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Letter from Europe: Mdina, Malta

By Sophie Ibbotson Hello from sun-kissed Malta, this Mediterranean island steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty. I arrived in Mdina on foot through a vast gateway of golden stone, flanked by lions. The light was fading and lanterns flickered, casting long shadows over the narrow cobbled streets. An eerie silence pervades this ‘city […]

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Letter from Asia: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Dear friends, You’ll have heard me speak often of “The Golden Road to Samarkand”. It’s a phrase and a concept which has inspired generations of travellers, poets, and artists to make their way across Asia along the Great Silk Road. But what many of them fail to realise is that there is a greater treasure […]

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A Letter From Asia Borneo

Greetings from Malaysia, There’s a new man in my life! I just had to write and tell you about him. He’s irresistibly cute and agile, with a shock of auburn hair, and such a cheeky smile. His name is Archie. And we share so much in common: 97% of our DNA, in fact! Before I […]

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Letter from Bath England

BATH, ENGLAND By Sophie Ibbotson Friends, Romans, countrymen! Welcome to Bath. The Romans knew a thing or two about how to build a city, and 2,000 years ago they founded Aquae Sulis — “The Waters of Sul” — on the banks of the River Avon in Somerset. Even then, they knew that there was something special […]

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Letter From Asia Bali

One of the things I love most about travelling is the opportunity to witness the collision of different cultures, seeing something created which is not only new but brilliant. Hoshinoya Bali encompasses that phenomenon completely: the head of this extraordinary resort hotel is in Japan, but its feet are embedded in the earth of Indonesia’s most beguiling island, Bali. The designers have […]

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Letter from Asia Bhutan

Greetings! I have arrived in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. High in the Himalayan Mountains, where the peaks are so tall their summits seem to get lost in the heavens, I have come in search of peace and oneness with nature. Many years ago, I read that the Kingdom of Bhutan had adopted a novel policy: the government […]

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Letter From North America – Key West

Dear John, Yes, this is one of those letters. I am writing because, although I love being with you, I need a break. The level of familiarity thrust upon us this year, due to you know what, has made me grow weary. There’s a place that I have discovered that offers me more of what I need to feel […]

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Letter from Europe – Dorset, England

Letter from Europe: Dorset, England Dear friends, The cliffs of Lyme Regis on the south coast of England are full of secrets. This is the Jurassic Coast — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — where some of the earliest and most significant discoveries of dinosaurs were found. Walking along the beach at Lyme Bay you […]

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Letter from Asia – India

Letter from Asia… India’s Golden Triangle Namaste! I’m living a fairytale in India. I followed an elephant down the road, and stopped to chat with his mahout.In a palace I was greeted by a genuine princess, and we drank tea on the terrace while peacocks strutted by. Priests garlanded with marigolds set tea lights adrift on the lake after […]

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