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Japan: Amanemu, Ise-Shima

With its minimalist interiors, serene atmosphere and secluded location, this luxury resort is nirvana for Japan lovers – there are even private onsens in each room. Katie Gatens goes all zen

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London’s best record shops

London has one of the best music scenes in the world, and with the humble vinyl record experiencing a trendy revival in recent years, Michael Liot, lead singer of French band We Were Evergreen, gives the lowdown on where to find the best vinyl in the capital

My London: Deyan Sudjic

The British writer, broadcaster, and director of the Design Museum reveals the highlights of his hometown, from his favourite buildings to where he likes to go for a curry

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

A tour of Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland’s 1,332-kilometre-long ring road, also known as Route 1, runs by some of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, but curious-minded travellers willing to take the odd detour will also be handsomely rewarded. Vas Panagiotopoulos picks his favourite, lesser-known stops along the way

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

Wrapped up: the history of Lesotho’s Basotho blankets

Wearable blankets have hit the world’s catwalks lately, but in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho – now celebrating 50 years of independence – blankets have been stylish for over 150 years. More than that, they’re part of everyday life, as shown in Thom Pierce’s series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’. As these images go on exhibition this month, Ufrieda Ho unwraps the history of Basotho blankets

John Simpson: letter from Marseille

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

London theatre: plays for October 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for October, including a return to the National Theatre for Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus after a 37-year hiatus, and a debut musical from exciting young director Sam Yates

Recovering Florence’s relics

When the Arno river burst its banks, it was one of the greatest cultural disasters of modern times, destroying countless famous masterpieces. James Hanning reports on how, 50 years later, the clean-up continues, with modern technology helping to restore long-forgotten treasures

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50 States in 52 weeks: UFO spotting in Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey and Nevada

The dusty deserts of the US are hotspots for UFO sightings – even the former US President Jimmy Carter filed a report to say he’d seen one. Here High Life examines the otherworldly goings-on recorded in four states famed for their paranormal activity

50 States in 52 weeks: things to do in New Hampshire whatever the season

Home to the Great North Woods, several jewel-like lakes, and Mount Washington (the highest peak in the northeastern US), the so-called ‘Granite State’ is a great place to get lost – in a good way. Editor of New Hampshire Magazine Rick Broussard leads the expedition…

50 States in 52 weeks: Missouri vs Ohio: who reigns supreme in sports?

Sports fandom is strong in the Midwest with good reason – there’s plenty to cheer for across various games. Two states in particular, Missouri and Ohio, produce some of the most dedicated enthusiasts. But which one has the upper hand? Midwestern native Samantha Lande examines the state of play

50 States in 52 weeks: Portland, Oregon vs. Portland, Maine

Two great cities, same great name. Sitting on opposite coasts and separated by an eight hour flight, Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine each have their own unique character. However, in the game of Top Trumps, there can only be one winner. Travel writer and Portland Oregon resident, Ian Nelson, examines the stats and facts for each city to see how they compare

50 States in 52 weeks: Detroit for street food

Detroit is putting itself back on the map with its thriving quick-serve food scene. Native Detroiter Samantha Lande shines a spotlight on the family-run businesses behind the revolution, and recommends the places worth a visit

50 States in 52 weeks: one night in New Orleans

So you’ve only got one night in one of America’s hottest cities? Here’s your hour-by-hour gameplan for making the most of New Orleans after dark

50 states in 52 weeks: The US as seen on screen: Minnesota, Washington, Georgia, South Dakota, and Maryland

From icy mountains to cinematic towns and spooky cornfields these five states have all been used for cult US TV shows. Ellen E Jones checks out places to visit from the shows

50 States in 52 weeks: Nevada's solar power art

How a new solar-power plant in the Mojave Desert became the unlikely subject of a photo series by American photographer Jamey Stillings

50 states in 52 weeks: the cool side of Nashville

Don’t tell the rest of the Brooklyn-worshipping world, but East Nashville just might be the hippest, coolest, most authentic neighbourhood on the planet right now. Here Sunshine Flint shares where to eat, shop, stay, and play

50 States in 52 Weeks: Road tripping from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

While visiting Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park back-to-back makes for a memorable holiday, guidebook author Alan Rider says the road trip between them can be half the fun