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Why you should stopover in Iceland on your way to San Francisco

Direct flights are the way to go. Why add on hours changing planes when you don’t have to. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I changed my mind. Why? Last month Icelandair – known for its generous 32-inch seat pitch in economy -launched their new flight to San Francisco from London’s Heathrow airport with a stopover in Iceland for...

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Camino de Santiago: The Original Way (Camino Primitivo), Galicia, Spain

It was King Alfonso the Chaste, in 814, who first made the 342km pilgrimage from the city of Oviedo, in Asturias, to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Ever since, pilgrims have been making their way on foot (and cycle) to the great cathedral at Santiago by various “Ways”, the most popular being the Camino Frances, or...

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Royal Clipper: Western Mediterranean Cruise from Cannes to Rome

The Royal Clipper is the largest five masted fully-rigged sailing ship in the world and a Mediterranean cruise, from France to Italy, calling at Corsica and Sardinia, recalls the heady days of sail. I’ve sailed on luxury cruises before and, despite my best intentions, always end up a few pounds heavier. It’s not helped by...

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Experiencing the light fantastic at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki, Finland

The newly opened self-proclaimed “museum for all”, Amos Rex museum, in Helsinki‘s landscaped Lasipalatsi Square, forms part of a large-scale cultural space that includes a cinema, an artistic workshop and an education space. The 6,230 square meter building is almost entirely underground, and bubbles into the public sphere through a series of concrete domes that are decorated in...

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What is there to see and do in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cleveland in Ohio, located on the shores of Lake Eyrie, made its name as a booming industrial centre for the steel and railroad industries. The winding Cuyahoga River runs through the city and you can still see the vast steel bridges that connect its east and west sides. Much of the city has been regenerated after it suffered...

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Exploring Girona and surroundings, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona is Catalonia’s largest and most famous city and I’ve enjoyed exploring it in the past. This time I pick up a car from the airport, bypass the centre, and head north on the highway. I’m tempted by the turnoffs to the Costa Brava and resorts like Tossa de Mar but my first stop is...

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Battle of the barrels festival in Montepulciano, Tuscany

The fields are turning golden brown from the emerald green of spring. The rolling hills of Tuscany shimmer from the heat of the summer sun. This is August when many Italians take their holiday, and it is the time of festivals in Tuscany. Love the sound of Tuscany and Montepulciano? Ferragosto, the Night of Saint Lorenzo...