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One of the world's wine capitals is so close, on the west coast of France just down the channel. La perle d'Aquitaine (The Pearl of Aquitaine) or also known as La Belle au Bois Dormant or Sleeping Beauty, Bordeaux is on many short cruises, or on the way to other Mediterranean or Canary Island destinations. Bordeaux is famous for...
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Elizabeth and David take a trip just outside Lisbon to one of the greatest Rococo buildings in Europe, the Royal Palace of Queluz. Queluz is in the parish of the modern-day Sintra Municipality of Lisbon. Rococo is an exuberantly decorative style from the end of the Baroque period which is decorative architecture that began in France in the first part of the 18th...
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Sotogrande is not far from Gibraltar and worth a thought if you have a long stop in Gibraltar and you have seen the monkeys and glass blowing before. With the recent expansion of the Marina there is far more bed space and it all sells out in July because of the Polo tournaments. Sotogrande has more than a few Polo...
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Owned by the rich sherry producers and they used it to farm cork for the bottles. The beautiful land was used to ride their horses through and it was not long before riding, polo and holiday homes lead the way to what is now a world centre for polo and yachts. It is actually near Gibraltar, but you can...
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All of these villages in the principality of Manilva were previously part of a huge Roman fishing Village, thought to have been called Saltum. The Castillo was there to protect the  18th-century village. Now the huge stretch of sandy beach has more value than the fishing, but, the fresh fish on offer in the restaurants is worth sampling. If...