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Dorset away from the coast: exploring the Blackmore Vale

This unspoilt region is dotted with charming, quintessentially English villages, many of which are built from warm, golden stone.

Worldly Appetites: Dorset apple cake

Savour the tastes of Dorset with this recipe for the county's world-famous apple cake.
Alexandra Richards grew up in Dorset, where she developed a love of rural life, the natural world and outdoor pursuits. During her studies at the University of Durham she spent a year on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, teaching English, practising her French, getting to grips with Creole and travelling the region. Later Alex evolved into a freelance travel writer and photographer and has now written five editions of the Bradt’s Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion guide. In 2004, she undertook a writing/photography assignment travelling to Australia on a cargo ship via the Suez Canal and has divided her time between Dorset and Australia ever since. Alex is also the author of Bradt’s Dorset (Slow Travel).

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Dorset Apple cake

Worldly Appetites: Dorset apple cake

Savour the tastes of Dorset with this recipe for the county’s world-famous apple cake.

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6 unmissable activities in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion

There’s plenty to keep the energetic amused in the Mascarene Islands.

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The slave who unlocked the vanilla secret

Pollinating vanilla is a tricky business but slave Edmond Albius unlocked the secret.

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Narcotic indulgences of the pink pigeon

The pink pigeon’s continued existence has left some naturalists puzzled.

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Rodriguan fish curry

Let this Rodriguan fish curry recipe get your taste buds tingling.

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Dead as a dodo

Alexandra Richards tells the story of the elusive dodo, the world’s most famous extinct creature.

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Le Sitarane

The place of the sourceror Le Sitarane in Reunion’s folklore has been assured by an unshakable fascination with his story. 

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