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Eastern European Gems!

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BRIAN OGLE took a short trip to the Ukraine recently and found two of its best known cities well worth a second look....especially with the European Soccer Championships due in the country in two years time...

ON the way in from Borospyl International Airport, a forest of tower blocks testify to Kiev's Soviet past. Like most other eastern European cities the visitors' first impression is not a complimentary or comfortable one ...rundown-looking tower blocks of up to 15 and 20 storeys each housing hundreds and hundreds of the city's working class population.

Each satellite of tower blocks is in its own little suburban ‘town’ with well-used, worn grassy play areas, and stores serving every need... groceries, clothing, restaurants and cinemas.

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Newquay

It’s thrill-a-minute at Cornwall’s adrenalin capital

By ROIBIN NOWACKI

WATCHING the golden sun setting into the deep blue Atlantic whilst sipping a cool glass of Cornish cider at Newquay’s stunning Fistral Beach is a memory I will always treasure.
Especially after the activity-filled day I had shared and enjoyed with Leila - my wife of just two weeks. This had included our very first unforgettable Zapcat race experience.
In my time I had ridden some of the most hairy and scary theme park rides in Europe and the USA - but my 15 minutes clinging on to one of these powerboats as they hit waves at exhilarating speed, took off into the air - and then crashed down with bruising impact - was far more thrilling.

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Barcelona

Picasso painted in it, Gaudi built in it, and Lionel Messi is showing the world how to play football in it... BERNARD JOHNSTON visited one of
Europe’s great city break destinations

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Gran Canaria

A great escape from the cold…

Imagine an island... lush farmlands to the north, rolling sand dunes to the south... PETER McGREGOR EADIE finds out more...

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Golfing Madeira

Sunshine usle has it off to a tee…

WHILE Madeira may not be renowned as a golfing destination, that does not mean it has nothing to offer. Quite the contrary, there are three excellent courses and a number of “options” to choose from.

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