Archive for April, 2016

Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

April 3, 2016

Slovenia’s – and now Europe’s – green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, […]

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Highlights of Slovenia: readers’ travel tips

April 3, 2016

For a country of just two million people, Slovenia has much more than its share of sights and attractions. Readers pick their favourites outside of capital Ljubljana As you walk round Lake Bled, past Villa Bled, a little sign saying “Tearoom” points upwards through the trees. It gives no indication of the wow factor this […]

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10 of the best small hotels in Paris

April 3, 2016

Alastair Sawday’s pick of boutique Parisian hotels offers a touch of chic for those who prefer to avoid big-name chains This calm retreat in the heart of Montparnasse lets guests step out of the bustle and into a foyer full of natural light. A blend of old and new creates an individual, warm atmosphere: attractive […]

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Shiny happy campers: an Airstream stay near Venice

April 3, 2016

1950s Americana isn’t something you associate with Venice, but a new Airstream park across the lagoon is an ideal base. Plus more Airstreams in western Europe Most travellers planning a trip to Venice picture staying in a romantic hotel on the Grand Canal or a cosy B&B in an ancient palazzo. But a caravan, tent […]

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Heavenly stays: top 10 church and chapel conversions in the UK

April 3, 2016

Lord it up with stays at former chapels and churches, from north Scotland to Cornwall, that provide a rich, historic slant to a short break escape Beautifully renovated to take full advantage of its lofty ceiling and long windows, this isolated 19th-century Methodist chapel is all white walls, characterful decor and boutique bathrooms on the […]

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10 of the best restaurants in Bordeaux

April 3, 2016

A new wave of chefs has swept into Bordeaux, propelling the city’s restaurants up France’s culinary pecking order. And they’re serving up at decent prices too Bordeaux may be the world’s capital of wine, but until recently the city’s restaurant scene had always been lacklustre compared with other French cities. Now, an influx of young […]

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10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

April 3, 2016

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016 • Alt. city breaks 2015 Why go? The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built […]

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The Villa Levens, near, Kendal, Lake District: hotel review

April 3, 2016

Despite a mildly corporate feel, this Victorian pile in the Lakes redeems itself with historic features and our writer’s favourite luxury: TVs in the bathrooms As an atheist, I am unlikely to ever need spiritual guidance in the Lake District. What I do require, however, in an area where hotel room-rates frequently cause me to […]

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Dublin city guide: what to see, plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

April 3, 2016

As the city marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, our writer finds its free-thinking spirit alive at offbeat museums, bars, restaurants and in its architecture This is a big year for Ireland and its capital. The country is preparing to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion that culminated in Irish independence, […]

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Things to do in Dublin: readers’ travel tips

April 3, 2016

If you like history and pubs, Dublin might just be your favourite city, but there’s more: great gardens, fashion, architecture, a superb cemetery and walks The famous Fagan’s Pub in Drumcondra is where the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern stopped the traffic to bring Bill Clinton for a jar on his visit to Dublin in 2000, […]

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