Archive for April, 2017

Hell and high water: fishing in Iceland

April 3, 2017

The midge-infested wastes of Iceland are not for everyone. But if you love trout fishing, it’s paradise Nungwi Village It’s a long way to Akureyri, but even further to Lake Myvatn. To get there, you have to drive from Iceland’s bleak northern capital through what feels like an ancient landscape – volcanic and steaming – […]

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Walking Manchester: a city united by industry, revolt and civic grandeur

April 3, 2017

A city walk in Manchester – through Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, and via Deansgate – takes in the best of the city’s municipal architecture, art and heritage Nungwi Village Get yourself to Ancoats, to the east of the city, on the far side of the Northern Quarter. Don’t take too long about it as […]

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Round Paris with Rodin

April 3, 2017

As Paris marks 100 years since the death of Auguste Rodin, ‘the Michelangelo of France’, we visit the city’s back streets where he started out, and the grand belle époque palaces where he ended up The Thinker stares over the lawn at a fashion model who is pouting for paparazzi. Beyond the garden, clouds of […]

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Weimar memories: walking Berlin … in a flâneur’s footsteps

April 3, 2017

Armed with Franz Hessel’s cult guidebook, Walking in Berlin, published in 1929, Vanessa Thorpe is transported back to the city’s decadent period Time travel is still a long way off as a short break option, but happily there are some good approximations. Last month, in a very chilly but sunny Berlin, I opened up a […]

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Artist Residence, Brighton: hotel review

April 3, 2017

For an ‘accidental hotelier’ the owner of this Regency townhouse hotel is doing a pretty impressive job, offering a sophisticated seaside stay in artist-designed rooms plus high-end dining Saturday evening in Brighton is hen party central. L-plated brides-to-be totter from the station, ready for a big, brash night out. But there’s no hint of the […]

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Tarka at 90: hot on the otter trail in Devon

April 3, 2017

Kari Herbert follows in the footsteps of Henry Williamson, 90 years after he published Tarka the Otter. No otters put in an appearance, but the pristine woods and riverbanks are reward enough The narrow river gorge smells of leaf-mould and damp earth. Dense, ancient woods line the steep valley sides. The river coils and tumbles […]

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10 of the best clubs in Amsterdam – chosen by the experts

April 3, 2017

Amsterdam’s nightlife is thriving, with three major new clubs adding to the existing scene. We asked local DJs, producers and music writers to name their favourite party venues De Marktkantine has been around for about two years. For me, it’s the most unappreciated club in the city even though the programming is high-quality, and varied. […]

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10 of the best things to do in Tallinn

April 3, 2017

There’s a lot more to Estonia’s capital than cheap beer. The 1,000-year-old city has a modern vibe, with architecture, museums and cafes to match Tallinn, one of Europe’s newest capitals, boasts a rich mix of architecture and culture in a small geographic area. Its Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved. […]

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London to Bordeaux in under six hours on new high-speed service

April 3, 2017

From July, the TGV Océane service will bring newly chic Bordeaux, and the sandy shores beyond the city, within easier reach for holidaying Brits This summer, the vintages of Bordeaux and its superb Atlantic beaches will get that little bit closer. Tickets went on sale this week for a new TGV route from Paris to […]

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Cycle, climb, run and relax … at Sheffield’s festival of outdoor activities

April 3, 2017

A celebration of all things active, the Outdoor City Weekender highlights the Steel City’s appeal to sport fans and its potential as a gateway to the great outdoors At the top of a dual slalom mountain bike track, I grip the handlebars and prepare to push off. The course is about to unfurl beneath my […]

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