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Drummond having a ball on European vacation

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Andre Drummond tried his hand at cricket in London.(Photo: Christopher Lee, Getty Images)

Pistons center Andre Drummond seems to be having a ball on his tour throughout Europe. And he ll have some good pictures and videos to show about his summer vacation. Drummond has been a basketball ambassador throughout the tour, which has included stops in England, France and Denmark.

While in Odense, Denmark, Drummond took part in a pick-up basketball game with some kids and played like he was at The Palace, mercilessly blocking a young child s shot attempt into the stands. Drummond playfully flexed after the block, but then consoled the kid. Drummond has participated in pick-up games and other publicity opportunities, including a day with cricket stars Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum while in England.

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Peace in our time: Lonely Planet experts reveal the world’s best holiday spots to find silence

  • Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2016 has compiled a list of the most relaxing silent retreats throughout the world
  • The former Carthusian monastery in Switzerland is said to combine ‘monastic peacefulness and modern comforts’
  • Meanwhile, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, is known to attract well-heeled New Age enthusiasts

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When you’re serious about recharging those batteries it’s wise to seek somewhere silent. As well as highlighting the cities, regions and countries that everyone should visit next year, Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2016 has compiled a list of the must-visit peaceful retreats – for when your ears need a break from the noise of the modern world. Whether you prefer a hotel and farm complex in Switzerland that promotes peacefulness, a mountainside Buddhist meditation practise, or Scotland’s ancient Iona Abbey, there are amazing relaxing getaways for all tastes.

The former Carthusian monastery in Switzerland’s hilly orchard country is now a hotel and farm complex called the Kartause Ittingen

Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland

Located in a former Carthusian monastery in Switzerland’s hilly orchard country – just 40km from Zurich – this hotel and farm complex combines ‘monastic peacefulness and modern comforts’. And while the monks take strict vows of silence, visitors will experience a much more relaxed, luxurious escape. Spend an afternoon lost in thought in the ‘silent room,’ stroll the garden’s thyme maze, or join in on a group meditation and then indulge in an evening meal of fresh-baked bread, homemade brie and local salads.

Emoyeni, South Africa

On the slopes of South Africa’s Magaliesberg range lies a Buddhist retreat open to all those looking for some peace and quiet

Just 100km northwest of Johannesburg, on the slopes of South Africa’s Magaliesberg mountain range, lies this Buddhist retreat. It’s open to both those who adhere to the faith and those simply looking for some peace and quiet, and accordingly, Emoyeni offers both silent and semi-silent retreats. Traditionalists may prefer to opt for the nine-day Vipassana meditation retreat, which mandates no speaking, but there are also weekend ‘encounters’ available to book.

And yes, talking will be permitted for most of the time, although everyone is expected to take part in the daily post-dinner ‘Noble Silence’ period.

Esalen Institute, USA

Imagine waking up to this vista! The Esalen Institute is famed for its New Age treatments and its breathtaking Big Sur views

The Institute was founded in 1962 by a pair of consciousness-seeking Stanford grads, according to Best of Travel 2016, in Big Sur, California – but, here, getting back to basics sure doesn’t come cheap. The area attracts many well-heeled Bohemians looking to learn more about the New Age movement – think massages, encounter groups and soaks in nude hot tubs – and many of Esalen’s workshops are decidedly not silent.

However, their occasional silent retreats are extremely popular and include five days of watching the sun rise, eating organic meals, and meditating.

Iona, Scotland

On the small island of Iona – along Scotland’s Inner Hebrides – lies a spiritual centre that has existed since being colonised by Irish monks in the Middle Ages

On this island along Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, a spiritual centre has existed since being colonised by Irish monks in the Middle Ages. Dotted with monastic ruins and stone crosses, thousands of pilgrims visit the tiny island of Iona each year to take part in retreats in and around its ancient Abbey. Most are affiliated with the Christian faith, but anyone wishing to take part in year-round quiet contemplation is welcome.