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    Make your American dream come true: Just get a special border pass, then jump on a train

    I once had to wait two hours to get through immigration control at Miami Airport. Even more recently in Orlando formalities took more than 90 minutes. After a nine-hour transatlantic flight from the UK, the last thing you want to do when you get off the plane is to stand in a slow-moving line in a vast, overheated arrivals barn but traditionally this has been most people s first glimpse of the States. Welcome to America! Windy City: Transport is changing in the US, with plans to ramp up the rail service between Boston, New York and Washington DC, and ...

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    How Bowie united Berlin just for one day: Delving into the history of a musical icon who helped to transform a divided city

    A lot has changed around Hansa Studios. When David Bowie was in Berlin between 1976 and 1978, Hansa was surrounded by wasteland. The Berlin Wall could be seen from the control room window.When Bowie sent his producer and backing singer out so he could concentrate on his lyrics, he spotted them canoodling by the Wall. The guns being shot above their heads may have been a bit of artistic licence, but them kissing as though nothing could fall was immortalised in Heroes. The Reichstag, a grand German parliament building which stands next to where the Wall ran, and where Bowie ...

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    A culture shock for Prezza in his own backyard: A tour of Hull with musician Stan Cullimore and Lord John Prescott

    The locals have a saying that it s never dull in Hull . When I was asked to return to this year s City of Culture and the place where I went to university I jumped at the chance to see if the adage was true.One of the first things you notice is the Humber Bridge, also known as the Bridge to Nowhere. Opened in 1981, it s a perfect example of pork barrel politics not much use to anyone, but given to the electorate to keep them sweet. Former guitarist for The Housemartins Stan Cullimore (left) ventured to Hull ...

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    A slice of Madeira, m'dears? Chic hotels, stunning coastal walks and a bizarre tribute to Christiano Ronaldo, the island s favourite son

    Does Cristiano Ronaldo come here often, I asked a local who was drinking in the Reid Palace s cocktail bar. The man smiled: Well, he has his own hotel now Really? Would the world s best footballer and Madeiran native never have cause to visit his home island s oldest and most prestigious hotel? Situated just above Funchal s port, Reid Palace (pictured) has always been the place to stay in the capital Funchal, having been in business for more than 125 yearsGrand hotels are sometimes much grander than the places they serve, summing up in one bite the essential ...

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    Why I jumped into The Donald's bed: Checking into Trump s new Vancouver hotel complete with a kitsch club and toupee-coloured showers

    The liberal city of Vancouver and the corporate brand of Trump were always going to be strange bedfellows. An inclusive place that s powered by yoga, kale and other medicinal green leaves, the City of Glass is one of the most left-leaning places in North America. When the Trump International Hotel & Tower opened its doors last month, there were protests calling for the developers to dump Trump s name. Twisting up at 45 degrees to pierce the sky, the innovative design of Vancouver's new Trump International Hotel & Tower (left) gives the place the feel of a movie villain ...

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    Dazzled by the Adriatic s sparkling jewels: A cultural cruise through Albania, Dubrovnik and Venice

    I was looking forward to seeing Trieste, where the exiled James Joyce wrote Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man and Ulysses. My son wanted to discover old Dubrovnik. My wife s priority was merely to enjoy a well-earned rest, while my daughter was happy to add Albania to her list of countries visited.Ever since my first cruise with Silversea ten years ago, I d wanted to share the experience with my family and now I was. With my wife Mo, son Nathan and daughter Lianne, we set sail on an Adriatic adventure from Venice on the Silver Spirit. ...

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    Ask Frank Barrett: An oasis of calm on the classy side of the Canaries and a new Interrail ticket for touring Europe

    Looking for an affordable way to experience the best of Tenerife? Or hunting for an Interrail-type ticket to use on Eurostar services between London and the rest of Europe?Mail on Sunday's Travel Editor Frank Barrett answers your travel questions this week. Some of Tenerife s popular resorts can be described as challenging , but there are also many charming ones to be found here on the Canary IslandsQUESTION: We're planning a pre-Easter break in the Canaries to celebrate an anniversary. We would like to stay somewhere upmarket yet reasonably affordable, which may be impossible. We ve heard bad reports about ...

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    Roll up for the Machu mystery tour: Author Philippa Gregory is overawed by Peru s incredible enigma and under fire from piranhas

    Machu Picchu in Peru has been named as one of the new seven wonders of the world, and it does not disappoint. What is wondrous about it must be different for every hiker who makes the trek up the long Inca trail, or every tourist who comes more comfortably by train. But few people can resist the sense of awe at this amazing site. Author Philippa Gregory explored Peru's magnificent Machu Picchu, an 80,000-acre site which sits nearly 8,000ft above sea levelEven today it still challenges with unanswered questions. Why was it abandoned only eight years after it was completed ...

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    Discover a new world from darkest Wales: Weather presenter Sian Lloyd gets a telescope-glimpse of space

    As a weather presenter, I ve spent most of my career looking up to the skies, but I ve never really spent much time exploring what lies far beyond.But that changed when I was given the opportunity to visit the 45,000-acre Elan Valley Estate in Mid Wales. In 2015, it became the first privately owned land to be granted International Dark Sky Park status, which means it is protected against light pollution. To witness the skies in glorious detail, Sian made use of a 400 Skywatcher 250P DS telescope, mounted on a 1,000 Skywatcher NEQ6 Synscan, picturedShowing me around was ...

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    The Crafty Traveller: Don't get stuck with a cabin bag calamity when your plane runs out of overhead space

    As any seasoned traveller knows, it makes sense to fly with just hand luggage if at all possible. There s no need to hang around at the baggage carousel after landing. You also avoid any risk of your suitcase going missing or its contents getting damaged. And with many airlines, there is the massive financial incentive to travel light: to check in a bag to the hold with Ryanair can cost as much as 80 on return flights. If an airline takes your hand luggage from you due to lack of space in the cabin, the unexpected separation can be ...

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    Want to know what it s like to be rich and famous? Just head to the Bahamas, island of sunshine and stars

    Where do you go on holiday when your face is so famous that anonymity is impossible?Surely the only way is to choose a resort where everyone is as celebrated as you are in their field and as well-off, so guests are used to seeing Julia Roberts in the swimming pool, Daniel Craig in the restaurant, and Hugh Jackman arriving in the elegant lobby?Step forward the effortlessly luxurious One&Only Ocean Club in aptly named Paradise Island Drive, Nassau. In our bleak midwinter, what you need is something to look forward to, somewhere sunny and sandy and warm. What you need is ...

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    City where excellence is par for the course: Teeing off at Italy's famed Royal Park golf club

    On a glorious autumn morning, we sweep up to the exclusive I Roveri Club near Turin. There s not another vehicle in the car park, not another soul in the clubhouse. Millionaire s golf? More billionaire s because Royal Park, as the Italians now call it, is the domain of the Agnelli family, founders of Fiat. Until recently, the exclusive Italian I Roveri Club, pictured, was members-only but after the opening of a second course on the site, the first golf tourists were invited to playUntil recently, the club was members-only and hand-picked at that but the Agnelli fortune is ...

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    How to live the dream in French style: A stroll through the beautiful Dordogne valley

    Prehistoric man selected the Dordogne valley as his destination of choice. Today this region is still a favourite playground of Britons. An easy 80-minute flight from Stansted brings you to the very best of France.Just ten minutes from tiny Bergerac airport is La Tour des Vents restaurant, which offers a panoramic view of the town and a first reminder of the calibre of French cuisine.I dived into succulent, crisp-coated langoustines, washed down with a Bergerac Monbazillac with a nose big enough to put Cyrano s own in the shade. Helen fell for France's Dordogne valley, pictured, with its pretty villages ...

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    Kayaking is tough, but what a way to see France: A family adventure amid the rapids of the Ardeche River

    There comes a moment in any parent s life when you think: why? Mine comes as I dangle off a rope tethered to a ten-metre high rock-face in south-central France.The aim is to abseil down, using my arms and legs. Unfortunately, the only muscle being exercised is my voice-box, muttering profanities. Check out the view, says instructor Ollie, who s standing on an adjacent ledge. Behind me, limestone cliffs tumble towards a shimmering narrow river. The heat is burning. My heart s thumping. Adventure: The Pont d Arc, a natural arch, at the start of the Ardeche, where Jo and ...

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    An Inspector Calls: London's newly-refurbished The Athenaeum Hotel fails on every front except its bar

    Rating: Most people who come to London will pass The Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly, near Hyde Park Corner. It s the one with the vertical garden overlooking Green Park.I d assumed it was stuffy and expensive but now, after a multi-million-pound refurb, it s far from it, billing itself as a boutique hotel even though there are close to 150 bedrooms.Mind you, it s still expensive, and that s after taking advantage of the online special offer, which, for about 310, gets you a standard room (with an upgrade, space permitting), a free cocktail and 15 per cent off food ...

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