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We had both wanted for years to visit Iran, the country which has some claim to be the cradle of civilised empire, and recently we seized the opportunity to join a tour group. Before we left...

In its obituary of José Saramago, the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano described him as “an anti-religious ideologue and populist extremist”. In 1992, the then Prime Minister of...

“...It has to be said that a journey to a country must always involve starting from beyond its frontiers,” wrote José Saramago in the preface to the English edition of his book Journey to Portugal...

Our journey began in Nairobi. Its nickname is ‘Nairobbery’ due to its dubious reputation of street theft! However, following safety advice from our guide, who fussed around us like a mother hen...

We arrived in the Maldives from Singapore after a tiring work assignment in the Far East. Our flight touched down at Malé airport at 3am, and its bleary-eyed passengers were quickly ushered on to...

Taking advantage of Ryanair’s recently introduced low cost flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada, Peter and I recently visited two of the nine islands forming the Azores archipelago - São Miguel...

Roman seafarers knew about the Madeira Archipelago some 2,000 years ago as Pliny the Elder wrote of the existence of the islands in AD 77. The Medici Atlas of 1351 actually showed these islands...

More good news for Portugal in a year in which accolades from international travel magazines and guides have come thick and fast. The country has won a total of 14 European prizes at this year’s...

The ‘Grand Départ’ of the 2014 Tour de France focused the eyes of the world on the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The first stage of the race, from Harewood House to Harrogate, passed through...

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