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Martigny, St Maurice and the St Bernard dogs

The breath-takingly beautiful St Bernard Pass.

THE Valais is a little known region of Switzerland that has many claims to fame. It has 300 days of sunshine a year, 45 mountains over 4,000 metres high (13,130 feet) out of Switzerland's total of 48, produces most of the wine in Switzerland and all of the saffron, it has "Herens" breed cows that fight each other and several glaciers, and produces no end of apricots.

A right royal treat in Germany

Published: Mon 23 Mar 2015

Queen Victoria's husband Albert is celebrated in his birthplace of Coburg.

Travel writer Ron Smith sets off to Germany to explore a Royal connection for people from these shores, and to soak up the culture in two fascinating cities, which he thoroughly recommends to readers, who can get there easily ........

A pilgrimage to Brussels

Published: Tue 03 Mar 2015

Grand Place Brussels

Brussels is an odd place. It does not feature much on lists of holiday destinations, but it is well worth an exploration, and it holds a direct link with Aberdeen from 390 years ago. First Ron Smith will tell you about how to get there in comfort and style ......

How Swiss life copes with snow

Published: Tue 17 Feb 2015

Old and new rotating cable cabins.

HERE in Britain we are having a wee bit of snow, and everything stops. Schools close, trains and planes are cancelled, roads are blocked, it is the end of the world. So how do other countries cope? Travel writer Ron Smith went to Engelberg in Switzerland to see .....

Venice, a city of dreams and waterways

Published: Tue 27 Jan 2015

The famous Rialto Bridge.

Travel writer Ron Smith ventures to Venice and finds out why millions each year visit a city known for its unique history and for its canals which provide the waterways for everyday living.......

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