The wonders of France vs The beauty of Croatia

The World Cup is much more than a sporting event. It is a world of inspiration for travellers as well.

While Russia outperformed expectations by making it into the quarter finals, its horseback-riding Cossacks - a semi-military community akin to Japan's samurais - captured the world's attention as they guarded stadiums and fans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'The wonders of France vs The beauty of Croatia'. Print Edition | Subscribe