Since 1992, when the first high-speed link opened between Madrid and Seville in the south, Spain has invested heavily in the AVE network and the latest addition makes her the European leader in this high-tech transport. The special track connects major cities all over the country, from Malaga on the south coast to Barcelona in the north east, and, despite some doubts as to the economic wisdom of such a network for a country with relatively low population density, there are still more lines and links in the pipeline.
The latest addition to the network was opened with due
A romantic vacation in Barbados probably seemed like the perfect way for Simon Cowell and his fiancé Mezhgan Hussainy - finally reunited after some time apart - to smooth over any rough patches in their relationship.
But it appears things haven't gone to plan for the couple.
The sticking point seems to be that the pair aren't alone on their getaway – a group of Simon's friends – including his ex girlfriend Sinitta, are also there.
Eyebrows were raised when Simon departed for the Caribbean with Sinitta, leaving Mezhgan in London.
Five days later Mezhgan arrived. And, according to the
While most people are wrapping up against the winter weather, the actress and her boys have been soaking up the sun.
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She speaks fluent Dutch and is hugely popular in her adopted homeland Netherlands.
But there are times when Crown Princess Maxima must feel the call of home, especially at this time of year when summer is just beginning in Argentina and northern Europe is under a blanket of snow.
So, the charismatic royal and her husband Willem-Alexander are escaping the chill by spending Christmas in Patagonia.
And Maxima looked thrilled to be back on native turf as the couple posed for pictures with their adorable daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.
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The photoshoot in the spectacular