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Act of God

Act of God

Nuvo Magazine It was the smaller, follow-up earthquake that did it for Christchurch and its eponymous primary landmark. The first – a 7.1-magnitude rattler that struck New Zealand’s third-largest city on September 4, 2010 – had injured locals, shaken buildings and raked downtown’s beloved cathedral with cracks and broken windows. But the 1881-built Christ Church […]

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City of culture: Londonderry

City of culture: Londonderry

Qantas: The Australian Way Mention a Northern Ireland trip to someone who hasn’t been here and you might be met with raised eyebrows and a possible “Is it safe?” But the compact region at the top right of the island – still officially part of the United Kingdom – has been resolutely transforming itself since […]

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Zurich: 1 day, 10 stops, around $40

Zurich: 1 day, 10 stops, around $40

Globe and Mail It’s not hard to accept local rumours that hoards of bank vault gold are stashed beneath almost every Zurich street. And it’s equally easy to believe that Switzerland’s largest city is an ultra-pricey vacation destination. But while the first assertion is probably true, the second can be challenged with a strict budget-hugging […]

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Big night out in Shibuya

Big night out in Shibuya

NineMSN It’s 6 p.m. in dusk-lit Tokyo and the neon-striped towers of clamorous Shibuya are pulsing and winking at passersby as they weave between their favourite night-out haunts. With its retina-grabbing illuminated signs and frenetic, arcade-like electronic tunes, it’s like being in a vast, walk-through pinball machine. But there’s much more to the city’s leading […]

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Eating Cartagena

Eating Cartagena

Globe and Mail Overlooking Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, the bright-painted, labyrinthine streets of old-town Cartagena are perfect for leisurely wandering. A Unesco world heritage site celebrated for its history as a Spanish colonial fortress, it’s long been a popular vacation destination for Colombians. But with safety and security improvements in the country in recent years, it […]

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