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All the way to Timbuktu by George Delis

Mosque in Timbuktu

During the Empire of the Mali, Timbuktu was a major stop on the trans-Saharan route and a thriving centre of commerce. Its fortunes began to fall when the monopoly on the trans-Saharan route was broken and gradually the city was abandoned and left to the desert, thus acquiring its reputation as an inaccessible and remote outpost. It is in fact rather difficult to reach although not quite as impossible as legend would have it.

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Anchorage by Spiros Papavasiliou


Anchorage is an urban sprawl, shopping mall, traffic crawl kind of joint and it doesn't sit well with your average husky-wielding Alaskan who figures she's a frontier-woman just off to fill in some blank bits of the map. For the traveler, Anchorage is unavoidable, being the hub of Alaska's road system and an international air junction; luckily it's also a pleasant city to dip into. Downtown is laid out in a simple lettered and numbered grid, making it easy to stride like a local as soon as you touch base. Many of the city's attractions are within easy walking distance…

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Andalucia by Spiros Papavasiliou

Seville, Andulucia, Plaza de Espania

With strong Islamic roots and a history of unrelenting poverty, Andalucia is perhaps the least European part of Western Europe. But the region's heritage is Spanish as well as Moorish. It gave us Velazquez, Picasso, and Federico Garcia Lorca, and is also a hotbed of flamenco, fiesta and the bloody local sport, bullfighting. The Islamic palaces, picturesque little villages, ragged mountains and endless coastline make it an exotic and stunning place. Happy hours start at midnight and the cities of Seville and Malaga have a kicking nightlife. You can party, hike, sunbathe and sightsee. No wonder Andalucia is such a…

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Andros Island by Arthur Sigurssen

Love Hill Reef -Macduff Everton

Andros Island usually confused with the Greek Island of Andros in Cyclades. Andros is the largest of all the Bahamas Islands (104 miles long and 40 miles wide) but it is mainly uninhabited. It has an abundance of bonefish and the world's third largest barrier reef which is over 140 miles long and is renowned for its superb diving sites and marine life. Andros a rare Bahamian wilderness teeming with opportunities for conservation has a population of 8,000 people although it is the fifth largest island in the Caribbean (2, 323 square miles.)

Lying 274km southeast of…

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