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The Magical Mekong River

The early morning ferryboat took just two minutes to cross the Mekong River from Northern Thailand to Laos’s sleepy little border town of Houei Say. Then, after...

Guimarães lies in the verdant Minho countryside to the north of Porto. Although essentially a medieval city, its origins go back to the 10th century, when Countess Mumadona Dias founded a...

Let’s do a little free association. I’ll say a word and you say the first thing that pops into your head. OK? Ready? The word is – Ireland.

Some of you will be whimsical and say something...

A mile south of London’s Stansted Airport, and easily visible from aircraft during take off, there are 1,000 acres of beautiful woodland and pasture. This is Hatfield Forest, Britain’s best...

I’m actually writing this article mainly for those who drive back and forth to Britain once or twice a year. You probably point your car north and zip through Spain, either to the overnight ferry...

Having recently climbed the 224 steps to the top of the lighthouse at Vila Real de Santo António, I am acutely aware of the tremendous debt of gratitude that those two great seafaring nations,...

It was cold, the rain was torrential and sheets of lightning dramatically flashed across dull grey curtains of cloud. It was midsummer but we could see nothing of the shapely mountains that we had...

If you are coming to Algarve this summer, then you must be thinking about hiring a car as it is the best way to discover the region. Now there are three ways of doing it. First of all, if you...

The Algarve, in the South of Portugal, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Along with fantastic weather and golden beaches, it has everything on offer you could possibly...

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