Mitchell Smyth

A display of costumes worn by Ava Gardner in the 1951 musical Show Boat

Ava Gardner Museum grew from a single kiss

Many men loved Ava Gardner, but it's doubtful if any of them adored her as much as the 12-year-old boy she kissed in a school playground

A display of costumes worn by Ava Gardner in the 1951 musical Show Boat
THE VANDERBILT MANSION in Hyde Park

Millionaires’ Row in Rhinebeck, New York well worth visiting

On the first half of the drive you can visit Lyndhurst, the home of "the Wizard of Wall Street," railway tycoon Jay Gould

THE VANDERBILT MANSION in Hyde Park
THE GREAT MOSQUE forms a background to the colourful market in Djenne

World’s largest mud building

In the summer, when temperatures frequently top 40 degrees Celsius, it's baked kiln-hard. Then come the rains, from July to September...

THE GREAT MOSQUE forms a background to the colourful market in Djenne
Mannequins of schoolteacher Patrick Brunty and a student in the restored Drumballyroney School

Touring the Brontë Homeland by auto

It's an auto tour along a 16-kilometre circuit south and east of Banbridge and in the shadow of the famous Mountains of Mourne.

Mannequins of schoolteacher Patrick Brunty and a student in the restored Drumballyroney School
HEAD BUTLER URAL Korkmanz serves canapés to a guest aboard Crystal Serenity. Butlers are on call 24 hours a day for penthouse guests on the luxury cruise line’s two ships.

When pampering isn’t enough, get the royal treatment

A team of butlers are on offer on the Serenity, a high-end cruise ship, and will be a your beck and call.

HEAD BUTLER URAL Korkmanz serves canapés to a guest aboard Crystal Serenity. Butlers are on call 24 hours a day for penthouse guests on the luxury cruise line’s two ships.
THE PIONEER INN is one of the landmarks of Lahaina

Lahaina used to be ‘the buzz’

Lahaina was as wild and woolly as any place on the planet — until the do-gooders put a stop to it

THE PIONEER INN is one of the landmarks of Lahaina
RIDERS APPROACH the rocky outcrop called Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The Needle is featured in many of the stories supposedly giving directions to the fabled Lost Dutchman gold mine.

The hunt for the Lost Dutchman mine in Arizona

Some have spent their lives searching. Many have given up in frustration. Dozens have disappeared in these forbidding canyons

RIDERS APPROACH the rocky outcrop called Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The Needle is featured in many of the stories supposedly giving directions to the fabled Lost Dutchman gold mine.
JESSE AND FRANK James grew up in this farmhouse in Kearney

Missouri: See where Jesse James lived, robbed banks and died

The farmhouse nearby has been recreated to look much as it was when the James boys were growing up

JESSE AND FRANK James grew up in this farmhouse in Kearney
A FLOWER BED and fountain front a wing of Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle ‘arguably the poshest hotel’ in Ireland

The hotel, a symphony of turrets, arches, galleries and battlements, has been called "the apogee of Victorian neo-Gothic in Ireland."

A FLOWER BED and fountain front a wing of Ashford Castle
“MERMAID” TARA PERFORMS in Weeki Wachee Springs

The singing mermaids in Florida are back for tourists to see

The singing mermaids looked like they may be silenced due to a legal dispute, but they are singing loudly now

“MERMAID” TARA PERFORMS in Weeki Wachee Springs
“SURRENDER

Florida: She fought the law and the law won

Visitors can still hear the story from the patrons in Ma Barker's Hideaway, a tavern near where killing happened in 1935

“SURRENDER