THE fixed grimace on its face, the erect fin that slices through the water, the flick of its tail that gives it an extra kick of speed: unblinking, the shark cruises past, less than two metres from my head.
FOR ultimate grandeur, the Chateau de Versailles is hard to beat, with its masterpiece ceilings, grand stairways and palatial ballroom (visit on a bright day and sunbeams foxtrot between the gilded window frames and shimmering chandeliers).
Cruise with Mary Berry or Marco Pierre White Iglu Cruise has introduced two special cruises departing in August that give travellers a chance to taste the food of famous chefs and cooks and to learn directly from the experts.
THE ultimate secret to making a proper Valencian paella has nothing to do with ingredients, measures or the temperature at which it is cooked – it is dancing a fandango around the kitchen and talking sternly to the rice.
Weekend in Alicante or Heaven in Antalya Where better to spend three nights than in the city of Alicante in Spain at the La City Hotel? It’s £319pp departing Belfast International for two people sharing for the flight and room only, including a 22kg baggage allowance.
MILLIONS of euro have been spent on the refurbishment of Ashford Castle, an impressive pile and five-star hotel on the shores of Lough Corrib that dates to medieval times, since it was bought by Stanley and Beatrice Tollman in 2013.