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Osaka (12 to 15 June 2024)

As a major industrial centre, Osaka was repeatedly bombed in WWII.   Rebuilt in a rush afterwards, it’s a big, modern and not particularly attractive city visually. Not much of historical significance remains, one of…

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Kumano Kodo Pilgramage Walk (6 to 12 June 2024)

The Kumano Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes through Japan’s Kii Peninsula used by adherents of the Kumano faith to reach the three Grand Shrines of Kumano. The belief system blends elements of…

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Florida Keys (26 to 30 January 2024)

Like a string of beads floating on the ocean, the 113 coral cays of the Florida Keys cascade down from the mainland, culminating in the southernmost point of the continental United States. Until the early…

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Miami Beach (22 to 26 January 2024)

Is Miami Beach tacky and over-crowded?  Do the bling-laden people sashaying along Ocean Drive epitomise the maxim that money does not buy good taste?  Do the bare chested louts speeding around in rented Ferrari 458s…

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Montgomery (19 to 21 January 2024)

The last stop on our road trip around the south was the city of Montgomery. When the Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861, Montgomery was chosen as the provisional capital of the newly…

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