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Hotel Le Saint James. Bordeaux

The view of The Garonne river from my bedroom window is spectacular, no question. Particularly as it is framed by the vines in the foreground from Hotel Le Saint James own vineyard. But in all fairness, even that charming montage is surpassed by the sight of the full size Harley-Davidson standing like a silent sentinel next to my bed.

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Korcula Island Croatia

It may not have the rep of Hvar or Brac, but Korcula is set to be the next hot island in Croatia. It already has a Relais & Chateaux hotel, excellent restaurants, decent sandy beaches and something extra few islands offer – exquisite architecture and the rich culture of layers of ancient civilisations.

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Z Hotel Glasgow

Z Hotel Glasgow is ideally placed for exploring Glasgow city centre, next to George Square, 200 yards from Queen’s station but in spite of being perfectly central and in our case a Friday night, we had the quietest night sleep.

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Exploring Split. Croatia’s pleasure playground

There are few seaside resorts which also happen to be home to magnificent Roman ruins and the jumping-off point for several spectacular islands. Which may be why Split is emerging as one of the world’s great new pleasure playgrounds, with a feel that’s more Cote d’Azur than Eastern Europe.

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Park City. Utah’s luxury mountain hideaway

There was a point, I’m pretty sure it was 23 seconds into my 47 second journey down the Park City Utah Olympic Park four man bob sled run, when I had second thoughts. We were hurtling round turn five and the g-forces kicked in making my shoulders feel they were supporting the entire western hemisphere. Of course by the time my second thoughts were processed, turn ten had had come and gone and it was all over, leaving me desperately wanting to do it all again.

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Scotland’s whisky festivals

There’s no better time to head for the Scottish Highlands and Islands than May, especially for lovers of a wee dram. This most picturesque region of the country boats a pair of fine distillery trails where some of the world’s greatest malts emerge from the pot stills as liquid gold.

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