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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. Stephen enjoyed a two-week family road trip travelling up the Californian coast from Los Angeles to ...

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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. Orestone Manor in Devon (pictured) is a family-run hotel built in 1830 which The Inspector found to be drab and stuck in the pastWe have a lie-in on Sunday morning and ...

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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). Pricey pursuits: Holidaying in Venice has become more expensive with the crashing pound and the influx of Chinese visitorsIt has been a ...

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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 to offer connectivity using Europe s first-ever 4G in-flight network.Passengers will be able to use their own devices to browse the internet, access ...

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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. The biggest and the best: Silver Muse, the latest ...

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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. 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 colour chart'We recall a ...

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    Boston with two tots? It s totally quackers! How America's most 'walkable city' offers a wealth of options for all the family

    The tourists on the duck bus raise a smile when our guide, dressed as a Salem witch, hands the steering wheel to my four-year-old daughter. They re still grinning as Belle powers this amphibious sightseeing vehicle through the blue-brown of Boston s Charles River.Our chatty witch continues with her patter... but I m not listening, my gaze glued instead on Bunker Hill Bridge, which we re heading straight for. Charming spot: A typical clapboard house and Neck lighthouse on Cape CodA nanosecond before I can scream STOP THE KID! WE RE GOING TO HIT THE BRIDGE! , the witch calmly ...

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    Help - there s a hippo next door! Some close encounters of the very wild kind as a safari newbie tackles Zambia

    I d never visited real Africa before, but as we flew from Nairobi to Lusaka and caught a glimpse out of the window at snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, it felt as if we were slap bang in the middle of this huge continent.A ten-seater plane then took us on a bumpy journey to Mfuwe, the main gateway to the Luangwa Valley - and touched down at a remote, arid airstrip in blazing sunshine. June is the start of Zambia s winter (or dry) season - it was no surprise to learn their winters are warmer than our summers Meet the neighbours: ...

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    Ice cream with a dollop of history in Turin, where the Magnum's forerunner first went on sale in 1939

    This is no health farm. Piedmont - underneath the Alps, in the top left-hand corner of Italy - introduced the world to Nutella and Martini.It s also where chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick was invented, 50 years before any lolly-eater had ever heard of a Magnum.So it s no surprise that my first stop in Turin, Piedmont s main city, is Gelateria Pepino, where the Magnum s forerunner first went on sale in 1939. Speed breaking: Turin is just an hour and a half from London, putting it in range as a weekend destinationThe city is still curiously proud ...

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    Shanghai is on the up! This shiny city of skyscrapers has an energy that will leave you buzzing

    Living in Shanghai makes New York seem provincial, says a transplanted U.S. professor, now running the Chinese offshoot of New York University. It feels open to the world. Professor Joanna Waley-Cohen, Provost of NYU Shanghai, thinks it has something to do with the sheer size of the place (population 25 million) and partly the infrastructure - subway system, ubiquitous wifi, even on the subway, well before New York got it . City skyline: In fierce competition with Hong Kong and Beijing, Shanghai has more high-rise buildings than any other city in the world except ChicagoI get her point. After a ...

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    A home for the holidays: This enchanting National Trust cottage in Cornwall makes for a dreamy staycation

    Tucked away: Pont Creek Cottage is a National Trust property in CornwallContinuing our series on the best places for a staycation, this week we check out a superb National Trust cottage in Cornwall.LocationIn a fairytale clearing on the Fowey estuary in Cornwall, and with densely wooded banks rising on either side, Pont Creek Cottage is a cosy and enchanting base from which to explore the area.Just yards from the water s edge, it is superbly located for walking the many footpaths along the creek, including Hall Walk, which starts on your doorstep and leads back to Fowey via a ...

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    From Broadchurch to a perfect Greek odyssey: Sarah Parish gets some much-needed recuperation on a family break in the sun

    Going on holiday as part of a large group can be a daunting prospect because there are usually so many needs to satisfy. But luckily our party of 16 were a sporty bunch and we all got exactly what we wanted at the Vounaki Beachclub in Paleros.I ve been to Greece a few times and I love it because you know the weather is going to be good. It was just what I needed after finishing filming the latest series of crime drama Broadchurch.The hotel, on the west coast of mainland Greece looking across to the island of Lefkas, was ...

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    Stars in their eyries! Golden sands at Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar hotel where Greta Garbo checked in for FOUR YEARS

    Continuing our series on the world s hippest hotels and the celebrities who frequent them, Sarah Turner checks out a Hollywood favourite Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica.Star quality: Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Bill Clinton, Jane Fonda.Vital statistics: English-born John P. Jones, who earned a fortune from silver mining, arrived at the ranchland that was Santa Monica in 1874. The pool at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica hasn t changed much since it was the backdrop for 1962 s A Touch Of Mink starring Doris Day and Cary GrantBy 1889, he d built ...

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    The Falklands? Isle be back: One writer revels in the rugged charm of her childhood home as she returns after 56 years

    I first arrived in Port Stanley after a rough five-day crossing from Montevideo, on RMS Darwin, a 2,000-ton mail ship which carried 30 passengers as well as monthly supplies. It was July 1960.My second arrival in the capital of the Falkland Islands was in February this year, travelling in a six-seater Islander twin-engine plane flying from the Sea Lion Lodge on East Falkland, which is billed as the most southerly British hotel in the world.We flew over the house my family had lived in back in the 1960s and, apart from the fact that it was now surrounded by other ...

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    The serene way to see Europe's jewels: From strolling through Monaco to sipping port in Porto, how cruising hits all the right spots

    It s 10am and I am buttering a toasted muffin and pouring a second cup of coffee as I sit on my veranda and contemplate the approaching town of Porto Venere in the Liguria region of Italy.Jason, our butler, has laid out a white tablecloth on which he s placed eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and muesli. He has already cleaned my husband s shoes.We have been on Crystal Serenity for less than 24 hours but have totally chilled already. All aboard! The Mail on Sunday Travel's Vivien Creegor stayed on the Crystal Serenity for a European sailing trip Three hours ...

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