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How to pedal your way through the Turku Archipelago

How to pedal your way through the Turku Archipelago

Twenty thousand: that’s the total number of picturesque isles in Finland’s Turku Archipelago. Take your pick and get pedalling. It has been a 30-kilometre bike ride from the town of Naantali in southwestern Finland to the Taivassalo ferry dock. From this point on, I have all the time in the world. But that’s the whole

Three Instagrammable ice creams worth the calories

Three Instagrammable ice creams worth the calories

Macha ice cream has been the go-to Asian cool treat for a while now. This summer, the top spot could well be stolen by one of these desserts. #mochiicecream. Brightly coloured mochi balls, made of sticky rice and usually filled with sweet red bean paste, are a Japanese dessert favourite. A number of cafés have

Beginner’s guide to Åland’s ancient underwater relics

Beginner’s guide to Åland’s ancient underwater relics

An amazing cluster of sunken beauties awaits in the low-saline waters of the Baltic Sea archipelago. Our diving guide, Jan-Ola Karlsson, shares a story about his great-grandfather who was a sailor from Mariehamn. “He helped rescue some of the crew when the Plus sank one stormy night in December 1933,” Karlsson says with pride. That

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Take a tour through China’s culinary capital with these six restaurants. Breakfast on the block The Michelin Guide may have belatedly come to Shanghai last year, but this bustling, cosmopolitan city remains just as famous for its fantastic street food as its haute cuisine. Friendly, ­family-run food stalls and hole-in-the wall eateries dot every neighbourhood,

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

Norway’s capital city sets the scene for health-conscious travellers owing to its outdoorsy lifestyle and growing range of superb green eats. Organic, locally produced, and vegetarian options are gaining a foothold in Oslo, thanks to imaginative entrepreneurs, decreasing prices, and soaring demand. Kolonihagen restaurant is one of the forerunners of Oslo’s green eating wave. Their

Czech out this slow haven

Czech out this slow haven

The gem of the Czech Republic is a beautiful protected area – and a UNESCO Global Geopark – rich in nature and culture that lives up to its utopian name. While popular for decades with Czechs seeking family-friendly outdoor activities, Bohemian Paradise is mostly devoid of foreign visitors. That will certainly change as the appeal

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Before the Romans arrived in the Austrian capital, vines were being tended on the gentle slopes beside the Danube. Many winemakers continue to rekindle the Viennese love affair of high-quality wine made and enjoyed within their own city limits. Estate viticulture Fritz Wieninger blazed the trail for the modern image of Viennese wine. Championing the

Get hooked on Karelia

Get hooked on Karelia

A trip around Lake Pielinen – Finland’s fourth largest lake – can encompass thrills, relaxation, and memorable tastes of this distinctive region of eastern Finland. Emerging from a muscle-soothing sauna we plunge into the refreshing waters of Lake Pielinen, and float serenely while watching the sun set behind the wooded hills that line the far

How to spend a weekend in the Windy City

How to spend a weekend in the Windy City

Clean and green, Chicago’s revamped Riverwalk has transformed the city’s urban environment. Watching locals sipping wine, tucking into tacos, and walking their beloved pooches beside the Chicago River, it’s hard to believe this serpentine waterway was long shunned by residents of the Windy City. Yet thanks to a timely investment of 94.1 million euros (100

A beginner’s guide to sake

A beginner’s guide to sake

The city of Hida in Central Japan is one of the best places to discover the secrets of the country’s traditional beverage. For many Japanese, sake is something you drink on special occasions – at festivals, weddings, or at ceremonies at Shinto shrines. For Ryuhei Uenoda it’s something one drinks every day. “Just a little,