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On the Luce 2018 travel review
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On the Luce in 2018

I always love looking back on the last 12 months of travels as we get close to the end of the year – remembering the places, people and experiences along the way (not least as there’s usually a few…

A Christmas market river cruise on the Rhine
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A Christmas market river cruise on the Rhine

Wooden chalets full of Christmas ornaments, towering Christmas trees, sparkling lights and the smell of log fires burning, roasting chestnuts and bubbling pans of Glühwein. Christmas markets have taken over Europe, and there are few cities which don’t have…

Views from a Rhine dinner cruise in Mainz
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Germany for wine-lovers: A weekend in Mainz

Jaillan Yehia from Savoirthere leaves the Liebfraumilch behind and gets to grips with world-class grapes in Mainz, Germany’s wine-producing capital, on assignment for On the Luce – it’s a tricky job but somebody had to do it. Here’s what…

My seventh year On the Luce
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My seventh year On the Luce

The sun’s shining, the Champagne’s on ice and there’s a double birthday celebration for both me and the blog. On the Luce has reached it’s seventh anniversary (and I’ve reached a slightly older age!) after another big year –…

Food in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean
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Food in Saint Lucia: From market to plate

The food on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is a real mixture of influences – take West Indian produce and Creole cooking techniques, add a touch of French flair, some British imports and a pinch of African and…

My travel confessions
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My travel confessions

After 30 years of travel, 50 countries and seven years of blogging, you’d think I might actually be good at this travel thing by now. Travel’s my passion, and I love being able to share my advice and experiences…

Auschwitz-Birkenau
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A haunting visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland

The skies are dark and moody as we pass through the gates of Birkenau, part of the Auschwitz concentration camp near Kraków in Poland. As we walk across this huge, bleak stretch of land a cold wind whistles by…

5 reasons to visit Krakow, Poland
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5 reasons to visit Krakow, Poland

When you book a spring weekend away in northern Europe you never know what you’re going to get. Rain, sun, snow – a bit of everything? So you need a destination that ticks a few boxes.…