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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Mike Pickup travels to the Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton and Christopher Columbus. “In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the…

Things to Do in St Lucia: Caribbean Paradise

Things to Do in St Lucia: Caribbean Paradise

From a drive-in volcano, making chocolate and trekking amongst caterpillars, Mike Pickup discovers a plethora of things to do in St Lucia, the only country named after a woman. “There…

Guernsey Holidays and a Side Trip to Sark

Guernsey Holidays and a Side Trip to Sark

On a short trip to the Channel Islands, Mike Pickup enjoys stepping back in time on his Guernsey Holidays, as well as the short excursion to the car-free Isle of…

Lake Constance: One Holiday, Four Countries

Lake Constance: One Holiday, Four Countries

The shores of Lake Constance, or Bodensee as it’s known to the locals, fall in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; its waters flow into the Rhine, which forms a natural border…

Overwhelming Hospitality in Tbilisi Georgia

Overwhelming Hospitality in Tbilisi Georgia

Mike Pickup travels to Tbilisi Georgia to discover a place rich in history with the world’s oldest viniculture and a ridiculous amount of food. “I’m off to Georgia” I told…

Macao Holidays: Where Portugal Meets China

Macao Holidays: Where Portugal Meets China

On his Macao Holidays, Mike Pickup discovers a place that fuses its Portuguese and Chinese heritage in three quite distinct ways. It’s little wonder that at times Macao seems more…

Any Port on a Douro River Cruise

Any Port on a Douro River Cruise

On a Douro river cruise in Portugal, Mike Pickup explores the region’s rich history as well as consuming an adequate amount of its major export – port wine. I always think…