Cartagena cool – an expert guide to Colombia’s most alluring city

Why go?

Cartagena, a World Heritage listed city on the Caribbean coast where Gabriel Garcia Marquez set the luscious, evocative ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, is the jewel in Colombia’s already overcrowded crown.

Expect cobbled alleys, flower bedecked balconies (a prize is awarded every year for the most beautiful balcony), horse drawn carriages, statues (saluting the heroes who helped defend Cartargena against British and French colonialists, pirates and ultimately from Spain) and elegant plazas. Simply put: every single street looks like something out of a García Márquez novel.

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The colourful houses and picturesque cerros are sure to raise a smile – an expert guide to Valparaiso

Even the most jaded of traveller can’t fail to be charmed by the Chilean port city of Valpo (as the Unesco World Heritage listed town is affectionately known). Spend even the smallest amount of time here and you’ll quickly discover the delights of Valpo’s 45 cerros (hills), overlooking the Pacific, that are dotted by sugar almond hued houses whose exteriors are made of corrugated metal peeled from decades old shipping containers.

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Introducing Zoe, the first personal cruise assistant powered by AI

Move over Alexa… there’s a new virtual assistant in town. Passengers on board MSC Bellissima, which will be launched by cinema legend Sophia Loren in Southampton on March 2, will meet MSC’s newest crew member Zoe – aka the cruise industry’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa.

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Jammin' in Jamaica

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Tune into 'Jammin’n Jamaica' with yours truly at Women’s Radio Station for the low down on the island of all right, where you’re assured of a welcome as warm as the weather: