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MY BIG FAT GREEK WELCOME

LOCATION, Location, Location...! Certainly where London is concerned it’s all about location. So that was the main criteria when choosing accommodation for my first all-sightseeing trip to the capital in more than 30 years - BRIAN OGLE.

Nowadays my journeys to London are business-only affairs - jetting in and out again as quickly as possible, or simply transiting an airport to catch a connecting flight. It's only when you sit in frustrating traffic snarlups watching the taxi meter go into orbit or battle for a seat on the tube stuffed to the gills by zombie-like commuters staring at iphone/pad/apps you realise what a great little place Belfast is, despite the recent rash of opportunist street beggars.

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MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE!

CIARAN MULLIGAN decided to mix business with pleasure on a trip Down Under…

WHEN it comes to flying Down Under on business there is only one way to go and that's direct as possible and in business class or first class only. There are a number of options to get down to Australia... via London with British Airways or Qantas, or the more direct route out of Dublin with Etihad or Emirates via Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

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BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON

ANDREA McVEIGH visits little known Indian state of Gujarat and the white desert of the famous Rann of Kutch…

UNDER the light of a dazzling full moon, we crunched across a vast white plain, our prints leaving impressions on the brittle silvery crystals underfoot. There was nothing else to see on the landscape, no trees, no buildings, no vehicles, just a few dozen people under a shining moon, walking en masse towards nothingness.

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TRAVELLING THROUGH GEORGIA

With a fascinating culture and history, wonderful scenery, fabulous food and wine, ROBIN NOWACKI visits Georgia…

WHEN boarding the connecting midnight flight in Istanbul to travel on to Georgia - I knew little of this small country situated between Russia and Turkey with Azerbaijan and Armenia borders and a Black Sea coast.

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CONVICTS LEFT RICH LEGACY

NIGEL HEATH completes his odyssey Down Under with a visit to VanDiemen’s Land or Tasmania as it’s better known…

WE WERE bound for Van Diemen's Land and what an amazing place Tasmania is especially as you can see much of what this stunningly beautiful and mountainous island has to offer in a two week self drive circumnavigation.

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