Archive for May, 2016

Wild Wednesday? Try an after-work adventure

May 3, 2016

Escaping everyday life needn’t wait for the weekend – cycle out to the countryside and return to your desk next morning Nungwi Village Alastair Humphreys has cycled around the world, walked across India and rowed across the Atlantic, but he captured my imagination with his adventures much closer to home. These include walking a lap […]

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Spain, swords and sorcery: how Tudela enchanted the Game of Thrones producers

May 3, 2016

A key location in season six of GoT, Tudela, in northern Spain, has the perfect blend of drama, desert and ghoulish charm Nungwi Village It must be difficult being a Game of Thrones writer. Difficult to find gruesome new ways to maim and kill people. The show’s millions of fans aren’t going to be kept […]

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Modernist living: let your mind wander at Alain de Botton’s Life House

May 3, 2016

The latest house in the philosopher’s Living Architecture project is a minimalist space in Wales that offers an expansive – if expensive – escape from everyday life The living room of Tŷ Bywyd fills me with awe and terror. Awe because the room is museum-huge, with pale timber beams and a wall of windows overlooking […]

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The Venice synagogue at the heart of the world’s first ghetto

May 3, 2016

The 16th-century Schola Grande Tedesca is worth a visit for its extraordinary interior but, as the arts writer discovers, also for what it reveals about the history of the Jewish community in Europe This is one of the oddest spaces I’ve ever been in. The geometry is unique: it is a trapezoid tapering toward two […]

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Barcelona’s slave trade history revealed on new walking tour

May 3, 2016

A tour of the Ramblas and Gothic Quarter highlights a dark part of Barcelona’s past, including how many of its famous sights were built with fortunes made from slavery Modernisme, Catalonia’s stunning take on art nouveau, is as important to the Barcelona brand as Barça striker Lionel Messi. The work of Antoni Gaudí in particular […]

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Amsterdam Noord: the best galleries, bars, restaurants and hotels

May 3, 2016

A’DAM Toren, a new multi-venue tower, is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s creative hub, where a former shipyard and warehouses have been transformed into the city’s coolest waterfront district The landmark tower, Toren Overhoeks, will reopen in early May as A’DAM Toren – Amsterdam Dance And Music. The former home of Shell, the 22-storey waterfront […]

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Off-season in Andalucía: escape the crowds and save money

May 3, 2016

Travelling out of season to sunny southern Spain can make for a superb short break, as our writer discovers when he explores Andalucía’s hill townsPlus: off-season breaks to Corsica, Portugal and Italy The roads were calm and uncluttered, minutes passed before another vehicle appeared. On the horizon the Sierra Nevada rolled along in the sunlight, […]

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The Ninth: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

May 3, 2016

For great food, service, price and surroundings, Jun Tanaka’s latest venture – his ninth – ticks every box The Ninth 22 Charlotte Street, London W1 (020 3019 0880). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70 – £110 Jun Tanaka’s restaurant on London’s Charlotte Street does not have the most imaginative of names. It’s called […]

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Havana rising: the millennials pushing Cuba forward

May 3, 2016

Forget trying to see Cuba before it changes: the change is going on right now. From designers to tattooists, musicians to app designers, meet the young Habaneros changing the face of their city. Plus cool places to stay in the city It’s difficult to figure out what is going to happen in this country,” Cuban […]

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Cooking with cannabis: ‘I have a fish guy, a meat guy and a weed guy’

May 3, 2016

In the two years since Colorado legalised cannabis, chefs in the state have been finding new ways to make a meal of it “This is delicious, Roz Bielski says, dabbing her mouth with a napkin. “Like eating a cloud. This is the kind of food I’d picture eating in heaven.” It is just after 10am […]

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