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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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Hummingbirds, Green Turtles and Howler Monkeys...

ROBIN NOWACKI experiences two superb contrasting rainforest experiences in Costa Rica, soon to be linked to the UK by new direct flights…

IN 1992 I travelled to Mexico via Madrid to write a guide to be on board the first ever direct flights to Mexico City from London commencing 1993.

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A land of contrasts - on road to Arran

COLIN McALPIN journeys across Scotland and takes the road to the Isle of Arran…

FROM Reivers along the Borders to poets, this is truly a land of contrasts. One of the poets in question is, quite obviously, Robert Burns for I am travelling from East to West across Scotland and my journey will take in Ayr, where the iconic Robbie was born, in a two-room thatched cottage in Alloway in l759.

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