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Ghost from the past – Hermione sails again

Hermione, faithful replica of a French frigate that took part in the American revolution, is now open as a floating museum on the Charente following her foray across the Atlantic to visit ports on the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada. … ..more

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Limestone Blues – jazz in the quarry

A French carrière where once they dug limestone is now a place to dig the sounds of international jazz. In July it will host the likes of Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Sweden’s Magnus Öström Quartet. Stuart Forster reports: It’s … ..more

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Tourism – Haiti’s new lease of life?

Judith Baker, just back from the troubled Caribbean nation of Haiti, reports on plans to return it to mainstream tourism five years after an earthquake reduced much of the country to rubble. The French called it the Pearl of the … ..more

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Table Mountain springs are new tourism draw

Peter Jolly gets beneath the surface of Cape Town to discover a little trumpeted resource. Cape Town is regularly voted the best holiday destination in the world but visitors who enjoy the many attractions on the surface may not be … ..more

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Ghosts of Baltic holidays past

Roger Bray feels the passage of history on Estonia’s coast The Baltic resort of Pärnu is an eccentric place in which to sense the ghosts of Europe’s tortured twentieth century. But it was easy, strolling on a chilly April afternoon by … ..more

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Como without Clooney

Andrea Montgomery travels to Como in search of George Clooney and finds murder, espionage and money along the way. “I have a request,” says our guide. “Please can some people move to the right hand side of the boat so … ..more

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Nudist beaches – who are they really for?

According to the National Trust, up to 5,000 people visit Studland Beach’s naturist site on a busy summer’s day. That’s a lot of bums and boobs to the uninitiated; actually that’s just a lot of bums and boobs full stop. … ..more

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Milan: Gothic splendour and urban chic

Kathryn Tomasetti reveals the often overlooked charms of Italy’s second city Tourists tend to skip over Italy’s northern capital.  Milan isn’t famous for great art, though it has much more than its star turn, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Nor … ..more

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Erfurt: Pearl from the old east

The lovely German city of Erfurt won two Guild Tourism Awards in four years – first for its unveiling of an ancient synagogue and second – in 2014 – for the Andreasstrasse Memorial and Education Centre , which commemorates resistance to the rule of … ..more

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My experience of writing ‘The A to Zen of Travel’

It was Plato who suggested nobody should travel before the age of 40.  He believed that people, by 40, had gained the maturity to resist being taken over by the new cultures they encountered. Strange that he saw this as … ..more

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