Spring into Canada for a twin city deal

We have not written about Canada often enough. It is a fabulous country which – thanks to the efforts of a once-lively tourist office – we have explored in depth over the years. The problem with taking a holiday there is that once you have marvelled at Niagara Falls and perhaps done a spot of […]

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Cruise views: All of the Med, and all at once

No matter how many cruises you take to the Mediterranean, you somehow never see it all. But this September, Holland America Line is offering travellers an epic 12-week adventure through the Mediterranean and beyond, leaving no stone unturned. The mammoth 83-day cruise, on ms Rotterdam, will leave Southampton on September 27, and prices start at […]

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Cruise views: Spring on the Danube

We get lots of Press releases about river cruising, and almost every one of them is promoting a special “money off” offer. We are usually unimpressed. After all, river cruising is traditionally far more expensive than ocean cruising to start with. And, to make matters worse, the new vessels coming into service this year mean […]

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Holiday at home – and save £2,000

It is a few decades since British holiday resorts first took a pounding from inclusive tours to cheaper, sunnier, destinations in Europe and beyond. Now, according to www.holidaycottages.co.uk, the tide has turned. They say that Brits wanting to save on their spring and summer holiday this year should keep it local, because a two-week family […]

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Cruise views: All is well (in North America, anyway)

There was a time, not very long ago at all, when the Passenger Shipping Association – representing all Britain’s cruising companies and ferry firms – would hold an annual springtime Press conference and reveal all the exciting things that had happened in the past year as well as looking forward to the year ahead. How […]

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Cricket World Cup air fares to bowl you over!

We are not too sure why anyone should want to fly out to Australia for the Cricket World Cup, given England’s dismal performance so far, but if you are a glutton for punishment – or just happen to fancy the trip – there’s no need to let the air fare er….stump you! Between now and […]

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Evie goes to Cornwall….and learns a lesson

“Make yourselves at home – and please feel free to light the log burner if you are cold,” said Farmer Richard. “Evie will probably enjoy relaxing in front of the fire of an evening.” Evie seemed to agree: she wiggled her bottom and stuck her nose gratefully into Farmer Richard’s hand, writes Robin Mead. Evie, […]

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Hotel news: Fifth star for Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards Hotel is one of our favourite London watering holes, As a former Secret Service HQ with Grade 1 listed status, it is not exactly an ideal building for a hotel, but thanks to some imaginative interior design and a superb and hard-working staff it has overcome any such problems and become a wonderfully […]

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Hotel news: A Landmark event

An evening of magical music and fine food? Sounds perfect, so it is good to learn that one of the capital’s top five-star hotels, The Landmark London, will be the setting for just such an event on March 6. Well-known West End and Broadway performers will provide three 20-minute interludes showcasing a variety of songs from celebrated shows […]

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Top five places to visit in Lisbon

Our favourite contributor, Peter Horrocks, has been exploring Lisbon, which remains Portugal’s number one attraction ahead of Funchal, Porto, Albufiera, Portimao and Lagos.
He points out that the city has grown in popularity in recent years, due to its reputation as both a gourmet centre and trendy place to be. We’ve been to Lisbon countless times, […]

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