Archive for August, 2013

Norway’s Sommerfesten music festival: small and beautiful

August 3, 2013
Norway’s Sommerfesten music festival: small and beautiful

The hippy ideals of Sommerfesten, a music festival on the Norwegian coast, are as pure as its stunning backdrop of mountains and fjords. Plus five more European festivalsTell us about your summer festival plans in the comments below The tiny Sommerfesten music festival in Ålesund holds such utopian ideals that its motto – “Peace, Love […]

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Bear-watching in Croatia’s national parks: holidays beyond the Dalmatian coast

August 3, 2013
Bear-watching in Croatia’s national parks: holidays beyond the Dalmatian coast

Croatia’s national parks are a beautiful alternative to its Dalmatian coast. Libby Brooks went inland to see lakes, canyons and get a glimpse of the country’s wild bears As the air cools in a fir-lined valley east of Croatia’s Velebit mountains, the bears of Kuterevo stir to life in the gloaming. Lumbering out from their […]

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Best of Croatia: family holidays, festivals, beaches and adventure

August 3, 2013
Best of Croatia: family holidays, festivals, beaches and adventure

Croatia appeals to all ages – with a thriving club scene in Hvar and Tisno, gorgeous white sand beaches of Bol and Brela, and family fun in Istria Where to party Festivals have become huge in Croatia. Dimensions (5-9 September, tickets from £145) is a dance music festival in a large, disused fort in Pula, […]

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How to find and book a holiday apartment online

August 3, 2013
How to find and book a holiday apartment online

Booking a holiday apartment online – from sites such as Airbnb, Housetrip and Wimdu – offers the chance to save money on hotel costs or experience a unique property. We look at a range of sites, and what they do best Best for ease of use Only ApartmentsCreated in 2003 by two architects in Barcelona, […]

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Come on kids, we’re going to Sicily – on the train

August 3, 2013
Come on kids, we’re going to Sicily – on the train

A short break by rail to Sicily, with two overnight trains, allows you to show the kids a real volcano, plus the sights of Paris and Rome along the way The train journey from London to Catania in Sicily takes 28½ hours, which sounds wearisome. But split it into four sections, with two consecutive overnight […]

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Taste of Lisbon: classic dishes and culinary surprises on a foodie tour

August 3, 2013
Taste of Lisbon: classic dishes and culinary surprises on a foodie tour

It’s not all salt cod and custard tarts in Portugal’s capital. From workers’ cafes to gourmet tapas, seafront kiosks to a smart wine bar, Isabel Choat samples the best of Lisbon’s food and drink ‘We have snails,” declared the sign in the Mercado da Ribeira. Sure enough the stall was piled with net bags full […]

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TripAdvisor restaurant reviews: how much can you trust them?

August 3, 2013
TripAdvisor restaurant reviews: how much can you trust them?

From fake venues to spats over the accuracy of reviews, disputes between TripAdvisor and restaurants keep on coming. But how do you use the site’s reviews? And do you trust them? Barely a week goes by without the restaurant industry and TripAdvisor [TA] falling out. Last week, it was reported that mischievous web-users had propelled […]

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Friends of Ham: restaurant review

August 3, 2013
Friends of Ham: restaurant review

If you are big mates with the food we get from pigs, you’ll find a very warm welcome at Friends of Ham in Leeds 4 New Station Street, Leeds (0113 242 0275). Meal for two: £30-50 A late night in Leeds and I am in a basement room with a slice of Prosciutto di Parma […]

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Belfast restaurant reviews: Coppi, Mourne Seafood Bar, Ox Restaurant

August 3, 2013
Belfast restaurant reviews: Coppi, Mourne Seafood Bar, Ox Restaurant

With its plethora of restaurants, the city is firmly geared up for the visiting gourmand. But just how good are they? Coppi, St Anne’s Square, Belfast (028 9031 1959). Meal for two: £60 Mourne Seafood Bar, 34-36 Bank Street, Belfast (028 9024 8544). Meal for two: £70 Ox Restaurant, 1 Oxford Street, Belfast (028 9031 […]

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Top 10 restaurants and places to eat in Denver, Colorado

August 3, 2013
Top 10 restaurants and places to eat in Denver, Colorado

Enjoy comfort food, fresh fish or fine dining in these Denver restaurants, or go spicy with Asian and South American food ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro Food-infatuated Denverites secure a seat at the chef’s counter to witness chef-owner Lon Symensma’s culinary magic, which unfolds in an exhibition kitchen that struts Southeast Asian dishes of the kind […]

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