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Long weekend: Norway’s fjords

Norway

Long weekend: Norway’s fjords

It’s impossible not to be hypnotised by the beauty of Alesund, Geiranger and Sunnmore’s fjords on Norway’s west coast — whether you explore by boat or on foot

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Maldives: Into the deep

Maldives

Maldives: Into the deep

I’m several metres below the surface when a manta ray ghosts past, almost brushing the mask off my face. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t hear it coming. And even if humans could hear…

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Antigua & Barbuda: Rum and coconuts

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda: Rum and coconuts

Antigua and Barbuda really do live up to the hype. Throw yourself into everything from zip-lining to market trawling and you’ll realise, beyond the luxury resorts and flour-soft beaches, there’s much more to this pair…

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Long weekend: West Cork

Ireland

Long weekend: West Cork

Get behind the wheel and escape to the cool climes of West Cork where Ireland’s foodie revolution is in full swing, from artisan markets and foraging trips to first-class fish restaurants

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Belfast: Brave new world

United Kingdom

Belfast: Brave new world

Few would have bet on it, but Belfast has traded the Troubles for a breathtaking city upgrade. From the spectacular Titanic Belfast to the revitalised Cathedral Quarter — there’s never been a better time to…

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Hamburg: A head for heights

Germany

Hamburg: A head for heights

I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building, crossed the glass floor in Toronto’s CN Tower and bungeed from the 134m Nevis in New Zealand. So why am I baulking so badly, and…

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Ireland: The curse of Inis Cealtra

Ireland

Ireland: The curse of Inis Cealtra

Zipping across Lough Derg on a tiny dory boat, I thank my stars that I’m not a woman. Local historian, folklorist and boatman Gerard Madden (pictured) is manning the tiller, and he’s just told me…

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