Not Just Summer: 6 Reasons to Head to Greece in Winter

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Greece is so closely linked to summer vacations that it rarely features in winter escape plans. That’s a shame, because while it rules the Mediterranean in the heat of July and August, it’s also got some pretty cool moves in the dead of December. Falling temperatures...

The Show that Redefined a City, Miami Vice

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It’s hard to imagine now, amid the sea of luxury high rises and shiny sports cars, but during the early 1980s, Miami was a disaster of a city. Well-armed drug lords, better known as cocaine cowboys or marijuana millionaires, helped transformed the place into a warzone; Miami had...

Seeking the Thrill: Extreme Hikers go the Distance

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(CNN) — They had been in Nepal for a week trying to reach Thorong La Pass, 17,769 feet above sea level, when they were caught in a snowstorm, unable to make it to the nearest village. Avalanches roared down the mountain. Jeremy Aerts and his girlfriend May Wong pressed on:...

A Journey Deep Inside Spain’s Temple of Cave Art

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I gasped at my first glimpse of a cave painting: a crude red outline of a deer with one wild circle for an eye. Its iron pigments blazed under the lamplight. The illusion of a breastbone emerged, ingeniously, out of a hump in the limestone wall. After a while, a cave becomes a...

Ancient Drink in Mexico Makes a Comeback

Those who are familiar with pulque will tell you that it won’t get you intoxicated – not exactly. Mexico’s oldest alcoholic beverage works in strange ways. “You can sit there and drink pulque for hours and you just don’t get drunk,” said my friend Donnie Masterson, an...

A Quest to see Canada’s Orcas in the Wild

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This is exactly why I’d come to British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait – to find killer whales. Related article: Eyeball to eyeball with Canada’s migrating salmon My first wildlife memories are of visits to Moose Jaw’s Wild Animal Park, a now-closed collection of small...

In France, a Steampunk Park of Jules Verne’s Dreams

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When you think of the French region of Brittany, many images may spring to mind: windswept beaches, medieval towns, plates of soft pink langoustines. A giant walking mechanical elephant, however, is probably not one of them. But this is exactly what visitors encounter at the Île...

The Call of the Canadian Wild: the Klondike Gold Rush

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It was a hot afternoon in July when my shuttle bus stuttered to a halt on the dusty banks of the Yukon River. I squinted, bleary-eyed, at the Frontier-style houses of Canada’s Dawson City opposite. Thanks to our slow progress along the scantily paved Top of the World Highway, my...

An Extreme Way to see Wales’ Coast, Coasteering

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From the beach of Aberbach, which is Welsh for little river mouth, I slipped into the cold waters of Pembrokeshire county and swam for the first cliff face. I studied the rock wall between strokes, searching for handholds, and examined the glassy water spread out beneath it,...

In Bolivia, Awe-Inspiring Scenes at Every Turn

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In the Bolivian Andes, ice-blue glaciers crown amphitheatres of peaks, llamas graze quietly in the afternoon sun and the evening light fades into frigid mountain nights. But where similarly striking landscapes in neighbouring Peru or southern Chile suffer from overcrowded trails...
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