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A Year in the Life

It’s rare in these media savvy days for a journalist to get to talk to anyone in the public eye without a minder, such as an agent, or PR manager – in some cases both and on rare occasions there’s even a bodyguard as well. Such extra company is not conducive to a one-on-one chat. So it is always a great relief to ring the doorbell of Judith Chalmers’ comfortable, lived-in house in nor ...

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7 Holiday Home Hot Spots

The search for holiday home bargain buys is expanding and there are some potential goldmines to be found in the old Eastern bloc. But always look before you leap. It seems all the world is a holiday hot spot these days but nowhere is it more true than in Europe where former Eastern bloc countries are now clamouring to join the European Union and to do that they have to make themselves ultra attractive to th ...

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Reykjavik Iceland: so cool it’s hot

 Fancy a weekend break this winter? Instead of heading for the sun, jet off to Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik for a weekend in the snow.  It's guaranteed to leave you revitalised and fortified, says Melanie Whitehouse. It's midnight, the sky is inky black, the stars are twinkling and our jeep is parked by a borehole up a snowy track while we wait for the Northern Lights to appear. We've been ...

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California Dreaming

Judith Chalmers and husband Neil Durden-Smith take the ultimate drive on California's celebrated Highway One. It's a journey that's filled with history, style and stunning views as Judith discovers. How often do you get to gaze at a white shark in Monterey, shop in Carmel, visit the Hearst Castle and admire the sunset from the same terrace where Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles had a bolt-hole? Not only that ...

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Looking for Adventure

Bungee jumping in New Zealand, cycling in Morocco, riding in Kyrgyzstan, you name an adventure and we'll find the holiday for you, says Minty Clinch. In an ever- shrinking world, global gypsies have never had it so good. Riding in Kyrgyzstan, lemur spotting in Madagascar, cycling in Morocco, hiking in Catalunya or Peru or Nepal?  Take your pick, get online and book it up.   It sounds simple, ...

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Mexico

From Conquistadors to Aztecs, we follows the 'Route of Corts' the old road from Veracruz on the east coast to Mexico City, with a guide who knows his history and architecture as well as where to eat well and dance. There's nothing like getting off on completely the wrong foot, and Belinda from Tufnell Park managed a spectacular gaff in her first few words. She said that Corts had 'discovered' the cities of ...

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Judith’s Welcome

 Welcome to another At Home and Away with Judith Chalmers, the magazine that always reminds me of the lovely places I have been to this year! One of the great joys of travelling for work is getting to meet so many people who love pointing out the best things about their country – they really are the true ambassadors. I’m always amazed by how much more there is to discover wherever I go. Thi ...

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10 Best Family Holidays

It's not easy finding the ideal family holiday destination at the busiest and most expensive time of the year: half-term and summer holidays. But it can be done, says Joanna Symons, and here are some great choices. Costa Rica Costa Rica is an ecotourist's paradise – and a great way to bring biology and geography lessons alive. Spot toucans, parrots, hummingbirds and even the rare quetzal in the pristi ...

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On the road in OZ

Living outside and by the water is what Australia is about. So why not renta camper van and take the family on a holiday where surfing and "barbies" arean essential part of everyday life, says Nicky Holford. The jacaranda was in full bloom, its bright purple flowers contrasting against the red tin roofs and early morning skies of Sydney. At Circular Quay the ferries were starting their daily routi ...

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South America Sojourn

CHILE Chile has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, says Nicky Holford. In Argentina, it’s time to learn the life of the gaucho way of life. Flying over the Andes on the way to Santiago, Chile seems shrouded in superlatives. This narrow strip of a country that borders Peru, Bolivia and Argentina has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. From the Atacama Desert, dri ...

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On top of Table Mountain

Ask high flying newly weds where they’re going for their honeymoon and the answer is often South Africa. Naturally this begs the question why? Even a honeymoon that follows years of living together is intrinsically tricky. The previous months have been steeped in wedding preparations, mainly burning doubts about getting married at all and bitter arguments over the roles of rival relations on the big d ...

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Foreword

Welcome to At Home and Away with Judith Chalmers – the definitive guide totravel.What I love so much about travelling the world, is that there are always more places to visit, more sights to amaze you and feed your mind. The years keep going by, but there is always more to discover. So much is happening in the world of tourism that one constantly needs to keep up to date. But it is notalways the new p ...

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Another side of Greece

The Peloponnese and Crete The small islands of Greece attract sun worshippers to their beautiful beaches,lively tavernas and old-fashioned villages but larger islands like Crete and thePeloponnese, which is attached to the mainland by a tiny thread of land, have many surprises on offer. Deep down in the cave the water lapped around our boat as we gently rowedourselves through an arch of stalagmites. We were ...

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Land of the rising sun

After a ten hour flight we arrived in Japan; my first visit to The Land of the Rising Sun! A fascinating cruise was the second part of the trip but our base initially as it most certainly HAS to be was the capital, Tokyo, home to more than twelve million people. At first glance the city is like many others; choking traffic, rampantly polluted, masses and masses of shops, restaurants, endless fast food outle ...

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Editor’s Foreword

No heart could fail to be moved by the trail of destruction caused by the tsunami that washed over Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and their islands. Instead of joy, the year 2005 began with an overwhelming sadness and helplessness at not being able to do more for the hundreds of thousands killed, barely surviving or those desperately seeking missing loved ones. It is said that out of all tragedy and ...

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Hidden Russia

St Petersburg was built on the grandest possible scale and it’s changed little in the intervening three centuries, says Ross Young. Don’t expect narrow side streets – this is a city of wide boulevards, vast squares and perfectly-realised proportions. Breathtaking in its scale, stunning in its architecture, and home to some of the finest collections of art anywhere in the world, St Petersbu ...

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Croatia Revisited

A slightly nervous Judith Chalmers retreads old ground in Croatia. Butas she delightfully discovers, the natural beauty of Croatia remainsintact. Last summer I went back to the Croatian Adriatic. It had been sometwenty years since my last visit, when the country was still Yugoslavia. Our flight from Gatwick to Split took just 2 hours and 15 minutes,which is about the same flight time as to Alicante in Spain ...

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Focus on Croatia

The walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been restored to its former glory after Serbian shelling during the early'90s. The jewel in the crown of Croatia's Dalmatian coast, it is set off by a pristine sea and a string of enchanted nearby islands, as Richard Madden discovered. On our first evening in Croatia we stood on Dubrovnik's medieval city walls watching the sun go down. As we lo ...

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Exploring the Wild West

America has some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Nowhere is this more true than in the some of the Western states where natural wonders include deserts and canyons, mountains and rivers running through these dramatic landscapes. Much of this scenery is blissfully unpopulated or preserved in national parks. From Yosemite in California to the Grand Canyon in Arizona there are endless treasures to d ...

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Cruise and Control

Nearly a century after the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company introduced the first programme of recreational cruising (for first class passengers only), the concept of a community of cruisers permanently at sea is now a reality. The ship known as The World, which modestly describes itself as 'The Ultimate Address' is now well into a 50 year-long continuous circumnavigation of the globe. In the ...

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