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MS Serenity

I’ve never been on a river cruise before but, after sailing to Strasbourg, now I understand why they’re so popular. Cocktail of the day in the panoramic lounge bar of…

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

When Emirati men get together, they don’t take their dogs to a pub, instead they meet up under the setting sun with their falcons. Falconry is an important part of…

Carlton Towers entrance

Where I went Carlton Towers doubled as Windsor Castle in ITV drama Victoria and this Grade I-listed country house is set in a 250-acre North Yorkshire estate, south of Selby.…

Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat

Situated in the rolling countryside of Staffordshire, Moddershall Oaks is a delightful family-run five-star country spa getaway and wedding venue. With only 10 boutique rooms, an atmosphere of utter tranquillity…

Lyon

Stay You’ll find hotels to suit all budgets in Lyon, France’s third largest city. For luxury, try the five-star Hotel Le Royal (00 33 (0)478 375 731; lyonhotel-leroyal.com; B&B from…

Tokyo lights

When you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you read a lot about how big it is – but it’s only when you stand on the 45th floor of the city’s…

Suffolk

Suffolk is often overlooked as a holiday destination. A beautiful and unspoilt county, its countryside is dotted with beautiful historic towns and villages, while exquisite beaches line the coast. Much…

A view of Mount Etna

Situated at a crossroads in the Mediterranean, Sicily was for centuries seduced, conquered, possessed, enriched, exploited and abandoned by successive invaders – Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Barbarians, Arabs, French, Spanish. Each…

Dresden

Dresden Saxony is a landlocked state in eastern Germany that is rich in cultural, historical sites and picturesque landscapes in every direction. Its capital, Dresden, nicknamed the ‘Florence of the…

Grenada

As I adjust my goggles and dip my face below the surface of the warm, clear seawater I see a serene mermaid reclining on the sandy ocean bed. Further along…

Madeira Quinta Splendida hotel room view

If you want to combine a me-time spa break with a romantic island adventure in stunning natural surroundings, Quinta Splendida has it all. Originally a grand 19th-century manor house, it’s…

Tenerife

Wherever you go in Tenerife, Spain’s highest mountain is never out of sight for long. The unmistakable outline of Mount Teide dominates the largest of the seven Canary Islands, the…

Endeavour Safaris

In a perfect world, someone with disabilities could 
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Washington State

From the viewing platform on the 605ft tall Space Needle we gazed across the still waters of the Puget Sound towards the glacier-capped peak of Mount Rainier. It took just…