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Nordland

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For those with a love of all things Arctic, this is where Norway really starts to get interesting. Heading northwards through long, slim Nordland, lush fields give way to lakes and forests, vistas open up, summits sharpen and the treeline descends ever lower on the mountainsides. Above the imaginary curve of the Arctic Circle, travellers get their first taste of the midnight sun in summer, while in winter, the northern lights dance across the night sky.

Linger along the spectacular Kystriksveien Coastal Route. Or travel the inland Arctic Highway, more direct, almost as lovely, yet still lightly trafficked. And then there's Lofoten, where razor-sharp peaks stab at the sky and timeless fishing villages survive. Connected by bridges, the islands are easy to hop around, cycling is possible and hiking is as gentle or as tough as you care to make it.

ALate Mar Take in Lofoten and then Svolvær's World Cod Fishing Championship.

AMid- to late Jun Activities are in gear and southern European visitors are yet to arrive.

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Brooklyn

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1Brooklyn Bridge Park Taking in the incredible views of Lower Manhattan from this new park on the waterfront.

2Brooklyn Museum Catching the latest critically acclaimed art exhibitions at the followed by a meal at Saul.

3Williamsburg Downing cocktails at Maison Premiere, one creative gastropub among the many that pack this neighborhood.

4Prospect Park Strolling past meadows, lakefront, scenic bridges and forest-covered hillocks.

5Atlantic Ave & Smith St Browsing a bygone era at Dry Goods, one of many enticing boutiques along Atlantic Ave, followed by microbrews and snacks at a spot near Smith St such as 61 Local.

If Brooklyn were its own city, it’d be the fourth largest in the US – bigger than Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix. It is home to more than 2.6 million people and is a rambling 71 sq miles (easily three times larger than Manhattan). It is split in two, with one set of subway lines servicing the north end of the borough, and another set traveling to points south. So if you think you can see it all in a day, as old-school Brooklyners might say: ‘Fuhgeddaboudit!’

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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

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1Wandering around Frenchmen Street starting at, say, 7pm, having dinner, listening to music, getting drunk, listening to more music, dancing a bit, seeing who’s playing on the corner of Chartres, scarfing some late-night tacos, then hey! More music!

2Spotting container ships from the banks of the Crescent Park as they meander up the Mississippi.

3Catching dance, puppetry and all manner of stage-based art at the Marigny Opera House.

4Watching music, from punk to bluegrass to hip-hop, on rapidly changing St Claude Avenue.

5Devouring a family-style spicy Sichuan meal with friends at Red's Chinese.

On your first day, wander around the Marigny by walking up Decatur St and onto Frenchmen St. Then head east along Royal St, taking in the architecture and sampling some of the local cafes and restaurants on the way. Your nighttime activity consists of heading back to Frenchmen St to either party, listen to music or both.

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9 Cape Elizabeth

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66 Two Lights Road, 207-799-5871

Latitude: 43.5648

Longitude: -70.2281

Along with Scarborough, Crescent Beach is a go-to beach in the Portland area. Anyone in the Forest City looking for sand, sea, and surf generally ends up at one or the other. This mile-long stretch of white sand is just fifteen minutes from downtown—eight miles as the gull flies—and its neighbor is Two Lights State Park. All of which means it’s a hopping spot.

Crescent Beach is a pocket beach in an inlet—Seal Cove—between two headlands, and its shape indeed matches its name. The southeastern part of Cape Elizabeth, where Two Lights is located, shelters the beach from the east, and Richmond Island has it covered from the south. So it isn’t exposed much to the open sea and the surf is usually on the gentle side.

A barrier of grassy dunes separates the sand from a pine forest and these sandy ridges are busy with plovers and bedecked in beach roses in the high season. Rocks at the Two Lights end of the beach are fun to explore when the tide recedes. And the woods have a small network of trails connecting with nearby Kettle Cove State Park. It’s all very pleasant.

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Marrakesh & Central Morocco

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Marrakesh & Central Morocco

The central region of Morocco is the most exciting and diverse destination in the entire country. The biggest drawcard is the pink city of Marrakesh. Founded almost 1000 years ago, it is one of the great cities of the Maghreb and its spectacular setting against the snow-capped High Atlas mountains lingers long in the minds of most travellers.

Somehow this vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams city exists on the edge of the Sahara, hemmed in by cloud-busting High Atlas passes. You’d never guess from GPS coordinates that beyond them a burbling river interrupts stony-faced Todra Gorge, or rocks melt like wax candles into the Dadès Gorge. Just when the rocky Ziz and Drâa Valleys seem utterly barren, water seeps through fissures and bursts into exuberant palm oases. In the far southeast, the sculpted sand dunes surrounding Merzouga and M’Hamid provide the perfect pink-hued curtain call to this extraordinary region.

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