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Scenic: The old yet charming fishing port of St Tropez, France.
The Wizard Chambers at The Georgian House in London. – AFP
Moscow hotel goes halal in bid to woo Muslim visitors. - Photo from AFP
Eye-catching: The vivid red Rathaus or City Hall dominates the Marktplatz (Market Square).

St Tropez’s siren call

Georgian House in London recreates Hogwarts Castle for Harry Potter fans

Moscow hotel goes halal in bid to woo Muslim visitors

Situated where three borders meet, the Swiss city of Basel abounds with culture and history

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The womenfolk of Demircidere, Izmir, came out to greet their guests in colourful traditional garb. (Below) Three generations at a glance (the tour group’s host at Demircidere.

Dining with the locals in Demircidere, Turkey

29 November 2014

A unique Be My Guest programme offers tourists a glimpse into the lives of locals.

Remarkable ruins: The Library of Celsus and the adjacent ruins in Ephesus, Turkey. - PATSY KAM/The Star

Beyond Turkish delights

29 November 2014

There’s much more than sweet treats waiting to be discovered in this scenic, mesmerising, enchanting country.

By using bitcoin, travelers can book a private jet at any time of day or night, without having to worry about whether the bank is open to transfer the payment. - Photo from AFP

PrivateFly jet charter accepts bitcoin

28 November 2014

Bitcoin is rapidly getting more industries to accept the currency with a private jet charter services now being added to the stable.

The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel is the oldest Orthodox church in Sarajevo, dating back to around 1539. Despite the Bosnian capital’s painful past, international tourist arrivals have tripled since 2004.

The trials and tribulations of Sarajevo are being replaced with good tidings

22 November 2014

Sarajevo is a lively and fascinating place to visit – a far cry from its war-torn days.

The tweet that triggered the real sleepover.

Waterstones partners with Airbnb for a sleepover for winners

22 November 2014

Bookstore in London hosts real sleepover with Airbnb after tourist incident.

Gleaming in the sun: Lake Annecy in Talloires, France, draws many visitors, some of whom are piqued by curiosity, thanks to Paul Czanne’s painting of the lake. — Photo from Jan Sevilla

Cézanne’s Lake Annecy painting beckons visitors to the lake in France

22 November 2014

A regular reader is drawn to a lake in France because of a famous painting.

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