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Kosovo

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Kosovo is Europe's newest country and a fascinating land at the heart of the Balkans that rewards visitors with welcoming smiles, charming mountain towns, incredible hiking opportunities and 13th-century domed Serbian monasteries just for starters. It’s safe to travel here now, and indeed is one of the last corners of Europe that remains off the beaten track for travellers.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and while it has been diplomatically recognised by 110 countries, there are still many nations that do not accept Kosovan independence, including Serbia. The country has been the focus of massive aid from the international community, particularly the EU and NATO, who effectively run the entity politically and keep peace between the ethnic Albanian majority and the minority Serbs. Barbs of its past are impossible to miss, however: roads are dotted with memorials to those killed in 1999, while NATO forces still guard Serbian monasteries.

AApr PriFest, the Pristina International Film Festival, brings a touch of international glamour to the capital.

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St-Barthélemy

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     Includes »

     Gustavia

     Corossol

     Flamands

     Anse de Colombier

     St-Jean

     Lorient

     Grand Cul-de-Sac

     Anse de Gouverneur

     Anse de Grande Saline

     Understand St-Barthélemy

     Survival Guide

The mere mention of St-Barthélemy conjures up fanciful dreams of cocktails with supermodels, caviar with a four-digit price tag, and dropping some serious bling on a Dior bathing suit…for your miniature schnauzer. Does this stuff really happen in St-Barth? It sure does.

But does St-Barth have anything to offer those of us who haven’t won an Oscar? You bet. Beyond its world-famous glitz and glam, there’s a quiet community of locals who can trace their ancestry back to the church-studded countryside of Normandy, and even the island’s rugged coastal terrain feels bizarrely French.

So, whether you’re after the jet-setting lifestyle, or a simple village vibe, St-Barth can supply it. Just remember: while the island’s two cultures are almost diametrically opposed, they are ultimately united by their love of the Madonna (albeit different ones…).

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Manly

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Laid-back Manly clings to a narrow isthmus between ocean and harbour beaches abutting North Head, Sydney Harbour’s northern gatepost. With its shaggy surfers, dusty labourers and relaxed locals, it makes for a refreshing change from the stuffier harbour suburbs nearby. The surf's good and as the gateway to the Northern Beaches, it makes a popular base for the board-riding brigade.

MJump on the ferry at Circular Quay for the leisurely and extremely beautiful journey to Manly. Before it gets too hot, hire a bike from Manly Bike Tours, grab a map at the visitor centre in front of the wharf, and explore North Head, dropping into the historic former Quarantine Station on the way back. Return the bikes, cool off with a dip at Manly Cove and head to Belgrave Cartel for lunch.

RIt'll take less than an hour to breeze around Manly Art Gallery & Museum. If you're not planning on visiting Darling Harbour's Sydney Aquarium, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is a trimmed down alternative – plus you can swim with sharks here. Head along the Corso and spend the rest of the day body-surfing and lazing around Manly Beach.

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Staré Město

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1Tour the half-dozen monuments that comprise the Prague Jewish Museum, a moving memorial to the Czech capital's once-thriving Jewish community.

2Check out Prague's Municipal House – a tour de force of art-nouveau extravagance.

3Join the crowds in the Old Town Square to witness the Astronomical Clock do its thing.

4Admire the skill of master craftspeople at the Museum of Decorative Arts.

5Shop for art, antiques and designer fashion in the atmospheric Staré Město backstreets.

If the labyrinth of narrow streets around the Old Town Square can be said to have a ‘main drag’, it’s the so-called Royal Way, the ancient coronation route to Prague Castle, running from the Powder Gate along Celetná to the Old Town Square and Little Square (Malé náměstí), then along Karlova and across Charles Bridge.

To the north of the Old Town Square, half-a-dozen historic synagogues, a town hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery are all that survive of the once-thriving Jewish quarter of Josefov – the slice of Staré Město bounded by Kaprova, Dlouhá and Kozí. Most of the district’s buildings were demolished around the turn of the 20th century, when massive redevelopment saw the old slums replaced with expensive new apartments.

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Lake Geneva & Vaud

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Pop 734,350 / Area 3212 sq km / Language French

East of Geneva, Western Europe’s biggest lake stretches like a giant liquid mirror between the French-speaking canton of Vaud (to the north) and France (to the south). Known to most as Lake Geneva, it’s called Lac Léman by French speakers. Lined by the elegant student city of Lausanne and a phalanx of pretty smaller towns, the Swiss side of the lake presents the marvellous emerald spectacle of tightly ranked vineyards spreading in terraces up the steep hillsides of the Lavaux area. Down by the water’s edge, the lakeside is graced with fairy-tale châteaux, luxurious manor houses and modest beaches.

Then there are the mountains: the magnificent Alpes Vaudoises (Vaud Alps), in the southeast corner of the canton, where hikers play in spring and summer, and skiers and boarders hit the slopes in winter.

ASpring and early autumn, with their warm days and riot of beautiful, perfectly manicured flower beds, are perfect seasons to visit.

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