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Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Board the Loire 'art boat' in search of an elusive giant yellow duck

Saturday, 9 June 2007

The older and/or sadder among you will remember an episode of Round the Horne in which Kenneth Williams plies the seven seas as Captain Ahab in pursuit of a giant waterfowl called, if memory serves, Moby Duck. The show's denouement – "Aargh!" "Quack." "Aaaaaargh!" "QUACK" – still rings in my ears.

Last dance saloon: Step into Madrid's authentic flamenco scene

Saturday, 9 June 2007

I had always been entranced by the idea of flamenco. The famously impassioned music. The impossibly raven-haired ladies. The glorious macho posturing of the men, so surly and so proud. But I had never experienced the real thing, never found a place where aficionados hung out and enjoyed "their" music. So when a mutual friend suggested that he could arrange a meeting with flamenco superstar Joaquin Cortes in Madrid, I jumped at the chance to get a real insider's view.

Valencia: See the 25th century, right here, right now

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Boy, has Valencia changed! The 32nd America's Cup has given this city a great excuse to build, polish and demolish. Down in the docks, the harbour front has been completely taken over by a vast new viewing gallery and a series of large, colourful hangars, where these alarmingly tall boats sleep each night.

Hamburg, Germany

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Simon Calder: The Man Who Pays His Way

Saturday, 2 June 2007

You could pay over £1,000 for a business-class flight to Athens and back, or just £20 for a round-trip to Europe with Ryanair. However much or little you spend on an air ticket, your rights as a passenger are enshrined in European law: when things go wrong, the airline is obliged to help you out. If your plane is significantly delayed – by as little as two hours for short flights – the carrier must provide food, drink and phone calls. For overnight delays, you are entitled to a hotel room and transport from the airport. That obligation applies no matter what the reason for the delay.

New Zealand too far? Try Old Zealand, Denmark's largest island, instead

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Bungee jump from a platform suspended high above a canyon; jet-boat at 50mph in mere inches of water; roll downhill strapped inside a giant rubber ball. And then after lunch ...

24-Hour Room Service: L'Hôtel de Sers Paris

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Paris's Avenue George V is one of those neck-craning thoroughfares, splashed with haute-couture shops and grand hotels, from the new Fouquet's Barrière to the legendary Four Seasons George V. As our taxi turned off at the luxury deli Hédiard, we scanned the road ahead for our weekend bolthole, the Hôtel de Sers. But with only a small flag bearing its name on the second storey of the graceful building, we went straight past it.

The Complete Guide To: Switzerland in style

Saturday, 2 June 2007

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