THE LANGUAGE OF WAR

The Russian ambassador extended his hand.

“Happy to meet you,” he said in Russian.

I smiled and answered in English: “I apologise sir, but I don’t speak Russian.”

Perplexed, he peered over the top of his thick-rimmed glasses, “You are the Middle East Bureau Chief for Russia Today, are you not?” he asked in English.

I nodded.

“And you don’t speak Russian?” he asked in bewilderment.

I nodded again, thinking it best not to profess to the eight words of Russian I knew quite well, thanks to the various Russian cameramen I’d worked with over the years. Non of these words should be uttered in…
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THE LANGUAGE OF WAR

STYLISH URBAN HOTSPOTS

City break heaven! See the sights, shop yourself silly and stay in style at these urban hotspots.

Aloft Perth

Where the cool people play and connect, Aloft Perth is designed for global travellers who love open spaces. Located in The Springs, Perth’s biggest urban renewal project near the Swan River, Aloft Perth offers visitors funky style and close proximity to the city’s hot spots. Explore the city or work out at the Re:charge fitness centre, cool off in the pool or hang out in one of the vibrant public spaces, where energy flows and guests mingle day and night.

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STYLISH URBAN HOTSPOTS

BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDY CITY

There’s an icy breeze, whipping in off Lake Michigan, making short work of the woefully thin jacket I’ve brought along to the Windy City. Chicago is certainly living up to its nickname on this cloudy spring day, but it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to soak up one of the most impressive city skylines on the planet.

“Chicago has always been a laboratory for architects,” explains our guide over the loudspeakers, as our river cruise makes a turn at Navy Pier and heads back into the network of canals that flow through downtown Chicago.

We sail past buildings…
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BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDY CITY

PHOTO BOMB IN PARIS

The Eiffel Tower was first on my sightseeing list during my four-day Parisian summer holiday. Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the monument as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it recently celebrated reaching the 300 million visitor mark since it opened more than a century ago.

In some ways it felt like all these people were there the morning I visited, forcing me to stand in a long line, hold my breath in a crowded elevator to the top of the tallest structure in Paris (324m if you’re interested), and dodge an army of…
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PHOTO BOMB IN PARIS

INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI

Ian Rydin, General Manager: Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill, shared his tips on what to do and where to go in Nairobi with our contributor Joseph Maina on his recent trip to the East African gem.

What to see

INSIDER GUIDE: NAIROBI

10 things to do in Maritzburg

It may live in the shadow of its glamourous sister on the coast, but there’s more to Maritzburg than being the top or tail of the Comrades Marathon once a year.

Not only does the capital of KwaZulu-Natal hold the distinction of being the gateway to rich Zulu, Boer and British history, it’s also a short drive from Durban, and its location in the Midlands makes it an easy hub from which to explore the charming craft and home industry, and natural beauty of the area.

Dare to ditch the beach life and head inland instead the next time you’re headed to…
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10 things to do in Maritzburg