Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

We stroll down the cobblestone hill lined with tourist shops to the bustling lakefront. We watch as ferry boats bring in tourists, an artist paints the picturesque scene and shoppers browse the handbag and pottery shops.

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Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

Sirmione is a picturesque tourist destination at the end of a peninsula extending into Lake Garda, Italy. In the summer it is packed with tourists ferried in by boat and coach. It is the place to go to eat ice cream, with numerous shops vying with each other for your custom.

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Heller gardens, Lake Garda, Italy

This amazing garden in Gardone Riviera has plants from around the world blended with contemporary sculptures. The numerous shrubs and small trees are intersected with narrow, winding paths with each turn presenting a different tableau of planting.

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Gardens of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Lake Garda, Italy

Who would have a full-size battleship in their hillside garden? It is one of the amazing sights at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani (in English “The shrine of Italian victories”), in Gardone Riviera, on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. The large estate was once the home of Italian poet and World War I soldier Gabriele d’Annunzio. It has been preserved and developed in memory of his life.

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Limone, Lake Garda, Italy

We arrive at Limone by ferry, disembarking at the little harbour in the heart of the old town. We stroll through the narrow lanes lined with tourist shops that wind along the shore and up the slopes behind. We descend to the wide waterfront promenade where there are cafe terraces to eat and drink while admiring lake views.

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Lazise, Lake Garda, Italy

We stroll from the walled city gate, through the wonderful old town centre, with narrow alleys and picturesque squares, passing the harbour set right in the city centre and the 14th century Veronese customs office. We walk along the lakeside to the marina and then return to the city gate.

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Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Riva del Garda is located at the north-western corner of Lake Garda in Italy. We stroll on a circular tour from the harbour, through the picturesque back streets and return to catch the ferry.

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Nuffield Place in Oxfordshire

Nuffield Place in Oxfordshire, England was the home of William Morris, founder of the Morris Motor Company and at one time Britain’s richest self-made man. The National Trust property has been perfectly preserved as a 1930s “time capsule” since the industrialist’s death in 1963. Despite his great wealth, Lord Nuffield remained personally frugal and in later life devoted his energies to the philanthropy that made him a household name. The Nuffield Foundation was founded in 1943 with a gift of £10m-worth of shares in his company.

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Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, is an Elizabethan country house created by Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s. The manson was built to impress, with some enormous rooms. They contain rich tapestries, fine furniture, imposing portraits and evidence that Bess was someone with money and power.

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Belton – a 17th-century country house of treasures

This National Trust property in Grantham, Lincolnshire is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country house estate. Much of the justification for such a claim lies in the quality, completeness and sheer panache of its aristocratic collections.

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Highlights of La Gomera, Canary Islands

La Gomera in the Canary Islands is still relatively unspoiled by tourism. Most visitors arrive by ferry from Tenerife or La Palma. The mountainous middle of the island has a cloudy and foggy climate with forest trees hung with moss. We were based in the Valle Gran Rey in the sunny south of the island. From there we visited the main tourist attractions including San Sebastian, Mirador del Palmarejo, Chipude, Garajonay National Park, La Laguna Grande, Mirador de Roque de Ojila, La Montaneta and Vallehermosa.

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