Five things I learned about the cruise ship MSC Preziosa

Last week, I was a guest of MSC Cruises on board their flagship Preziosa. MSC invited 150 of us bloggers on board, and hosted a…

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Six reasons for families to visit the Vendée, France

Set almost half-way down France, south of Brittany and north of the Dordogne, lies the Vendée. This mainly flat, leafy coastal department is more sheltered…

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14 fabulous, fun things to do in Oslo, Norway (and some of them are free!)

You can’t beat a bit of local knowledge. I spent two nights in Oslo, Norway, staying with friends. In those short 48 hours, they introduced…

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Five reasons why our family loves travelling by ferry

On our last few big trips to France, we’ve taken the ferry. Although there are other ways to get across the Channel – flying, for…

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Cheap places to eat in Oslo: Tunco, a dining experience in Oslo, Norway that won’t break the bank

It’s Saturday night, and Tunco is buzzing with a lively energy. The Norwegian eatery, set in the St Hanshaugen district of Oslo, serves healthy, freshly-cooked…

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The Scottish Alternative Games at New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway

A Rough Guides Readers’ Poll has just voted Scotland the world’s most beautiful country. There’s no argument about that. The mighty mountains, forests and lochs…

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A Parisian celebration on board a Bateau Mouche

If you haven’t seen the Seine, you don’t know Paris. Like London, the French capital is one of those cities whose pulse reverberates along its…

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Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell, and why it’s good to talk to locals

Bonding with people from different cultures is officially good for your health. In their new ‘Cruise Mates‘ campaign, Thomson Cruises highlight the results of research…

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Enjoying the peace at New Galloway, a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

We’re back! Our three-week road trip through Wales and Scotland ended in a nine-hour journey back home to London. I’ve been spending more time offline…

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