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    Carefree in St Kitts: A blissful Caribbean hillside retreat that is as rewarding for locals as it is for guests

    Val Kempadoo is a rangy Trinidadian entrepreneur who looked at the model for fly-and-flop' Caribbean breaks and felt he could do better.What, you might wonder, could be better than blue skies, a white sandy beach and an all-inclusive bar? Amidst nature: Belle Mont Farm is a collection of 84 private guesthouses in leafy groundsBut Kempadoo felt his homeland was underselling itself.'I'd worked for NGOs [non-government organisations, usually run on a not-for-profit basis] in South America and had the eureka moment of combining something of that ethos with business,' he says as we stroll through the realisation of his dream, Belle ...

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    The other California: Follow Hollywood stars to Mexico s vast Baja coast for sun, sea and awesome marine life

    Baja California may be the world's third-longest peninsula, but it's largely unknown in Europe. It's just across the U.S.-Mexico border, close to Tijuana and the line of President Trump's contentious wall.But the vast majority of Baja's resorts are strung along what's known as The Corridor, a 20-mile stretch on the southern tip that connects party central, Cabo San Lucas, to the far more attractive town of San Jose del Cabo, with its missionary church, pretty streets and artisan galleries. Fun in the sun: Cabo San Lucas on Baja's southern tip is the party capital of the regionIt is a favourite ...

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    Italy's heart and soul: Poetry, opera and romantic stories all set the scene for a long weekend in ravishing Verona

    My first mistake is to arrive in Verona with two men. One is tall, dark and handsome. The other is fair, with mesmerising green eyes.'Which will you choose?', winks a lady at the elegant Hotel Colomba D'Oro as we check in.I smile hopelessly at my two gentlemen of Verona, and in unison we declare that we are all just friends. They look rather too relieved for my liking. Just glorious: Verona sits splendidly on the banks of the River AdigeBy the time Lucy, the fourth member of our party, arrives, I have protested my singleness to half a dozen passers-by.One ...

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    Andermatt is back on the map thanks to this lavish five-star hotel and daredevils will love the thrilling slopes

    Andermatt is perched 1,437m above sea level but hopes to reach still dizzier heights. This Swiss village in the Urseren valley (population 1,387) has plans to rival Heathrow's third runway.The resort hasn't featured on the British skiers' map since the Eighties. It's been one of those 'best-kept secret' places for off-piste, free-riding, armpit deep powder fans and James Bond, who pursued Goldfinger round the Furka Pass, refuelling his Aston Martin in Andermatt. That's all changing, thanks to Samih Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire developer, who has opened the five-star Chedi hotel and by 2018 intends to have six more hotels, plus ...

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    Yee-haw! It's full steam ahead into the Wild West for Michael Portillo on this Great American Railroad Journey

    Dressed in the uniform of a U.S. Corps of Discovery soldier, 1804, with sweat pouring off me in the summer humidity, I heave an oar aboard a 55 ft keelboat against the current of the Missouri river.The director, happily circling in a motorboat, calls for more effort, yelling that it looks as though we are not moving.I thought I'd signed up to travel only by train! Giddy up! Michael Portillo (right) gets into character with the Mayor of Dodge City, KansasMy latest Great American Railroad Journey for BBC2 started in St Louis, travelling via the Grand Canyon in Arizona and ...

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    Still in party mode? Head to buzzing Tel Aviv where the action never stops

    They call it the party capital of the Middle East. And judging by the cheerful crowd heading for the beach there s no limit on their capacity to enjoy themselves.In a city where nearly half the population is aged under 30 and mostly single, you can dance the night away until the sun rises on another perfectly blue day. And that s clearly what they do. Beach life: Tel Aviv s golden sands can easily be reached on foot from the city centre The young ones: Almost half of Tel Aviv's booming population is aged under 30The seaside city of ...

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    Peak mid-winter! Bracing walks and warming whisky await when you brave Scotland's beautiful Outer Hebrides

    Oh, how the wind blows in the Outer Hebrides. Speak to someone a yard away and the sound is whisked off before it reaches them; long hair dances above your head like a charmed snake; laundry hanging in gardens gets a more effective treatment than it would in a turbo tumble dryer.Only nature's hardiest can handle the blasting gales. Seals battle the thrashing surf and spiky grass is grazed by the fluffiest sheep I've ever seen. Most human inhabitants endure two winters and then leave.It might paint a godforsaken picture, but the Outer Hebrides are far from bleak. The elements ...

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    A French island fling! Guadeloupe is a flavoursome taste of France - and with a fabulous tropical Caribbean twist

    Those self-help books telling you how to keep calm and take stock would surely approve of this sort of holiday.We are sitting in the shade at a cafe in the Place Centrale, where the town hall opposite displays the French Tricolour and a noticeboard devoted to incomprehensible planning applications.An elderly lady in a flowery dress has just disappeared into the boulangerie and I am wondering whether she will emerge with one baguette or two. Sun-kissed: At Caravelle Beach Club Med on Guadeloupe, you can try water sports galoreThere are well-thumbed copies of yesterday's Le Figaro and L'Equipe on the tables. ...

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    The world s most legendary railway journey! Riding the luxury Tsar's Gold train along the Trans-Siberian route, an exact century after it was finished

    'Come on in! Don't you want to look seven years younger?'Reversing the ageing process Siberian-style means nerves of steel and exposure to teeth-shattering cold.Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, is a mile deep in parts and so big that in heavy mists ships get lost when traversing its waters. Just the ticket: The Tsar s Gold luxury train runs past Siberia s vast Lake BaikalAccording to local legend, this is the place to take a dip if you want to turn back the clock.My guide Marina stands on the pebble strewn shore as I plunge into the ...

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    An African Queen on the biggest of screens: Botswana is a blockbuster of sweeping views and wonderful wildlife

    At first glance, we could almost be in England. My three children and I have flown over 11 hours from London, but emerge to overcast skies.Our guide is in a right hand-drive Land Rover and even the road signs look the same. A familiar triangular red warning sign looms in the distance: but, what's that? A picture of an elephant?As if on cue, there is a thrashing in the undergrowth as an elephant lumbers out, ears flapping. My 11-year-old daughter shrieks, prompting my teenage sons to raise their heads from their phones. We are along way from England. Wild side: ...

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    Swiss sensation! See real snow from the comfort of a first-class seat aboard the thrilling Glacier Express train

    Stuck in the middle of one of our drab, drearily mild winters I became desperate to see some real snow. Not a short sleety shower, but mountains of it, gleaming under clear blue skies.The Alps were calling and one trip had been beckoning for years the Glacier Express, which climbs through the heart of Switzerland. Armed with two compact suitcases and an experienced tour guide, my wife and I set off with three dozen other travellers from the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. Winter wonderland: The Glacier Express winds its way slowly through the Alpine sceneryNow, I've been nervous about ...

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    A Viennese whirl! Christmas is coming, so let the Austrian capital's glittering markets sweep you off your feet

    This is one of Europe's great cultural capitals that still trades off its imperial past. The great hero Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848-1916) left Vienna looking suitably regal and it remains pretty much unchanged.The city's ups and downs since World War I add a thrilling historical backdrop, with its proud residents far keener to talk about Mozart's years here than Hitler's. Seasonal splendour: The Christmas Market in front of Vienna s neo-gothic town hallNOW'S THE TIME Spring and autumn are popular (avoid July and August) but there's a lot to be said for going in the run-up to Christmas when ...

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    Forget skiing in Switzerland: Grindelwald has an alternative that's a blast for all the family 'velogemel' snow bikes (with no brakes)!

    My three children and I are perched at the crest of a snowy path, straddling odd wooden contraptions.They resemble bicycles, only they have skis for wheels and no brakes. Meet the velogemel, a snow-bike that is indigenous to the Swiss village of Grindelwald. Whizz kids: Jo and her children get ready to ride the slopes on their velogemels The children point theirs downhill and whizz off. I'm more tentative. 'Use your feet to brake,' I shriek, as I gather speed. They ignore me. The path flattens. We slow, then repeat the circuit. The velogemel isn't the only unique thing about Grindelwald, ...

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    Nothing interesting ever happens in Wisconsin? Rubbish it's a fabulous playground for the whole family

    Wisconsin! Why on earth Wisconsin? You must be going for the cheese, right? There sure isn't anything else out there!Such was the derisive reaction of New York friends when I told them my family was planning a summer holiday in an out-of-the-way Midwestern state known to many Americans only as the place that supplies their supermarket cheddar. Well, it's certainly true that Wisconsin which produces 40 per cent of all the cheese made in the U.S. and one-fifth of its butter has an awful lot of cows. Beach life: The Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan overlooks inviting Lake Michigan Chairs ...

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    A Vietnamese whirl! Visit Ho Chi Minh City as the West End hit musical Miss Saigon celebrates 25 years on stage

    Ho Chi Minh City known as Saigon until the end of the Vietnam War is a vast contradiction. Despite communist rule, its teeming residents are enthusiastic capitalists offering an Aladdin's cave of goods from tumbledown shops.Whole families work night and day preparing mouth-watering Vietnamese food in thousands of impromptu pavement restaurants, providing the most delicious street grub in the world.As it happens, Miss Saigon, the musical, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and a performance was shown across UK cinemas on October 16. Bustling: Small-scale capitalism thrives in communist Ho Chi Minh CityWHERE TO STAY: Despite its ramshackle appearance, ...

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Everyone went outside to smoke cloves and bitch about having to stay after for the State.

Jon Stewart on events following Charles — January 19, 1999