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Fisherman who landed Florida....

Inveterate road-tripper MICHAEL BEATTIE - more at home driving hundreds of miles across the United States - experiences his first ever ‘settled’ American holiday…

IN 1881 Hamilton Disston went fishing with a friend – and landed more than he could ever have imagined. Because that trip from Philadelphia to the rivers and lakes of central Florida ultimately made him the biggest landowner in America.

Disston was an industrialist who ran a huge saw manufacturing business. And while casting his line it suddenly struck him that he could drain the enormous tracts of swampland around him and reclaim them for agriculture.

So he bought four million acres of wetland and quickly changed the fortunes of the entire state.

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Thames-eye view of the city sights

Northern Ireland Travel News’ Editor BRIAN OGLE sampled a luxurious Thames River Cruise with Bateaux London…

What better way to enjoy the sights of London than to escape the exhaust fumes, hustle, bustle and clamour of the city streets, and relax with a glass of wine, a three course meal, a superb 360-degree panorama of the city centre and an informative comprehensive running commentary on one of the world's most distinctive skylines.

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A FEW DAYS IN MAGNIFICENT BUDAPEST

ANTHONY LYDEKKER heads to Hungary and explores the beautiful capital - Budapest…

FIRST impression in Budapest: the Danube. We London folk (well many of us) are proud of the Thames – but the Danube is in another league for breadth and impact and the size of the boats and cruise ships put most of the moving craft in London almost in a Dinky toy scale.

So whether it’s a couple of hours round one of the islands mid-stream on the river or a longer trip including a spot of lunch or dinner it is highly recommended. A suggestion is to embark early evening or late teatime and come back after dark to get daylight and night time shots of the hillside of Buda and, of course, the Parliament buildings, on the Pest side, one of the most reproduced civic structures in the world. (Photographer’s tip: don’t use a tripod on moving vessels as the engine vibes can blur things slightly - try a higher ISO value for a slower shutter speed).

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EYES ACROSS THE BORDER...

ROBIN NOWACKI recently visited South Korea with a group of UK travel agents. It’s a land which is becoming increasingly popular with tourists…

SOUTH Korea is a fascinating unique and industrious place – it is perhaps the modern day version of the UK of the early 20th century when ‘Made in Britain’ was a trademark which dominated the world.

However as a nation it is just as famous for dominating international brands such as Samsung, as it is for its relationship with the communist dictatorship of North Korea and the Cold War-style tensions that exist between the two.

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CULTURE, HERITAGE AND HISTORY

ANDREA MCVEIGH visits the Stafford Hotel and finds out why it’s one of the best hotels in London…

WHEN it comes to location in London, the SW1A postcode has the best claim to culture, heritage, history and everything that truly sums up the British establishment.

It’s the postcode of Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. It’s also home to one of the best hotels in London, the historic Stafford, founded in 1912 and one of the UK’s finest 5-star hotels, rightly famed for its chic luxury and first-rate reputation. If you’re thinking of a shopping trip, or a London break at any time of the year, this is the place to stay.

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