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The Baltic island of Bornholm is Denmark’s secret delight

       Words and pictures by Alan Wooding     TO the locals it’s the ‘The Sunniest Place in Denmark’ yet the Danish island of Bornholm, with its picture-postcard fishing villages, dense beech and conifer forests, stunning beaches and rugged granite cliffs, is little known to us in Britain. “I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to our island,”…

Discovering Thomas Hardy’s fictional county of Wessex 

          I’ve been an unashamed fan of Victorian author Thomas Hardy after falling in love with actress Julie Christie as an impressionable teenager after she starred in the 1960s film, Far From The Madding Crowd, writes Alan Wooding. Filmed in and around Dorset, one of Britain’s most picturesque counties, Ms Christie was cast in director John Schlesinger’s…

Boston and The Berkshires

  Ruth Brindle discovers the delights of a pre-Christmas break in Massachusetts   IF you’re looking for an ideal place for a bit of winter R&R there’s a B&B option that fits the bill exactly – Boston and The Berskshires that is, in New England. Although this time of year is a bit late for catching the spectacular autumn foliage…

Tampa has so much to offer

  Ruth Brindle discovers the city’s diverse history and exciting modern transformation     WHEN Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates puts his cash into the expansion of a city it’s time to discover it for yourself. The city in question is Tampa, Florida. Bill’s $3 billion, 50-acre redevelopment of the downtown Water Street district in conjunction with Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff…

A Zimbabwean wildlife adventure

Alan Wooding discovers just how rich and varied a trip to Africa can be     Just moments after our Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicle negotiated a series of steep downhill twists and turns through dense undergrowth, suddenly two heavily armed men dressed in khaki camouflage suits came into view. Despite our initial alarm, we were assured by our driver Solomon…

A warm welcome at North Devon’s Saunton Sands Hotel

From the moment we pulled into the North Devon hotel’s reception area and were greeted by jovial doorman Neil Tynan, suitably attired in a top hat and smart tailed coat, we were made to feel at home, writes Alan Wooding. “Welcome to the Saunton Sands Hotel,” he beamed while indicating to a porter to remove our luggage, adding: “We hope…

The Sapphire is a cruising gem

Words and pictures by Alan Wooding From the moment I stepped aboard the Saga Sapphire, I began to realise that I’ve probably not given cruising holidays a proper chance. Having previously experienced a week-long cruise aboard a 16 deck ocean giant – accompanied by more than 3,200 mainly greedy, wasteful and often rowdy passengers – when Saga Travel’s delightful PR…

Training with The Mounties and discovering a gangster hideout

In the second of his features about one of Canada’s lesser known provinces, travel writer Alan Wooding spends time with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at their headquarters in Regina and discovers the hiding place of one of America’s most notorious gangsters.   “Make sure you keep your goggles and ear defenders on when the range goes live,” said our…

Big skies, big fish and a wild west dream

Mention Canada and most people immediately think of a trip through the Rockies from Calgary to Vancouver – but in the first of two features about one of the Commonwealth country’s lesser known provinces, travel writer Alan Wooding enjoys all that the prairie state of Saskatchewan has to offer. “It’s been a joke for years that if your dog runs…

Sampling a taste of Istria

by Alan Wooding Urged on by a series of grunts and whistles, Joseph’s two long-haired dachshunds raced into the sun-dappled Istrian forest and within minutes had helped unearth a small black truffle. Seven-year-old Gejar and her daughter Cheeta, four, were instantly rewarded with a tasty treat by their owner, one of Croatia’s many truffle hunters who dig around the oak…

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