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Ten things to do in Asturias

Asturias is a small principality in the northwest of Spain. Squashed between the glistening peaks of the Cantabrian mountains and the Bay of Biscay, Asturias is home to great natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and varied culinary traditions. It is a land of gushing rivers, lush forests and impressive mountains whilst its dramatic coastline […]

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Ten of the world’s finest golf courses

The beauty of golf is that it allows the amateur to play on some of the world’s greatest venues in a way that no other sport can offer. With a degree of ability, the weekend golfer can take golf breaks and play on professional courses all over the world. Naturally, every opinion will differ as […]

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Heaven = El Celler de Can Roca

Heaven is what you make it to be. For me, it’s a certain state of mind: moments of heightened consciousness when all my senses are being teased….. simultaneously. A warm bath; a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day; the rich bouquet of a full-bodied red wine; or the cool, silky feel of the […]

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Onboard the luxurious Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

There’s something about luxury trains that never fails to capture the imagination. Aside from passing through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, trains like the Orient Express or the Blue Train transport their guests to a bygone era that exudes luxury and romance. The latest addition to the world’s luxury trains, the […]

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Reykjavik for foodies

“Iceland” and “cuisine” aren’t two words you would automatically think to put together. And it’s true, the country’s cuisine certainly doesn’t have the cache of France, Italy, or Spain. But among Nordic countries, Iceland offers a surprisingly sophisticated food scene, particularly in the tiny capital, Reykjavik. Icelandic cuisine Home to about 200,000 of the country’s […]

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Nature, gourmet cuisine and luxury in Greece

Greece is a country of outstanding natural beauty – and the Halkidiki peninsula is one of the jewels in its crown. Idyllic weather, sun kissed beaches, stunning scenery and enough activities to satisfy even the most demanding traveller, it’s an ideal location. It’s here that you’ll find Sani Resort, a family-owned resort stretching across 1,000 […]

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Once in a lifetime experiences in Costa Brava

16 bloggers, 7 days, one amazing destination There are blog trips but there will only be one #InCostaBrava blog trip; in my book, the ultimate blog trip. I’ve just returned from this trip and my head is still spinning from the whirlwind of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Costa Brava. The itinerary, which was gradually revealed every […]

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The splendour of the Lake District

Imagine green rolling hills that stretch to the feet of massive, boulder-like mountains. In the valleys, tranquil, finger-like lakes extend for miles, their forested shores occasionally interrupted by quaint settlements, grassy meadows and striking patches of daffodils. Crystal-clear streams and waterfalls abound. In the fields, white-faced Herdwick sheep graze peacefully, seemingly smiling at everyone who […]

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Dubai: desert to dream

The definition of a desert is: an excessively dry region of extreme temperatures with little or no life. The definition of Dubai is: a fully air-conditioned region of ultimate comfort, overflowing with life. But isn’t Dubai a desert? It is, but an unconventional one. Let us try and define it in more detail. Dry and […]

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Driving the Cape Winelands

South Africa’s Cape Winelands is located in a stunning corner of the Western Cape province, a short drive away from Cape Town. The historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl dominate the tourism scene but, to me, the splendid wine estates and restaurants located in and around these towns really steal the show. If you […]

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