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Two returns to Marrakech, please

Two returns to Marrakech, It may sound like madness to take a train to Morocco – with a baby – but it’s easy, relaxing and a great journey, says Mark Smith

The most exotic destination easily reached from the UK without flying has to be Morocco. Not only is it a fantastic place to visit, but the journey is as interesting as the destination. Tangier is 48 comfortable hours from London, with a day in Madrid and a sea voyage across the Straits of Gibraltar.

The adventure starts at Waterloo, with a lunchtime departure by Eurostar. There’s time for a vin rouge in Paris before joining the excellent Trenhotel Francisco de Goya overnight to Madrid. A bed in a tourist-class sleeper starts at £50 each way, but two people travelling together can get a Gran Classe two-bed room with private shower and toilet for £107pp. This includes your evening meal in the restaurant car with three courses and a selection of wines, rounded off with coffee and liqueurs.

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Manchán Magan finds out if 25% of Irish people really do speak Gaelic

Gaelic is the first official language of Ireland, with 25% of the population claiming to speak it. But can that true? To put it to the test, Manchán Magan set off round the country with one self-imposed handicap – to never utter a word of English

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