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Destination Appeal: Summer 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Nothing says holiday like a bout of travel. SO lines up the 15 of-the-moment international hotspots that are sure to give you fever this summer...

Paris, France

The Philharmonie de Paris now boasts the largest Jamaican music art show ever to be mounted in Europe. Titled Jamaica Jamaica!: From Mento to Trenchtown to Deejays, and running until August 13, the exhibition paints a retrospective of Rock song and dance culture through 'rare memorabilia, photographs, visual art, audio recordings and footage'.

Cape Town, South Africa

Identified as a city with value for money at its core, there is much to do in this African municipal with its expansive playgrounds of beaches, vineyards, mountains, and safari opportunities. And, gallery- and museum-hopping is sport in Cape Town as its design and art spheres remain vibrant due to the industrious outpout of its creative community.


Channelling the mysterious glamour of the Orient Express , the 68-passenger Belmond Andean Explorer luxury sleeper train, noted as South America's first, will whisk you away to ancient Incan kingdoms such as Machu Picchu, and the historic peaks and plains of the Andes.


For foodies in love with chef/caterer Colin Hylton's fare, check out the culinary artiste this summer at the Rosa Caleta eatery in Berlin where he will delight disaporic and native palates. Whilst in the German state, head north to Hamburg, to check out architectural must-see, the Elbphilharmonie, the modernist concert hall in the city's HafenCity quarter, which opened in January.


With its exotic species of flora and fauna, and stunning water bodies, Madagascar is much more than an animated film franchise and a safari locale. Stay at Miavana for eco-friendly villa accomodations in Nosy Anko, and chase waterfalls at the Amber Mountain National Park.

London, United Kingdom

Hot on the heels of Jessica Ogden: Still , a biographical exhibition of British-Jamaican artist and fashion designer Jessica Ogden's years of work, the Old Smoke is rife with the upcycle queen's name. Snap up one of her covetable, luxury quilts from any of the London locations of French brand APC for a touch of the Ogden aesthetic on your return home.


Measured as one of the most remote destinations on the planet, Western Australia's Perth has become an international dining mecca with expansive ocean and river views to boot. A trip to Sydney warrants many a reason but none is more topical than the AUD$200-million renovation of the Sydney Opera House. Watch the makeover take shape this summer as you explore the country's capital. And, did we mention that foreign investment has generated a real estate boom Down Under? To market, to housing market!

Queenstown, New Zealand

With bungee-jumping and jet boating offered year round, this city engages thrill-seekers to the hilt, and is renowned as the adventure hotbed of New Zealand.


Extreme landscapes define the Chilean spectrum with its deserts at one end and Patagonian glaciers at the other. Its hot-air balloon rides and scenic highway drives already bucket-list items, but immersing yourself in Chile's established wine scene is also nothing to be scoffed at.


Visit the Rwandan section of the 12,000-foot volcanic range of the Virungas, in East Africa to get your Jane Goodall on in the company of mountain gorillas — yes, these robust primates are so hot right now. Aside from silverback-watching, the area will hold your gaze with enough peaks, lakes and lava tunnels to titillate your inner explorer.




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