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Jamie Grierson is pleasantly surprised by a skiing holiday in Davos in Switzerland

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

LEANING my head out of the train window, I take in the fresh mountain air as we glide along the edge of Lake Zurich. The beautiful reflection of the winter sun bounces off the icy water and is framed exquisitely by the snow-topped mountains in the distance.

Sarah Marshall walks on the wild side in Zambia

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:38pm Monday 20th October 2014

LISTENING to someone noisily chew their food isn't especially pleasant, but I find myself mesmerised by the loud-mouth diner munching his evening meal just five metres away from me.

Liz Fullick samples the delights of the Middle East in Sharjah

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

ON entering my hotel, the friendly concierge approaches me with an ornate brass tray, carrying small handless cups and an Aladdin-style brass coffee pot, the dallah.

Nicole Gallagher discovers that beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:07am Thursday 2nd October 2014

LOCKING my gaze onto the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose.

Nick McAvaney delves into California's wild side in Yosemite

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

"OH yes. He knows we're here," our naturalist Pete says, in answer to my naive question, as I gawk at a black bear ripping apart a fallen cedar.

Peter Thompson samples top tucker in Western Australia

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

"HOW about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles.

Catherine Wylie experiences Strictly Come Dancing at sea

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:49pm Friday 12th September 2014

PEERING over a balcony, I admire the dancers below. I'm not sure what dance they're performing, but it looks like they know what they're doing.

Life is Swede in Lapland for Sarah Marshall

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

Skelleftea is a sleepy town in southern Swedish Lapland, not far from the Baltic Sea, characterised by clapboard houses in a palette of pastel hues. And thanks to a new direct three-hour flight from the UK with Ryanair, it's set to become the gateway to an area popular with adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Lauren Taylor soaks up the healing power of Mauritius

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

I'm deep in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Mauritius, and in an attempt to unwind and raise my spiritual awareness, I've enrolled in a Reiki master course at the dreamy Shanti Maurice resort.

Sarah Marshall tunes into the Channel Islands

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I spent my formative years inland, and so I lag woefully behind the rest of our group on a coasteering expedition exploring Guernsey's coastline.

David Wilcock takes a look at what Edinburgh's offering during festival season

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:56pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Thousands of visitors have descended on the Scottish capital to see some of the best new talents in the arts and entertainment world.

Laura Wurzal travels to Florida to experience the new Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:24am Thursday 7th August 2014

Chatting to the snake in the Magical Menagerie is just one of the wand-erful things you can do at Diagon Alley, the latest attraction to open at Universal Studios Florida.

A look at some of the major World War One commemorative events happening all over the country

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:28pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

With the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One approaching on August 4, now is perhaps the best time to visit some of the great exhibitions and memorials.

Joanne Mace and her family travel to the award-winning Sandy Balls resort in the New Forest National Park

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THIS was our second visit to the Sandy Balls resort in the New Forest National Park and we felt blessed as far as the weather was concerned.

Sarah Marshall experiences a zest for life in Sorrento

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

USING the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, 68-year-old farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

Kelley Bolger discovers the Bear Necessities in Canada

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:55pm Thursday 10th July 2014

"SEE? She's not interested in you," says Al Errington, pointing at a black bear who is a mere 10ft away from where I'm standing.

Jonathan Reed and his family take the high-speed rail service TGV to the French Riviera

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:04am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Travelling by air, especially in the busy summer months, can be a real test of endurance for a family.

Sarah Marshall discovers a world of natural treasures in Costa Rica

Basingstoke Gazette: The coast at Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

10:11am Wednesday 25th June 2014

She pays a visit to the Jaguar Research Centre in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast to get to grips with what's on offer.

The Gazette's leisure editor and her family travel to East Sussex to visit Europe's first Hello Kitty attraction

Basingstoke Gazette: The Gazette's leisure editor and her family travel to East Sussex to visit Europe's first Hello Kitty attraction

12:48pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

In addition to visiting the attraction, at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, they sampled the delights of Eastbourne.

Lauren Taylor samples the delights of Italy's Ischia island

Basingstoke Gazette: Ischia island

2:36pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

Off the coast of southern Italian city Naples, Ischia has always been somewhat overshadowed by the glitz and glam of sister island Capri, and subsequently remains largely undiscovered by British tourists.

Catherine Wylie samples an alternative Arabian night in Dubai

Basingstoke Gazette: The pool at Talise Ottoman Spa in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai

9:59am Wednesday 14th May 2014

AS I look up at the beautiful mosaic ceiling, I sigh indulgently as the masseuse pours silky suds all over my freshly exfoliated skin.

Stephanie Maskery experiences hot air highs in Aspen

Basingstoke Gazette: Stephanie Maskery at Maroon Bells National Park, Aspen

7:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014

THERE'S a beautiful light fading across the mountains tonight as applause erupts and the cowboys take centre stage.

STEPHANIE MASKERY samples peace on the Nile during a cruise in Egypt

Basingstoke Gazette: Dusk from the deck of the Sun Boat IV, Egypt

7:00am Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE tomb is eerily silent. It's the kind of silence that deafens and makes you take a humble look at your surroundings.

It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. Sarah Marshall finds out how gorilla conservation and wildlife tourism are contributing to its brighter future.

Basingstoke Gazette: A gorilla with her baby at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DARK cloud hangs above the city of Kigali, the heavy rain forming fast-flowing streams in the hilly streets.

Boutique hotels and glamorous rooftop cocktail bars have catapulted Istanbul into the 21st century, says Natalie Marchant

Basingstoke Gazette: Shangri-La in Bosphorus

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

WALKING through the narrow streets of Istanbul's Old Town, I'm overwhelmed by the smell of roasted chestnuts and fragrant Turkish delight.

It's 60 years since Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for Roman Holiday. To mark the anniversary, ABI JACKSON heads to the Italian city

Basingstoke Gazette: The Trevi Fountain

12:29pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

The Trevi Fountain may have been deserted when Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck filmed their iconic scenes in Roman Holiday, but today, the cosy square where the Baroque masterpiece resides is awash with tourists.

A DIY drinking culture is exploding in America. Polly Weeks goes in search of beans and beer in Portland, Olympia and Seattle

Basingstoke Gazette: The bar at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland

11:38am Tuesday 1st April 2014

"REMEMBER, you've really got to slurp it; the louder the better," I'm urged by the enthusiastic barista at the Nossa Familia coffee shop in Portland.

Inspired by the British Museum's new Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition, Sarah Marshall visits Norway's rugged and mountainous Lofoten Islands

Basingstoke Gazette: Islets in the Lofoten Islands

12:31pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

GLINTING brightly in the sharp morning light, thousands of glassy eyes are looking down at me. Yet not one of the vacant stares reveals the slightest hint of life.

LAUREN TAYLOR discovers the creative appeal of ST LUCIA on a sketching holiday

Basingstoke Gazette: Pigeon Island in St Lucia

10:18am Thursday 13th March 2014

STUDYING the fire red leaves falling into emerald sea below, I don't think I've ever looked at a view so intently before. I look down at my sketchpad, trying to perfect the native Flamboyant tree in front of me.

It's 10 years since The Ghan made its maiden trip across Australia. RICHARD JONES finds that the iconic train is still very much on track

Basingstoke Gazette: The Ghan

11:30am Tuesday 4th March 2014

It's 10 years since The Ghan made its maiden trip across Australia. A decade on, Richard Jones finds that the iconic train is still very much on track.  

With most of Sochi's Team GB candidates having honed their skills on UK slopes, ELLEN BRANAGH joins the Go Ski Go Board scheme before heading to the Austrian Tirol

Basingstoke Gazette: Learning at Go Ski Go Board

11:13am Wednesday 26th February 2014

STANDING at the top of an Austrian mountain, I can't quite believe I've made it. But I've actually done the easy bit. It's the next stage that's going to be the challenge.

There's a growing trend for entering marathons abroad. JAMES EDGAR combines sightseeing with breaking a sweat on a trip to Cambodia's Angkor Wat

Basingstoke Gazette: Gateway to Angkor Wat temple in Angkor Siem Reap province Cambodia

11:06am Thursday 6th February 2014

THE temperature is rising sharply with the morning sun and my legs are feeling heavier than I would like.

From weird and wonderful fitness crazes in LA, to a boot camp in Cheltenham, we look at 2014's top health-boosting breaks

Basingstoke Gazette: A hike in the Hollywood hills

12:54pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

According to Matt Kendrick, co-owner of MK Life Fit, who organise Body MOT boot camps at the Puma Cheltenham Park Hotel, we should all be living by the 80:20 rule.

Beat the January blues by planning a holiday. SARAH MARSHALL provides some inspiration with a look at 2014's top ten trending destinations

Basingstoke Gazette: Mount Etna, Sicily.

2:03pm Thursday 16th January 2014

The list of destinations includes Rwanda, Toledo and Yorkshire.

There's nothing like a Christmas market to really muster the magic of the season - Abi Jackson rounds-up seven of the best

Basingstoke Gazette: Bath Christmas market

3:15pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

With its golden-stoned Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and Royal Crescent, Bath is one of the UK's prettiest cities and the ideal setting for a weekend of relaxation and romance.

Now the countdown to Christmas has begun, it's time to start drawing up festive shopping lists. Make the process more bearable by visiting one of Europe's top Christmas markets, says POLLY WEEKS

Basingstoke Gazette: Now the countdown to Christmas has begun, it's time to start drawing up festive shopping lists. Make the process more bearable by visiting one of Europe's top Christmas markets, says POLLY WEEKS

2:17pm Monday 21st October 2013

AS a Segway zips past, I almost choke on my roasted chestnuts when I realise who's behind the wheel. Wearing a red hat and a bushy beard, it's Father Christmas, who appears to have left his sleigh and reindeer at home this year.

Take a trip to the Isle of Fright this Hallowe'en

Basingstoke Gazette: Take a trip to the Isle of Fright this Hallowe'en

12:41pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

THE Isle of Wight will be changing its name for 16 scary days this autumn.

Spend some time in KATHMANDU and its surrounds, says FIONA WOOTTON, and you'll discover plenty of treasures

Basingstoke Gazette: Temples at Kathmandu

2:47pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

Many travellers to Nepal fly straight in and out of the capital on their way to a series of well-worn trekking routes around the country. But it's worth sticking around for a few days and exploring the surrounding area.

Cricket fans are setting their sights on a visit to Australia for the next instalment of The Ashes. NICK MCAVANEY takes a sporty trip through Melbourne, one of the host cities.

Basingstoke Gazette: A view of the MCG as Australia face India during day one of the boxing day Test between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

2:03pm Friday 23rd August 2013


Anita Sethi cools off in Plymouth, named Britain's Ocean City.

Basingstoke Gazette: Smeaton's Tower

10:30am Tuesday 30th July 2013

Gazing out of the train window, I gasp as we reach the coast of Britain and the sea suddenly flashes into view.

LISA HAYNES enjoys a power break in Cape Town, South Africa

Basingstoke Gazette: A jeep side pit-stop at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

12:47pm Monday 3rd June 2013

It's a getaway of extreme contrasts, but it's one that's entirely possible in five action-packed days.

REVIEW: Tylney Hall's Summer Spa Day for Two, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire - offer runs until August 29

Basingstoke Gazette: Tylney Hall's outdoor pool

3:43pm Wednesday 29th May 2013

BUSY parents don’t get many opportunities to relax together.

See History in Action at West Sussex's class act Arundel Castle

Basingstoke Gazette: On the keep

8:52pm Sunday 26th May 2013

A Castle Under Siege continues tomorrow, Monday, May 26, and a calendar of similar events runs throughout the year.

As Gatsby fever takes the world by storm, ANTHONY LOOCH revisits the real roaring Twenties in Germany's risque capital, Berlin

Basingstoke Gazette: Berlin

9:37am Friday 17th May 2013

A CHORUS line of 32 stunning girls, high-kicking with military precision on a vast Berlin stage, prove to me that the city's 1920s theatrical traditions are still alive and blooming.

REVIEW: Sandy Balls holiday resort, New Forest, Hampshire

Basingstoke Gazette: The lodge

11:22am Friday 26th April 2013

A weekend at the venue proves to be a more than pleasant surprise for The Gazette's leisure editor and her family.

Review: Christmas shopping day-trips to Guernsey from Poole

Basingstoke Gazette: Review: Christmas shopping day-trips to Guernsey from Poole

12:07pm Monday 3rd December 2012

IN February this year, Condor Ferries moved its Channel Island sailings from Weymouth to Poole because of structural problems with the quay.

Bournemouth's Park Central Hotel is perfect for a seaside trip any time of year

Basingstoke Gazette: One of the immacutely finished rooms

2:25pm Tuesday 15th November 2011

The Park Central

Hidden secrets of Catalonia

Basingstoke Gazette: Visitors to the salt mine are given a guided tour

4:05pm Monday 24th October 2011

Gazette Chief Reporter Emily Roberts ventures out of Barcelona city to explore the hidden secrets of Catalonia.

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