Love is . . . a life on the open road

I've been to many places around the world so thought I'd share things I love about travelling...

France, especially Lanquedoc Rousillon
Eurostar, premier seats though
Virgin Atlantic’s choice of movies
BA’s Business class movie screens
Premium Outlets for shopping madness
Grimsby fish and chips
Massage on a Thai beach
Lobster and prawns at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort
Silk trousers from Bangkok
Noodles from a Hong Kong vendor
Animals on safari in Kenya
Rio Carnival for being the best in the world
Tobago for being so chilled out
Friendly faces at Jakes in Jamaica
Pink sand in the Bahamas
People-watching in Las Vegas
Disney World, Orlando, can't get enough of Mickey
Ireland because my dad was born there
Edinburgh on New Year's Eve
Venice because you have to love it
Wine-tasting in Stellenbosch, only white!
Swimming in the forever warm Caribbean Sea
Biking over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco
Gazing at the awesome Taj Mahal
Helping build a nursery in a Cape Town township
Screaming on Universal's The Hulk
Seeing the Pope at the Vatican
Drinking champagne at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Christmas in New York
Coffee from Jamaica's Blue Mountains
Crabbing in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Necker Island, who wouldn't?
Pashminas from India
America and even Americans
Walking in the Lake District
Driving across the US, even with a two-year-old
Handbags from Buenos Aires
Eurocamp for great family holidays
No-hassle souks in Damascus
Bon Sol hotel in Majorca
My Antler Duolite case and my Apple iPad2, love them
...and all the people in all the world who I have had the pleasure of meeting

One really should make a booking

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That's me! The Queen on Queen Elizabeth

YOUR Majesty, you really should have spent longer than 55 minutes on board the new Queen Elizabeth.

Great that you had a quick recky and smashed the bottle of exclusive wine to name the liner after your good self. But now you haven’t got your own Royal Yacht Britannia — which you said “is the one place I can truly relax” — the gleaming £300million Cunard beauty could be just the replacement for a jolly family holiday.

I had a good tour of the liner (and kipped down for the night in an extremely comfortable king-size bed) and, believe me Ma’am, there’s something for each one of your brood. And don’t worry, it’s large enough to lose them occasionally!

Let’s start with husband Philip. Having a naval background, he would enjoy The Commodore Club where he could sink into a comfy leather chair and gaze out over the bow to appreciate the ocean views. He could also relax in the Yacht Club with its panoramic windows or find himself a partner for a twirl on the dance floor.

Your heir Charles could prune away to his heart’s content in The Garden Lounge, named after a room on Cunard’s first Queen Elizabeth. It has a gorgeous palm-filled conservatory inspired by the glass houses at Kew Gardens and a vaulted glass ceiling where Charles could sit during the day.

 The entertainment is the most extensive ever seen on a Cunard liner

Camilla would be in her element being pampered in the 13,000sq-ft Royal Spa with stunning art deco style decor, treatment rooms, fitness and pool facilities and a relaxation area, aptly-named The Royal Bath House, as its centrepiece. Cunard President Peter Shanks said: “Those looking for the very latest in treatments, exercise classes and spa products will feel right at home.”

Air Miles Andy likes a lazy time and could top up his tan on a Mediterranean cruise by lying on one of the many comfy sunbeds around the Lido or Pavilion pools on Deck 9.

Queen Elizabeth is a dream for your younger son Edward, Ma'am, as it is the first ship to have its own theatre company. The stage-loving prince could learn a thing or two from the talented cast of 21 artistes and five musicians who perform in the grand three-deck Royal Court Theatre complete with private boxes. I watched A Slice of Saturday Night which has graced, and could again, London’s West End.

Mr Shanks added: “The entertainment is the most extensive ever seen on a Cunard liner. From the best of Broadway to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, we offer something for everybody.”

So what about the Princess Royal? When she wasn’t playing croquet, bowls or paddle tennis on the Games Deck with kids Zara and Peter, the Question of Sport contestant could join in the quiz nights. Your other grandkids would, as usual, have a ball in the bars — including The Golden Lion Pub — nightclub and casino.

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