Archive for January, 2017

Eastern sanctuary: a mindfulness weekend in Norfolk

January 3, 2017

A suitably slow-paced yoga and mindfulness weekend is revelatory – even the ‘weird’ bit about rebooting tired minds and bodies through silence We’re all tired. Some of us go on about it more than others (guilty) but most of us are wrecked most of the time. Which is why going on holiday to lie down […]

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Yoga for beginners in the south of France

January 3, 2017

A trip outside the comfort zone can often feel a bit of a stretch. Our writer travels to an idyllic rural retreat near Toulouse with some concerns. As it happens, it proves to be a life-changing trip The words “vegan yoga retreat” terrify me. I’m an internet, pulled-pork and sarcasm kind of guy. However, an […]

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Gravity-assisted yoga in Andalucía, Spain

January 3, 2017

There are excellent retreats in southern Spain but this one, near Málaga, has a new shala with a yoga wall, allowing for a rare level of precision and teaching I am hanging upside down in “child’s pose”, like some sort of yogic bat suspended above the floor. My shins are against the wall, my arms […]

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The alternative city guide to Newcastle

January 3, 2017

A stubborn desire to make things happen in this great northern city has led to vibrant arts, food and drink scenes. Whether dining, drinking or dancing, the experience will come with real Geordie camaraderie Newcastle is famously a party town, a destination for stags and hens keen to hit the Bigg Market or the bling […]

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Good Hotel, Royal Victoria Dock, London: hotel review

January 3, 2017

This floating hotel has river views and a communal spirit, giving work to unemployed locals and inviting guests to relax in ‘living room’ spaces It’s hard to miss the Good Hotel, floating on the water of the London Docklands. On a dark night, the words that form its name shimmer in white neon above the […]

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‘I used to look for crime fiction novels set in Amsterdam, but ended up writing my own’

January 3, 2017

Amsterdam’s trading and gin heritage fascinates crime writer Daniel Pembrey, while its canals and Red Light District provide an evocative setting for his books The Netherlands is a famously flat country, more than a quarter of which is below sea level, and it’s not rich in natural resources, which meant the Dutch learned to trade […]

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10 more of the UK’s best small towns: readers’ travel tips

January 3, 2017

Readers had so much to say about our 10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaks article, we’ve put together a new list based on their recommendations When approached across parkland from the west, Beverley pulls off this neat trick of making you think you’re in a Jane Austen novel. It causes a […]

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The Elm Tree, Spilsby, Lincolnshire: hotel review

January 3, 2017

A new five-star B&B on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers bags of comfort and a chance to explore one of the country’s underappreciated rural areas This may be the era of the staycation, but how many of us can honestly say we have explored the UK? Generally, we prefer to neglect our own […]

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A foodie’s tour of Aberdeenshire: it’s fit for a prince

January 3, 2017

Local holidaymaker Prince Charles has opened a restaurant near Balmoral, eastern Scotland, one of many showcasing the area’s superb fresh ingredients Blimey, it’s wet here. The 40-minute drive from Aberdeen airport to Banchory is through overhanging woods and rain-dark farmland, as unseen elves chuck endless buckets of rainwater at me. Aberdeenshire is no stranger to […]

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Top 10 winter city breaks in Europe

January 3, 2017

Winter is the time for exploring snowy European cities that are full of cosy cafes – such as Zagreb, Ljubljana and Tromsø – especially when they’re served by budget airlines with low-season fares Take one small city with a heart of medieval mitteleuropean quaintness at the foot of magnificent, snowy mountains. Then add an open-air […]

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