Holidays

Three French Euro stars just got closer

By Sharron Livingston, May 8, 2015

This month, Eurostar is running three new direct services from London St Pancras to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles with no need to change. We take a peek at what these Gaellic gems offer the holidaymaker…

Where: Lyon
Journey time: 4 hours 4 mins, from £89 return

Why go:

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Unveiling the Cape

By David Robson, April 30, 2015

Whenever the time comes to embark on a pilgrimage to a city's top must-see tourist attraction my heart sinks, usually with good reason. So as I boarded one of the many buses driving up to Table Mountain my ticker was at knee level. And the souvenir shop and queues for the packed cable cars did nothing to raise my spirits.

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Portugal: High tees and pine trees

By Richard Burton, April 26, 2015

Easyjet dropped us off, but it was a Mercedes that picked us up. V-class, chauffeured, air-conditioned and WiFied up from bumper to boot.

It was 10am, and as the luggage belt at Faro airport rumbled with golf bags, our driver, all in white and in army-clean shoes, rolled us down the coast towards Albufeira through villages scarred by economic strife, to a gated hideaway where

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Isle of Wight: Isle be back

By Karen Glaser, April 8, 2015

'Children are welcome" says the door sign of Romeo's Boutique. Underneath is another note, handwritten, advertising "assorted leggings and sweaters". Across the road, you can tuck into "French cakes, knickerbocker glory, sorbets and sundaes" at Pearly Boise. And two doors down, Not Just Travel has decorated its shop window with leaflets of its holidays to foreign parts.

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Gozo: Slow motion

By Rupert Parker, April 2, 2015

Walking and cycling is the best way to explore Gozo, Malta's smaller sister island. There's no airport on Gozo so the only way to get there from the UK is to fly into Malta, drive to the north and then take a 25-minute ferry ride to the port of Mgarr.

On the way, you pass the tiny island of Comino, not much more than a big rock, and the sea can get surprisingly rough.

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Lübeck: A small but devilishly tasty German city

By Sharron Livingston, April 2, 2015

The instant I took my first bite of the just-made and still warm chocolate-covered marzipan, I knew I had made a good decision in choosing a weekend jaunt to Lübeck in northern Germany.

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Greece: Hooked on the classics

By Angela Epstein, March 26, 2015

It's lung-bashing stuff scaling the upper slope of Mount Lycabettus, the limestone thatdominates the Athenian skyline, about 900 feet above sea level.

In fact it demands so much of our reserves that we draw on every last drop of enthusiasm and stamina to make it to the top.

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Five reasons to holiday in a tent

March 12, 2015

Pentre Mawr Hot Tub: Safari For adults only

WHERE: Denbigh, Wales. With over 1,000 years of history this may well be the most historic market town in North Wales. Its 800-year-old Denbigh Castle still dominates the skyline.WHY: If you hanker after safari lodge luxury check out these adult-only safari-style tents.

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Two-day taste of the Danube's little secret

March 12, 2015

This tiny capital of Slovakia is both the youngest and smallest capital city in the Euro region. And it is delightfully compact, which means that the quaint architecture, cobbled streets and colourful centre is easy to navigate on foot.

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Reflecting on Georgia

By Harry Wall, March 5, 2015

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Republic of Georgia has been home to one of the oldest Jewish diaspora in the world dating back to the Babylonian exile some 2,600 years ago.

Since then, waves of refugees arrived escaping Byzantine persecution in the sixth century, then again after the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, and during the early 19th century, with the arrival of first Ashkenazim

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