Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry is one of those rare functional aspects of a city that also becomes an attraction in its own right. Similar to the Sydney Ferries from Circular Quay to Manly, the Star…

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay on Marina Bay foreshore, is one of Singapore finest attractions and my favourite part of the city. It is the technical achievement of building a garden on 101 hectares of reclaimed…

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Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture. It comprises a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Dating back to 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura…

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Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, Germany

Travelling enables you to see all sorts of unexpected things as it represents a break from the more predictable experiences of daily life. Acknowledging that, I never imagined I would be recommended a visit to a salt mine. It was…

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Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

In Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s nightlife epicentres, bikini-clad women stage nightly mock battles with enormous robots in a peculiarly Japanese form of entertainment. The show is quite kitsch, however, do not let that put you off as it is a…

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Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower that upon reaching its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011 became the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure after the…

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Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

The famed Three Sisters rock formation is located 120 kilometres west of Sydney on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley. Close to the popular weekend town of Katoomba, they are one of the Blue Mountains’…

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Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Taronga Zoo is a wonderful place. Perfectly positioned overlooking Sydney Harbour, it has visitors returning again and again to explore different enclosures and revisit their favourite animals. It takes around four hours to fully explore Taronga…

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, is west of London, and only a 30 minute train trip from London Paddington Station. It is the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the official residences of the British monarch, Elizabeth II. In 1992…

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St Mary’s Church, Swinbrook

The St Mary’s church is 12th century with early enlargements and a tower tacked on in 1822 – a recent ‘afterthought’. It is full of interest and light, the clear glass windows illuminating both the architecture…

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The Grand Canyon by helicopter

The Grand Canyon is a must on any travel wish list. Simply stunning, this natural wonder is best travelled to by helicopter. A number of helicopter charter firms take-off from Las Vegas, flying over the spectacular…

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Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, London

The Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice is a public monument in Postman’s Park in the City of London, commemorating ordinary people who died saving the lives of others and might otherwise have been forgotten. This is one of those half-forgotten…

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