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Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang compares the Blue Train to the Orient Express in terms of luxury. Picture: LYNNE MCKENZIE & PARTNERS

Africa ‘tricky’ over its many languages

Scripps Networks says the continent’s important but its 100 languages and diverse interests make it a challenge to entertain and inform

Slouching in Irish Mammy’s slippers

City Hall in Cork, which has become a city of roistering jazz and film festivals. Pictures: PATRICIA MCCRACKEN

Potato power still rules in the lush green pastures and rolling hills of Cork, writes Patricia McCracken

Back to the days of the Royal Hotel

The reservations manager of the Royal Hotel in Durban, Kisten Naidoo, has worked at the landmark establishment for  more than three decades and is delighted with new developments. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL

From its early days, Durban’s Royal Hotel has established itself as a place of both revelry and serious business, writes Patricia McCracken

Street of books fuels Iraqi desire for ideas

Book lovers browse through the stock of a bookseller in Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, in this file photo. The street is the centre of a vivacious literary scene that draws the city’s intellectuals. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED AMEEN

Famous as the intellectual hub of Iraq and named after a 10th-century Iraqi poet, Mutanabbi Street draws artists, actors, writers and politicians on Fridays to look for books, writes Borzou Daragahi

Chains make room for lifestyle hotels

InterContinental Davos.  File picture: REUTERS

New generation wants a more local feel, write Victoria Bryan and Neil Maidment

Opinion

WINE: Why you should stick to the stickers on the bottles

Show results offer wine drinkers a way of making sense of the countless labels available in the market, writes Michael Fridjhon


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