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The striking La Cit du Vin wine museum in Bordeaux.

Travel: Exploring French vineyards with Viking

I have just spent a week, sniffing, spitting, swirling, sipping and sampling some of the world’s greatest wines and all from the comfort of a luxury river cruise ship in France. So have you ever wondered what this apparently sophisticated ‘wine ritual’ is all about?

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Naturalist Russell Hedley explains how recognise edible fungi

Travel: An autumn wildlife adventure in Lakeland

It was a horrible high-pitched squeal that suddenly made us aware that something serious was happening close by. But little did we expect to see a juvenile stoat attempting to kill a large rabbit just yards from the RSPB Campfield Marsh building where we were eating our picnic lunches.
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The Holiday Inn at Armacao de Pera.

Travel: Escaping the winter in the Algarve

The clocks have just gone back and it's cold and dark outside, so here's the challenge. Where do you go to get some warm winter sunshine at a great value price, a quality hotel on a perfect sandy beach, with a flight that lasts less than two and a half hours?

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