20 evocative beach pictures from our travels around the world 

From walking a protected turtle breeding ground in Goa with two doggies and swimming in rock pools in the Seychelles to riding a motorcycle on a beach in West Bengal, here are 20 evocative beach pictures from our travels around the world.

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Five great dark rums to try while travelling the world

As an admirer of dark rum (I’ll stop short of calling myself an aficionado, much less a connoisseur), I’ve had the pleasure of sampling lots of different ones produced in different parts of the world. While some are nicest when mixed, others are best enjoyed on their own, either on the rocks or with a dash of water—or both (I don’t really enjoy white rums, though, so I try to avoid them when I can). Here, then, are five great dark rums to try while travelling the world.

Six amazing discoveries we made in the Seychelles

Towards the end of 2011, a friend of my wife’s proposed that we go on a combined vacation, just us two couples, and suggested the Seychelles as a destination. We were a little hesitant, because we had heard it was expensive, but its reputation as a tropical island paradise was tempting enough for us to start doing some research. A few weeks later, our friends backed out, much to our chagrin, so we decided we would go alone. Through our research, we found out that, even though our vacation would be expensive, we could save a bit if we didn’t do too much island-hopping, and stayed on Mahé island most of the time instead. So it happened that we split our eight-day vacation between Mahé and Bird Island (more on this one later), and made six amazing discoveries along the way.