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Now... Depart any day this month for a walking holiday of the Cinque Terre – an idyllic string of five fishing villages on Italy's Ligurian coast. The self-guided trip with UTracks costs £490pp, with six nights' accommodation and train tickets. utracks.com

Lara shines on St Lucia's rain-affected Test debut

Sri Lanka 354 & 126-0 West Indies 477-9 dec Match drawn

DEALS OF THE WEEK: LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS AND MILLENNIUM BREAKS

Despite predictions to the contrary, there is still plenty of choice for anyone who wants to go away for the millennium and hasn't yet made a reservation. If you wanted to go to a CenterParc, though, you will be disappointed: they have all been fully booked over the millennium weekend for the past 18 months! But there are plenty of less child-centred breaks still available, both in this country and around the world.

MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS: Seasonal bargains as travel companies cut winter holiday prices

IF YOU cannot stand the millennium hype, there is still a chance of getting away from it.

Football: England must face their German nemesis

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Your Questions: The obsessive traveller

Money no object

21 best Caribbean; holidays

1 Dolphins in the Bahamas

Travel: The complete guide to the Eastern Caribbean

If the Caribbean is the ultimate luxury travel destination, then the islands at the eastern end of the chain offer a glorious pick-and- mix of its attractions. Whether you're looking for the perfect white-sand beach, superb diving in crystal-clear waters, a steamy rainforest adventure or something for all the family, the Eastern Caribbean, from Anguilla down to Trinidad, is the ideal place to get away from it all. But where should you go? And how should you get about? Here, Rhiannon Batten tells you all you need to know, and offers a complete island-hoppers guide

Oh no, another day in paradise

Elizabeth Heathcote forgets her middle-class conscience and revels in St Lucian luxury

Laureate Losers

Carol Ann Duffy

Walcott tipped to be Poet Laureate

WESTMINSTER ABBEY will host a memorial service today for Ted Hughes, the late Poet Laureate. Many of Britain's finest writers will assemble to hear tributes to a great poet who took his ancient office more seriously than any Laureate since Alfred Tennyson.

Travel: The Caribbean's pressure valve

It has a brooding volcano, a jazz festival and pushy black marketeers, but St Lucia is still a tranquil haven. By Frank Partridge
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