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Photo of the Week: A Gondolier on the Job, Venice, Italy

  • Cecilia Cambero (photo and text)
  • 12 October 2012

This picture, showing a gondolier during a work break, was taken near St. Mark’s Square, one of the main tourist spots in Venice, Italy. Although the area is always bustling, with people rushing around the place, this picture reflects one of those quiet moments that you can only glimpse when wandering a few corners off the beaten path, in Venice and elsewhere in Italy.

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Photo of the Week: Rolling Boats along the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (photo and text)
  • 28 September 2012

The Mekong Delta is the biggest delta in Vietnam, located where the Mekong River divides up into nine mouths that run to the sea. Rich and fertile, this region is Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, full of tropical fruit orchards, fish farms and rice paddies. This photo was taken while enjoying a peaceful paddle in small rolling boats along the delta’s seemingly endless water-coconut channels.

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Our Favourite Farmers’ Markets from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 18 September 2012

To culminate our agritourism theme, The Travel Word asked everyone in the WHL Group network about their favourite farmers’ markets. The answers we received are as varied as the places they identify, but they all have some common roots: shoppers and vendors love to meet locally to exchange their fresh goods in the open air. Which one of these is most like the farmers’ market where you live?

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Experiencing the World with All Five Senses

  • WHL Group
  • 25 July 2012

To dig deeper into the concept of ‘experiential travel,’ we asked the WHL Group’s partners – local travel experts from around the globe – to tell us how life feels in their destinations. We asked them to get sensory about it. Find out which of the five senses is most heightened when you open your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands in a new place.

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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Photo of the Week: Colourful Council House, Perth, Australia

  • Ryan Mossny (Photo and Text)
  • 20 May 2012

This colourful display on one of Perth’s most recognisable buildings now takes place from sunset till dawn every day of the year. The magical lighting effects help to bring the building alive at night, encouraging reactivation of the city centre and drawing increased numbers of visitors back into the city in the evening.

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Photo of the Week: Skating in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

  • Jason Kucherawy (Photo and Text)
  • 8 April 2012

This photo is a part of Nathan Philips Square, which is the big public square in front of Toronto City Hall. Pictured is a public skating rink that is free to use all winter. People without their own ice skates can rent a pair for a couple of hours to join the other skaters in turning laps around the rink. It’s a place where many new Canadians try out this popular winter pastime for the very first time!

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Take It Slow: Get off the High-Speed Tour Bus!

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 March 2012

You’ve seen them flocking together at every major tourist site: groups of travellers in bright Hawaiian shirts escorted by their tour guides, who lead them around like herds of cattle. They snap photos with their brand-new cameras and are then wrangled back on the bus. One hopes that one day these folk will realise this is no way to see the world, watching the landscapes whirr by instead of savouring the journey.

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What is Slow Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 7 February 2012

“Slow down.” This is the simple message of the Slow Movement. In today’s high-speed world of fast food, jet planes and instant communication, we are losing touch with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth, says the Slow Movement. Like ‘slow food’ and ‘slow media,’ ‘slow travel’ is a part of the movement. And here’s what the WHL Group staff thinks about it.

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The Great Wall of China, a World Heritage Site from the East Coast to the Western Desert

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 6 December 2011

As the Great Wall of China stretches across most of a massive country, its justifiable fame and beauty make it one of the best known of all UNESCO World Heritage sites. The wall, however, is not the same in all places. From the seas of the east to the western deserts of the Hexi corridor, the Great Wall changes and so does the experience of a visit to this massive defensive bulwark. Each part nevertheless provides a new vista of and new justification for its 1987 inclusion on UNESCO’s vaunted list.

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