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Beautiful airport approaches

The descent into an airport is often the most spectacular part of a flight. Australian Business Traveller today published the results of a survey of 3,000 private jet service PrivateFly flyer's favourite approaches , with Queenstown as number one. Sadly I've flown into none of the airports listed, but here are five of my favourites Singapore Singapore was the first foreign airport I ever flew into. You make your way across the islands of Indonesia until you are suddenly confronted with a massive parade of ships that demonstrate just how important international trade is to the city-state. London Heathrow If you are lucky enough to have a clear day and are sitting on the right hand side of the aircraft you may be treated to a spectacular tour of London's famous sights as you wind your way up the Thames and down into Heathrow. Matsuyama There are almost 3,000 islands in the Inland Sea of Japan and they provide a beautiful backdrop as you gently descend i

Oranges of Ehime

Visit Ehime Prefecture on the Japanese island of Shikoku in summer and you will quickly discover a fixation with the citrus fruit. Travelling along the coast you can almost imagine you are in Spain as you pass by hills of citrus orchards against a pale blue sea. Matsuyama , the prefectural capital and largest city in Shikoku, has a wealth of sights, including the famous 3000 year old Dogo Onsen  and an original castle overlooking the city. After the long walk down under a summer sun there's no better way to cool off than with some chilled citrus juice or gelato at the  10 Factory  cafe, just down the street from the cable car/chairlift to the castle. Your main problem will be selecting which variety of mandarin you want to try. Fortunately, the growers association provide this handy online guide to Ehime citrus varieties . Keep a lookout for other citrus based specialities as well, such as these limited edition citrus KitKats we picked up on our trip there in 2014.