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Escape from...

Washington, DC

There may be more reasons than ever to flee the capital of the free world – but thankfully there are places nearby where nature and culture still rule. Charlie McCann steeps herself in their peace

Moscow

You don’t have to travel far from Moscow’s bustling heart to find serenity, beauty and history. Noah Sneider heads out from the capital to experience peace and literary inspiration

Cape Town

Sun-seekers, who head south in their droves over Christmas and New Year, love Cape Town for its flat-top mountain and bounteous vineyards. But there’s plenty more to see off-piste, says Tim Butcher, an author and long-time Cape Town resident

Los Angeles

How to stay sane in the City of Angels? Get out at the weekend, and go for a picnic on Catalina Island or gallery hopping in Ojai