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HYÈRES, THE GOLDEN ISLANDS AND THE MASSIF DES MAURES

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Hyères, The Golden Islands and the Massif des Maures

When most people think of the French Riviera, they imagine sunbathing on secluded beaches, discovering local crafts in the cobblestone streets of historic villages and partying in glitzy clubs surrounded by celebrities. And that’s exactly what visitors to the Golden Islands of Hyères and the Maures Massif will find. This part of the Mediterranean coastline is an Eden-like paradise of unspoilt islands and sandy beaches framed by forested mountains. Chic resorts full of luxury yachts share a decidedly Provençal spirit with tiny perched villages that haven’t changed in centuries. And while humans have made their mark with their lush gardens, Belle Époque mansions, imported palm trees and ancient forts, the natural beauty of the region has been carefully protected from the unchecked development plaguing less fortunate corners of the Côte d’Azur.

Highlights

1 Hire a boat for the day to visit The Golden Islands, a world away from the glitz of the French Riviera

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GRAMPIANS

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Northern Scotland

■ Grampians

■ Highlands and Western Isles

■ Orkney Islandsaa

■ Shetland Islands

GRAMPIANS

The Grampians, comprising the Cairngorms, Moray and Aberdeenshire, are Britain’s finest mountain scenery. As wild as the Arctic or as tame as a family railway ride, they are accessible to any visitor. The delights of Royal Deeside are well known, those of Aberdeen less so, and the Granite City is often the Grampians’ surprise package; few tourists expect city-slick culture this far north of Edinburgh! Outside the city are some of Scotland’s best castles, finest fishing villages and a tempting malt whisky trail.

Highlights

1 Skiing, snowboarding, or simply walking, around Aviemore

2 Enjoying a wee dram at the Glenfiddich Distillery

3 A sunny stroll in the gardens at Crathes Castle

4 Discovering Old Aberdeen and its Cathedral

5 Standing on top of the region at Cairn Gorm

Aberdeen and Central Aberdeenshire

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TURKS AND CAICOS

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DISCOVERING

TURKS AND CAICOSa

The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 islands and cays in the Atlantic Ocean (not the Caribbean Sea, contrary to popular belief), with vibrantly turquoise waters and 200 miles of sugar-white beaches that captivate all who step ashore. A British Overseas Territory located about 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, the inhabited islands are split up into the Turks (Grand Turk and Salt Cay) and the Caicos (West, North, Middle, East and South Caicos, and Providenciales).
A third “set” of islands, Parrot Cay, Pine Cay and Ambergris Cay, are privately owned nuggets of land that attract the rich and famous seeking solitude and solace.

Once known primarily for its salt-raking industry, the Turks and Caicos have experienced rapid growth in tourism in recent years. Tourism centers on the island of Providenciales, known locally as “Provo,” where the world-class Grace Bay Beach is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. A number of celebrities now call the Turks and Caicos home, including Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and most recently, Prince, who bought a multimillion-dollar home in Provo. The Turks and Caicos are only about a 90-minute flight from Miami, but are still relatively undiscovered by US travelers as compared to the nearby Bahamas chain. The coral reefs are a huge draw for scuba-diving enthusiasts, particularly in the Princess Alexandra National Park on Provo, where fishing is banned and rich marine life has flourished. However, as the stress of growing tourism as well as storms take their toll on the natural reefs, wetlands and lagoons, there has been an increased focus on conservation efforts to promote sustainable tourism.

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CENTRAL CUBA

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CENTRAL CUBA

A trip through Cuba’s central provinces takes in landscapes ranging from marshlands abundant with bird life and sweeping savannas to uplands and lakes teeming with trout. Central Cuba is the region where modern Cuba meets the colonial past along with stunning coastal beauty. Among the major towns are Cienfuegos, with its hints of French influences, revolutionary Santa Clara, maze-like Camagüey, and above all, the colonial-era jewel of Trinidad with its cobbled streets and pastel-colored homes.

Set on the beautiful Jagua Bay, Cienfuegos is a mecca for sailors and all types of water sports. The city is reminiscent of France, with much of the architecture and street formation similar to the old streets of Paris. Founded in 1819 by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana, the city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. El Nicho, a spectacular waterfall in the Escambray Mountains is a draw for both tourists and locals alike.

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ANGUS AND DUNDEE

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Central Scotland

■ Angus and Dundee

■Stirling and Argyll

■Kingdom of Fife

■Perthshire

ANGUS AND DUNDEE

Described in marketing parlance as Scotland’s Birthplace, after the Declaration of Independence at Arbroath in the 14C, the 21C visitor may sometimes wonder if anything much else has happened in Angus since then. Certainly anyone strolling in the more remote parts of the beautiful Angus Glens could quite happily imagine themselves many centuries in the past. And even the main city, Dundee, is associated more with comic book characters and rich fruit cake than with historical interest or modern day visitor attractions. It is nonetheless becoming a tourist centre in its own right, with some cutting-edge attractions and a lively social scene to match.

Highlights

1 Reliving Captain Scott’s voyage aboard RSS Discovery

2 Hiking far from the madding crowds in the Angus Glens

3 Smelling the roses in the gardens of Edzell Castle

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