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Check out some of London’s coolest hangouts

To mark London Fashion Week Katy Harrington picks some of the most fashionable places to eat, drink, dance, and (if you have to) sleep… 

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Living the high life in Morzine, the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France

 

Days full of activity and evenings dining like royalty, Morzine has it all, writes Claire O’Sullivan. 

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From the majestic mountains in Whistler to towers in the city of glass, Vancouver

 

Clodagh Finn experiences some of Canada’s highlights, on a trip that takes in Vancouver for some city living, and Whistler for the great outdoors.

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All aboard for lovely Normandy in north-western France

 

As rich in history as it is in food and drink, there’s plenty to do in Normandy. Liz O’Brien has taken a shine to north-western France. 

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The history and life of writer Beatrix Potter in Cumbria, UK

The wonderful Beatrix Potter characters like Jemima Puddleduck bring Kevin Pilley back to his childhood as he revels in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the writer’s birth.

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Hiking in Tenerife: Its extra-terrestial terrain is out of this world

 

Tenerife is making a big effort to highlight the hiking attractions of its northern half and, after some initial trepidation says Isabel Conway.

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Washington and Oregon offer everything you could want and more in the US's Northwest

Attempting to encapsulate an entire country in just a few generalisations can be foolish at the best of times, no more so than when the nation in question is as vast and diverse as the United States.

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Blue skies and turquoise waters in Jamaica, the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean

It’s a paradise island where they speak English and offer a variety of vacation ideas like no other. And it doesn’t warrant its reputation as being dangerous, writes Isabel Conway.

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You’ll enjoy plunging into the historic town of Bath

2,000 years of history, John Chambers finds there’s more to the historic town of Bath than buns and Jane Austen.

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The Wild Atlantic Way makes us realise what we have on our doorstep

 

The Wild Atlantic Way has reinvented the west, writes Marie Toft.

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6 alternative theme parks to choose from around Europe to suit all ages

 

Theme parks like Disneyland can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, let alone with the smallies in tow. But there are plenty of fun alternatives on the continent, says Arlene Harris.

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Italian beach resort Viareggio is a real gem under the Tuscan sun

Steve Cummins visits Viareggio, the resort that is just a short hop to cultural hubs like Florence, Pisa and the incredibly pretty Cinque Terre.

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Small town America really does exist, in Louisville, Colorado

 

Rory Boland arrived in Louisville, Colorado, searching for his dream of small-town America and found it really exists — and it really is as American as apple pie.

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2016 European Capital of Culture Wroclaw in Poland is quirky and eccentric

Sean Geary visits Wroclaw, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. The good news? Tourists have yet to really discover the city, so it’s a perfect time to visit.

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Mammoth memories made in the city of Nantes in Western France

Anna O’Donoghue samples sun, sea and castles and the odd mechanical elephant on her visit to Nantes, and discovers how the Loire Valley’s cultural capital comes into full bloom in the summer months.

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Gallic greatness with plenty to do on the Western coast of France

Taking advantage of new direct flights Sean O’Riordan headed to the Atlantic coast of France and enjoyed the beautiful La Rochelle and its scenic surrounds.

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Discovering hidden treasures in the Castilla y Leon region of Spain

Heading off the beaten tourist track to uncover the hidden wonders of Spain’s Castilla y León region, Carolyn Moore discovers it’s far from grim up North.

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Síle Seoige explains why there’s no place like her hometown of Galway

No one knows a city like a local. So who better to give the lowdown on Galway than Síle Seoige. She describes her perfect day in the county to Ciara McDonnell.

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Author Michael Murphy accesses all areas of the White House and Capitol Building

 A private tour of the White House was the highlight of a trip to Washington DC for author Michael Murphy when he visited the US capital.

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Planning a perfect staycation in Co Kerry

Planning a staycation? From accommodation to food, sight-seeing to spas, Ciara McDonnell has the lowdown on a short break in Kerry. 

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The Harmony of the Seas cruise ship is a big, brash behemoth

What is it really like on board the world’s biggest cruise ship? Hilary Fennell finds out as she boards Harmony of the Seas for its inaugural sailing.

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The people are friendly, the food delicious, in Rajasthan India

 

Darina Allen is delighted by the people, the sights and sounds — and of course the food — of Rajasthan.

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You won't be disappointed when visiting the Vendée region of France

Having first visited the Vendée region of France as a teen 30 years ago, Conor Power decided to return there with his own family. They weren’t disappointed.

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Legoland can be the perfect family holiday

 

Legoland doesn’t come cheap, but with a bit of planning, it can be the perfect family holiday, says John Carroll. 

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