A luxury train journey on the roof of the world

(CNN)Long train journeys are inescapably romantic. They’re all about the journey; the destination is irrelevant and distance is an ally. Which is what makes the new Belmond Andean Explorer so exciting. Crossing the spine of the Peruvian Andes, more than 12,000 feet above sea level, between the cities of Cusco, Puno and Arequipa, three days and 456 miles one way, ...

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On board Stockholm's floating hostel

(CNN)The Swedish capital of Stockholm spans seventeen islands on the edge of the Baltic Sea. A watery haven, there’s a boat at every turn: from the local ferries that chauffeur commuters and the cruise ships crossing Scandinavia, to fishing dinghies that neighbor grand yachts. The city is also renowned for the impressive Vasa Museum: the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship, ...

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What's it like to drink a virtual cocktail?

(CNN)VR headset strapped in place, I scan the terrain like a cocktail-seeking Terminator. Heather rolls towards me under heavy Scottish skies. As music swells, I leave the Highlands and sweep south through Britain, towards the bustling crowds of London’s Covent Garden theater district. Meanwhile, in the bricks-and-mortar world of London’s One Aldwych hotel, Portuguese bar manager Pedro Paulo — named ...

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Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

(CNN)Often dubbed the world’s oddest capital, Astana is about to steal a bit of the international spotlight. The Kazakhstan capital will host EXPO 2017 from June to September this year. As one of the world’s youngest capitals — it adopted the title in 1997 — Astana is shiny, modern and currently void of tour buses. Ice fishing in one of ...

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Homeless to hatter: 'A top hat changed my life'

JUST WATCHED Homeless to hatter: ‘A top hat changed my life’ Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Homeless to hatter: ‘A top hat changed my life’ Colin Rosie spent months being homeless in London with a top hat and a three-piece suit for company. Little did he know that the top hat would change his life. Source: CNN Top News ...

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Dine macabre: When blood is on the menu

(CNN)Another turn of the wheel and blood began to flow, thick and glossy crimson. The blood in question belonged to a duck, seared and flambeed until its skin reached a rich golden brown, but rarer than rare within. Relieved of its breasts and legs, the bird was now being crushed inside several pounds of Christofle silver in a contraption that ...

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