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Sunday, February 7, 2016
View from above Hong Kong

We were only in Hong Kong for a day, but this was enough to whet my appetite for a return, writes Andrea Powell.
For a start, the drivers were so polite! One advantage of a cruise ship tour meant that where others had to walk, we got to use the bus up the steep hill to see the Big Buddha - and I was impressed to note how our slow bus gave way to every car behind it. From someone who has spent endless hours on the old A12 to Lowestoft and the A140 to Norwich crawling at 20mph, I could not help thinking how great it would be if we adopted a similar idea here!

Group hug. Andrea Powell and her dogs

This was the first time we had been away at Christmas-time, writes Andrea Powell.

The cable car over Bracelona

I could see Hubby was sceptical at the idea. A Winter City Break? Some cities suit a winter break and other maybe less so.

Vienna town hall

For those with last minute shopping still to do, it is not too late to head off to the Continent for a visit to one of the many Christmas markets.

Bridge at night - Porto

Harry Potter fans Andrea Powell and hubby noticed something strangely familiar about the streets of Porto.

The Golden Gate Bridge in fog in San Francisco, California, USA

Andrea Powell takes a road trip out west to discover the wonders of California...and her husband’s greatest fear.

The opera house

You’re going to Paris just for the day?” Hubby was somewhat perplexed by my latest hair-brained scheme.

Blue lagoon

Although you won’t be wanting to take your bikini, even in June, says Andrea Powell.

Quebec Jacques-Cartier National Park

When my wife suggested a walking holiday in the world’s second largest country, I was pleased we were only doing a small part of it!

Ushuaia and the scenery

The cruise around Cape Horn was always set to be an adventure, writes Andrea Powell.

A misty day in Meribel

Where do you draw the line between having time out as a couple during your family holiday, and feeling like you have abandoned your children in the kids’ club for seven days straight?

George Town

Grand Cayman is probably first known for its tax haven status as opposed to a Caribbean holiday destination.

A polar bear in the water in Churchill. Picture: PA Photo/RENATO GRANIERI

Where else in the world can you duet under water with belugas and spend a day on the beach with polar bears? Sarah Marshall makes an unforgettable summer visit to Canada’s Hudson Bay.

The pool at Century Park Hotel, in Bangkok city centre

A few weeks ago I was wowed by the welcome of Thailand, its culture and wildlife, writes Camille Berriman, of Bury St Edmunds.

Your imagination could take you anywhere

Andrea Powell is inviting readers to come and meet her this weekend - for a worldwide cruise, that will never actually leave Ipswich docks!

Teneriffa nov 2007

Whenever I visit a city I always like to take to the water, writes Andrea Powell.

The couple celebrate their wedding day

When Paul and I decided to get married we were of the same mind: we wanted a really relaxed, laid-back, romantic “just the two of us” wedding, writes the new Mrs Le-Anne Burman.

Walking group

From high up on the fell we could see Derwent Water and many of the hills made famous by the journals of the great Alfred Wainwright.

A holiday in Marlow can uncover some gems

You don’t always have to go far to find the magic, writes Andrea Powell.

The Olympic Park in Munich

Last weekend was not quite a holiday – but a real treat nonetheless.


Andrea Powell gets the giggles as she and Hubby keep going round in circles as they visit the Caribbean island of Aruba.

The view from the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Revitalised Dubrovnik has it all, Elliot Furniss discovers as he and his wife enjoy a babymoon.

The Statue of Liberty is an iconic sight

Hubby was blissfully unaware of the cunning plan, writes Andrea Powell.

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Cyprus has always been a firm favourite as a summer holiday destination, writes Andrea Powell.

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Years ago it became one of the most popular tourist destinations. But the shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 that so horrified the world, for a while, changed all of that, writes Andrea Powell.

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