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Attractions France

Monet’s Garden at Giverny

A mere 80km from Paris is one of the most famous gardens in the world, Mary Bunning visited Monet’s garden in the little village of Giverny. During the autumn and winter a team of gardeners and volunteers will have been working away in a very special garden. Shrubs and roses will have been pruned, borders […]

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Destinations Wider World

Israel – Ancient and Modern

A memorable short break to Israel for Gillian Thomas incorporated the sights of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth, yet it was a fish skimming water through a ray of sunshine on the Sea of Galilee that was to be her most treasured memory. With Israel’s extraordinary mix of historic sites, synagogues, churches and mosques, […]

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Americas

Around and about Quito

Ecuador – the home of Incas and other indigenous tribes, Spanish Colonial architecture, Panama hats, volcanos, the equator, great cities and scenery – Anna Hyman and Jackie Marriott set out to explore. This is the first of their reports. Latitude 0˚ Jackie had been eagerly anticipating standing on the Equator. A couple of years or […]

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Destinations Spain & Portugal

Portugal and Brexit

Following the uncertainty and the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, the Portuguese Government has prepared a contingency plan to avoid, as far as possible, disruption for British travellers to Portugal. The plan includes the following measures: • Visa exemption (trips up to 90 days) • Dedicated passport control areas/lanes for UK flights • Possibility of […]

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Europe

And so to Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic

It doesn’t matter how many times you visit the Pearl of the Adriatic – the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik is always a delight. And so it was for Anna Hyman, and for new visitor Rob Philpott. It proved to be a memorable finale to their two centre Croatian visit. It had been with real […]

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Europe

Korčula – a jewel of the Adriatic

Korčula island, and the enchanting walled city of Korčula, lie just off the Croatian/Dalmation coast. It proved to be a wonderful short break destination for Anna Hyman and Rob Philpott especially as it formed part of a two-centre visit with another ancient walled city – Dubrovnik. Seen from above, Dubrovnik shimmers at night Every time […]