Whole Earth Guide

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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

Whole Earth Guide from around the world

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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt is one of the cutest little ski resort villages that you could imagine and the locals take steps to keep it that way so much so that little has changed since my previous visit over 30 years ago.

Although, by and large, only electric vehicles are permitted in the village, it isn't a pedestrian zone so keep an eye out when you're crossing the road. Avoid going during May as that's when co...

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Last updated 11 Nov 2007

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres is one of those places which you've probably heard of but never quite managed to find the time to visit.

The cathedral is, of course, the principal reason as it's considered to be one of the finest gothic catedrals in France and is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Historically the town reached it's peak in the 12th century as a centre for intellectual and spiritual teachin...

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Last updated 05 Nov 2007

Turin (Torino) - the shroud and the city

In the minds of many people Turin (or Torino in Italian) is all about the shroud but there's much more to it than that of course.

The shroud itself is held within the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in the centre of the city. Unless you are very lucky, you'll probably have to make do with looking at the copy of the shroud on display at the entrance of the cathedral as the shroud itself is n...

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Last updated 04 Nov 2007

The down to earth and cosmopolitan Flemish capitol of Antwerp

Antwerp is the real urban deal, a refreshingly down-to-earth yet vivacious cosmopolitan habitat blessed with magnificent architecture, fashionable shop fronts, beer-washed pubs, dazzling monuments, jazzed-up clubs, inspired artworks and restaurant tables piled with plates of superb Belgian and multicultural food. Antwerp, home of the Flemish Baroque master Rubens, not only has a wealth of outstand...

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Last updated 1 Nov 2007

The Medieval Flemish city of Bruges

Bruges (Flemish Brugge), the old capital of Flanders and an arch bishopric since 1559, is located on the little river Reie. Despite the addition of new buildings and the loss of its old town walls (all but four towers having been demolished since the mid 19th C. to make way for traffic), Bruges with its perfectly preserved medieval town center remains a tourist dream, a magnet drawing more than tw...

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Last updated 1 Nov 2007

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