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A Letter From… Sydney

Few buildings in the world are as instantly recognizable as the Sydney Opera House, the white, shell-like shape of which dominates Sydney Harbour. You can see it from the ferry, from Sydney Harbour Bridge, from Circular Quay, from The Rocks, and also when I wander out from my hotel, Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which has one of […]

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A Letter From Europe: 4 Valleys, Switzerland

By Sophie Ibbotson I have found the perfect place to escape the damp, gray days of an English winter. The skies are a brilliant blue, the bright sunshine makes the snow sparkle like Swarovski crystals, and I am sat looking out at a panoramic view of the Swiss Alps with the warmth of a wood-burning […]

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A Letter From Asia: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

By Sophie Ibbotson How is it that a city has so much energy, so much creativity, that it can reinvent itself over and over again for more than 2,700 years? I was pondering this over breakfast this morning in Samarkand. Alexander the Great conquered this Central Asian city at the heart of the ancient Silk […]

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A Letter From Europe: Palermo, Sicily

By Sophie Ibbotson Salutamu! If there is ever a day when the sun doesn’t shine in Palermo, I haven’t seen it. Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy, and Palermo is its capital. It is famed for its architecture, culture, and gastronomy, so I am doing my very best to immerse myself in all three. […]

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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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