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.
WHEN you think about a cruise ship, does the image of an overly tanned elderly American couple meandering around on deck come to mind? Or does the ordeal of having to dress up in evening wear for dinner just in case you are at the captain's table weigh heavily on your mind? What about the thought of listening to the likes of former Loose Woman and cruise ship singer Jane McDonald warbling every night? Cruising seems to be like Marmite to some holidaymakers – either you love it or you don't.