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Siena – Italy on a very good day

“Nestled in the heart of Tuscany and built on three hills, Siena is protected by well preserved walls and prohibits driving within most of the city. If you’ve ever been around Italian drivers, then you will be thankful for the opportunity to walk without fear.” Emily Corak remembers her cappucino days.

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The Cairngorms at ground level

Loch an eilienBefore heading for the heights of Britain’s biggest mountain range, Run with the Yak’s Martin Forster takes a look around some of the lower lying winter attractions around Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands.

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Mountaneering in the Cairngorms

Climbing in the Cairngorms“I came to the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands thinking that a jaunt up the Lake District was going up a mountain. What was I thinking?” Martin Forster gets more than he bargained for in the Scottish Highlands.

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My Love Affair with Lebanon

Lebanon's Mediterranian coastlineYou can find people lounging on the beach or sitting for hours smoking a hookah, while others travel an hour away for rigorous hiking in the Qadisha valley. Lebanon is its own yin and yang; there is literally something for everyone here.” Emily Corak visits the Paris of the Middle East and falls in love.

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What’s the Deal With the West Lake?

It’s top of most Chinese tourists’ ‘must see’ lists and rapidly becoming a favorite with western visitors as well. Dan Gould goes to Hangzhou to check out the famous West Lake.

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Haerbin’s Ice Sculpture Festival

“Sipping a beer beneath a giant red Lenin flag, flanked by an equally large poster of Jimi Hendrix and watching a six foot, topless Chinese transsexual doing stand-up comedy, it’s hard to escape the notion that Haerbin is an unusual place.”

Run with the Yak’s Fiona Wylie heads to Northern China to check out Haerbin’s famous Ice Festival.

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Hawai’i, hippies and volcanoes

Sunrie over Hilo“In front of you, you see the earth swell like a great belly, then the rock begins to split before your very eyes. Before you see anything, you’re hit by a blast of baking heat that dries your eyeballs. As you step back from the searing heat, a tongue of red lava slides out into the open. The oxygen hits it, the red glow becomes intense and tiny flames lick up the surface.”

Run with the Yak’s Martin Forster finds out there’s more to Hawai’i than beaches, boards and bikinis, as he plays with lava and rolls up in a hippy town that time forgot, but money didn’t.

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The Muddy Monks of Xia He

Labrang MonasteryRun with the Yak’s Martin Forster begins his ascent onto the Tibetan Plateau with a visit to one of the most important, but least visited monasteries in Tibetan buddhism. Little did we know, the rains that were begining to fall would soon sweep away thousands of homes across three provinces. Part of our ‘Travels in China’ series.

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Trekking in Tasmania

Tazmanian cliffs“I wasn’t expecting green. I absolutely wan’t expecting to be cold! From its rugged mountaintops to its bountiful forests, every part of Tazmania tells you that cartoons lie.” Martin Forster gets to grips with the island of Tazmania.

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