• Gallipoli, 1915: the history, the facts and the figures

    Turkey is a land of sparkling beauty and arresting sights – but no other moment can match the emotion of Gallipoli on 25th April, ANZAC Day. 

    It is a day of remembrance, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most important national occasions, and an emotional, sobering travel experience. ANZAC Day stays emblazoned on the memory of all those who have experienced Dawn Service on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula. And never was it more pertinent to remember what happened at Gallipoli than now, 100 years after the fact.

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  • People, stories & questions: a week on the Camino de Santiago

    By Robyn Galvin, Peregrine traveller

    At the train station, we met a man who in the last year had lost his daughter and three of her best friends in a car accident. He was then made redundant after serving 30-odd years for the same global company. I asked what brought him to the Camino de Santiago. “Reflection and soul searching”, came his mumbled response. It seemed he was looking for some meaning. I hope he finds it.

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  • Impressions of Istanbul

    By Oliver Pelling

    Before visiting Turkey, I had few preconceptions of the place. I had fewer still of Istanbul. This likely isn’t a good thing for someone who writes about travel for a living to admit, but there we go.

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  • Albania: Europe's best kept secret?

    Image c/o Godo Gadaj, Flickr

    It could be argued that Albania is the land Europe forgot. It’s carried on doing its charming, post-communist thing for the last sixty years, blissfully unaware of modern tourism and industrialisation.

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  • Europe on two wheels: the Old Continent's best cycling spots

    Photo c/o Decar66, Flickr

    By James Shackell

    European cycling is like riding through an old movie: the warm Provencal sun on your face, pedalling down old country lanes and sun-dappled roads, stopping only for a boutique wine tasting or a spot of French cheese.

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  • Lights, camera, travel: 7 iconic film sets you should visit this year

    By James Shackell

    “There’s no place like home,” Judy Garland says in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, before clicking her heels and picturing sleepy Kansas. And while these words are enshrined in cinema history, we think Dorothy might have had a different approach to travel if she’d seen a few of the movies in our list below.

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  • The Cinque Terre: the most charming towns in the world?

    A region renowned for its beauty and sun-drenched splendour; Italy’s Cinque Terre is one of Europe’s most alluring seaside areas. The five towns that make up the Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Coniglia, Manarola and Vernzazza – provide a perfect insight into Mediterranean life. Everything from the surrounding vistas and the atmosphere, to the hospitable locals and the cuisine perfectly embody the laid back nature of the Italian Riviera.

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  • Turkish treasures: Peregrine leader Ergun Akkan

    If you want to see the real Turkey, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone better to show it to you than Peregrine leader Ergun Akkan. The leader of seven years loves telling his family and friends about all the interesting people he meets on his trip – and Peregrine travellers love telling their family and friends about Ergun!

    How long have you been a Peregrine guide and how did you first get involved with Peregrine?

  • Image of the week: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Dreaming of a white Christmas?

    The Europe earlybird gets the worm. So book your 2013 escape today and see Christmas how Bing Crosby described it. Today’s image is of Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Our picks: Hotspots for 2013

    Take a look at two of our favourite, can't-miss destinations for 2013. The hardest part is choosing where you'll go first!

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