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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Features writer Karen Richards travelled to the German city of Hamburg to sample its many delights, soak up its maritime history and immerse herself in the 24-hour culture.

If a famous actor such as Jeremy Irons lives in the historic town of Watlington, you know there must be something special about the place.

Mike Pickup and his wife weren’t entirely sure where they were even going when they signed up to a trip to Kazakhstan - and even had to open the Atlas to check, as he reveals.

Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise found more riches than they could have imagined exploring the Northern Spanish coast.

An Army veteran who has been frequenting the White Horse, a 17th Century coaching inn, Duns Tew, for decades, has just one answer when asked for his advice on what to do in the rural Cotswolds village.

Switzerland is a land of contrasts. And this year the Swiss are celebrating the completion of one of the world’s greatest engineering projects that connects two strikingly different parts of the country, writes James Marston.

The main streets are littered with designer names including Dior, Prada and Chanel, the pavements are heated and only the best champagne is served.

I know Disneyland Paris is an attractive destination for many a Disney-obsessed adult but the reality for most over 25s is it’s all about enduring the chaos for the delight of the children.

Amid the tears, tantrums, snotty faces, tense negotiations, inane chatter and bribery, lies a beautiful concept, writes Naomi Gornall.

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Bridget and family found a boating holiday on Norfolk’s waterways was a great way to force you to relax and take in the views

Bridget Galton and family found a bucket of fun at a luxury seaside hotel with a laid back charm and quirky aristocratic history

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Imogen Blake travelled to a blissful five-star Staffordshire spa retreat, where she discovered that chocolate can actually be good for you...

It had been torrential rain for the duration of our journey down to the New Forest, but as we entered the outskirts of the ancient woodlands, the sun erupted from behind the clouds, casting an ethereal quality to the flooded heaths we passed.

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.

Jenny Woolf and her son get slightly too close to nature in Orlando.

We hadn’t flown from Southend before and were pleasantly surprised at its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere compared to the stress and hassle of Heathrow and Gatwick, writes Mike Pickup.

Jenny Woolf braved winter storms and sub-zero temperatures to take in dramatic views and swim in the world famous Blue Lagoon.

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

Looking for somewhere to stay during a break in Norfolk? Here are the ten best hotels in the county according to reviewers on TripAdvisor.

Squeezing as much as we possibly could out of our holiday time, we were going away over the popular Easter period, writes Andrea Powell.

If you love Lakes and Mountains holidays then you will adore the Azores. But why? asks Andrea Powell.

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