All stations ... villagers in Romania.

The path of Poirot

Like the famous detective, Gavin Bell travels the classic Orient Express route across Europe, at a fraction of the cost.

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Today, the greenback, tomorrow the world

How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.

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The tower of Kuressaare Castle in Estonia.

Ten top towns in Europe you've never heard of

Done Venice, Paris and London? Ticked off Prague, Budapest, Berlin and Dubrovnik? It may be time to delve a little deeper on your next European adventure.

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A shopping arcade in Odessa.

Black Sea change

The Mediterranean's poor relation surprises Sara Macefield with its scenery and excellent shore excursions.

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