Europe and Middle East

Cotswolds88 Hotel. Cotswolds goes hip.

Step into Cotswolds88 hotel, set in the beautiful village of Painswick and you’d be excused for thinking you’d just stepped off the London Overground into East London’s hippest new joint. From outside the hotel, the design is very much in keeping with the local area, complete with traditional cream Cotswold stone.

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Tom Watson once said of Royal Dornoch that it was ‘the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course’. well, it might be Ok for Tom to go there and ‘have fun’, but for me it was quite simply a religious experience.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo. Walking on summer sunshine

Guido Pompanin knows a thing or two about The Dolomites. Not surprising really when you consider his father Ugo and few friends built their very own cable car service to ferry passengers 2,700 metres up from Cortina d’Ampezzo to the summit of Mount Lagazuoi in 1965.

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WW1 Trenches of the Dolomites

High up on the Lagazuoi slopes of The Dolomites, some 2,500 meters above Cortina d’Ampezzo, a fierce struggle took place in atrocious conditions from 1915 to 1917 between Italy and the forces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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The Rhine Valley. Or should it be the Vine Valley?

Marcos and Marco are father and son. They also happen to own a castle. Not just any old castle you understand, but a real, solid, medieval one, sitting up on the banks of  the mighty Rhine valley just up river from Rudesheim.

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Waterloo. Belgium’s battlefield can be a big break too.

Mid June and it’s the eve of the annual re-enactment of Wellington’s famous victory over Napoleon in 1815. I am looking out at the battlefield atop the Lion Mound, some 140 feet up offering up an impressive 360 degree view.

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