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Off the beaten track in Roosendaal

19 February 2020
Off the beaten track in Roosendaal

Off the beaten track in Roosendaal

19 February 2020

Travel writer Ron Smith is intrigued by this quiet Dutch town on the border with Belgium, where he says there is plenty to see and do


Yokohama, your first port of call in Japan

15 January 2020
Yokohama, your first port of call in Japan

Yokohama, your first port of call in Japan

15 January 2020

North-east travel writer Ron Smith discovers links to home at one of Japan's most important – and impressive – harbours


War and peace no match for Netherlands' art museum in the trees

04 December 2019
War and peace no match for Netherlands' art museum in the trees

War and peace no match for Netherlands' art museum in the trees

04 December 2019

North-east travel writer Ron Smith finds a culture surprise hidden away in a Dutch forest – and unveils its fascinating history


Wine, salt and cars add up to a unique charm

23 October 2019
Wine, salt and cars add up to a unique charm

Wine, salt and cars add up to a unique charm

23 October 2019

Travel: Ron Smith goes in search of 'white gold' in the Franche-Comte region


Picture perfect Luzern heralded birth of tourism

11 September 2019
Picture perfect Luzern heralded birth of tourism

Picture perfect Luzern heralded birth of tourism

11 September 2019

Ron Smith heads for Switzerland to see some rare works of art from Turner and others


Culture, castles and kilometres of trails in German state

14 August 2019
Culture, castles and kilometres of trails in German state

Culture, castles and kilometres of trails in German state

14 August 2019

Exploring the many towns of Thuringia, Keith-based travel writer Ron Smith makes a case for this fascinating German region


West coast wonders provide a new look at Ireland

17 July 2019
West coast wonders provide a new look at Ireland

West coast wonders provide a new look at Ireland

17 July 2019

Ron Smith enjoys a relaxing trip over the Irish Sea to explore all that County Donegal has to offer


Ships to shore on waterways of Vlissingen

05 June 2019
Ships to shore on waterways of Vlissingen

Ships to shore on waterways of Vlissingen

05 June 2019

Wars with the English, Nazi occupation and Canadian liberators have all left their mark on this fascinating corner of the Netherlands, Ron Smith finds


Take time to decipher extraordinary art

01 May 2019
Take time to decipher extraordinary art

Take time to decipher extraordinary art

01 May 2019

Ron Smith spends time in the galleries of Belgium as the country marks 450 years since the death of Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder


We're missing out on Swiss delights

17 October 2014
We're missing out on Swiss delights

We're missing out on Swiss delights

17 October 2014

Travel writer Ron Smith lists his top 10 things to do and places to go in Central Switzerland. How many have you covered?...


Arnhem and a bridge too far

09 September 2014
Arnhem and a bridge too far

Arnhem and a bridge too far

09 September 2014

Travel writer Ron Smith heads for Arnhem in the Netherlands, famous the World War 2 battle immortalised in an epic movie starring Sean Connery, Robert…


Follow in a Giant's steps

02 September 2014
Follow in a Giant's steps

Follow in a Giant's steps

02 September 2014

Travel writer Ron Smith journeys to Northern Ireland and finds it full of surprises, from the coast and the world-renowned Giant's Causeway to Belfast…


Town that lays claim to be seaside of Paris

06 August 2014
Town that lays claim to be seaside of Paris

Town that lays claim to be seaside of Paris

06 August 2014

The French seaside resort of Le Touquet was all the rage in the 1920s and 30s, and was noted as a destination for Parisian men to take their mistresses,…


Frankfurt – easy to get to, hard to leave

30 June 2014
Frankfurt – easy to get to, hard to leave

Frankfurt – easy to get to, hard to leave

30 June 2014

I HAVE used the Lufthansa flight direct from Aberdeen to Frankfurt quite a few times, for connecting flights or to catch planes to visit other parts of…


Riga - a city of contrasts

30 April 2014
Riga - a city of contrasts

Riga - a city of contrasts

30 April 2014

I WAS bowled over by Riga, the capital of Latvia, which is both very old, with many buildings dating from the 1200s, and yet very modern.


French coal mines give way to spectacular art attractions

11 April 2014
French coal mines give way to spectacular art attractions

French coal mines give way to spectacular art attractions

11 April 2014

THE north of France, the part closest to the UK, is usually overlooked as a holiday destination, but it has so much to offer and is developing its many…


Norway's Atlantic gem

21 March 2014
Norway's Atlantic gem

Norway's Atlantic gem

21 March 2014

ON Norway’s Atlantic coast, Kristiansund is a real gem and it is now easy to get there.


So much to learn from going to Oxford

25 February 2014
So much to learn from going to Oxford

So much to learn from going to Oxford

25 February 2014

Travel writer Ron Smith lets the train take the strain as he heads for Oxford which has so much to offer he could cram just a fraction of the sights into…


Delightful Dijon and the Scottish connection

28 January 2014
Delightful Dijon and the Scottish connection

Delightful Dijon and the Scottish connection

28 January 2014

DIJON, in central France, is a great place to visit.


Food for thought in Northern Ireland

16 January 2014
Food for thought in Northern Ireland

Food for thought in Northern Ireland

16 January 2014

NORTHERN Ireland has emerged as one of the top places for good food.


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