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Sweden: My mission to Faviken for the meal of a lifetime

Mark C O'Flaherty journeys to an 18th-century barn in the middle of the snow-covered countryside to try Europe's most remote fine-dining experience

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Geilo has many child-friendly runs and activities

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Skiing in Slovakia: Join the Tatra pack for a bargain break

New flights have opened up these mountains, but Leslie Woit is tempted to keep them a secret

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