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Charlestown

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1Counting the 294 steps as you climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, then catching your breath while you admire the 360-degree view of Boston, Cambridge and beyond.

2Sipping an ale at the same bar that propped up the founding fathers in the Warren Tavern.

3Learning about the long and storied history of the USS Constitution from US Navy sailors.

4Watching the sun set behind the city skyline from Pier Six.

5Taking your kids to the USS Constitution Museum to experience the life of a sailor.

Spend a day following the Freedom Trail and you will end up in Charlestown, as the final two sites are located here. Besides seeing the historic USS Constitution and the commemorative Bunker Hill Monument, strolling inland from the Charlestown waterfront provides an opportunity to explore the neighborhood's aged narrow streets, lined with 19th-century Federal and colonial houses. Afterwards, there are a handful of restaurants and cafes surrounding City Sq and lining Main St.

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Coming to America

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Amanda Jones is a travel writer and photographer who lives in northern California. Her work has appeared in Travel & Leisure, Town & Country Travel, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday Times, Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller, among other publications. Thanks to a predilection for wandering, she has an embarrassing number of on-the-road tales of woe and misadventure. Amanda was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 1982, at the age of twenty, I was still living at home with my parents in Auckland, New Zealand. The product of a spectacularly sheltered and conventional existence, I had graduated from university and had no plans for the future. One day, my father summoned me into his den, accused me of being ‘rudderless’, and presented me with a truly horrible suggestion. He was president of Auckland’s Rotary Club at the time, and he clearly felt the position entitled him to practise the worst kind of nepotism. ‘Rotary’, he announced, ‘is offering a scholarship for an MBA programme in America. I’ve entered your name. I feel quite sure you’ll get it. I think you can rely on the fact that you’ll be off to graduate school in a matter of months.’

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Southwest & Outer Montréal

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1Witnessing the soaring architecture of the Oratoire St-Joseph, one of North America’s grandest churches.

2Working off those calories from munching poutine on the Canal de Lachine and its 14km of bike paths.

3Bringing out your green side at one of the world’s largest gardens, the Jardin Botanique and its Insectarium.

4Chilling out with the penguins and many other fish and fowl at the Biodôme, which takes you through four ecosystems.

5Learning about the history of Canadian railroads at the excellent, kid-friendly Musée Ferroviaire Canadien.

Exploring the outlying residential neighborhoods of Montréal allows you to get a deeper experience of life on the island. A good chunk of them lie to the south and west of downtown (remember that Montréal’s ‘east–west’ streets actually run northeast–southwest). Since they’re far-flung, it’s best to explore them over several days, though it’s possible to combine contiguous areas such as Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

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The Afghan Tourist Office

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Alexander Ludwick was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived for several years in Guatemala as a child. He supports his travels by working part-time on a fish-processing boat in Alaska, though he would like to go to university someday. He enjoys travelling to remote and isolated destinations, and especially likes visiting Islamic countries and meeting their hospitable people. His next trip is to Haiti. This is his first national publication.

I rode in a yellow taxi towards Kabul International Airport, where I had been told the tourist office was located. It was November 2004, and I needed an extension on my Afghanistan visa. To get it I required a letter of support from the tourist office, which was well out of the centre of Kabul. On the way there the driver had to stop and ask directions at a shop, but finally we pulled to a stop in front of a run-down building that looked like an old schoolhouse. I paid the driver and walked through the gate.

Inside the perimeter was a guard’s post full of teenage soldiers who jumped out and started gibbering at me, asking questions in Dari that I did my best to answer. One of them took my hand to shake it and refused to let go, no matter how hard I tried to pull away, all the while smiling and asking unintelligible questions. I kept repeating the word ‘tourist’, and finally he pointed to a man who was sitting at a desk in the middle of a patch of dirt in front of a building.

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Local Life - Ostiense & San Paolo

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Packed with post-industrial grit, Ostiense is all about exuberant street art, cutting-edge clubs and cool bars. The presence of a university campus lends it a buzz and its disused factories provide space for all sorts of after-hours hedonism. Traditional sights are thin on the ground but you'll find a fabulous museum housed in a former powerplant and the world’s third-largest church.

Ostiense extends south of the city centre along Via Ostiense.

m Line B runs to Piramide, Garbatella and Basilica San Paolo.

g Routes 23 and 716 serve Via Ostiense.

Start your tour at the Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura ( GOOGLE MAP ; www.abbaziasanpaolo.net; Via Ostiense 190; cloisters €4, archaeological walk €4, audioguide €5; h7am-6.30pm; mSan Paolo), the world's third largest church. Much of the original basilica was destroyed by fire in 1823 but a few features have survived, including the 5th-century triumphal arch, with its heavily restored mosaics, and the Gothic tabernacle.

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