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The Road to Gjógv

A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn. Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see: … or this: We’re on Sheep Islands, so you will also see this: On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. [...]

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"Vikar" graffiti on wall in Torshavn, Faroes

Faroe Islands: Sagas, sushi and street art

Sagas abound in the Faroe Islands. Perhaps surprisingly, these Viking isles also have a fabulous sushi restaurant and lively street art.

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Where in the World: Madeira

This is a traditional farmer’s house in Santana on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic, one of the outermost regions of the European Union.

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Fiery Furnas: Steamy cauldrons in the Azores

As the plane descends, my youngest daughter exclaims: “Look! The earth is boiling.” And it is! From above, the Furnas Valley looks mysterious and misty. A few minutes later we land on São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. About halfway between Britain and America, the Azores islands are volcanic and verdant, and [...]

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Flirting with Fate in the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands roads are spectacular, not least Oyggjarvegur, the mountain road from Torshavn, the archipelago’s tiny capital, towards the northern islands. But then, nothing less is to be expected in the world’s best island-destination. In places, there are no barriers between us and a 1000-foot drop into the chilling waters of the North Atlantic fjord. [...]

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The twin crater lakes at Sete Cidades in the Azores archipelago, Atlantic Ocean

Lamenting lost love in the Azores

On the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, from the vantage point Vista do Rei, you’ll have a fabulous view of the twin lakes by the seven little villages – Sete Cidades – at the bottom of a volcanic crater. One lake appears blue, the other green. This is, rather prosaically, caused by variations [...]

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The Accidental Local

Many years ago, a few days before New Years, I saw an ad for inexpensive tickets to Gran Canaria. On an impulse, I bought two and took my young daughter along, assuming – somewhat foolishly – I’d sort out lodgings once there. It turned out to be anything but easy. We got in a taxi and knocked on the door [...]

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