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Discovering the Second World War legacy of Douneside House

May 8, 2018

VE Day, which takes place this coming Tuesday, May 8, is a celebration for some, a bittersweet, painful memory for many, and a page from a school book for others, but at Aberdeenshire’s elegant Douneside House, Second World War history comes alive.

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Baby’s first holiday: Cruising with Disney

May 2, 2018

From endless encounters with Donald Duck and co, to exploring Nemo’s Reef and seeing off Captain Hook as fireworks fill the sky – life on board the Disney Dream, which evokes liners of years gone by with its dark blue hull and gold detail, promises to be a full-scale fairytale adventure.

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Dutch resort is a hidden gem

May 1, 2018

It has been a feast followed by a famine. After a month-long honeymoon to North America in 2012, the arrival of our daughter and son led to us not even getting on a plane since flying home from Canada, let alone leaving the country (unless you consider four nights in Berwick a foreign trip). We agreed it was time to put this right.

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Back in the saddle for a day at the races

April 26, 2018

And they’re off! With only a few weeks to go now until Perth Racecourse’s Ladies Day, the highlight of Perth’s event calendar. Plans are well under way to make a day at the races one of the must-do events of the year.

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The unexpected ways to workout in La La Land

April 24, 2018

Championing toned torsos and paleo diets, Los Angeles is probably the globe’s trendiest fitness capital. There are organic juice bars on every street corner, joggers with butts so tight there’s zero jiggle, and celebrity personal trainers with the same kudos as Hollywood A-listers.

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All aboard for Dundee Museum of Transport

April 21, 2018

As soon as we stepped out of the car we could hear the distinctive whistle and sound of steam-driven vehicles, while the aroma of coal-fired engines brought memories flooding back.

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Africa in the raw, aboard the Zambezi Queen

April 17, 2018

The distinctive, bold cry of the fish eagle, said to be the sound of Africa, was what I wanted to hear when I arrived at the Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River, on the Botswana-Namibia border.

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A taste of luxury with the family in tow at Gleneagles

April 16, 2018

Luxury hotels can easily lose their allure once children come along. Champagne in dreamy-looking rooms, state-of-the-art spas offering the ultimate in escapism, those lingering all-evening fine-dining experiences, well-stocked bars and cosy corners to unwind in all seem a waste when you’re running around after little ones who are bored senseless or splitting the childcare in a bid to steal some solo time.

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Eat, drink and exercise in Kefalonia

April 15, 2018

As I set up my mat between ancient trees that poke through the circular wooden Armonia yoga deck – which means harmony in Greek – my lungs are grateful for the fresh mountain, forest and sea air.

Entertainment

Visiting one of Scotland’s most beautiful hidden gems

April 13, 2018

Despite having criss-crossed the length and breadth of Scotland numerous times, I have to confess that until recently, I’d never heard of Callendar House in Falkirk. But having found this hidden gem, I’ve now added it to my list of favourite places to visit.

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Is this the must-visit destination for 2018?

April 6, 2018

This city is the epitome of modernist cool. Its clean stylish streets ring with the sound of bicycle bells and the chatter of a soft but exotic Danish accent… Pristine waterways and relaxed parks offer the perfect opportunity to relax and take in the city at your own pace, whilst the focus on nature and healthy gastronomy will mean leaving your holiday feeling revived and refreshed.

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Finding tranquillity in the West Highlands

March 21, 2018

We were desperate for a short break. A couple of days away for some peace and quiet to recharge the batteries. But where would we find somewhere that would give us a change of scenery and the opportunity to unwind?

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