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  • Kuhtai 01

    TO SKI HEAVEN AND BACK

    Check into the enigmatic and historic 800 year old Jagdschloss Hotel of Count Stolberg-Stolberg and discover Kühtai, a tranquil skiing village high in the mountains of Austrian Tyrol. When Franz Joseph I, the former Austrian Emperor and husband of the capt...
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  • SAVING SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO

    Is the fate of many unique, virtually abandoned villages in the unknown corner of Abruzzo sealed? Not if Swedish-Italian millionaire Daniele Kihlgren can help it. In 1999, a solitary motorbike trip proved to be a revelation for this modern-day idealist. By...
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  • TEA WITH THE TOUAREGS

    What better to escape the winter, the cold humidity and a hectic life than venturing into the deep Sahara of Morocco? Spend some unforgettable evenings with the Touareg nomads, also known as “les hommes bleus” and be surrounding by nothing else than the en...
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  • FLYING ON THE WILD WINGS OF ALASKA

    The best way to explore a vast and almost inaccessible national park in Alaska is to hop on a bush plane and fly along. My rendezvous with the wilderness is somewhere in a forgotten corner of Alaska, around six in the evening. That is, as long as the weath...
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  • DINING WITH DAVID AT HOME

    Escape Stockholm and get away from the city to taste the real Nordic food at David at Home. The Swedish chef David Enmark was tired of working in big kitchens and decided it was time to go back home. His house is located on Tranholmen, a quiet island with ...
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  • SOME FOOD & WINE CHEZ NOUS

    When we are not on the road or travelling for our job, we are at home in Antwerp. One of the best parts of being home is that you can cook your own food, eat your own breakfast or dinner. When you want, what you want. Recently we got an new assignment from...
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  • HOME IS WHERE THE ITALIAN MAMMA IS

    Why go to an ordinary restaurant if you can taste the real Italian cuisine presented by a proper Mamma at her home? Thanks to the Home Food project every traveller to the land of la dolce vita can now experience a real, Italian evening in the company of a ...
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  • SERIOUSLY SUMO

    Witnessing a Sumo morning practice in a Beya, a training stable, is possibly one of the most underground and fascinating things to do when in Tokyo. We experienced an early-morning practice at Sakaigawa Beya, located in a suburb of Tokyo. In the soft light...
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  • SAFARI IN THE POLAR DESERT

    I am wearing three pairs of socks, two thermals, three shirts, a sweater and an expedition jacket, but I am still freezing. The arctic wind slashes against my face as we ride east on qamutiks, or komatiks, authentic Inuit wooden sledges pulled by snow scoo...
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  • NORTH KOREA INSIDE OUT

    Step with an open mind into one of the most closed and unknown countries in the world. North Korea is not only wonderfully interesting, but also surprisingly accessible. In 2013, the curious traveller who wants to experience one of the last Communist dynas...
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  • LICENSE TO TRAVEL

    The mountain scenery spread out before me was among the finest I had ever seen: more than 250 meringue-like peaks folding into the distance. Yet my gaze was fixed elsewhere. Ice Q, a striking, three-storey glass building that gleamed in the sun like a melt...
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  • A GOLDEN CHARM CALLED BURMA

    Until very recently a no-go destination for many travellers, Burma aka Myanmar has now become an absolute favourite. With endearing nicknames such as the ‘golden land’ or ‘land of the smile’, everybody wants to go now. Who wouldn’t want to visit a country ...
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  • INNSBRUCK URBAN SKIING IN TIROL

    On the skis in the morning, in the afternoon some serious shopping and when evening comes, relaxing with a Spritz or Hugo in a cosmopolitan bar. Why stay in a boring and artificial resort if you can be in Innsbruck, the urban ski mekka of the European Alps...
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  • SOMETHING NEW SOMETHING BLUE

    I know, it’s winter and it’s cold but can I still entice you with a stripe of Mediterranean blue and this amazing, new hotel in Greece….? We were here when it just opened and had the opportunity to spend some time here to shoot and experi...
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  • THREE INNS IN SALZBURGER LAND

    Picture-perfect Design: Hotel Wiesergut, Saalbach-Hinterglemm The story: What was once a family-run guesthouse hidden in a simple building has three years ago been transformed into one of the most talked about design hotels in the Alps. Standing in front o...
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  • FLY TO ANTARCTICA AND CRUISE

    Bet that Shackleton and Amundsen would never have dreamed of this. Fly the Drake and cruise Antarctica. Yes you heard it right, skip the feared Drake Passage and go directly to the White Continent. Until recently, only scientists and researchers used the b...
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  • THE VALUE ADDED TAX OF BHUTAN

    What is the result when an Asian country tries to manage the tourism industry by charging a fair amount of entry tax to the adventurous traveller? Plus when it wants to keep far away from the madding backpacking crowds? Take 20.000 visitors a year and mix ...
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  • DINING WITH MISTER SLOW FOOD

    Slow Food is above all linked with its charismatic founder, Carlo Petrini, but from the very beginning, Vito Puglia equally pulled his weight. Twenty years on, this true pioneer doesn’t reside in a busy head office in northern Italy, but under an olive tre...
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  • AMANGIRI DESERT CHIC

    Amangiri is an ode to the mysterious rock formations of southern Utah and the ancient Navajo culture. An enclave of luxury and style in America’s most dramatic desert landscape. Take one of the world’s most influential and eccentric hoteliers, bring him to...
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  • A DATE WITH A HUSKY

    Our expedition leader Johan Väisänen has the looks of a Viking with the vigour of Ben Hur. The latter also refers to the sled on which he skilfully balances while zipping through a cold and silent, white landscape. Johan is a modern charioteer, with the on...
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