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Rivers of wine: cruising through Burgundy

Our contributor John Barr fell in love with river cruising only recently, and was thrilled to discover that Riviera Travel catered for another of his interests by offering a cruise through France’s top wine-producing region. Here is the story of his trip. ‘Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.’ The Old Testament had a […]

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The ups and downs of Canada’s far west

Our regular contributor John Barr is not in the first flush of youth and has to use a walking stick these days, so when we heard that he was off to the far west of Canada for a two-week visit we were not just impressed but also curious. How would he get on? Here is […]

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A villa holidays odyssey the Greek way

Our favourite PR man, Peter Horrocks, spends his time promoting the holiday homes marketed by Villas du Monde. His usual stamping grounds are in France, so when he we heard that he was taking a holiday in Greece (staying in Villas du Monde properties, of course) we just had to hear about it.  Villas du […]

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Malta: island of sunshine and memories

  Where have all our writers gone? Well, Sandra Brind has been taking a break in Malta – and taking a trip down Memory Lane as well. Here she recommends the island for the perfect late sunshine break. This year Valletta has been celebrating being ‘European Capital of Culture 2018’, writes Sandra Brind. So it […]

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The secret of Dentdale

When our friends Philip and Christine Ayers found themselves a holiday hideaway in beautiful Cumbria, they bought a couple of cottages there. Now they are available to other visitors on a self-catering basis, and if you want to learn more about the attractions of the area….read on. One summer during the mid-1980s we were exasperated […]

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Putting the zing back into Zimbabwe

Our writer Sandra Brind is a big fan of Zimbabwe as a tourist destination, and thinks it will it will soon become a holiday hotspot again now that President Mugabe has been replaced. Here, Sandra and her son, Simon Scotting, recall their last visit there – and yearn to return. Now is the time to […]

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How four landlubbers sailed into the unknown

For Tom Mead and Steph Holden, the sea has not always been a safe place. But they still booked a flotilla sailing trip, based on the Greek island of Paxos, with tour operators Sailing Holidays. Here is their report. For a couple whose previous sailing experience extended to narrowly avoiding crashing a pedalo into a […]

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Doing it right on the Isle of Wight

Our contributor Sandra Brind was so enthusiastic about her much overdue return to Madeira (described elsewhere on this website) that we sent her to another island: the Isle of Wight. Here is her action-filled report.  The only problem with spending a holiday on the Isle of Wight is getting there, writes Sandra Brind. The ferry […]

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Going back to Paradise

When former ‘Times’ journalist Sandra Brind was a teenager, she went on an ‘educational’ school cruise on board a converted hospital ship – and hated it. She endured a cabin crowded with bunk beds, ran into a Force 9 gale in the Bay of Biscay, and ended up in the care of the ship’s doctor. […]

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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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