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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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Vevey is an amusing little place to visit

Vevey is an amusing little place to visit

GENEVA - Friends and I played a game during our visit to this Alpine beauty, checking our Japanese- made watches to see if the trains would arrive at the time posted on the station clock. Without fail, each pulled into the charming stations with the mountain views right on time.
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Lausanne is a Golden City

Lausanne is a Golden City

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - If they gave out medals to cities based on beauty, then surely Lausanne, nestled on the shores of lovely Lake Geneva and at the base of the majestic Jura Mountains, would win gold.
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San Sebastián is a real Basque beauty

San Sebastián is a real Basque beauty

SAN SEBASTIÁN, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN - Mornings don’t get much better than in this Bay of Biscay beauty that snuggles up against Europe’s southwest coast just south of France.
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Finding the right ‘Way’ in Spain

Finding the right ‘Way’ in Spain

GALICIA, SPAIN - Early morning or early evening, the cheerful chatter of birds is constant through the open window in our room at the Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil, a converted, ancient Spanish monastery.
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Reflections of a Spanish beauty named Girona

Reflections of a Spanish beauty named Girona

GIRONA, SPAIN - I arrive in this colourful city just as townsfolk are setting up a giant stage for an evening rock concert.
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Barcelona's best beef is in a bull ring

Barcelona's best beef is in a bull ring

BARCELONA - When Aicard Guinovart tells us we’ll be dining in a steakhouse that’s located in a former bullfighting ring, the wise guy in me can’t resist. “No bull?” I respond.
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Dalí’s hometown a real masterpiece

Dalí’s hometown a real masterpiece

FIGUERES, SPAIN - This is a surreal place, as I discover when leaving the main rail station, and looking up I see multi-coloured cows hanging from wrought iron balconies and giant eggs sitting atop roofs.
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Spain's legendary Palma is perfecto

Spain's legendary Palma is perfecto

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - The lunchtime crowd at the Bodega Tapas Bar on trendy Avenue La Rambia are too busy consuming pinchos (small snacks) to notice the strangers in their midst.
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Mahon is Spain's magical port

Mahon is Spain's magical port

MAHON, SPAIN- The streets of this knobby little island that juts out of the Mediterranean Sea just east of the Spanish mainland are almost deserted the afternoon we start to explore.
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Barcelona is a Gaudi Place to Visit

Barcelona is a Gaudi Place to Visit

BARCELONA - This is a city whose architecture you either love or hate. And I hate almost everything connected with Antoni Gaudi.
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