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Discover the Secret to Perfectly Pairing Food and Wine

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 Desiree Michels (December 09, 2016)  If you’ve ever been on our luxury wine tour along the Canal du Midi then, whether you know it or not, you will have encountered the art of food and wine pairing. As you sat down to your introductory four-course meal and enjoyed some of the region’s finest varieties, you may not even have noticed how each flavour complimented the other but that is, in fact, the mark of a .. (Travel)

4 Wheelchair Accessible Hotels for your Caribbean Getaway

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 Desiree Michels (December 09, 2016)  There is nowhere greater for a getaway vacation than the Caribbean. Sandy beaches, beautiful natural surroundings, palm trees swaying in the wind and calming blue waters; the Caribbean is a relaxation haven and you are sure to recharge your batteries with a holiday to any of the brilliant islands. Whilst you may have concerns over wheelchair travel on a tropical island, you should know . (Travel)

Winter Warmth: 4 Accessible Christmas Markets in Europe

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2016)  I am a big advocate of winter vacations and particularly for families with young kids. It is a great way to escape home for a short break, while getting into the festive spirit at the same time. Europe is the perfect place for a winter break as it is not too far from home and there are a handful of charming, picturesque cities which come to life over the holidays. Europe is home to a .. (Travel)

Getting Around London as a Visually Impaired Tourist

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2016)  London is often my first recommendation when Europeans or non-Europeans ask for a destination that’s welcoming for the disabled. Holidays here can be extremely enjoyable and worthwhile, as it is a forward-thinking city that has taken steps to accommodate those with disabilities. Visually impaired tourists are particularly well thought of, and navigating the streets and public .. (Travel)

The Alpine Wildflowers of Switzerland

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 Desiree Michels (December 08, 2016)  No country on Earth is more synonymous with wildflowers than Switzerland. Beneath the imposing shadow of its alpine guardians, Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch, the vision of rolling meadows carpeted with rainbow-coloured blooms is one of the iconic images of the natural world. For those interested in experiencing the full, immersive splendour of Switzerland's wildflowers, .. (Travel)

Discover the Flora of Sichuan on Flower Holidays to China

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2016)  For keen amateur botanists, professionally-organised flower holidays offer the opportunity to encounter a vast array of endemic floral species they would not normally have access to. Destinations for flower holidays are as diverse as Australia, Chile and Madagascar, but perhaps the most mysterious and exotic of all is China. As a more ‘off-the-beaten-path’ destination, it .. (Travel)

Madeira – The Floating Garden of the Atlantic

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2016)  Madeira is often referred to as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic", with the breadth and uniqueness of its flora renowned around the world. Blessed with rich volcanic soil and a warm, subtropical climate, in spring the island enjoys an abundance of vibrant blooms across its heaths, coast and inland forests. A popular destination for professionally-organised flower tours, keen .. (Travel)

Top Tips for Photographing Wildflowers

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 Desiree Michels (December 07, 2016)  For keen amateur botanists, professionally-organised small group flower tours offer a unique opportunity to explore an unfamiliar landscape and get up close to some of the most iconic and exotic floral species in the world. For those who want to take away more than memories, flower tours also offer the chance to build or improve on a photographic portfolio of images for personal or .. (Travel)

Understanding the Caribbean Coral Reefs of Bermuda

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 Desiree Michels (December 06, 2016)  The clean, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean that lap the shores of Bermuda are absolutely teeming with life. The surrounding reefs are part of an intricate ecosystem that supports an incredible diversity of life - from the microscopic zooplankton, to a huge range of endemic fish species, sharks, dolphins and whales. The vibrant, colourful Caribbean coral reefs are renowned throughout . (Travel)

Meet the Fish of the Caribbean Coral Reefs of Bermuda

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 Desiree Michels (December 06, 2016)  People visit beautiful Bermuda for many reasons – sun, sea and sand being the most popular. But for keen divers and snorkellers, the Caribbean coral reefs that surround the region provide one of the best places in the world to encounter the magnificent and abundant marine life of the Atlantic Ocean. For those taking a closer interest in the fish and coral, learning a little more .. (Travel)

The Top 4 Pistes in the Three Valleys

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 Desiree Michels (December 06, 2016)  The Three Valleys ski resort in France has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best ski destinations among snow-loving skiers. During the ski season, Three Valleys chalets will be snapped up way in advance of the first excitedly anticipated snowfall in the region. Many visitors come to this resort primarily to experience the variety and range of skiing opportunities available. A .. (Travel)

The Three Valleys’ Most Challenging Slopes.

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2016)  For those of us who have spent the time and effort developing and perfecting our snow-skiing skills it becomes almost a mission to continually seek out new challenges and thrills. Finding that one location that offers new and increasingly challenging runs is like winning the jackpot! Well, congratulations! You have found that jackpot in the Three Valleys, which, for many enthusiasts, is . (Travel)

La Tania’s Après-Ski Scene for 2017

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2016)  Despite many skiing enthusiasts’ wishes (myself included!) you cannot live on skis and slopes alone. This brutal reality does have its silver lining, meaning that you are almost forced to sample some of exciting action found at the après-ski scene. La Tania, located in the heart of the Three Valleys ski resort, offers some of the best après-ski activities and .. (Travel)

A Round-Up of La Tania in 2016-2017

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 Desiree Michels (December 05, 2016)  La Tania, found in the heart of the Three Valleys ski resort, remains a favourite base location for seasoned skiers and beginners alike. The ski resort, which was opened in 1990 in preparation for the 1992 winter Olympics, has received yearly upgrades in response to the area’s increasing popularity and visitors’ evolving needs. La Tania ski chalets are, yet again, in high .. (Travel)

Planning a Honeymoon in Bermuda

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2016)  Bermuda ticks all the boxes for a romantic getaway and many of my clients are couples planning the most important holiday of them all – their honeymoon. Resorts on this beautiful island pull out all the stops to make sure the only things their guests need to worry about are relaxation and romance. It has been my very pleasant privilege to have helped some wonderful young (and not . (Travel)

Discover Bermuda's Underwater Exploration Institute

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2016)  Bermuda really is one of those dream destinations that has the “something for everyone" so many lay claim to. Along with fantastic beaches, wonderful food and plenty of interesting history, there's a host of excellent cultural attractions for those who want to delve a little deeper than the end of their toes in the sand. I've been helping clients find their ideal Bermuda .. (Travel)

Four of the Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts in Bermuda

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 Desiree Michels (December 01, 2016)  One of the best parts of my job is helping people make the ideal choice from the excellent range of luxury honeymoon resorts in Bermuda. To me, it's the ultimate romantic destination, so it's a pleasure to share some of my secrets about this little island paradise with happy couples from all over the world. There are some amazing honeymoon resorts around the island, so no matter which .. (Travel)

Plovers, Penguins and High Altitude Peaks – The Birdlife of Chile

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 Desiree Michels (November 25, 2016)  For wildlife enthusiasts with a particular passion for bird watching, there are some exciting opportunities on offer through professionally-organised small group bird holidays. Led by a qualified naturalist guide, the best bird holidays not only facilitate sightings of a diverse range of avian species; participants will also encounter other wildlife species and be able to immerse in the . (Travel)

The History of Catered Chalets

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 Desiree Michels (November 25, 2016)  The concept of ‘catered chalets’ has dramatically evolved since its’ humble origins back in the 1930s. Most avid skiers will maintain that the quality of accommodation on a skiing holiday is always secondary to the quality of the slopes. However, chalets are now able to offer both quality and comfort, and have become an integral part of what makes a truly wonderful .. (Travel)

The Catering in Catered Chalets

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 Desiree Michels (November 25, 2016)  Choosing to stay in a chalet, rather than a hotel, while on a skiing trip, offers many added benefits. The primary advantages are the additional space and rooms available, and the greater freedom to come and go as you please. Catered chalets go one step further, offering prepared hot and cold meals, and a wonderful ‘home away from home’ feel. Skiing holidays are rarely .. (Travel)

Sounds of London: A Musical Travel Guide for the Visually Impaired

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 Desiree Michels (November 24, 2016)  The great city of London has dozens of excellent highlights for the visually impaired. Music lovers, in particular, are well catered for here as the city is bursting at the seams with world-famous venues which attract all the biggest names in every genre. As a forward-thinking city, nearly every venue is highly accessible so you are sure to have a fantastic and stress-free experience. .. (Travel)

How Comprehensive Should Travel Insurance Be?

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 Desiree Michels (November 22, 2016)  It is never fun to contemplate the possibility of anything going wrong while travelling. Most of us get swept up in the excitement, or distracted by all the planning details involved, so we barely give the ‘what ifs’ a second thought. However, with so many factors and variables involved in the experience of ‘going on holiday’ it is vital that the majority of them . (Travel)

Debunking the Myths about Travel to the Middle East

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 Desiree Michels (November 22, 2016)  The Middle East, made up of 17 countries, is notorious for being in a constant state of volatile flux. For some travellers heading to the Middle East, travel insurance is all they need to allay their concerns regarding any danger. However, for others, the uncertain political climate renders this section of the world a complete no-go zone. It is true that travelling to the Middle East .. (Travel)

Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Fraudulent Claims

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 Desiree Michels (November 22, 2016)  The world and its people are constantly on the move. Greater access to transportation options has opened up the idea and the reality of travelling for many people. As our travelling habits grow and evolve, so do the good and bad elements of the experience. Once it was fairly rare to bother with taking out comprehensive travel insurance for your trip, whereas now it is a standard part .. (Travel)

How to Get Great Photographs on Bird Tours

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 Desiree Michels (November 21, 2016)  For amateur bird watchers, the opportunity to take part in professionally organised bird tours can be the most exciting wildlife experience of their life. Different bird tours cover a diverse range of destinations, from the lush lowlands of Bolivia and the magnificent Masai Mara of Kenya, to the picturesque eucalypt forests of Western Australia and the wetlands of southern Spain. And .. (Travel)

Bird Tours to Kenya's Magnificent Masai Mara

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 Desiree Michels (November 21, 2016)  The spectacular Masai Mara region, in Kenya, is one of the world's most sought after wildlife holiday destinations. Along with access to the ‘Big Five’ and the opportunity to experience one of the greatest shows on Earth (the annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest moving from the Serengeti), the Masai Mara is also home to a massive number of migratory and endemic .. (Travel)

Discover the Beautiful Birdlife of Bolivia

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 Desiree Michels (November 21, 2016)  Dedicated bird holidays can take participants to a range of destinations as diverse as Australia, Spain, Chile, Kenya and Bolivia. With the assistance of a naturalist guide, professionally organised bird holidays open up new and exotic habitats to enthusiasts who may never have had the opportunity to encounter the endemic species of different countries. Bolivia's Prolific Birdlife .. (Travel)

Experience the Diversity of Cefalù

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 Desiree Michels (November 11, 2016)  Being someone who travels a lot, I never like to play favourites with my destinations, especially with all the fantastic resorts in Sicily - because it's virtually impossible to choose. Luckily, the island is compact enough that you usually don’t have to. But I have to admit I do have somewhat of a soft spot for Cefalù, on the beautiful west coast. Maybe it's the lingering . (Travel)

Explore the Greek Temple Complexes of Sicily

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 Desiree Michels (November 11, 2016)  Sicily is the ultimate destination for history lovers. This beautiful Italian island has been influenced by a diverse range of societies, all of whom have left their indelible mark on its unique culture. But perhaps no legacy is more important than that endowed by the ancient Greeks. I've spent many years helping clients organise holiday accommodation in a diverse range of Sicily .. (Travel)

Rewilding Jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2016)  In the lush wetlands of the Brazilian Pantanal, dedicated wildlife tours take nature lovers into a dense jungle habitat in the hopes of catching sight of one of the world's most mysterious big cats: the Jaguar. While Panthera onca still survives throughout South and Central America, from Patagonia up to isolated pockets in New Mexico, the Pantanal is home to the densest population of .. (Travel)

Understanding Big Cats: the Biome and Food Chain of the Jaguar

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2016)  The most adaptable of all the big cats is the Panthera onca, the Jaguar. Its preferred habitat is tropical and sub-tropical rainforests and grasslands, with the densest population surviving in the vast bio-diverse wetland environment of the Amazon Basin. The Jaguar's Rainforest Biome Hot and humid throughout the year, the Amazonian rainforest biome – which includes the Brazilian .. (Travel)

Understanding Big Cats: The Jaguar's Favourite Habitats

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 Desiree Michels (November 10, 2016)  For many wildlife lovers, the most fascinating and compelling of all the world's animals are the largest members of the felidae family – aka the big cats. Coming under the term “big cat” are the Lion, Tiger, Leopard and Jaguar – the four “roaring" members of the Panthera genus. The term is also often used to describe the Cheetah, Snow Leopard and Puma. .. (Travel)

Experience an African Safari with a Difference From the Air

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 Desiree Michels (November 08, 2016)  There’s something special about an aerial African safari; just ask Prince William, who chose their trip to Lake Rutundu to propose to Kate Middleton, or Brad Pitt, who wooed his in-laws with a flying tour of Namibia’s Skeleton coast in happier times. Whether it’s the ability of small planes and helicopters to reach remote areas inaccessible by other methods of .. (Travel)

Boutique Luxury Brings the Cruise Holiday Back in Fashion

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 Desiree Michels (November 08, 2016)  The glamour and allure of a cruise holiday seems to have faded since its golden age in the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years the mention of a cruise has been more likely to conjure up images of crowded buffets and slot machines rather than elegance and refinement. But all that is changing in 2016. Luxury is returning to the cruise holiday and completely revitalising its faded glamour. .. (Travel)

A Guide to Business Travel in the Middle East

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 Desiree Michels (November 08, 2016)  Going to a new country on business is always daunting, what if you say or do something to cause offence? With my simple guidelines for business travel in the Middle East, you’ll be on your way to achieve what you set out to achieve: a mutually respectful business relationship. Friends and Partners One of the key points to remember about doing business in the Middle East is that .. (Travel)

Stay Safe on the Slopes, Whatever the Weather

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 Desiree Michels (November 04, 2016)  Picture-perfect alpine mountains with snow-capped peaks and gleaming white pistes. snowflakes drifting down through a velvet night sky to melt on an outstretched tongue. there are so many romantic mental images that skiing in Les Menuires conjures. However, the very weather that ensures a winter playground of snow for all of us to enjoy can also cause serious health risks to skiers and .. (Travel)

Flying the Rainbow Flag in the Three Valleys

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 Desiree Michels (November 04, 2016)  From 18-25th March 2017, Les Menuires will be playing host to Europe’s biggest gay winter sports and music festival: European Gay Ski Week. The resort will become a Mecca for gay skiers and snowboarders who want to meet, ski and party with other gay people in a friendly and welcoming environment. The Skiing The resort of Les Menuires provides a fantastic, low-cost base from which . (Travel)

A Boarder Family’s Guide to Les Menuires

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 Desiree Michels (November 04, 2016)  With 600km of pistes and slopes that range from 1,300 to 3,200 metres in height, there is a wealth of winter sport opportunity on offer in the Three Valleys. Chalets in the resort of Les Menuires are a brilliant, best-value base from which to explore the entire area, whether on skis or by board. In the past, Les Menuires has been seen as the poor sister of Val Thorens when it comes to .. (Travel)

Uncovering a New Threat to the Jaguar

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 Desiree Michels (November 03, 2016)  Many of the world's wildlife species are under threat and, for some, like the magnificent Panthera onca, the most imminent dangers come not from predators or their natural environment, but from man. For anyone intending to embark on a dedicated Jaguar holiday to the Brazilian Pantanal (where the highest density of the species survives), being informed about conservation issues .. (Travel)

Recommended Reading for Your Jaguar Safari

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 Desiree Michels (November 03, 2016)  If you're heading off on a dedicated Jaguar holiday to the wildlife-rich region of the Brazilian Pantanal, doing a little research on this magnificent big cat before embarking on the adventure is one of the most important aspects of your preparation. While a good tour should be led by an experienced naturalist and local guide, a basic understanding of the animal's characteristics and .. (Travel)

Jaguar Research: Jack Child's Jaguar

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 Desiree Michels (November 03, 2016)  As recently as the nineteenth century, the distribution of the Jaguar extended from southern Argentina all the way up through South and Central America, Mexico and into the United States in Texas, New Mexico, Florida and Arizona. Today the big cat's range is dramatically smaller and its main populations are found in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Belize. While throughout the 1900s .. (Travel)

Visiting Vienna: A Wheelchair Accessibility Guide

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 Desiree Michels (November 02, 2016)  Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is one of Europe’s most elegant and beautiful cities. Here you find winding cobbled streets, imperial palaces, an artistic culture and a thriving coffee-house and drinking and dining scene. Whilst it is a great city to visit at any time of year, it is during the winter months that Vienna truly comes to life. Around Christmas, the city .. (Travel)

Geneva for Coffee-Lovers: Here’s Where to Find Caffeine

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 Desiree Michels (October 31, 2016)  If you’re anything like me, no holiday is complete without stopping off at a local cafe or two and relaxing with a good coffee. This is a great way to unwind, people watch and soak up the atmosphere – the route to the heart of the city is through its coffee. This is certainly true when you visit Geneva, a destination which offers sublime natural surroundings, a .. (Travel)

Geneva: A Hand-Picked Selection of Luxury Boutique Hotels

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 Desiree Michels (October 31, 2016)  Geneva is a wonderful destination for those who enjoy the little luxuries in life. It is a city well known for its gorgeous natural surroundings, elegant town centre and sophisticated culture. You will find this elegance and sophistication everywhere you turn, including the hotels. You will be able to find a number of luxury boutique hotels if you visit Geneva, all of which feature .. (Travel)

Christmas in Lanzarote: Here’s What You Can Expect

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 Desiree Michels (October 31, 2016)  What if you could replace slushy snow with miles of silky sand? What if you could leave your scarf at home and get a bronze tan? What if you could open presents around a palm tree instead of an artificial pine one? You can enjoy the winter sun in December when you visit Lanzarote for Christmas this year! What to Expect Some may worry when visiting a tropical island for the holidays that . (Travel)

Useful Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users

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 Desiree Michels (October 26, 2016)  As somebody who has travelled extensively with a wheelchair user, I know just how stressful and daunting it can be for users to fly. The confined space, length of journey, lack of privacy and storage issues are all deterrents, not to mention getting through the airport. However, I also strongly believe that these deterrents shouldn’t stop wheelchair users from flying and .. (Travel)

Senior United Nations Officials Champion More Accessible Travel

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 Desiree Michels (October 26, 2016)  As it does every year, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27th. This year, the celebrations were held in Bangkok, Thailand and the theme was “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”. A Promising Message This theme, and the messages delivered by senior United Nations Officials at the event, could have an . (Travel)

An Accessibility Guide to the Vatican, Rome

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 Desiree Michels (October 26, 2016)  Vatican City is one of the most famous places in the world. Besides being full of iconic art and architecture, it is home of the Pope and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It attracts tourists, both catholic and non-catholic, from all around the world, and this creates a unique atmosphere around the city-state. It is also an excellent destination for those seeking .. (Travel)

Two Magnificent Marine Reserves of Sicily

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 Desiree Michels (October 25, 2016)  Over my years of assisting clients to find accommodation in the best Sicily resorts, I've been privileged to have explored a great deal of what I believe is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. You'd be hard pressed to find a more diverse and abundant landscape, and throughout the nine provinces numerous areas of great significance have been designated as protected nature .. (Travel)

Enjoy the Beauty of Bermuda's Botanic Gardens

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 Desiree Michels (October 25, 2016)  With its laidback vibe, superb weather and picture-perfect tropical island landscape, Bermuda has always been a popular destination for those looking to ‘get back to nature’. In my job helping clients find the perfect Bermuda accommodation for their holiday, after the beaches (of course), the most common question I get asked is about the opportunities to get up close and .. (Travel)




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