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Ports of call: a wine tour of the Douro

The Douro river is wild and tamed, fertile, rich and dust poor. She is the heart, soul and life force of the region she gives her name to. For 900km, from central Spain to Atlantic Porto, she pushes and runs, fat, green, inexorable. The Douro region is about the size of…
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How to start a … tour operator business

Find your niche So you want to launch a tour operator? First you need a clearly defined proposition. Ask yourself: what would make a potential guest book with my company? It helps to specialise. At One Traveller we cater for single travellers over 50, a group that can be…
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A campervan yoga tour of Ibiza

It’s hard to be inconspicuous when Stump Blog  you’re driving a psychedelic orange-and-yellow 1970s VW campervan around the sun-soaked lanes of Ibiza. Schoolchildren wave, boys hoot, strangers want photos and, while eyeballs might roll when the van stalls on a steep…
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Moreish and Moorish: a foodie tour of Andalucía

In the back streets of Seville, Alienation out of the sun, away from the crowds queuing for the Alcazar and cathedral, my girlfriend and I were put to work in a kitchen. It’s not everyone’s idea of a holiday, perhaps, but we were here for a behind-the-scenes tour of…
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Five poets go on tour: Carol Ann Duffy's travel diary begins

So. Most of us have arrived in Falmouth,  Atticus Blog this Saturday night before our first event on Sunday: some by train, some by plane, and some still on the road southwards in the tour bus. It’s a gorgeous, warm evening in the Greenbank Hotel right on Falmouth’s…
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Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc

I am standing stock-still on a Being Mad twisting path high above Chamonix, open-mouthed and agog. All around me are the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif, but they are not the reason for my astonishment. Just ahead of us on the trail – which has risen thrillingly…
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Road to ruin: a gin tour of Northern Ireland

Cards on the table here: I have BlogExpress  been led astray by strong drink. A few weeks back, waiting to be served at the Woodworkers Tap Room on Belfast’s Bradbury Place, I heard someone order a Jawbox, a name once associated with Belfast sinks, but apparently now…