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Victoria Falls

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     Victoria Falls

Taking its place alongside the Pyramids and the Serengeti, Victoria Falls ( Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’) is one of Africa’s original blockbusters. And although Zimbabwe and Zambia share it, Victoria Falls is a place all of its own.

As a magnet for tourists of all descriptions – backpackers, tour groups, thrill seekers, families, honeymooners – Vic Falls is one of the earth’s great spectacles. View it directly as a raging mile-long curtain of water, in all its glory, from a helicopter ride or peek precariously over its edge from Devil’s Pools; the sheer power and force of the falls is something that simply does not disappoint.

Whether you’re here purely to take in the sight of a natural wonder of the world, or for a serious hit of adrenaline via rafting or bungee jumping into the Zambezi, Victoria Falls is a place where you’re sure to tick off numerous items from that bucket list.

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The Danube & Northern Plains

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     Rusenski Lom Nature Park

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Much of northern Bulgaria is quiet, off-the-beaten-track territory and sees very few foreign visitors. It’s a rewarding part of the country to explore, though you’ll need plenty of time, patience or, most usefully, your own transport, to visit its more rural corners. Unspoilt mountain landscapes, wild nature reserves and peaceful monasteries are waiting for you to discover. The mighty Danube River shimmers along most of the country’s border with Romania, and the urbane riverside city of Ruse, famed for its Viennese-style architecture and brimming with cafes and museums, is the gateway to Bucharest.

The enigmatic rock churches and rich wildlife of the vast Rusenski Lom Nature Reserve and, further east, serene Lake Srebârna, home to numerous rare bird species, are well worth visiting.

Away from the Danube, the bizarre rock formations at Belogradchik, the remote, charming monasteries at Lopushanski and Chiprovtsi and the dramatic hiking country around Vratsa are sure to delight outdoor enthusiasts.

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Regions at a Glance

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California’s cities have more flavors than a jar of jellybeans. Start from San Francisco, equal parts earth mother and geek chic, or Los Angeles, where dozens of independent cities are rolled into one multicultural mosaic. Then drift down the coast, past cinematic Southern California beaches to surf-style San Diego. Or escape to the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains, detour to SoCal's soulful deserts and lose yourself in northern redwood forests. On sunny days when the coastal fog lifts, over 1100 miles of ocean beaches await. And no matter where you go, California's vineyards never seem far away.

California’s ‘Left Coast’ reputation rests squarely on SF, where DIY self-expression, sustainability and spontaneity are the highest virtues. Free thinkers, techies, foodies and renegade artists are all in the city's creative mix.

Outdoors nuts adore Marin County for its beaches, wildlife and hiking and cycling trails. Visit green farms that inspire Bay Area chefs, or keep things urban on the counter-cultural streets of 'Bezerkely' and 'Oaktown'.

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Bishop Museum

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Like Hawaii’s version of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Bishop Museum showcases a remarkable array of cultural and natural history exhibits. It is often ranked as the finest Polynesian anthropological museum in the world. Founded in 1889 in honor of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendant of the Kamehameha dynasty, it originally housed only Hawaiian and royal artifacts. These days it honors all of Polynesia.

g From Waikiki, take the route 2 ('School St-Middle St') to the intersection of School St and Kapalama Ave.

u Take eastbound H-1 Fwy exit 20 and follow the signs.

% 808-847-3511 ; www.bishopmuseum.org ; 1525 Bernice St ; adult/child $20/15 ; h 9am-5pm Wed-Mon ; p c

ACheck the museum website for special events, including popular ‘Moonlight Mele’ summer concerts, family-friendly Hawaiian cultural festivities and after-dark planetarium shows (buy tickets online or make reservations by calling 808-848-4168).

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Göteborg & the Southwest

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Sweden’s southwest is diversity personified. Heading the cast is Sweden’s ‘second city’ of Göteborg and its kicking bars, cafes, museums and theme-park thrills. Just south, the Halland coast is home to sandy Blue Flag beaches and Sweden’s top surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Västergötland's attractions are low-key and eclectic, from Trollhättan's postindustrial museums and mighty gushing locks to Lidkoping's fairy-tale Läckö Slott.

North of Göteborg the Bohuslän coastline shatters into myriad granite islands with craggy cliffs and adorable red-and-white fishing villages. Yachts weave their way between uninhabited islets and skerries, while the area's mysterious Bronze Age rock carvings testify to the rich spiritual life of the region's early inhabitants.

Further inland, Dalsland, with its network of canals, locks and narrow lakes amidst thick, dark forest, throws down the gauntlet to boating and kayaking enthusiasts.

AJul & Aug Sailboat-loving Swedes beeline to Bohuslän. Gotebörg festivals run back to back.

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