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Marc Atchison is a veteran journalist and a seasoned traveller with more than 20 years of travel writing experience. As the former Travel Editor of the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper, and now Editor-in-Chief and Senior Writer for TraveLife magazine (Canada) and travelife.ca, Marc has been to over 100 countries in the world. Japan is one of his favorite destinations and he's been there on numerous occasions.
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Skiers can't 'pass' up Switzerland's Andermatt

Skiers can't 'pass' up Switzerland's Andermatt

ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND — I don’t give the bartender a chance to finish pouring my midday glass of wine before asking: “Which chair did Elvis sit on?”
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Tales from an ancient Basque crypt

Tales from an ancient Basque crypt

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, BASQUE, SPAIN — I’m told to don a hard hat before entering the 11th-century Santa María Cathedral, and cautioned not to hit my head on the scaffolding and supports helping to prevent the crumbling structure from falling on my head.
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Dresden rises from the ashes to dazzle again

Dresden rises from the ashes to dazzle again

DRESDEN, GERMANY — The late-day sun sits high in the sky over handsome Neumarkt Square, casting the iconic Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady) in an angelic light. The gigantic domed structure with the checkerboard sandstone exterior looks like a giant sandcastle.
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Living like a king at an Italian wine castle

Living like a king at an Italian wine castle

GUARENE, ITALY — I swing open the large shuttered windows of my palatial Castello di Guarene suite and there, under a cobalt blue sky, Italy’s legendary Piedmont wine region spreads out in all directions.
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Catalonia's Tremp is a dino-mite place to visit

Catalonia's Tremp is a dino-mite place to visit

TREMP, CATALONIA — Ramón, the man I befriend over a glass of locally made vino blanco the night before, orders me to follow him across a freshly ploughed farmer’s field to get to a treasure he claims is 50 million years old.
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Time is right to visit lovely Lucerne

Time is right to visit lovely Lucerne

UCERNE, SWITZERLAND — The buses start arriving early. As many as 200 a day. The excited occupants — all Chinese — rush off into Schwanenplatz, this city’s main square, and dash towards the entrance of Bucherer, the legendary watchmaker that first opened its doors in 1888.
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Unlocking the secrets of 10th century Catalonia

Unlocking the secrets of 10th century Catalonia

SANT CUGAT, CATALONIA — The narrow, corkscrew highway I’m nervously navigating is known as the Via Romanesque (Road) and it zigzags through the Pyrenees, dipping dramatically into the bosom of the great mountain range before rising again as high as the pointed peaks.
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Bilbao is a feast for the senses

Bilbao is a feast for the senses

BILBAO, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN - Rubén Varela is up bright and early to greet guests staying at the Hotel Miró, a chic little property that sits directly across the street from this city’s most famous landmark, the Guggenheim Museum.
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Basque city Vitoria leaves others green with envy

Basque city Vitoria leaves others green with envy

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, BASQUE COUNTRY - I’m told to don a hard hat before entering the 11th century Santa María Cathedral, and cautioned not to hit my head on the scaffolding and supports helping to prevent the crumbling structure from falling on my head.
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 A "puppy" guards Bilbao’s Guggenheim

A "puppy" guards Bilbao’s Guggenheim

BILBAO, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN - Esther Boulandier skips across the reception area of this city’s renowned Guggenheim Museum with the boundless energy of a child let loose in a candy store.
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