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Written by Linda Tyler (A highly commended entry in the Travel & Water Writing Competition.) My worn copy of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, with train ticket marking The Final Problem, was tucked in my rucksack. The train wound its way …

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A delightful getaway from either the south of England or the north of France, is the historic city of Boulogne-sur-Mer. It is often thought of as a summer destination. However, for senior travellers who can choose freely when to travel, I …

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Written by Janet Traill (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) The signpost said ‘McGregor 20 km’. This was not the first Scottish name my husband and I had come across while touring through South Africa …

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North-East Spain was largely unknown to me. I’d visited Barcelona on a couple of occasions, but never strayed far inland. Reading by chance that the name of the city of Zaragoza, was derived from Caesaraugusta, via the Arabic name of Saraqusta, persuaded me …

Anyone for Tea? In the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

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Written by Barbara Bond (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) Sri Lanka is an exceptional place. It offers such diversity; coast, mountains, plains, jungles, safari parks, world heritage sites. There’s also the ease of travel, …

 

Exploring History – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Written by Philippa Holloway (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) When considering a holiday, most people don’t decide to visit an area that is heavily restricted or requires a permanent escort and Geiger counter as standard …