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Palms, pines, and the rich and famous

Regular contributor ANDREA McVEIGH finds sunny Southern California’s Palm Springs full of surprises...

FROM palm trees to pine trees - I hadn’t expected snow in Palm Springs. Yet here we were, more than two miles above street level on a lovely late-January day, surrounded by snow-dusted pine trees and looking down over this glorious part of sunny Southern California. Palm Springs is full of surprises.

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A world apart in West Cork...

By Colin McAlpin

IT isn’t just a bunch of the boys who whoop it up in beautiful West Cork … it’s the sort of place where everybody feels on top of the world. West Cork, indeed, is a world apart.

Gerry Burke, who runs Coastal Guided Walks in the area around Clonakilty, is also a well-known actor – he was in Braveheart – so, since this is West Cork, a walk along the seashore, through a flower-filled forest, reciting the ballads of Robert W. Service seems to come naturally. And for good measure we threw in a couple of Percy French songs since Gerry is also a big fan of the Mournes.

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Biggar and better for Burns’ weekend

Address to a Haggis is a ‘Rabbie’ Burns classic, and an offally good one at that! KIRSTY WILKIE headed to Biggar for a traditional and relaxing Burns’ weekend...

IT was an early start for us - we are never usually wake at 4.30am on a Saturday morning - but we had a ferry to catch and didn't want to miss it. The 7.30am Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan left on time, with the three of us safely onboard. I am a pretty regular ferry traveller, choosing it before flying (of which I have developed a fear) but this was my first time onboard one of the new ferries serving Loch Ryan port.

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It’s a dog’s life in County Wicklow

KIRSTY WILKIE took a short break in one of the increasing number of ‘dog-friendly’ hotels...

WHETHER it's a village B&B or the 5* Claridges in Mayfair, most hotels now allow dogs to stay with their owners. As a dog owner myself, I think this is a fantastic idea, and one that not many people know about! Our one concern about getting a pup was that we might have to leave him behind when we travelled - but we needn't have worried. On a recent trip to the Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow we simply packed our cases, strapped the dog (Turf) into the car and hit the motorway.

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On rooftop of the world...

NATASHA WARCHOLAK

, a regular contributor to Northern Ireland Travel News, reports from Tajikistan, on the borders of Afghanistan where she has been based for the past couple of years...

ATAJIKISTAN, a mountainous, landlocked Central Asian country might not be your first choice when planning the long-awaited holiday, but this former Soviet gem offers untainted hospitality, a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary approaches, and great organic food.

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