Archive for October, 2015

Hazy crazy days: with dad in Amsterdam’s coffee shops

October 3, 2015

Our writer’s father has MS, and cannabis helps with the symptoms. But that’s not the only reason for the pair’s jaunt to Amsterdam: he just loves to get high ‘Listen, I don’t want to do any of that cultural stuff,” my dad, John, said, as we planned our trip to Amsterdam, “I just want to […]

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Catalonia holiday guide: what to see and do, plus the best hotels and restaurants

October 3, 2015

There’s much more to Catalonia than busy Barcelona; we pick top sights and activities – and, of course, great tapas • 10 ways to enjoy Barcelona on a budget Sunday could be a momentous day for Catalonia – and for once it will have nothing to do with the left foot of Barcelona striker Lionel […]

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Ai Weiwei the star attraction at Helsinki Art Museum reopening

October 3, 2015

Following a 14-month redevelopment, Helsinki Art Museum reopens with an exhibition by the Chinese artist – part of a wider plan to make the city a design destination The Helsinki Art Museum has reopened with an exhibition by influential Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, following a year of renovation that has seen gallery space more than […]

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Elena Ferrante’s Ischia: an Italian island paradise

October 3, 2015

A short ferry ride from Naples, Ischia’s rustic villages – wonderfully evoked by the Italian novelist – have retained their charm and beauty Few works of fiction have captured the sultry grittiness of southern Italy like Elena Ferrante’s wildly successful Neapolitan quartet, which concluded this month with the English translation of The Story of the […]

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Let’s go to … Sheffield

October 3, 2015

Take in the city’s Sensoria festival and a gory new sculpture in the cathedral … then refuel on great beer and tasty budget bites Why now?To see Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Cyber Iconic Man – the naked, upside- down sculpture, dripping blood into a bucket in the cathedral. In a city-wide project, Going Public (to […]

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The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk: hotel review

October 3, 2015

If you like stylish touches with your seaside charm, this revamped inn on the north Norfolk coast will fit the bill If Wells-next-the-Sea is the quintessential British seaside town – all beach huts and bucket-and-spade charm – the Globe Inn, its newest place to stay, is a great example of a modern B&B that straddles […]

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Cosima Spender on the thrills of Siena’s Palio

October 3, 2015

The Siena-born director of a compelling new documentary about the historic Palio horse race on the passions, plots, food and sights of her Tuscan hometown • The Palio in pictures Siena is an incredible jewel of a city and still has a medieval spirit. I was born in the countryside nearby and think of it […]

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Let’s go to … the New Forest

October 3, 2015

Early autumn is a great time to visit the New Forest, particularly if you like foraging for woodland treasures alongside some experts in their field The New Forest is the only remaining place in the UK where you can witness the ancient practice of pannage, where pigs are released into the woods to forage for […]

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10 of the best ways to enjoy Prague … on a budget

October 3, 2015

It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, which means plenty of overpriced tourist traps. Here’s how to avoid them Cross the statue-lined Charles bridge to the Malá Strana district and admire the rich baroque architecture along the Royal Way as you ascend to the looming, and sprawling, complex that is Prague Castle. This […]

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The best of Alsace, France: readers’ tips

October 3, 2015

Readers offer top tips for biking and hiking, plus hotels and restaurants, in this picturesque corner of eastern France With almost 1,000km of cycle routes and paths, Alsace is a cyclists’ paradise. There are routes for all abilities and bikes, all signposted with great clarity, amid sun-kissed rolling hills and vineyards – though go prepared […]

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