Lynn Houghton
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In her early working life, Lynn traveled extensively as a concert singer before throwing off the choir robes and deciding to write full time. She now travels on assignment writing about nature, culture and food. She also specialises in all things cruise, in her childhood home of California, Canada (where she was born) and Mexico.

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Two Catherines, Two Belle du Jours

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2014 | (15:16)

On the banks of the Rhône River, French screen actress and star Catherine Deneuve christens her namesake; the SS Catherine.

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Catherine Deneuve ©Uniworld

You know someone is a definitive legend when, after she has snipped the ribbon and smashed the champagne bottle...

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California Dreamin' on Such a Winter's Day

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2014 | (07:51)

Having grown up in Southern California I had never driven the famous stretch of coastal road that runs from Monterey and down through Big Sur. Today would change all that.

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It is December, sunny and warm, a perfect day...

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Roaming Scribe: Getting to Grips with Grenada

(0) Comments | Posted 26 December 2013 | (14:20)

There is great excitement with the new Sandals resort opening on the Spice Isle. On my first visit, I fall in love with Caribbean cooking, BB's Crabback and Saltylicious chocolate.

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Gastronomic Grenada

I have come to Grenada to attend the 4th Annual...

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Roaming Scribe: Queen Elizabeth Rules the Waves!

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (08:12)

Modeled on the elegant ocean liners of old, the Queen Elizabeth offers exceptional service that never goes out of fashion.

Sailing from the port of Piraeus in Athens on a sunny autumn evening is a blissful way to start any trip and I was particularly looking forward to visiting...

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Roaming Scribe: One Foot in Sea and One on Shore

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2013 | (10:59)

...to one thing constant never. Will Shakespeare's quote typifies my feeling about being at sea. The joy of sailing on a wonderful ship with the delight of dipping into unique ports of call ashore.

Does it get any better than sipping a cool beer by the water in Portofino? Or...

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Roaming Scribe: Biking in Brandenburg

(1) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (08:34)

Get on your Bike! Brandenburg, the suburbs and countryside around Berlin, is worth exploring for its stunning natural landscapes, historic villages and wildlife.

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View of Potsdam from Belvedere Tower

While England is already in the grip of windy and wet Autumnal weather, I...

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Roaming Scribe: Windsor, More Than a Castle

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (09:54)

You would never know from its name that 'The Cow Pond' is actually a Baroque design landscaped lake. For those living in or visiting London, The Savill Garden and environs is a short train ride or 30 minute car journey away. Glorious landscapes and Pimms fuelled picnics await!

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Roaming Scribe: For Sheer Indulgence, Europa Two Is Off the Richter Scale

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2013 | (00:10)

1,000 bottles of champagne are consumed on a typical 14 day cruise on Hapag-Lloyd Cruise's new ship, Europa 2. I'm pretty sure one of them will have my name on it.

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I can't believe my eyes or my luck. (Gawd, if only...

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Roaming Scribe: Off Grid Dartmoor

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2013 | (16:59)

"Just after you pass Yelverton, you need only drive up this road a few minutes to have views like this," proclaims Elaine our Nordic Walking instructor. She gesticulates towards the surrounding hillsides which undulate down to the sea. A part of the view is green, farmed and fenced fields but...

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Roaming Scribe: A North Cape Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (12:47)

There is no getting around it, that reindeer is really spooked. I am in Tromsø, Norway at about 69° latitude north and standing on a lakeside strip of land. There are several tee-pee type tents scattered around as well as wooden sleighs and wooden poles presumably for building more tent...

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Roaming Scribe: Ferran Adrià, elBulli and the Art of Food

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (22:14)

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@Andrew Rae


All I personally know about elBulli is that, up until a year ago, this restaurant was in top position on the list of best 50 restaurants in the world. I certainly had never experienced eating there; but I had heard...

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The Duchess and a Royal Princess

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2013 | (23:29)

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The explosion of confetti blocked my view of the ceremony for a wee while...a cumulus cloud of white and blue. "I name you: The Royal Princess," declared the ship's Godmother, the Duchess of Cambridge. The cord was cut, releasing the blue ribbon...

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Roaming Scribe: Girls on Safari

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (10:43)

Scrape. Thud. Silence. Scraaaape. Thud. Silence.

I'm listening very carefully to an elephant moving. Though the sounds are amplified due to anxiety, it doesn't sound like a three tonne animal ambling along. I am on a girly safari in South Africa and am just about to find...

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Roaming Scribe: Make Mine a Brasilian, Please

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (13:33)

Green for Go. Red for STOP. That's how the Brasilians do it. At least, that's how they do it in the famous and fabulous BBQ restaurants over in Rio and Sao Paolo. Churrasco is what they call BBQ. And my second time to 'Go Brasilian' is at the

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Roaming Scribe: D.C. and Me

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (12:33)

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When I was a kid growing up in California, I remember watching Martin Luther King Jr. broadcast from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on black and white television. School 'sit-ins' and demonstrations were an everyday occurrence back in...

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48 Hours of Extreme Eating in Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted 4 May 2013 | (10:40)

Toronto is where crustaceans are king and Dangerous Dan's serves up Colossal Colon Clogger Burgers

I am slurping down yet another succulent oyster. Does dining get anymore decadent than this? I have a choice of five different oysters that range from rare Olympias from Washington State, to Beausoleils from...

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Going for Gold: Visit the Bluegrass State for the Kentucky Derby on 4 May

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2013 | (19:03)

I've discovered there's loads to see and do in Kentucky as well as racing.

THE HORSES

The smell of leather, the spray of sweat and the woosh of speed as thoroughbreds thunder down the homestretch is what racing is all about. One of the iconic outings in this...

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Sophia Loren Presides Over a Glittering Ceremony in Genoa

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (20:06)

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Sophia Loren at christening of MSC Preziosa


On 23 March 2012 I was fortunate enough to have a sneak preview last Friday of the new MSC ship, MSC Preziosa, the 12th in the fleet and one of the cruiseline's Fantasia class ships....

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Amsterdam: Viking River Cruises Go for Guinness World Record

(1) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (14:01)

"Bedankt, for the Jenever!" I crowed, thanking our Viking River Cruise tour guide, Dewi. She had provided me with... well... perhaps just one too many of this gorgeous gin spirit popular in Holland. I was at the Heffer Cafe, an historic establishment (sans cannibis smoking) in the ancient section of...

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Clive's Folly: The Building of Titanic II

(2) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (11:44)

This is not just any new cruise ship being launched.

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Artist's rendering of the Titanic II


This is billionaire Clive Palmer's folly. His gift to the world after a phenomenal career in finance and mining that has brought him untold wealth....

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