Archive for November, 2016

The High Field Townhouse, Birmingham: hotel review

November 3, 2016

Part of the maverick Peach chain, this pub/hotel in upmarket, leafy Edgbaston is swanky and handsome, but it doesn’t always hit the mark on the food front Nungwi Village In life, people like moral certainty. Not least in the world of hospitality, where, for we Guardian types in particular, the superiority of indie, owner-operated pubs, […]

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

November 3, 2016

Ireland’s ‘rebel city’ is often just a starting point for exploring the rugged west, but with 24 annual festivals, a cracking food scene and great pubs, there are plenty of reasons to linger Nungwi Village “It’s always Cork first and Ireland second,” said Roy Keane in a 1997 RTE documentary, Have Boots Will Travel. Keane, […]

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12 Tónar record shop and label, Reykjavik

November 3, 2016

Superb music and coffee come together at this hub of creativity in Iceland’s capital – Björk’s a fan – and Monocled Man’s founder is suitably impressed Nungwi Village The streets of downtown Reykjavik peel away from the stunning Hallgrímskirkja church and, on one of them, at Skólavörðustíg 15, is an innocuous shop frontage – 12 […]

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Visitors to Italy can stay for free by sharing skills and goods

November 3, 2016

Thousands of B&Bs in Italy are offering stays in exchange for services and skills ranging from social media to live music, DIY to olive picking Travellers who are short of cash (and don’t mind a spot of dishwashing) could bag themselves a free holiday in Italy this winter thanks to an initiative that facilitates bartering […]

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Luang Prabang in three days: sightseeing itinerary

November 3, 2016

The ancient city in the north of the country is a delightful mix of exquisite temples and French colonial buildings – and a great place for cafes, restaurants, bars and shops Morning Continue reading…

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10 of the best luxury hostels in Europe

November 3, 2016

It is possible to enjoy a budget city break without compromising on comfort and facilities, as this selection from a new guide by Kash Bhattacharya shows Parisian hostels are pretty average so Les Piaules, in an art deco building in trendy Belleville, is welcome. Opened during a shaky period for the city, following the tragic […]

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Rhyme and reason: Seamus Heaney HomePlace pays lyrical tribute to the poet

November 3, 2016

A new arts hub in Bellaghy, mid-Ulster, celebrates the life and legacy of the Nobel prize-winning poet, while its rural surroundings offer glimpses of the landscape that inspired him There are two pubs and a couple of shops in Bellaghy, County Derry, a small village in the rural heart of mid-Ulster. To many people, it […]

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Why avant garde Graz is Vienna’s cooler little sister

November 3, 2016

A huge student community and a multicultural edge combine with a rich history of innovative art to make Austria’s second city an alluring city break choice Graz, Austria’s second city, is like Vienna without the pomposity. There is the sweep of architectural styles – from gothic to Renaissance to baroque – you’d expect in a […]

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10 of the best restaurants and bars in San Sebastián – chosen by the experts

November 3, 2016

The Basque city of San Sebastián has so many great places to eat it’s hard to narrow it down, so we’ve enlisted local chefs and foodies to select their favourites Trotting hungrily through the streets of San Sebastián, local food writer Sasha Correa stops at Bar Goiz-Argi, “a great place”. Really? It’s shoulder-wide and looks […]

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10 of the best places to eat in Cape Town, South Africa

November 3, 2016

The spectacular port city’s collision of cultures and flavours has sparked a riotous cuisine of barbecued meats, diverse seafood, and intriguing vegetarian possibilities. But where best to try it? This seething weekend market at the Old Biscuit Mill in the heart of the Woodstock neighbourhood is a must for any street food lover. The problem […]

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