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  • Holiday home is your castle

    Holiday home is your castle

    If Thornbury is not to your taste but you still fancy living like royalty ­– if only for a week – Veronica Stivala picks her five favourite palatial hotels. Parador de Oropesa, Oropesa, Spain The Parador Museo de Oropesa dates back to the 14th...

  • On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    In a prospering port city that attracts tourists with a Baltic location and nightlife, Pawel Lapinski discovers there are still a few traces of its past. Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a...

  • Discovering the real art of a new culture

    Discovering the real art of a new culture

    China’s art sector is probably one of the most dynamic in the world today, since Chinese artists are constantly reimagining the boundaries of art as they question their country’s role in the world. These artistic works can be viewed in several...

  • York tops list of safest city trips

    York tops list of safest city trips

    Short-break tourists see York as the world's safest city, with Cairo the most risky, according to a poll. Of 42 world towns, Bath, Edinburgh and Brighton were also considered particularly safe, while Bangkok, Istanbul and Marrakech were, after...

  • Queen names Britannia

    Queen names Britannia

    Red, white and blue tickertape rained down on royals and commoners alike last week as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II officially named P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia. Dressed in a Stewart Parvin peach-and-white tweed wool dress and matching coat,...

  • Ryanair plans flights to Spanish ‘ghost’ airport

    Ryanair plans flights to Spanish ‘ghost’ airport

    Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it will start flights in September between Castellon airport in Spain and Britain in the first regular commercial flights to operate from the ‘ghost’ airport since it opened in 2011. Castellon airport, on...

  • Flyaway ditches ‘Tours’ in complete rebrand

    Package holiday operator Flyaway Tours has a new look, logo and name, rebranding itself simply as Flyaway. The company, which specialises in exhilarating mini-breaks, is upgrading its image after more than 30 years in the travel business. A new,...

  • Emirates knocks up to 30% off fare costs

    Emirates knocks up to 30% off fare costs

    Travellers from Malta have until Thursday to take advantage of discounted standard business and economy class fares with Emirates. The Dubai-based airline is offering up to 30 per cent off tickets to 72 destinations across the Far East, Africa,...

  • Unesco helps save ancient valley from modern doom

    Unesco helps save ancient valley from modern doom

    Battir is the name of a very green and deep valley between Jerusalem and Bethlehem and the name of the village that is testimony to the history of this much-divided area. This is the greenest valley, thanks to the abundant availability of...

  • ‘King of wines’ aims to reclaim former glories

    ‘King of wines’ aims to reclaim former glories

    Dubbed the “king of wines, the wine of kings” by Louis XV of France, Hungary’s Tokaji wine is undergoing a makeover as the region hopes to regain fame lost in decades of mismanagement. Known for its exquisite sweet tipple, the eastern Hungarian...

  • Welcome to the Witchery

    Welcome to the Witchery

    Its rooms have been described as a cross between a bordello and an explosion in a tartan factory. The Witchery is also said to be haunted by a woman who was burned at the stake for witchcraft years ago. I didn’t see or smell her and the fire alarm...

  • Top of the morning

    Top of the morning

    They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only because it’s healthy, but because it needs to be tempting enough to get you out of a warm bed and joyful enough to shoo away any morning blues. And yet, we frequently remove...

  • Travel breaks and package holidays

    Flyaway has recently rebranded, unveiling a completely refreshed image. Flyaway are experts in the organisation of exhilarating mini travel breaks and package holidays. For over 30 years, they have offered their customers a high-quality service...

  • Journey of inspiration

    Journey of inspiration

    Las Vegas lights up for Frank Sinatra, Europe celebrates Van Gogh and Ireland finds inspiration in the poetry of WB Yeats. Join in the celebrations. Art is the great mover and shaker: through an artist’s inspiration and your interpretation, you...

  • You mean business

    You mean business

    Flying economy isn’t all that bad, especially if you’re not paying much to travel to Paris, London or Rome. The seat is reasonably comfortable, your hand luggage is safely stowed away and the meal… actually, there’s no meal. But then, you...

  • The garden city

    The garden city

    I’m sitting precariously on a wobbly-legged plastic stool, a little too close to the edge of a main road than I would like. A murky bowl of porridge – a sort of rice soup rather than the wintry breakfast I was expecting – is placed on the table,...

  • Break an egg

    Break an egg

    The kids are on holiday, spring is in the air, and the last minute offers are very tempting. So be an Easter bunny and go hopping around Europe. It hasn’t been scientifically proven yet. However, we don’t need any proof to confirm that no one can...

  • The road to somewhere

    The road to somewhere

    Deep in the trappings of the happy myth of potential perfection was where I sat writing from the day I planned my road trip from Los Angeles to Portland until two weeks later when I was boarding the plane. In my mind the clarity was glowing: I...

  • Driving abroad

    When driving abroad, you may be asked to produce your documents at any time. Make sure that they are in order and available to avoid the risk of a police fine or even having your car taken away. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have...

  • Away on an adventure

    Away on an adventure

    Board games Travellers: Deborah and Alan AgiusActivity: Snowboarding It all started with Alan, who has been going snowboarding every year for the past 10 years. Since it was such an important trip for him, he convinced Deborah to try it out four...

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