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Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris, is a bit of a rock star as far as Parisian towns go. Attractive and famous with a rebellious past, it lured me, I admit, because it was the setting for the movie Amelie. However, a visit with my local friend Carole revealed a very different world (unsurprisingly) than the one created by …

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Totnes, Devon

Having lived in Totnes, Devon, for six months, I know its laneways, meadows, hills, smells, its taverns and even some of its residents rather well. When my dad came to visit, he described the place as being like something out of a Charles Dickens’ novel. Perhaps it was because we lived at the top of …

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Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

With its winding, cow-filled alleys and ashen atmosphere blotched with rich colour, Varanasi – India’s spiritual capital – is an adventure for the senses. Here people come from all over the country to this holiest of cities to burn their dead, as they believe death here can bring everlasting salvation. If you’ve ever been here, …

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