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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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OLD CAPITAL PREPARING FOR MEMORABLE 2016

ANTHONY LYDEKKER visited the former capital of Poland ahead of the celebration for World Youth Day in 2016…

THE former capital of Poland for over 500 years, Krakow will be in media spotlight for the celebration of World Youth Day in 2016. The main events are taking place between 26th to 31st July and Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Krakow on Tuesday 26th July and will be attending four very large scale open air events as part of a wide ranging programme worldyouthday.com/krakow-2016. Some events at the last WYD in Brazil in 2013, also attended by Pope Francis, attracted audiences of over one million.

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Stunning sights galore on a USA road trip to live in the memory!

MICHAEL BEATTIE combines two city breaks with the coasts and mountains of California, in an anniversary road trip by car and motorhome. His first report covers San Francisco and the journey to Yosemite…

AS I LOWERED the RV window to speak to the police officer, I knew my worst fears were about to be confirmed. Patrolman Nolan smiled and said, “I’m afraid you’ll have to turn back, sir. You can’t go any further tonight without snow chains. It’s like a blizzard up there.”

This wasn’t what I wanted to hear, and didn’t quite square with the brochures telling me the best time to visit Lake Tahoe was in May! Sunbathing by the shore indeed? Certainly not in May this year.

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