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    Maggots in fermented lamb broth and blobs of whale blubber: On the wild frontier of cooking at the Faroe Islands' first Michelin-starred restaurant

    Maggots aren't usually something you would expect to be served at a Michelin star restaurant, but this is exactly what had been put under my nose at such an establishment.The little dried worms lay motionless in a dish of fermented lamb broth, which produced a whiffy odour that reminded me of my childhood, playing in farm barns with manure underfoot.This was only the fifth course out of 19 at the newly-crowned Koks in the remote and windswept Faroe Islands, but already my tummy was starting to grumble in a state of mild confusion. [media_photo id="711763" height="709" width="470" alt="A chef from ...

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    A furious finale to fab Madrid: Exploring the Spanish capital's ancient corners and fiery flamenco

    With his curly waxed moustache, he looked like an Edwardian villain, but Steven could not have been a more courteous chauffeur. In his tiny, vintage Seat 600 we bowled along avenues, tootled round monuments and nipped through narrow alleys on a whistlestop tour.For this first-timer in Madrid, it was the perfect introduction to the city as he pointed out the Prado museum, Retiro Park, the Alcala Gate, Cibeles fountains, Cervantes s house in Barrio de Las Letras, the old literary quarter, the hefty Royal Palace and Cathedral. [media_photo id="700509" height="429" width="634" alt="Caroline toured Milan with the help of a guide ...

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    Ask Frank Barrett: For the height of romance try a honeymoon in Peru s treetops, and head to Sussex for yoga

    The Mail on Sunday Travel Editor Frank Barrett answers readers' questions about a honeymoon and a country yoga retreat.Question: I m getting married this year and we re looking for a honeymoon destination with a difference somewhere offering adventure, escapism and romance. Penny, by emailAnswer: How about Peru? With its cloud forests , rich history and snow-capped mountains, it s ultra-romantic. Inkaterra hosts lavish honeymoon adventures in their luxury Peruvian properties, one picturedEco and sustainable tourism pioneers Inkaterra can host honeymoon adventures in their ...

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    Triffids, slugs, and the joy of night hikes: The trials and triumphs of trekking 16 miles through Wales by moonlight

    There s a slug next to your head, my walking partner observed, rather too gleefully, I thought. Grouchily, I clambered upright. At just after 4am, the prospect of a slug crawling through my hair was the only thing that could have got me perpendicular from my recumbent position in a layby on the Nolton Haven to Druidston coast road.The tarmac was gritty on my back, but 12 miles into a night walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, those few moments lying with my burning feet up on my rucksack had felt blissful or at least the nearest I was going ...

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    Lapping up the lakeside luxury: DIY SOS star Nick Knowles realises he's in need of some renovation himself and heads to Italy to 'hit the reset button'

    If you live a 100mph lifestyle in a busy city where things can sometimes overwhelm you, getting away from it all could be just what you need. But instead of going on holiday and sitting around doing nothing, a wellbeing retreat where you can press the reset button might be worth looking into.Early last year I was overweight for the first time in my life and was really stressed; it was all playing havoc with my insides. [media_photo id="700500" height="676" width="470" alt="Nick ventured to the Lefay Resort & Spa (pictured) on Lake Garda in northern Italy for a much-needed wellbeing ...

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    Beauty and the boat: A look at Disney's new movie-inspired sea venture, and the rest of the themed cruises on offer

    It s set to be one of this year s biggest family blockbuster films, and now Disney is offering special Beauty And The Beast cruises for a chance to visit the sights that inspired the famous story.The River Rhine cruise will take in France, Holland, Germany and Switzerland, with excursions to medieval villages full of cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses that look just like the backdrops to the film. You ll expect to bump into Belle or Gaston around every corner.Disney s all-inclusive eight-day river cruises use the upmarket boats normally operated by AmaWaterways. [media_photo id="700504" height="423" width="634" alt="Disney is ...

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    Now Bermuda rules the waves: Exploring the idyllic island as it s thrust into the spotlight by the world s top yacht race

    At the headquarters of the Land Rover BAR sailing team in Bermuda s Royal Naval Dockyard is a simple mission statement, visible to all visitors: #Bringthecuphome.On an island where the land speed limit is 20mph, Britain s most decorated Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, will be leading the UK s attempt to claim the hugely prestigious America s Cup this summer in a catamaran capable of 50mph.Ainslie, who won gold medals at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Games, will be at the helm as the team attempt to overturn 166 years of history. [media_photo id="700506" height="422" width="634" alt="Historic challenge: ...

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    A dinner cruise is a delicious way to discover the Thames: Tasty new voyage offers views of Windsor aboard a bubble-top boat

    A group of schoolchildren is picnicking on the riverbank as we slip upstream from Windsor Bridge in our bubble-top cruise boat, Melody.We are sitting at tables with damask cloths, silver cutlery and buckets of champagne, examining our menus for a six-course dinner.The students raise their glasses in mock deference and we acknowledge them grandly in return. They get to their feet, waving and roaring with approval. Bobbing along: Take in views of Windsor Castle from the River Thames ...

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    Roll up you thrill-seekers for the ride of your life! The most exciting new theme park offerings this summer revealed

    Many of the world s biggest theme parks are launching new rides this summer. Some will satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkies. Others feature our favourite characters from the big screen. Here s our pick of the best... Splashes and scares: The Krakatau Aqua Coaster opens at Universal Orlando on May 25Volcanic mysteryThe Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando, is dark and guaranteed to get you very wet.Board a four-person canoe and slip upward through mists and into the mysterious ...

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    California Drivin': The legendary road trip from LA to San Francisco makes for an epic family holiday

    Frankly, it was with some consternation that we stood at the foot of the Hollywood Hills with our daughters, aged 16 and 18.Back home, it can be challenging enough to get them to run a simple errand upstairs. So what chance of us hiking up to the iconic Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles in the scorching summer sun?We needn t have worried. The digital age can have its advantages when there is a picture to be taken and posted back to friends within seconds. [media_photo id="698461" height="639" width="962" alt="Stephen enjoyed a two-week family road trip travelling up the Californian coast ...

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    An Inspector Calls: Devon's Orestone Manor is a well-oiled machine stuck in its old-fashioned ways

    Rating: Orestone Manor is a proper family business. Which lends itself to a game of spot-who s-related-to-whom during a stay here on the once-posh English Riviera near Torquay, Devon.The big boss is Neil D Allen, assisted by his wife, Catherine. Their son, Craig, is front of house and daughter-in-law, Laura, is in charge of reception.The result? A well-oiled machine but one that s resolutely stuck in its old-fashioned ways. [media_photo id="698464" height="423" width="634" alt="Orestone Manor in Devon (pictured) is a family-run hotel built in 1830 which The Inspector found to be drab and stuck in the ...

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    Want value in Venice? Use my Bellini index! Frank Barrett launches a new series revealing how to get the best post-Brexit short break bargains...

    Brexit has been a body blow for the short-break traveller. In truth, the pound hasn t been in particularly robust health against the euro since 2008, but last year s vote to leave the EU made things far worse.To highlight the rise in prices, let me offer you the Harry s Bar Bellini cocktail index.Harry s Bar is the hallowed place in Venice where the Bellini cocktail was invented (it s made from fresh peach juice and prosecco). [media_photo id="688296" height="426" width="634" alt="Pricey pursuits: Holidaying in Venice has become more expensive with the crashing pound and the influx of Chinese ...

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    British Airways wi-fi in the sky finally takes off with connectivity on long-haul flights landing this month

    Ten years ago it was assumed that in-flight wi-fi would soon be commonplace. It hasn t happened, but airlines are finally showing a keenness to wire up the skies with fast links.This month British Airways rolls out the latest generation wi-fi across its long-haul network. Get ready for lift off! This month British Airways rolls out the latest generation wi-fi across its long-haul networkShort-haul wi-fi will arrive later in the year when BA becomes the first airline ...

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    Pillow menus and tapas from Peru... How today s cruise ships can offer an amazing assortment of luxury options

    My butler Jithin is standing before me in my spacious cabin bearing a silver tray arranged with posh toiletries. Which brand would I prefer? I can t decide, so Jithin puts an end to my dithering by stocking the bathroom (which has a tub as well as a walk-in shower) with sets of both Ferragamo and Bulgari products.Next, he presents me with the pillow menu. There are eight types I plump for one buckwheat and one memory foam, to be covered in silk pillowcases with hidden pockets filled with fragrant lavender. [media_photo id="688330" height="355" width="634" alt="The biggest and the best: ...

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    Get a flavour of real Indonesia! Discovering enchanting sights (and some awful smells) in Jakarta and Bali

    We experience the best and worst of Jakarta in the space of a few yards.We re in Kota Tua, also known as Old Town Batavia, one of Jakarta s first neighbourhoods where the Dutch settled in the 16th Century.It is stiflingly hot and humid, the kind of oppressive heat that soaks your shirt. We are gasping for cool air, not least when an overpowering stench breezes off a nearby canal. [media_photo id="688363" height="468" width="634" alt="Blooming lovely: Mail on Sunday Travel's Max Wooldridge found that Bali was 'a riot of colour', and tropical flowers like frangipani and hibiscus 'create nature's own ...

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