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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

A visit to a Christmas Market is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit…

THERE'S never been a better choice of Christmas Markets for 2015 whether you are looking to stay in UK or visit Europe for that festive getaway.

There’s Christmas Markets in most northern European cities - and of course if you go to Scandinavia or central Europe - a fall of snow could add to the atmosphere.

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Ski resort with a mega party reputation...

ROBIN NOWACKI discovers if it’s party or peace for him after the piste in the Austrian Tyrol…

ISCHGL has become over the last 20 years one of Austria’s most popular winter sports destinations for UK enthusiasts - helped in no small way by this Tyrolean resort’s reputation for being a mega party town après ski.

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More than a few of my favourite skiing things...

Pretty ‘picture postcard’ snow-capped mountain peaks. Gliding down ski slopes as the wind cools your cheeks. The rhythmic ‘swish’ of sharp skis while your heart sings - these are a few of KAREN WALLACE’S favourite ski things…

I HOLD my hands up. I’m an intermediate skier. No thrill seeking off-piste adventures for me - although there is plenty to appeal to all levels of skier in Les Sybelles; a lesser-known French ski region that I was fortunate to visit last winter.

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Once upon a Dreamland...

Once a coastal bolt hole for Regency dandies who had tired of London, ANDREA McVEIGH heads to the seaside town of Margate to check out the newly reopened Pleasure Park…

MARGATE is having a moment. The British seaside town hasn’t been so popular since its hey-day as a coastal bolt hole for Regency dandies who had tired of London. Its phoenix-like regeneration is thanks to a cultural renaissance and the reopening of Dreamland, 'the UK's original Pleasure Park.’

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Fall in love with the heart of Ireland

By ANGELA TAGGART

LET me ask you a question - would you consider Athlone a serious option for a short break?

I have to be honest, a trip to the town wasn’t my number one priority last year… But I have now seen the light and a return visit is top of my to-do list.

Truth is, I’ve left my heart in the heart of Ireland. I love the place.

An unlikely romance, I guess, and it has taken quite a while to happen.

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