Europe

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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Tiara Yaksta Cannes, France

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

From Nice airport it was a pleasant tootle along the twisty N8 coastal road. I was heading for the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer where they say, the water quality around its cliffs is the best in Europe.

I had chosen the Tiara Yaksta boutique hotel for its discreet location and found it was so hidden that I passed it at least three times.

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In search of childhood memories

By Gloria Tessler, March 15, 2012

As a child, I remember my Aunt Rozita and Uncle Salo spending three months every winter in Madeira.

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Portugal's birthplace is the capital of culture

By Barry Toberman, March 1, 2012

'Portugal was born in Guimaraes," explains our tour guide during the 30-mile road trip from Porto airport to a 2012 European Capital of Culture. Now the affection which the Portuguese display for the nation's 900-year-old birthplace is to be shared with a wider audience, as organisers expect a doubling in visitor numbers to one million.

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Park up and go Jurassic

By Barbara Lantin, February 23, 2012

Firstly, a confession. I've been visiting Bournemouth regularly for more than 30 years and had no idea that for the past ten there has been a World Heritage Site on its doorstep.

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Carry on camping

By Martin Bright, January 26, 2012

It's at least three decades since I stayed in a caravan.

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The draw of Picasso

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Most tourists can't get out of Malaga fast enough. They take a cheap flight to the airport, hire a car and head for the Costa Del Sol. Cruise passengers hop off at the port, many on to a waiting tour bus, to take them on to Grenada.

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