Europe

Hotel Miramar

By Jessica Elgot, December 13, 2012

Barcelona is a hectic city — swelteringly hot in summer, heaving with crowds, stall owners yelling, brightly coloured building, thumping flamenco.

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Hotel de la Paix

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

The five-star Hotel de la Paix must have one of the best settings in Geneva. It’s right on the lakeside opposite the famous Jet d’Eau. It has views across the water to a snow-capped Mont Blanc on the horizon and it’s within easy walking distance of all the smart shops and the old city.

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Getting to know Geneva, Switzerland

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

For a place with fewer than 200,000 inhabitants Geneva punches above its weight. It produced Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose philosophy inspired the French Revolution; it was the launch pad for the Reformation which changed the course of European history; the Geneva Convention was signed here and the World Jewish Congress was founded here in 1936.

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The Lure of Greece

By Angela Epstein, October 11, 2012

It was a good enough place to park. A large, open-air pay and display a few minutes walk from the port, surely this was the perfect spot to leave our car and explore the fascinating maritime city of Thessaloniki (Salonika).

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Devon: No cream teas at this weight loss boot camp

By Lianne Kolirin, September 21, 2012

The brochure described the facility as “Britain’s only boutique bootcamp”, a term which in my mind conjured up visions of furious amounts of fitness rewarded with lots of lovely pampering.

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Hotel of the Week: Park Inn, Heathrow

By Sharron Livingston, September 21, 2012

Try as I might to dodge those yawningly early morning flights, I occasionally have to concede defeat. Just last week I was forced to catch an 8am plane from Heathrow to Zurich.

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Italy’s Cinque Terre

By Suvi Streatfield, August 28, 2012

Our train pulls out of La Spezia and bores straight into the mountainside and into the rugged heart of the Cinque Terre. Hurtling through the mountain’s interior, it’s not long before we burst out on the other side, a sudden blue wash of light spilling into the carriages as the Mediterranean comes into view.

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Debrecen, Hungary’s historic second city

By Lucy Daltroff, August 28, 2012

The plane landed, the orchestra started playing and the locals got out of their cars and clapped.

That is when I realised the real significance of being on the first flight from Luton to Debrecen, Hungary’s second city.

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Turkey: Fethiye

By Victoria Prever, August 3, 2012

‘That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever done,” said my husband, flopping on a sunbed. “I was lying in a steam room while some woman in a swimsuit covered my eyes with a cold flannel and threw ice over my head.” After a traditional hamman treatment — Turkish bath — he could do little more than lift his cocktail.

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Luxembourg envoy welcomes Langdon cyclists

June 21, 2012

British Ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole welcomed the four Langdon residents completing a four-day 275-mile sponsored bike ride from London. The quartet — James Manton, Guy Ben-David, Benjamin Kraus and Daniel Welck — enjoyed a celebratory picnic at the embassy.

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