The Album: September

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CD Traveller reader, Rachel Xuereb, talks us through her favourite holiday destinations

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Edinburgh
Scotland’s cool capital is, in my opinion, one of the world’s most happening hotspots. There’s much to discover besides the beautiful Castle, craggy Arthur’s seat and architecture, from alley-ways packed full of funky shops to rooftop galleries.
August is my favourite time to visit Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-burra). This is when the Edinburgh International Film Festival – a month-long festival celebrating every form of art imaginable – takes place. There’s something for everyone at any time of day or night but the highlight is the military tattoo.

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Queenstown (New Zealand)
Outdoorsy types will love Queenstown: New Zealand’s premier tourist resort has a remarkable range of activities to choose from. However if you’re after the ultimate Queenstown thrill, opt for the ‘Awesome Foursome’ – an adrenaline pumping day that combines a helicopter ride with jet boating, white water rafting and A J Hackett’s famous bungee jump. But it’s not all thrills and spills: less hair raising activities include scenic walks and lake cruises.

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The Lake District
England’s largest national park is one of the most popular holiday spots in Britain and for good reason. When it comes to recharging body and soul, a week in the Lake District (think welcoming B&Bs, bracing walks and hearty, home-cooked meals) can’t be beaten. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited the Lake District on several occasions and the natural beauty of the landscape never ceases to amaze me.

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Mdina (Malta)
I am Maltese so the island holds a special place in my heart – particularly the medieval walled town of Mdina. Situated in the centre of the island, the ‘Silent City’ (as Mdina is also known) is blissfully free of cars. As you walk along the narrow streets, you’ll see several palaces (which today serve as private homes) as well as some wonderful examples of Norman and Baroque architecture.
Even better, there’s no bad time to explore and enjoy Mdina – Malta has mild winters and warm summers

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New York
New York is one of those cities that looks the part, whatever the time of year. I feel so energised when visiting the Big Apple, which really is like walking through a film set: yellow taxis, Bloomingdales, the Empire State Building, Tiffany’s, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Central Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. In her hit song, Empire State of Mind, Alicia Keys sings how: “There’s nothing you can’t do,
now you’re in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you, lets here it for New York”. I couldn’t have put it better myself”.

Thanks Rachel! Fancy sharing your top travel experiences with fellow CD Traveller readers?  Email: kholland@justabouttravel.net

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