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UK

Snowdrops and more

Snowdrops are one of Anna Hyman’s favourite flowers, so when an invitation came from Hodsock Priory to visit and admire their spectacular snowdrop wood and gardens, she decided to head off to Nottinghamshire. Hodsock Priory’s famous snowdrops Hodsock Priory, just north of Worksop in North Nottinghamshire, is famed for its carpets of snowdrops in its […]

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UK

The New Forest: On the Plate and in the Glass

With family living in Dorset Anna Hyman had driven through the New Forest many times to reach them. And that was the problem; on the whole she had never stopped long enough to investigate this wonderful National Park with its wealth of attractions, gorgeous scenery, to say nothing of the famous ponies which graze there. […]

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Destinations Europe

Ship Shape – M/V Magellan

Launched in 1985 and previously owned by Carnival Cruise Lines and Ibero Cruises, Magellan joined Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2015. As far as cruise liners go she is a comparatively small ship with capacity for approximately 1250 passengers. On board facilities The public rooms are chiefly located on decks 8 and 9, with the […]

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Destinations Europe

In Search of the Northern Lights

Two friends who had long held ambitions to see the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – had so far failed dismally. Maybe a cruise along the Norwegian coast was the answer. Anna Hyman and Rob Philpott set sail. The long range weather forecast was not promising. But at least it was dry as we […]

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Germany

In tune with Leipzig

Leipzig was recently voted ‘the most liveable city in Germany’, Bryn Frank can understand why. Lunch in the park Sitting in a public park across the road from Leipzig’s main railway station I am enjoying a Bratwurst mit Senf in a fresh bread roll. ‘Heavens’, some people might say – ‘all that mustard! It’ll blow […]

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Germany

In tune with Leipzig

Leipzig was recently voted ‘the most liveable city in Germany’, Bryn Frank can understand why. Lunch in the park Sitting in a public park across the road from Leipzig’s main railway station I am enjoying a Bratwurst mit Senf in a fresh bread roll. ‘Heavens’, some people might say – ‘all that mustard! It’ll blow […]