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ANTWERP, with 500,000 people, is Belgium’s second largest city after Brussels, and decidedly Flemish in character, though different to Flanders’ other fine historic cities - as for centuries it has also been a major port with a large docklands area, linked to the North Sea by canal.

Thus a working class element blends with the rich cultural and artistic aspects of Antwerp life in the grand squares and streets of the architecturally splendid old centre, with many buildings dating back to the 16th century.



A ‘Beau-Tea-Ful’ day in London...

On a recent trip to London VICKY RICHARDS opted for a spa day at the Dorchester with her daughter Charlotte…

LOOKING for that extra special ‘me’ treat in London – then look no further than a Beau-Tea-Ful Spa Experience at the Dorchester Hotel.

Catching up with my London-based daughter, Charlotte, we opted for a spa day rather than a day shopping or a night out at the theatre.



From stunning Sydney harbour to backpacking in the Blue Mountains

NIGEL HEATH joins a party of back packers on a memorable trip to the Blue Mountains…

THE lady in the Sydney tourist office listened attentively as we explained that 'yes' we wanted to go to the nearby Blue Mountains but 'no' we did not want to go on a coach tour around the various stunning view points.



A luxury hotel and a good wine!

After a ‘wine-themed’ hotel break in Berkshire ANDREA McVEIGH and her husband were left with only one question - which wine would go best with toast?

WHEN two of my favourite things in life - a luxury hotel and a good wine - come together in one package, I was sold. They had me at just the mention of wine, to be honest, but The Vineyard Hotel near Newbury, Berkshire, has so much more to offer. A spa, rated by the Good Spa Guide as one of the very best in the UK; a destination restaurant presided over by award-winning chef Daniel Galmiche; an impressive art collection and a beautiful location, to name but a few.



Visiting the ‘real capital’ of Ireland!

Dublin thinks it’s the capital of the Republic, but COLIN McALPIN discovers the truth as he travels south to Cork…

IT may be third in size after Dublin and Belfast but Corkonians will have it no other way: they live in the "real capital" and since it's such a terrific city in every regard no visitor would even think of disagreeing.



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