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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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Sarah Holden is a “digital nomad” and her office is wherever she happens to be

She’s a digital nomad and right now Sarah Holden has swapped a drab Dublin commute for the open road in South America.

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Here's how you can combine a holiday with a music festival abroad

WE Irish know how to put on a music festival, and this year sees the return of our favourites, from city runs like Live at the Marquee to the annual highlight of Electric Picnic. 

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With new Cork-Dusseldorf flights, people should consider visiting gorgeous Germany

Former Irish Examiner sub-editor Mareike Graepel lived in Cork for years before she returned to her native Germany. With new Cork-Dusseldorf flights on offer, she gives the local lowdown on the Ruhr Valley.

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Charlie Chaplin’s former home in Switzerland opens as a museum this month

Kevin Pilley takes a cane-twirling, splay-footed stroll through Charlie Chaplin’s former Switzerland home, which has become a museum to the great man.

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The Girona region in north eastern Spain is a top location for Irish holiday-makers

Artist Salvadore Dali chose to live in Garoxta in the Girona region of Spain for good reason, says Liz Dunphy.

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Oregon is off the beaten track for Irish tourists and we're missing out

On our first night in Oregon we were greeted by a young maÎtre d’ at the Bridgewater Fish House, in Florence — a converted mercantile store reminiscent of the Oleson’s in Little House on the Prairie.

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Live like a local in north Vietnam and you won't want to leave

Want to live like a local in Vietnam? Just master crossing Hanoi’s chaotic streets. After that, you can do anything, says Shilpa Ganatra.

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The 10 most breathtaking National Parks to visit in America

 

Isabel Conway looks at the 10 most breathtaking National Parks to visit in the US on the centenary of the service found to protect them.   

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Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, is unforgettable

Buenos Aires is a feast for the senses with a pulsating street life that leaves you gasping for breath writes, Ethel Crowley.

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Deirdre Reynolds takes a trip to the Holy Land in Israel

Witnessing a row of women weeping openly at the Western Wall, Deirdre Reynolds couldn’t help but wish she had some of their faith on a trip the Holy Land.

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A taste of paradise in the Maldives, where the ocean is electric blue, the sand sugary white

Shilpa Ganatra tries out three resorts in the Maldives – like a pub crawl, as she describes it, but with paradise islands instead of busy bars. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it...

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South Tyrol in north Italy is a favourite for skiers in winter and is even more enthralling in summer

Forget pizzas and piazzas — South Tyrol in the north of Italy is dominated by the Dolomites, says Suzanne Harrington.

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Luxembourg is a city with a mixture of ancient fortresses and cutting-edge architecture

It may be a city of high finance but Luxembourg’s historic heart succeeded in converting Colette Sheridan.

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Enjoy sunset on the Indian Ocean in Mauritius

Jo Kerrigan travels to Mauritius, the ideal Valentine’s destination, and samples the culture that can be found away from the luxury hotels.

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Unspeakably beautiful wilderness at Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Today a dog race begins at the top of the world in mind-numbingly freezing conditions, writes Jo Kerrigan.

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De-camping to Brittany with the kids

Looking for the perfect family holiday? Esther N McCarthy enjoys some quality time with the kids in Brittany.

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New year, new you after visiting Thailand

Alexander Fitzgerald visited Thailand for a seven-day detox of juices and clear soups. His verdict? He’ll be back.

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Visiting Iceland in the footsteps of St Brendan

Rory Boland chases the Northern Lights and experiences the culinary delights of Europe’s latest foodie destination.

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A letter from paradise on the Greek island of Skyros

An oasis of peace on a Greek island proved the perfect environment for Claire Droney to practice her writing skills tutored by a Man Booker author. 

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