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Chios Is The Magical Greek Island That Cures All Wanderlust

You've heard of Santorini, and you know Mykonos is the destination for partying. But if Greece has a <i>magical</i> island, Chios is definitely it.<p>This lesser-known isle sits happily in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of mastic, an aromatic …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Inside Paris With an Urban Explorer

<i>This is a part of our Small World series in which we explore a new destination through the eyes of a local.</i><p>Anne Ditmeyer is many things: fashionable, savvy, cultured, a jetsetter. It's all this and more that she brings to table for her numerous Paris experiences, meaning that travelers are …

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The 40 Best Beaches on Earth

Let's face it...it ain't summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends. In the spirit of summer, we've gone to the travelers community at minube.net travel community to find the best beaches from around the world, those drops …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

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The Best Boutique Hotels in the World: The Dorset Square London England

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World<p><i>London England</i><p><i>I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a</i> …

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21 Reasons You Should Visit Buenos Aires

With its wide, European-style boulevards, incredible food, raucous nightlife, Buenos Aires is a city unlike any other.<p>And while Argentina once again finds itself in economic limbo, its capital remains a vibrant place to visit. The current exchange rate makes it relatively inexpensive for foreign …

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7 Reasons to Visit Cusco, Peru

Perched at a catch-your-breath elevation of 11,200 feet, Cusco is often seen as the gateway to the 15th-century Incan site of Machu Picchu, not to …

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Pesto-Perfect Italy: Liguria

If there is one aroma that unifies <b>Liguria</b>—the region that arcs along Italy’s northwestern coast, joining France to Italy, Alps to sea—it’s Genovese basil.<p>Fragrant bouquets of basil line the stalls at outdoor markets and sit in windowsills, wafting a scent as pure as it is intense. And if you ask …

Palma on a plate: where to eat in Mallorca's capital

Once ignored in the frantic dash to the coast, Palma has grown into a destination in its own right in recent years, not least because of its burgeoning food scene. With the Med on its doorstep and consistently excellent local produce, restaurateurs and chefs have woken up to the fact that the …

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In Honor Of National Relaxation Day, Here Are Some Of The Most Relaxing Places On Earth

Some days you just need to sit back and enjoy some beautiful scenery.<p>Today is that day. Friday (August 15) is National Relaxation Day; in honor of that joyous occasion, here are 15 stunning spots you should visit to recharge and detox from everyday life.<p>Whether it's an oceanfront beach, a sparkling …

Sleeping inside a landmark: seven historic buildings reopen their doors

What's old is new again – in New York and in Cusco, on the beach in Uruguay, on a Venetian island – as historic landmarks are reborn as contemporary hotels. While the interiors now feature futuristic amenities from glass-topped spas to Instagram stations, the buildings' colourful pasts remain. You …

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10 Trips That Are Better Taken Solo

By Allison Williams, CNTraveler.com<p>If you have the will (and the way), you can travel just about anywhere, but some trips beg for solo exploration. These are 10 getaways that are even better when you're alone.<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to …

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The Suite Life in Florence

I had just gotten off the train after a quick pit stop in Pisa, walked around 10 minutes over to Piazza Ognissanti, checked into the St. Regis Hotel here in Florence, and as soon as I stepped foot into this suite, my jaw dropped.<p>This might just be the most beautiful suite I've ever laid my eyes …

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24 Hours in Athens, Greece

"You really don't need more than a day in Athens."<p>Everyone says it. Whether it is true or not, Athens is the red headed stepchild of the Greek Islands. I personally believe that any city can be exciting and fun if you know the right places to visit and where to eat, but with my flight schedule …

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Ten Places to Go Before They Disappear

It is a sad reality that some of the world's most beautiful sights are at risk of disappearing. Some of the world's natural wonders are under threat from development, mass tourism and environmental change, making it crucial to travel to these places before it's too late. Whether it's ancient …

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Miami Summers: Pure Luxury and Hidden Gems

Summer vacations in Miami are fun and a smart travel strategy. Restaurants are more accommodating (Miami Spice program runs from August 1 to September 30 offering $23 lunch and $39 dinner tasting menus at prime restaurants). Hotels and spas that are over-booked during the winter months are offering …

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Linking U.S. Statecraft to Grand Strategy

<i>Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on U.S. strategy and statecraft. The first article, which is on U.S. strategy, is</i> …

The Environment of Poverty, by Bjørn Lomborg

COPENHAGEN – Despite gains in life expectancy, expanded access to education, and lower rates of poverty and hunger, the world has a long way to go to …

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The Left-Right Political Spectrum Is Bogus

It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas.<p>Americans are more divided than ever by political ideology, as a recent Pew Research Center study makes clear. About a third of people on each side …

Approximate distribution of Sunni vs Shia Islam

Approximate distribution of Sunni vs Shia Islam

The Three-Track Middle East

Rather than achieving internal convergence, the Middle East is now following at least three distinct paths, and already-large differences will …

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Middle East Oil corridor

Middle East Oil corridor<p>hitchinvertigo:<p>Paradox : fourth producer in the world, Iran lacks refining capacities and must import an important part of its refined gasoline (approx 30 %). Sanctions applied by the United Nations Council in June to react against Teheran nuclear policy make the situation far more complicated.<p>China, India and Japan growing needs in crude oil (and in gas) give to Iran an important position in the world economy and politics. China needs more and more oil for its …

Arab states need cohesive social policies if they want stability

The rapid rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to global notoriety has taken observers of Middle East politics by surprise. All of a sudden, a new Islamist political movement has stunningly upstaged former global public enemy number one al-Qaeda and establishes an Islamic state, a …

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A Class of Its Own

If today's super-rich believe that they no longer need to rely on their national governments, they are making a huge mistake. The reality is that the …

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Climate change threatens national security

Climate change is an accelerating threat to national security. That’s the finding of a recent report by the CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory …