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How to charter a superyacht

Cruising the oceans, visiting exciting cities, staying in ocean side villas or hotels – indulging in the delights of an out of the way paradise, Each in its own way makes for a perfect holiday. The problem has long been that you cannot have them all at the same time unless you charter a superyacht.  Imagine a…

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Remembrance tourism in France and the Pyrenees

The image of Southern France is not immediately associated with concentration camps. But there were many of them in the region during the Second World War. One of the most significant was Rivesaltes, near Perpignan. Today Rivesaltes is best known for its delicious muscat wine and local airport. That is about to change; a memorial museum…

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Rhino tracking on Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

As dawn breaks over the game reserve soft, clear light spreads over 22,000 hectares of wild, sub-tropical scrubland. Animals are already out feeding and many of the big cats are still prowling and searching for prey to fill their empty bellies. I ready myself to join our safari. But on this crisp, clear African morning…

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Cultural hot spots of Amsterdam

Whatever your motive for going to Amsterdam – diamonds, Dutch masterpieces or ladies in red-lit windows – spare some time for the cultural hot spots. The alternative arts scene is booming, the Van Gogh Museum has seen a radical redesign, the Stedelijk Modern museum has almost doubled in size and the gleaming EYE Museum, luring…

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The Christmas markets of Stuttgart, Germany

Across central Europe, Christmas markets prove a popular draw during Advent. To gain first-hand experience one of Germany’s markets I head to Stuttgart in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The oldest document mentioning a Christmas market in Stuttgart dates from 1692 yet historians believe the tradition of hosting Weihnachtsmärkte – as the markets are known…

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How to write a great travel blog post

Some of the greatest writers I know have blogs that hardly anyone reads. They may write stupendous prose, they have a unique perspective on life, they can impart words of wisdom that might change your life.  But, nobody knows. A blog can be single author or multi-author and is a frequently updated online journal that…

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Baden Baden: the naked truth

There’s a public drinking fountain in Baden-Baden called the Fettquelle. Dating from 1871, it’s a natrium-chloride-thermal spring that flows continuously into a stone basin. Writes Tina Ediss. It sounds deliciously foreign but Fettquelle translates, unappetisingly, to fat source, though the water is said to be good for you. You need to take your own drinking…

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Hainich National Park in central Germany

It is a crisp, cold day and the sun is glistening off fields blanketed with fallen snow. About an hour’s drive from Weimar, and after a sodden winter in the UK, it is magical travelling under piercing blue skies with stinging, fresh air hurting my lungs. This pain is good. Writes Lynn Houghton. We are…