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Top Ten Things To Do in Istanbul

Those wonderful people at the Luxury Cruise Company (www.theluxurycruisecompany.com) have come up with another of their popular “Top Ten Things to Do” items – this time featuring Istanbul. The author is Jacqui Ridler. Blue Mosque: decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles. Ithis was built near the Hagia Sophia, over the site of the ancient hippodrome […]

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Dispelling the Myths about Cruising

There are many myths surrounding cruise holidays – and some of them put people off booking an exciting holiday afloat. Now Silver Travel Advisor, the travel review and advice site specifically for over 50’s, has come up with its Ten Top Tips to dispel some of those myths: Cruises are for `oldies’. One of the […]

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A Shaw Thing in Ayot St Lawrence

The villagers of Ayot St Lawrence, a tiny hamlet hidden away in a maze of narrow country lanes near Welwyn, in Hertfordshire, were more than a little mystified when the famous author, playwright and philosopher, George Bernard Shaw, came to live in their midst in 1906. He was everything they mistrusted: a tall, bearded, Irish-born […]

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Cruise views: Caribbean choice

If you are planning a Caribbean cruise, it is worth checking to ensure that your ship calls at Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. The beaches alone are worth the trip. Better still, the island does not yet seem to be on the itineraries of the vast floating resorts that American cruise ships, in particular, […]

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Top Ten Things To Do in Reykjavik

At first glance, the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is not exactly the world’s most interesting port of call. But The Luxury Cruise Company’s Jacqui Ridler, our guest writer, has just come back from a cruise there and had a fantastic time. Here are her Top Ten things to do. Visit the Geysir “Strokkur” (or “the […]

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Found: a little piece of Paradise

Imagine a sun-kissed island, where vast sandy beaches are washed by the bluest of seas and the air is so clean that it is intoxicating. If it was anywhere near home, it would practically disappear under the weight of summer visitors, wouldn’t it? But this island is very close: just 28 miles off the coast […]

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‘Painkiller’ With a Punch

It is called “The Painkiller”, and as it contains liberal quantities of rum this is a drink that undoubtedly lives up to its name – provided that you do not over-indulge. It is the favourite tipple of residents and visitors alike on the beautiful Caribbean island of Tortola, one of the remarkably unspoiled British Virgin […]

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Top Ten Things to Do in Barcelona

All too often, cruise passengers arrive in some exotic port with little idea of what to see or do. Take the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona, for example. It is an increasingly popular port of call, and there are plenty of sightseeing options which are both considerably more entertaining and a lot cheaper than joining […]

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A Canary Islands trip? Just whistle for it!

The small, volcanic island of La Gomera, just off the coast of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is a hard place on which to get about. Precipitous hills are separated from one another by deep valleys that can take an age to cross. If you lived there and wanted to contact your neighbour, in the […]

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Scotland’s island paradise

You usually have to cross the Atlantic to find your own private island, writes Robin Mead. Richard Branson flies 3,000 miles or so to reach his holiday hideaway in the Caribbean. The island of Eriska is somewhat closer to home – and the Atlantic crossing is made by way of a rattly metal bridge just […]

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