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Berber home and garden, Morocco


East of Marrakech, over Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, a desert landscape riddled with spectacular gorges and valleys presides. Louise McDaid explores exotic berber gardens of the east.


Hidden art only Hong Kong locals know

Hong Kong

Venture off the beaten track during this year’s Hong Kong Arts Month which runs from 1 to 31 March, away from the high profile gallery and exhibition venues in the city’s commercial centre, to discover an eclectic mix of contemporary and street art. Inside old factory buildings, on street corners and shop security shutters –


What happens when you have a bad tour guide in China…


Most travel stories paint the destinations in glowing terms with words like ”stunning”, “amazing” and “superb”. This is not a story like that. This is the story about how wrong a day trip can go if you have a bad guide, a shambolic destination and an itinerary that is virtually impossible to follow writes Dallas


A new star in French wine

french wine

La Livinière is a little-known French wine appellation that is a star in the making. Part of the Minervois, one of the bigger appellations of the Languedoc, La Livinière’s vineyards are east of the walled city of Carcassonne. La Livinière stands out from the mass of the Minervois for its red wines, which are a


Take the ancient Silk Road to a 2,500-year old garden

ancient silk road garden

Nowhere but Iran can you walk among the ruins of a garden created more than 2,500 years ago. Nowhere else on earth can you find an entire suite of nine UNESCO World Heritage Persian Gardens. And nowhere else has one guiding principle of garden design not only persisted for more than two millennia, but also


Classical gardens and art in China

gardens china

Western thinking on garden history tends to be almost unconsciously European in focus – we might evoke the eighteenth century, and think of ha-has and arboreta, or perhaps a Renaissance Italian stroll garden, ornamented with classical statuary. But when mediaeval apothecaries were busy enclosing medicinal herbs in box compartments, one of our greatest cultures was


In Spanish Catalonia, A Cheese Maker’s Touch Is The Magic

Spanish Catalonia

High up in the Spanish Pyrenees in Catalonia, a new generation of artisan cheese makers is at work. Some were born and raised in the region, often from farming backgrounds with ready-made herds of goats, sheep or cows. Finding it a struggle to make a living from selling milk or meat, they turned to cheese


Vietnam: from war duty to landscape beauty


Former combat Soldier, now Vietnam expert, Walter Pearson talks to Garden Drum about his attachment to the beauty of Vietnam and why he returns time and time again.


Travel Alaska 101


It’s no wonder that Alaska is attracting Australians in record numbers. The vast wilderness, huge range of activities for all tastes and budgets and the sheer sense of adventure is a wonderful attraction for outdoor-loving Aussies. But Alaska’s tourism season is short and frantic and the best attractions sell out quickly, so first-timers are advised


Architecture for travellers: a novice’s guide


Do you struggle with spotting the difference between a plinth and a pilaster? Or Byzantine from Romanesque architecture? You don’t need to be an expert to recognise a good building but by understanding a little about architectural history and theory can make a walk around an unfamiliar city all the more rewarding. The Lonely Planet has