EUROPEAN DEPARTURES

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When our spy checked out the Clarence Hotel in Dublin three weeks ago, the builders were still firmly ensconced in refurbishing the place. A brief look at the interior suggested that many of the pleasing features, such as extensive use of light-grained wood and an abundance of natural light, had been retained. Paying customers will be able to decide from Monday, when the hotel on Wellington Quay re-opens.

Bookings can be made on 0800 181535. Those who are unwilling to pay pounds 130 per night for a superior room at the Clarence, plus 15 per cent service and an additional pounds 10 for continental breakfast, can opt for a snack in the Tea Room or a drink in the Octagon Bar.

At 4pm yesterday, Monaco went its own way - at least telephonically. Previously, the principality had shared an international access code with France. Most numbers within Monaco are staying the same, but now you must prefix them with 00 377. So to call the Monte Carlo tourist office, dial 00 377 92 16 61 16. France is to introduce regional dialling codes next year.

British Airways last flew to Belgrade when the city was capital of a united Yugoslavia ruled by Marshal Tito. After a 15-year gap, during which the Federation has disintegrated, the airline (0345 222111) is to start three services between Gatwick and Belgrade from 15 July, with fares from pounds 280.

You can visit London, Paris and Brussels in a single day by train, on an outing organised by Hertfordshire Railtours (01438 715050). On 28 September, the company intends to run a special triangular journey from London Waterloo through the Channel Tunnel to Paris, then along the new high-speed line to Brussels and back to London. The price is around pounds 100.

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