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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The Roaming Scribe: Hidden Florida Keys

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:02 PM

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Robbie's Marina, Islamorada


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Dawn at Bay Harbor Lodge, Key Largo


Once as famous for drug smuggling as Key Lime Pie, Key West seceded from the United...

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The Roaming Scribe: Three Restaurants in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Grace on the West Loop plus Publican and MOTO in the meat packing district are all part of Chicago's emerging nouveau cuisine scene.

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Forest Foraging © Moto

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Chef Richard Farina of Moto


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The Roaming Scribe: Alternative Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:15 PM

Top Ten Sporty Things to do in Britain's Great Northern City


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Exhibit at the National Football Museum


Manchester, where the industrial revolution began, is well-known globally for football and for Old Trafford Stadium, christened 'the theatre of dreams' by...

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Two Catherines, Two Belle du Jours

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 10:16 AM

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 February 16, 2014 | 2:51 AM

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 December 26, 2013 | 9:20 AM

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 December 5, 2013 | 3:12 AM

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 October 17, 2013 | 5:59 AM

...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 October 3, 2013 | 3:34 AM

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 September 24, 2013 | 4:54 AM

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 September 3, 2013 | 7:10 PM

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 August 21, 2013 | 11:59 AM

"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 August 14, 2013 | 7:47 AM

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 July 29, 2013 | 5:14 PM

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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 June 16, 2013 | 6:29 PM

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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 June 11, 2013 | 5:43 AM

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 May 27, 2013 | 8:33 AM

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 May 14, 2013 | 7:33 AM

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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 May 4, 2013 | 5:40 AM

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 April 27, 2013 | 2:03 PM

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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