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As a UK-based writer and photographer (and self-confessed natural coward attempting to conquer her fears through her travel adventures), Amy Laughinghouse has paraglided 007-style in the Swiss Alps, walked with lions in Mauritius, swum with sharks in French Polynesia, dangled from chains on Scotland's Fife Coastal Path, and--her most terrifying challenge ever--taken ballroom dance lessons in London. In addition to her own website, AmyLaughinghouse.com, she has contributed to many travel publications, including LonelyPlanet.com, Qantas Airlines’ in-flight magazine and Virtuoso Life magazine.
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Going with the 'Flow-rence in Italy's Renaissance city

Going with the 'Flow-rence in Italy's Renaissance city

Amy Laughinghouse tours Florence like a local and enjoys some fascinating experiences deep inside this amazing city.
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Spa under the Tuscan sun

Spa under the Tuscan sun

Writer Amy Laughinghouse dons a fluffy robe and slippers and offers her body up for treatments at one of Italy's best spa resorts, which just happens to overlook the rolling hills of Tuscany.
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Sardinia sunrise is splendid

Sardinia sunrise is splendid

Amy Laughinghouse escapes the hustle and bustle of every day life with a stop at a magical resort on the sunny Italian island of Sardinia.
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Colourful Belfast is booming

Colourful Belfast is booming

Amy Laughinghouse visits Belfast and finds Northern Ireland's once troubled city has become the talk of Europe, with colourful festivals, street art and a vibrant nightlife.
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Another view of Norway from a ship

Another view of Norway from a ship

Amy Laughinghouse boards a cruise ship and heads off to discover the backwaters of Norway, where fjords dominate the landscape and small villages and their inhabitants open their arms to visitors.
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Walking in Churchill's footsteps

Walking in Churchill's footsteps

Winston Churchill predicted: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” As one of World War II's most revered victors, Sir Winston’s droll prophesy proved only partially true, for his story is still being written.
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Volcanic island erupts into a vacation escape

Volcanic island erupts into a vacation escape

LANZAROTE, SPAIN — As my airplane swoops down towards Lanzarote, the scene growing ever larger outside the cabin windows isn’t really what I was expecting.
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Italy's Franciacorta wine region a sparkling success

Italy's Franciacorta wine region a sparkling success

Franciacorta, Italy — On a moonlit night in Milan, Italy’s most elegant oenophiles are mingling in a 19th-century mansion. In a sweeping tide of satin, silk and slim-cut suits, they swarm the marble staircase, check their reflections in smoked-glass mirrors, and get jiggy on a parquet dance floor, all the while juggling magically-refilling glasses of bubbly.
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Heading for Greece's dis-Crete island

Heading for Greece's dis-Crete island

CRETE, GREECE — On a terrace overlooking the moonlit Sea of Crete, a man strokes a bow across a delicate, pear-shaped lyra, deftly coaxing a song from its strings. Accompanied by his deep baritone, the ballad is borne on a breeze that carries with it the scent of wood smoke and flowers, perfuming the night.
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London a colourful place at Carnival time

London a colourful place at Carnival time

LONDON - Dozens of Caribbean nations celebrate Carnival, hosting party-hearty outdoor festivals packed with costumed crowds grooving to the beat of steel drums.
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