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We're giving away a five-night stay for two on the Riviera Maya, one of Mexico's most beautiful stretches of coast. The winner and their guest will spend five nights in the all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya, with the trip organised by tour operator Destinology.
The hotel is set on a white-sand beach in Playa del Carmen, which is perfect for swimming and kayaking, with scuba diving and dolphin-spotting nearby in Cozumel. Guests can explore ancient Mayan ruins in the Tulum National Park and go zip-lining in the surrounding jungle.
The prize is an all-inclusive five-night stay for two in one of the hotel's Zen Suites, which have a hot tub, private terrace and jungle views, plus return flights from London Gatwick to Cancún with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, and hotel transfers. The winner and their guest will also be taken on an excursion to Tulum National Park.
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This competition closes on 31 July 2016 and is valid for travel in 2017.
To enter, see the photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph.

Please see comment#1 for the clues and my answer.

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Thank you for entering this competition, and good luck!
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Rules:
The prize includes return flights to Cancún for two adults from a London airport - regional airports may be available on request and may incur a surcharge. Flights are subject to availability and blackout dates apply including all school holiday and festive periods. Both passengers must travel on the same flight and hold a valid EU passport. Winners are responsible for arranging their own passports and visa requirements. The prize is non-transferable. Once tickets are issued no date changes are permitted, and no cash alternative is available.
The prize is subject to availability.Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and proof of age will be required before the prize is dispatched.All qualifying entrants who answer the question correctly will be placed in a free prize draw.Winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place.If the winner cannot be contacted within 30 days of the draw taking place, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by the Editor are final.There is no cash alternative to the prize.The prize is non-exchangeable.The competition is not open to anyone associated with The Condé Nast Publications Ltd or any associated companies.The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.A list of winners' names is available on written request from The Condé Nast Publications Lt, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London W1S 1JU.No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to communications beyond our control.
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The textual clues.
THESE CRUMBLING RUINS LOOK BEAUTIFULLY BLEAK against the vast lilac sky and such a painterly scene did indeed inspire one of the country's great 18th-century landscape artists who came and pitched his easel here several times. The castle, which sits dramatically on a headland above an often choppy and chilly sea, dates from 1313. It was built as a status symbol by a powerful baron on the site of a former Iron Age fort and its imposing towers once stood 80ft tall. However, the earl only managed to visit his mighty fortress once before he was captured for rebelling against the king and he was executed 11 years after its construction. In the following century, the castle was besieged and taken over by noble forces trying to claim the throne during a particularly floral conflict. The structure was so badly damaged in the fierce battles that it eventually fell into ruin. Hundreds of years later, the castle, which is the largest in this county, was once more fortified against possible attack - this time with trenches, mines and barbed wire - in a war that changed the world. Nowadays things are more peaceful around these parts, and the only things laying claim to the keep are nesting birds and slippery amphibians. You're more likely to see golf balls rather than cannonballs flying through the air - the nearby links course was created by a legendary Open Championship winner turned golf-course designer in the early 20th century.
WHERE ARE YOU?
Identify the structure described above, and its location.

Picture clue:
http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/1080x720/a_c/castle-ruins-conde-nast-traveller-7jan16-sarah-freeman_1080x720.jpg

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MY ANSWER: DUNSTANBURGH CASTLE, Northumberland

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Similar image (taken from other side)

Title: Golfers in front of Dunstanburgh Castle

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55016566e4b0890b5cee4eac/55083479e4b08b5a509c515d/55880ee6e4b04f0a4c0c9187/1437308073910/DSC_0003-edited.jpg

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"THESE CRUMBLING RUINS LOOK BEAUTIFULLY BLEAK against the vast lilac sky and such a painterly scene did indeed inspire one of the country's great 18th-century landscape artists who came and pitched his easel here several times."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#17th_-_19th_centuries
Dunstanburgh's ruins became a popular topic for artists from the end of the 18th century onwards.[49] Thomas Girtin toured the region, and painted the castle, his picture dominated by what art historian Souren Melikian describes as "the forces of nature unleashed", with "wild waves" and dark clouds swirling around the ruins. J. M. W. Turner was influenced by Girtin, and when he first painted the castle in 1797 he similarly focused on the wind and the waves around the ancient ruins, taking some artistic licence with the view of the castle to reinforce its sense of isolated and former grandeur. Turner drew on his visit to produce further works in oils, watercolours, etchings and sketches, through until the 1830s, making the castle one of the most common subjects in his corpus of work.
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"The castle, which sits dramatically on a headland above an often choppy and chilly sea, dates from 1313. It was built as a status symbol by a powerful baron on the site of a former Iron Age fort and its imposing towers once stood 80ft tall. However, the earl only managed to visit his mighty fortress once before he was captured for rebelling against the king and he was executed 11 years after its construction."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#Construction
Dunstanburgh Castle was constructed by Thomas, the Earl of Lancaster, between 1313 and 1322. Thomas was an immensely powerful English baron, the second richest man in England after the King

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#Prehistory_-_13th_century
The site of Dunstanburgh Castle in north-east Northumberland was probably first occupied in prehistoric times. A promontory fort with earthwork defences was built on the same location at the end of the Iron Age, possibly being occupied from the 3rd century BC into the Roman period

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#Loss
Thomas of Lancaster made little use of his new castle; the only time he might have visited it was in 1319, when he was on his way north to join Edward's military campaign against Scotland.
Civil war then broke out in 1321 between Edward and his enemies among the barons. After the initial royalist successes, Thomas fled the south of England for Dunstanburgh in 1322, but was intercepted on route by Sir Andrew Harclay, resulting in the Battle of Boroughbridge, in which Thomas was captured and then later executed.
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"In the following century, the castle was besieged and taken over by noble forces trying to claim the throne during a particularly floral conflict. The structure was so badly damaged in the fierce battles that it eventually fell into ruin."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#15th_-_16th_centuries
The Wars of the Roses, a dynastic conflict between the rival houses of Lancaster and York, broke out in the middle of the 15th century. The castle was initially held by the Lancastrians, and the castle's constable, Sir Ralph Babthorpe, died at the Battle of St Albans in 1455, fighting for the Lancastrian Henry VI.
Another Yorkist army was dispatched north in November under the joint command of the earls of Warwick and Worcester, and Sir Ralph Grey. They besieged the castle, which surrendered that Christmas. The castle was probably damaged during the wars, but, other than minor repairs in 1470, nothing was spent on repairs and it fell into disrepair.
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"Hundreds of years later, the castle, which is the largest in this county, was once more fortified against possible attack - this time with trenches, mines and barbed wire - in a war that changed the world."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#20th_and_21st_centuries
Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, concerns grew in the British government about the threat of German invasion along the east coast of England.] The bays just to the north of Dunstanburgh Castle were vulnerable targets for an enemy amphibious landing, and efforts were made to fortify the castle and the surrounding area in 1940, as part of a wider line of defences erected by Sir Edmund Ironside.

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"Nowadays things are more peaceful around these parts, and the only things laying claim to the keep are nesting birds and slippery amphibians. You're more likely to see golf balls rather than cannonballs flying through the air - the nearby links course was created by a legendary Open Championship winner turned golf-course designer in the early 20th century."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle#20th_and_21st_centuries
The National Trust has encouraged the land around the outside of the castle to remain waterlogged to enable the conservation of amphibians and bird species, and the inside of the castle is protected from grazing animals to encourage nesting birds.

A golf course was constructed alongside the castle in 1900, and the estate was later sold to Sir Arthur Sutherland, a wealthy shipowner, in 1919. Sutherland opened an additional course at the castle in 1922, designed by the Scottish golfer, James Braid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Braid_(golfer)
James Braid was a Scottish professional golfer and a member of the Great Triumvirate of the sport alongside Harry Vardon and John Henry Taylor. He won The Open Championship five times. He also was a renowned golf course architect.

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Good luck! :)
#2
WELL done it should be very nice when they get the roof on,,
#3
Thanks
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Thanks
#5
Thanks :)
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thanks
#7
thanks muchly
#8
Thank you xx
#9
Thank you
#10
thanks :)
#11
Thanx marba 8)
#12
thank you
#13
Thanks marba :)
#14
Thanks
#15
Cheers
#16
Thank you! 8)
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thanks, also postman just delivered prize from Yours magazine, pack of 2 smoke alarms!

Edited By: jdore1964 on Jun 10, 2016 14:47
#18
Thanks
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thanku
#20
Thanks marba - much appreciated :)
#21
thanks :D
#22
Thank you
#23
Thank you :)
#24
Thank You
#25
Both passengers must travel on the same flight and hold a valid EU passport.

Hmm...this could be interesting after next Thursday!
:)
#26
Muy bien, amigo!
8)




Edited By: icmeler2000 on Jun 18, 2016 23:12
#27
Thank you
#28
Thanks Marba
#29
jdore1964
thanks, also postman just delivered prize from Yours magazine, pack of 2 smoke alarms!

I always wondered whether anyone actually won anything from that Yours and their other sister websites. Well done for your win!
#30
THANKS 8)

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