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Author: Michael Edwards

Winerist – enjoying the world of wine

Travel, Food & Drink

Michael Edwards indulges in some blue-sky thinking for days when travel is easier.

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Whittlebury Park: Luxury spa days and sumptuous surroundings

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits an oasis of leisure in 700 acres of rural splendour....

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Art and culture in Liverpool drive city renaissance

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers that Liverpool’s loss of UNESCO World Heritage status hasn't dented the city's post industrial cultural...

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Liverpool city break on a budget -Stay-Zeni apartments

Around The UK

Staying in affordable studio self-catering accommodation, Michael Edwards discovers Liverpool.

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Wynford – a luxurious holiday home in the Lakes

Around The UK

Big group holidays are back. Michael Edwards stays at a stylish house for 12 in Ambleside....

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Historic luxury – Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Around The UK

Michael Edwards time travels into the past to see how 'new money' built a stately country pile near York ...

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Short break in Valletta as Malta added to the travel green list

Travel, World Wide

Michael Edwards looks at the rich history of Malta and its capital, Valletta.

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The Belfry Hotel and Resort, Warwickshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards stays at The Belfry Hotel and Resort for all the family offering far more than just golf ...

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The Black Bull at Sedbergh in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Around The UK • 2 Comments

Michael Edwards visits a traditional coaching inn which has become a gourmet getaway with surprisingly oriental influences....

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Practical bargain break: Citadines Barbican

Around The UK

Michael Edwards takes a short break at Citadines Barbican and discovers that London’s Culture Mile is blissfully quiet

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Luxury at Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Around The UK • One Comment

Michael Edwards is privileged to stay at one of England’s finest country houses in Shakespeare country....

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Rothay Manor – The Lake District

Around The UK

Ambleside boutique hotel’s fine dining chef Dan McGeorge is making headlines: Michael Edwards investigates and tastes. ...

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The Roseate Reading

Around The UK, Travel

After months of lost living, Michael Edwards catches up at Reading’s five-star oasis of civilisation

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Blackheath and Greenwich

Around The UK

Blackheath and Greenwich - Michael Edwards visits London’s historic but oft-overlooked green acres on the south bank of the Thames...

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Hampton Manor – the foodie estate

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits the Warwickshire estate where they are reviving the art of the country house party. ...

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Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa – a Cheshire escape

Around The UK

From Posh ‘n’ Becks to Margaret Thatcher, many people have enjoyed a tranquil break at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa. Michael Edwards reports.

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Roseate House – returning to London

Around The UK

We have missed vibrant London’s life. Michael Edwards recalls a stay at the Grade II listed Roseate House London, last summer. ...

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Chichen Itza: Mexico’s wonder of the world

World Wide

Chichen Itza was one of the most important city-states in pre-Hispanic America and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in...

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Kendal, Cumbria – best of all worlds

Around The UK

Staycation looks like our best holiday option in 2021. Michael Edward looks at escapes to self-catering apartments in Kendal, Cumbria.

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Serene self-catering at the Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Devon

Around The UK

Short break venues such as the self-catering cottages at Babbacombe Bay are gearing up for guests, Michael Edwards reviews....

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Staffordshire: A country escape

Around The UK

Country walks, superb food and a classic village pub, Michael Edwards enjoys a stay at The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone....

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Highbullen Hotel, North Devon

Around The UK

Rain or shine Highbullen Hotel is an all year-round resort. Michael Edwards indulges in the facilities.

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Llama love in Surrey

Around The UK

Staying in a Shepherds Hut, Michael Edwards goes glamping in Hambledon and treks with llamas through the Surrey Hills...

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Passau and the three rivers

Europe

Few cities in land-locked Central Europe are almost surrounded by water. Michael Edwards finds that Germany's Passau, with a Dachshund...

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A rainforest retreat

World Wide

Ambong Pool Villas overlooks Malaysia’s Andaman Sea and the islands that make-up the Langkawi archipelago. Michael Edwards visits one of the planet’s ecological hotspots.

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Unforgettable Langkawi

World Wide

Langkawi is a dream destination for a honeymoon, second honeymoon or a memorable holiday. Michael Edwards enjoys unforgettable views on an...

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Abu Dhabi’s surprising attraction

World Wide

More Harley Street than Holby City, Abu Dhabi's Falcon Hospital preserves Emirati heritage. Michael Edwards drops in on some frequent...

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Foodie Fez

World Wide

The Fez Cooking School introduces guests to the world of Moroccan flavours. Michael Edwards shops in the medina and makes lunch.

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Devon: Between two moors

Around The UK

Paschoe House is a favourite destination for lovers of food and peaceful country living. Michael Edwards tells the story of a remarkable...

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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa

Around The UK

From the Domesday Book to hosting a G7 Finance Ministers Meeting, the elegant Hartwell House has been at the heart of history. Michael...

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The Danish Riviera

Europe

The Danish Royal family head for the North Zealand coastline as their summer retreat. Michael Edwards goes in search of the Riviera’s attractions.

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Bratislava: Europe’s newest capital

Cruising

On the A-ROSA Donna's Danube Highlights Cruise, Michael Edwards visits Bratislava....

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Port of call: Budapest

Cruising

Michael Edwards continues his sojourn up the Danube as the A-ROSA arrives in the historical Hungarian city, Budapest....

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Vienna’s imperial grandeur

Cruising

The A-ROSA Donna cruises through the Danube’s glorious history. Michael Edwards savours the culture and the cuisine.

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Albi – so typically French

Europe

Heading south into France's Occitanie region, Michael Edwards discovers a city proud of its heritage. ...

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Finding Fez

World Wide

The Palais Amani majestically sits within Fez's walled Medina. Michael Edwards discovers Morocco's second city....

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Red Sea adventure

World Wide

Roll back the years – or take those chances you never took – at Breakers Diving and Surfing Lodge, on Somabay, writes Michael Edwards.

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Country living in Harrogate

Around The UK

Country Living St George brings the pages of the much-loved magazine to life in a stylish hotel. Michael Edwards visits Harrogate to...

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Danish Design

Europe

The Danes have a talent for design. Michael Edwards visits Copenhagen's Absalon Hotel, Uformel Restaurant and cruises the canals to...

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St Andrews, Scotland

Around The UK

There is much more to St Andrews than golf as Michael Edwards discovers on a stay at the Fairmont St Andrews.

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The Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line

Motoring

Heading off on a U.K. road-trip, Michael Edwards puts the Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line through its paces....

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Malmo: Sweden’s third city

Europe

Michael Edwards takes a boat cruise to explore a Swedish City that has reinvented itself....

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An English Country retreat

Around The UK

Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, a beautifully restored 19th century family home, is a classic English retreat. Michael Edwards visits.

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Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Around The UK

Queen Victoria seemed to control her vast empire from the Isle of Wight but she was more vulnerable than her image suggests writes Michael...

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Bringing the taste of Morocco home

Travel

Creating amongst intricately carved decor, Michael Edwards joins the Cookery Course at Riad Star Marrakech....

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The Algarve’s affordable wellness retreat

Europe

After a ‘wellness evaluation’, burning around 600 calories in 30 minutes and sampling some classes – Michael Edwards returns from Longevity Cegonha Country Club, feeling good and with new resolutions.

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Secret escapes – Old Amersham

Around The UK

Free fly-fishing lessons, a mobile library called Anthony and art from the South of France. Michael Edwards travels to the quaint...

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A short hop to the Isle of Wight

Around The UK

It's just a short crossing to the Isle of Wight. Michael Edwards takes a Wightlink Ferry across the Solent to stay at The Royal Hotel,...

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Forgotten France

Europe

Taking quiet roads through the Tarn region, Michael Edwards discovers France’s hill-top villages.

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Red City Riads

World Wide

Staying with Marrakech-Riad, Michael Edwards explores Morocco's most dramatic city....

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Sherborne, Dorset

Around The UK

Staying at the Eastbury Hotel, Michael Edwards explores Sherborne's many charms....

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From nunnery to luxury hotel

Around The UK

Once Stanbrook Abbey was a grand 19th Century nunnery. Michael Edwards visits Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, now a luxurious rural escape in Worcestershire.

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Railway revival

Around The UK

Enthusiasts are breathing new life into branch lines culled by Dr Beeching in the 60s. Michael Edwards visits Churnet Valley Railway and...

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The perfect gin and tonic

Around The UK

Design a gin to your taste. Michael Edwards spends a day at Nelson's Distillery and School, Uttoxeter....

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Mauritius cruising

World Wide

Taking to the high seas, Michael Edwards enjoys a cruise along the coastline of the paradise island of Mauritius.

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Bryher: The Isles of Scilly

Around The UK

The tiny island of Bryher lies just 30 miles south-west of Lands End. Staying at the luxurious Hell Bay Hotel, Michael Edwards meets some...

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Talland Bay, Cornwall

Around The UK

Talland Bay Hotel, luxurious and quirky, sits between Looe and Polperro. Michael Edwards explores the spectacular sea-swept South Cornwall...

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London’s Spy Hotel

Around The UK

St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster, was at the heart of spying intrigue for much of the last century. Michael Edwards investigates.

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Mature travellers seek adventure

Travel

A recent Rough Guides survey shows that many older travellers have a growing sense of adventure. Michael Edwards reports on some ambitious...

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Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera

World Wide

Michael Edwards relaxes at The Cascades Golf Resort, Spa & Thalasso on Somabay...

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Mauritius in 10 tastes

World Wide

The flavours of Mauritius tell the story of this Indian Ocean nation from colonial days through to independence. Michael Edwards tastes his way around the island.

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A walking safari

World Wide

If you're planning a safari don't forget to include some time exploring by foot. Michael Edwards says there is much to be learnt from slow...

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Queen Victoria’s Swiss Mountain

Europe

Following Queen Victoria's ascent of 7,000 feet Mount Pilatus, Michael Edwards stays in the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm...

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Singapore’s big year

World Wide

Two centuries ago Sir Stafford Raffles “discovered” Singapore. Michael Edwards reports that 2019, packed with events and festivals, is a particularly good year to visit Singapore

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Flavours of the USA

Around The UK

What was JFK drinking during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Michael Edwards dines his way to the answer at POTUS Restaurant, at the Crowne Plaza...

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Nestled in the New Forest

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits Rhinefield House Hotel. Not only is it a gourmet's delight, this palatial property is also perfectly located for...

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Majestic Muscat

World Wide

The Intercontinental Hotel is in a prime location for relaxing between visiting Muscat’s sophisticated attractions. Michael Edwards reports from Oman’s capital

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Light up Lucerne

Europe

LILU was the first Light Festival Lucerne. Michael Edwards visits one of Switzerland's most stylish cities and predicts that LILU will grow...

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Winter sunshine

World Wide

Michael Edwards escapes the British winter at the luxurious Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai...

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The other Dubai

World Wide

There’s another side to high-rise digital Dubai. Michael Edwards stays at Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, in the heritage area, and learns how the Emirati are rediscovering their precious identity

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Jane Austen’s House Museum

Around The UK

A humble cottage in Chawton, Hampshire draws Janeites from all over the globe. Michael Edwards visits and investigates Jane Austen's...

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Historic Hampshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers a peaceful country retreat at Audleys Wood Hotel near Basingstoke....

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The Meerkat OAP

World Wide

Few people would consider retiring to the remote inferno of the Kalahari, most prefer a cosy McCarthy & Stone apartment within walking distance of Waitrose. But 78 year-old Professor Anne Rasa is redefining the Real Marigold Hotel concept. Michael Edwards investigates

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Domaine de Perches

Europe

Many of us dream of that epic restoration project in rural France. Michael Edwards enjoys a sumptuous boutique hotel that escaped Grand...

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Discovering Mauritius

World Wide

Mark Twain wrote that Heaven was modelled on Mauritius. Michael Edwards discovers that Tui's all-inclusive Sensimar Lagoon Hotel has only...

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London’s Seven Dials

Around The UK

Just a few steps away from Covent Garden and Leicester Square lies a secret village. Michael Edwards reports

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India in a market

World Wide

Inspirational fashion, spicy Indian food and creative ethnic crafts: Delhi's Dilli Haat is India in a nutshell. Michael Edwards explains...

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Frankfurt’s buzzing

Europe

Staying in Jumeirah's tower of luxury, Michael Edwards discovers that Frankfurt is just about to become an even more attractive...

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South Africa’s Green Kalahari

World Wide

With lunar landscapes, enormous blue skies, a ribbon of green fertility and the mighty Orange River – Michael Edwards says there’s far more to the Green Kalahari than just wildlife

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New Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

Around The UK

Surrounded by a peaceful lily-covered moat, New Hall Hotel, surprisingly close to Birmingham, is one of Britain's most romantic hotels....

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Malaga reborn

Europe

Spain's sunny southern city on the Med has reinvented itself. Michael Edwards enjoys the chorizo, museums, tapas and wine....

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Belgravia: London’s finest village

Around The UK

Staying at the luxurious Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Michael Edwards surprisingly finds a traditional village at the heart of London.

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Aarhus: Denmark’s second city

Europe

Chic Scandinavian design, fascinating museums, beaches, superb food and just 90 minutes flying time from London: Michael Edwards reports...

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Crathorne Hall: The “real” Downton Abbey?

Around The UK

Overlooking the North Yorkshire Moors, the stately Crathorne Hall Hotel is set in Downton Abbey territory. Michael Edwards reports....

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Cultured Cordoba

Europe

Spain’s sunny southern city, an hour inland from the Costa del Sol, is perfect for a short break reports Michael Edwards.

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South Switzerland’s Surprises

Travel

Way south of Zurich the Swiss speak Italian, love pasta, drink white Merlot and eat al fresco in December: Michael Edwards reports....

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Oman: Arabian magic

World Wide

Exploring a magical Arabian Nights land of medieval forts, magnificent mountains and fascinating souks, Michael Edwards receives a warm...

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Valletta: European Capital of Culture 2018

Europe

Malta’s capital has had a makeover for its big year. Even if you can’t visit in 2018, Michael Edwards predicts that there will be future benefits for Europe’s smallest capital.

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South Africa’s Northern Cape

Travel

The arid Kgalagadi is the world's largest Nature Reserve, David Attenborough territory, yet Michael Edwards wines and dines in luxury as he...

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Jersey: more than just a short break

Around The UK

Michael Edwards hops across the channel and finds Jersey offers much more than a short stay break. ...

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Living like a Maharaja

World Wide

Delhi is a chaotic city of contrasts but Michael Edwards discovers that the comforts of the Raj linger on

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The Garden of England

Around The UK

Elegant Chilston Park Hotel, set in 22 acres of tranquil parkland and packed with antiques, would make for a perfect Antiques Roadshow...

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A West Country weekend

Around The UK

De Vere Tortworth Court offers luxury in a quiet corner of South Gloucestershire. Michael Edwards samples the aristocratic life....

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Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

World Wide

Caribbean beaches, creative cuisine, luxurious hotels and one of the world’s seven wonders: Michael Edwards explores Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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Discover the delights of Occitanie

Europe

Created in 2016 Occitanie is France's Tuscany. Michael Edwards takes a gastronomic tour through historic towns and welcoming vineyards....

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Schladming: Austria’s summer paradise

Europe

Baking, biking, hiking, milking, sawing and zip-lining, Michael Edwards explores Thomson's latest summer destination....

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Copenhagen: compact and cultured

Europe

The Danish capital offers far more than you can pack into a long weekend explains travel writer, Michael Edwards.

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Gout: Not just for old men

Men's Health

Once known as "the rich disease", case numbers are increasing, a limping Michael Edwards investigates...

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Mind your language

Home & Lifestyle

English, arguably, the world's greatest language, is becoming increasingly fragmented, creating discrimination, against both old and young,...

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The jewelled skyline of Muscat

World Wide

Muscat, perched between the Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, is one of the safest cities in the world and offers a welcome alternative to the brash high-rises of Dubai as Michael Edwards discovers.

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