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A Night Of Robert Burns

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A local account by Insight Tour Director Mike Doughty Off for a night out to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet.  It’s strict dress code this evening so for me highland dress, white shirt, black bow tie, and a kilt in Widows Sons Scotland tartan. The venue for this evening…

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Packing for India: An Insider’s Guide

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Both a country and a subcontinent, India’s cultures and climates are almost as varied as its geography. This is brilliant news when it comes to exploring but it can be challenging when it comes to packing for India. To try and simplify things, Insight Vacations India Tour Director, Lalit Bhatt, explains the dos and don’ts…

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Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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Nicknamed the greatest party on earth, when Mardi Gras hits New Orleans the ground shakes, hips swing and the celebrations last late into the night. Celebrate the carnival to end all carnivals with our guide to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the city with greatest amount of bars per capita in the US. Krewe of…

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Treasures of Ireland: In search of The Quiet Man

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During a prolific career that spanned nearly 60 years, the late John Ford, the iconic Irish-American film director who helmed 137 features, brought one of his projects “home” to Ireland for location shooting: The Quiet Man. A nostalgic tribute to Ford’s Irish ancestry, the 1952 film is a beautifully shot Technicolor presentation deserving of its…

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Where to Visit in June

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Europe is always a smart destination to visit in June, especially in the north where Scandinavian countries enjoy lake-land parties, never-ending days and some of the best fishing spots in the world. Accommodation tends to be a bit cheaper than during the real high season, too. Elsewhere, the continent’s boot, Italy, possesses cultural pearls ready to…

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The Secrets of Hungarian Strudel

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One of Hungary’s favourite dishes, the humble strudel enjoys a prominent place in culinary culture across much of Europe. Tracing its roots back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, strudel has featured in celebrations and festivities in Budapest for many centuries. The first bakery dedicated to strudel to open in the city, Strudel House are local experts…

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Manarola: A Glimpse of Old Italy

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Celebrated in the paintings of Antonio Discovolo in the 20th century, Manarola, and the Italian Riviera that encompasses it, are special places even to the Italians. Here we take a look at what makes this part of Old Italy so unique. Vineyard House © PhotographyTTL/iStock Famous for its “love trail” – which sounds far more…

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The TreadRight Foundation: Making Travel More Sustainable

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Travelling is usually an explosive mix of excitement, relaxation and exploration. There is much to gain and so very little to lose. One of the main reasons we all indulge in it is to see and experience the variation the world has to offer. Recently there has been a push towards travelling ‘responsibly’. It’s a…

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Inside Ashford Castle in Ireland

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Named the World’s Best Hotel 2015 by luxury travel network Virtuoso, Ashford Castle is certainly turning heads. And with unrivalled opulence, a stellar setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty and endorsement from some of the world’s top celebrities, the castle’s popularity is no real mystery. Exterior of Ashford Castle © Courtesy of Red…

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The Oysters of Brittany

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Exports form a tiny percentage of total oysters farmed in Brittany. And no wonder, since every cove, bay and harbour in the area claim their local oysters are the non plus ultra in taste. Here, we take a look at why the Bretons might be quite so bad at selling their bivalves. Mont Saint-Michel ©…

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