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The Bulgarian Riviera: Low Cost Beach Fun for All the Family

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Isabel Plommer

Misconceptions melt away faster than a tutti-frutti under a Black Sea sun, as Isabel and her family discover Bulgarian beaches that are just as much fun as those on the Med – but a lot cheaper.

When my husband first suggested Bulgaria for a beach holiday, what came to mind was not skimpy swimsuits, sunblock and ostentatious cocktails. Instead, I had images of austere Soviet-era tower blocks, oxen pulling turnip-laden carts and plentiful supplies of potent after-dinner snifters.

As it turned out, I was only right about the last assumption.

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Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Tour – with Brian

Posted on 05 October 2017 by Julianne Reed

Passionate Game of Thrones fans Julianne and her husband Brian book a tour of some of the series locations in Dubrovnik. Sadly, unlike Julianne, not everyone on the tour has watched every episode.

As a lady in her golden years, I'm probably not a likely Game of Thrones fan – not in the ‘target demographic’, as they say. But then again, nor is my Brian.

Brian was hooked first. I used to do my crocheting while it was on - but at some point, somewhere around season three, when it all got a bit messy after the Red Wedding, I realised I was getting very little crocheting done.

Our unlikely fandom was sure to have an effect on our holidays, sooner or later. After all, we're lucky enough to have several breaks a year – so we're always looking for new spots to visit.

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On the Trail of Stieg Larsen’s Stockholm

Posted on 26 September 2017 by Mary Briars

Mary Briars goes on the trail of Stieg Larsen and the characters of his best-selling Millennium Trilogy, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Before I devoured Stieg Larsen's Millennium Trilogy, I regarded Sweden as a safe and prosperous country. And of course, by world standards, it is.

But Larsen's thoroughly absorbing crime novels introduced me to a darker, grittier nation – or more specifically, city – Stockholm.

Larsen's books laid bare the mysterious underbelly of a capital and one that engrossed me.

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