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Grand Duchy is a hidden European gem



Walk down a steep zigzag path into the Grund and a major arts venue - the Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster is to be found in what was once a 17th century Benedictine monastery.

Mir wolle bleiwe wat mir sin (‘We want to remain what we are’). This is the motto of the people of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where German-sized portions of French cuisine are served in the most attractive of settings, as ROBIN NOWACKI discovered…

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Rugged, wild, remote and undeniably romantic!

In the first part of a two-part series KIRSTY JOHNSTON describes her more unusual choice of honeymoon destination…

WHEN you first think about heading on honeymoon, you think of jetting off to far flung destinations such as the Maldives, Mexico, the Caribbean or taking a leisurely cruise, but when it came to choosing a honeymoon destination, for us their was only one place we wanted to spend our first week of wedded bliss - Scotland.

To say it is our favourite place to visit is no exaggeration - it has everything we look for in a holiday, wild, rugged, remote and romantic, the Scottish Highlands are, in our opinion, one of the last great areas of untamed wilderness in Europe - it calls us back time and time again.

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Far from the madding crowd...

NATASHA WARCHOLAK reports from Greece in the ‘off’ season…

GREECE certainly appeals as an all-seasons holiday destination, with its azure seas, cloudless skies and whitewashed cottages. When you think of its fresh, locally-grown food and reasonably priced drinks, it appeals even more. And when you know that a number of hotels lower their prices by 50 per cent in the so-called low season, you start wondering why are you not there already.

If you accept that days are shorter, it gets a tad chilly in the evenings, and not all hotels and guesthouses stay open during winter, Greece out of season oozes tremendous charm that can be only felt once the hordes of ‘traditional’ holiday makers have gone back home.

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Former Masonic school earns top pass marks

ANGELA TAGGART recommends a value-for-money base in Dublin’s embassy area…

WELL, it has to be one of our favourite cities in the world. And it’s just 100 miles from Belfast. Delightful Dublin, of course.

We are frequent visitors to the fair city, be it for work or pleasure. We just can’t get enough of it. We’ve stayed in many hotels and there’s quite a choice. But after trying the rest, we’ve now settled for the best – Bewley’s at Ballsbridge. It sounds a bit posh, and it is classy - but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the real value-for-money prices, and with plenty of special offers all year round.

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CRIMEA: TOUCHED BY THE HANDS OF HISTORY

Crimea is back in the news, at the very heart of the current Ukraine crisis. BRIAN OGLE (pictured above in now out-of-bounds Balaclava harbour in Crimea) recently returned from the land once called The Playground of the Tsars, visiting places like Sevastopol, Balaclava, Yalta and the site of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.

FOR many travellers and especially those interested in military history, The Crimea has always had a mysterious almost mythical magnetism ... a strange faraway place on the borders of Russia but one which has played a pivotal role in major world conflicts in the last couple of centuries.

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