charming Rio Urubamba Valley, widely known as the Sacred Valley. With its rolling foothills and formidable mountain peaks, it’s a slice of authentic Andean life. The valley is an ideal precursor to Machu Picchu, boasting charming colonial towns and countless archaeological sites.
Posted on 22 February 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Yangon with a Local
The night sky above Yangon is set a deep navy. It is in the dying hours of the day that it is best to see the towering jewel found in the heart of the city, the Shwedagon Paya. The foundations of this Buddhist temple date back over 2500 years, originally standing around 8 metres tall. Over many centuries the temple was continually built upon and now stands at nearly 110 metres tall, covered in hundreds of solid gold plates and around 4,000 diamonds and jewels. At night, Shwedagon Paya is illuminated, acting as a spectacular golden beacon that can be seen from across the city.
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