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



Prague perfect for marriage on Wayne

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WAYNE, you couldn’t have chosen a better place to try to patch up your marriage — Prague is one of the most romantic cities in the world.

I know it was all down to Coleen filming an advert in the capital of the Czech Republic, but joining her has won you some brownie points. And let’s face it, you need loads! Prague has gone through Nazi invasion, bombing raids and communist repression and come out the other side with her head held high and most of her treasures intact.

I hope both of you had time to stroll through the Old Town, across the 14th Century Charles Bridge over the river Vltava and up to the largest castle area in the world. You would have passed multicoloured buildings of all ages and styles; medieval, baroque, renaissance, art nouveau, cubist. And did you look up to take in the beautiful angels, statues and figurines carved into walls and roofs of many painted buildings?

Wayne, did you persuade Coleen to join the crowd in Old Town Square when on the hour the medieval Astronomic Clock chimes and doors slide open to reveal moving figures known as the Walk of the Apostles? And did you take her to one of the city’s many beautiful restaurants such as the art deco Cafe Slavia, opposite the National Theatre which looks across the river to Prague Castle. Not that money is a problem with you two, but you may have noticed that food and drink are cheaper than other great European cities.

I hope you both enjoyed a romantic meal at the rooftop Zlata Praha

The local wines are great value, and I bet you were tempted by dishes such as half-duck with dumplings and pickled cabbage! If a buzzing nightlife is your way of getting it together you would have found many rock, blues or jazz clubs. I guess there’s not much classical music on your i-pod, Wayne, but you would have really enjoyed a concert by the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra in the ornate Rudolfinum.

Accommodation suits every budget, even a £100,000-a-week footballer. For the rest of us, I can recommend the comfortable Jurys Inn hotel, across the road from the Florenc metro station and five minutes walk to the Old Town. Has a great restaurant too. And, Wayne, I hope you didn’t miss the chance to build bridges by enjoying one of the most romantic evenings in Prague, dining at the rooftop Zlata Praha restaurant in the InterContinental hotel.

The view is spectacular and the food matches it. See www.intercontinental.com Kings Charles and Wenceslas dominate Prague. The first proper bridge across the Vltava was named after its creator, Charles IV. Good King Wenceslas surveys his people on horseback at one end of the square given his name, now ruled by hotels and shops.

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