General Francisco Franco (second from right) and his wife Doña Carmen Polo are saluted at a reception at Burgos. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The Hostal San Marcos in the northern Spanish city of León was originally a convent, built in the 16th century by King Ferdinand. Today, it is a pa(...)

The coastal town of Sitges in Spain. Photograph: Alan Copson/Getty Images

I’m hoping to go to Barcelona for a few days anytime from mid-August to mid-September and may pay a visit to Sitges for the day or overnight. I wil(...)

You’ve worked hard to create a website, but is it really working and are you getting customers? Your traffic might be going up, but how many pe(...)

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We, like a lot of Irish people, are affected by emigration. Our children are in New Zealand, the UK and Germany. We would all love to meet up somewher(...)

 Take a cruise on Danube in Budapest

Since retiring, I have taken over cooking duties at home and, as a sometime foodie, have been enjoying it very much. Meanwhile my (still working) w(...)

 Christmas at Solis Lough Eske

My parents and I are looking at the possibility of spending three days over the Christmas in a hotel in Ireland – from Christmas Eve to St Stephen’(...)

 Batu Cave is the biggest Hindu temple outside India

My parents-in-law have moved to Kuala Lumpur for two years and we plan to visit them with our two children (aged four and six), in December for three (...)

 Tourists on a sleigh ride, Livigno, Italy. Photograph: Getty Images/Jan Greune

We are a family with five children, ages 12 to 17, and are planning to fly Ryanair to Turin, Milan or Munich after Christmas for a ski trip. Our choic(...)

I am going to Seoul for two weeks in October. I will be accompanied in the first week by a friend but for the second week I will be on my own. I am in(...)

Caribbean holiday in January with a €6,000 budget
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My husband and I are visiting Cape Town for five days in early December, arriving by cruise and departing by air, and would appreciate suggestions on (...)