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An intimate adventure

You'll soon find yourself with some new friends when you explore Italy in a small group, writes Chanel Parratt.

Created on 21st May 2013 at 04:01pm by Chanel Parratt
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Provencal picnic in Arles

This is my room with a view of the tiled rooftops of Arles, the southern Provence city with a history that has preserved its Celtic, Greek, Roman and Medieval heritage. I was leaning out the window a little to take this, so tilt your head slightly to the right and you’ll get the picture.

Created on 23rd January 2013 at 03:02pm by Heather Tyler
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You’d be balmy not to like Nice

Friday evening in Nice on the Cote d’Azur and it’s still a balmy 25 deg C. The icy Mistral ripped through the region on Thursday, snatched away the heat haze and had everyone reaching for jackets and scarves. The wind that drove Vincent Van Gogh mad. But today it’s warm again and the sky a hard sapphire, with the alps behind the famous southern French city etched in detail.

Created on 23rd January 2013 at 03:03pm by Heather Tyler
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Jesus is waiting in reception

Well hello, is that Jesus standing next to the reception desk? Welcome to three-star Hotel Gounod in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, possibly one of the quirkiest hotels in the world.

Created on 5th December 2012 at 02:43pm by By Heather Tyler at www.tastefortravel.com.au
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Poignant tribute to graceful princess

Fresh flowers always adorn her tomb in Monaco. Princess Grace was killed 30 years ago but she is still revered and remembered. A photographic exhibition dedicated to her life, in the historic village of Les Baux de Provence, is a poignant reminder of how much she was loved.

Created on 5th December 2012 at 02:47pm by By Heather Tyler at www.tastefortravel.com.au
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Van Gogh’s beautiful asylum

The Mistral drove Vincent Van Gogh mad. That demon gale turns narrow cobblestone streets into icy wind tunnels and chills your body to the marrow.

 

Created on 5th December 2012 at 02:43pm by By Heather Tyler at www.tastefortravel.com.au
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Back-Roads Red Dragon of Wales Tour

My tour with Back-Roads Touring Company exceeded my expectations, was lots of fun and exceptional value for money. We sang along to Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey, learnt a lot about Welsh history, visited amazing places and continually drove through beautiful scenic landscapes. I fell in love with Wales, and I have Back-Roads to thank! I can say therefore, with certainty, that this will not be the last tour I do with this excellent, professional company.

Created on 8th August 2012 at 03:26pm by Helen Lang
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La Belle France

Striking the perfect balance between ‘work’ and play, Back-Roads’ La Belle France tour offers a glimpse into the French l’art de vivre.

Created on 17th April 2012 at 11:14am by Meagan Jones // Photography: Rhys Martin
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Back to the front: War tours guide

Australians and New Zealanders have travelled to Gallipoli for decades to commemorate the WWI battles fought there, but in recent years they have been seeking out the Western Front. Paul Daley finds that organised tours are a moving history lesson.

Created on 23rd January 2012 at 06:00pm by Paul Daley
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Following in the footsteps

All battlefields tours are special, for so many reasons. It is the connection that you can make with events that happened close to one hundred years ago that helped to shape the world we live in today.

 

Created on 14th September 2011 at 10:37am by Mark Banning
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