Archive for July, 2017

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

July 3, 2017

In France’s sunny ‘pink city’, ancient palaces show world-class art and crowds sip pastis and eat cassoulet and top-notch tapas at lively food markets Ask French people where they would prefer to live and one answer that keeps coming up is Toulouse. Some 10,000 people settle here each year, drawn to the romantic ville rose, […]

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10 of the best narrow-gauge railway journeys in Britain

July 3, 2017

Hop aboard one of these fantastic British railway adventures – with the chance to see wildlife and wonderful scenery along the route The Ffestiniog winds its way from Porthmadog through more than 13 miles of stunning countryside. Waterfalls cascade and streams froth down mossy rock sides. Swathes of deep green grass soar on one side […]

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On Denmark’s Jutland coast an elegant new museum counters a Nazi monolith

July 3, 2017

The Tirpitz bunker has been a squat, dark presence on the dunes of West Jutland’s Blåvand since 1944. Now, it is part of a beautifully designed space to explore the region’s history Nungwi Village West Jutland’s fields and poppy-strewn meadows stretch as far as the eye can see. In the distance there are sand dunes […]

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The alt city guide to Glasgow

July 3, 2017

A network of indie galleries, clubs, restaurants and bars has created a robust creative scene in Scotland’s largest city, where talent is allowed time to flourish Richard McMaster, keyboard player in the Glasgow band Golden Teacher, is trying to explain why the city’s underground tends to shun media attention. “Scenes get hyped-up and go wrong […]

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Havener’s Bar & Grill, Fowey, Cornwall: B&B review

July 3, 2017

Teething problems over, this south Cornwall restaurant with rooms now offers cosy stays and refined pub grub that rival its riverside setting for the feelgood factor Things didn’t get off to a very good start at Havener’s Bar and Grill in Fowey when it opened last summer. It was the height of the season, the […]

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Top 10 restaurants and bistros in Zagreb

July 3, 2017

Croatia’s capital is bursting with good-value places to eat and drink. And new flights from the UK have made getting there cheaper too The epicentre of Zagreb’s bistro revolution is busy Nikole Tesle street, whose pavements almost exclusively contain restaurant terraces. Bistroteka particularly excels at breakfast. For health, order millet flakes, chia seeds, apples and […]

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Tiny houses with tradition: designer cabins in Wales – in pictures

July 3, 2017

Eight glamping pods featured in the Channel 4 series Cabins in the Wild – are set for stints in Snowdonia and the Lyn peninsula this summer. Each is the winner of a competition to create cabins based on Welsh traditions How to build a Tiny House Continue reading…

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Build your own tiny house on a short break in Wales

July 3, 2017

Take one clueless writer keen to join the tiny house movement, add in an eco-friendly course at Machynlleth’s Centre for Alternative technology and the results are … something solid to build on Designer cabins in Wales – in pictures ‘Everything you know about building a fire …” wood-burning stove expert Finn Finlay slowly looked around […]

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Eigg, Britain’s most eco-friendly island

July 3, 2017

The small Scottish isle is a world pioneer in sustainable living. It’s also a tranquil spot to kayak, cycle and sail, with spectacular views to some of Scotland’s other beautiful islands There’s something particularly satisfying about observing an island from the summit of its very own mountain. As we stood at the top of An […]

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Europe’s hidden coasts: Costa Maresme, Spain

July 3, 2017

The coast just north of Barcelona is often overlooked by visitors. But with miles of sandy beach, great restaurants and a coast-hugging train, it’s a perfect escape More hidden coasts: France | Portugal | Greece | Italy I love Barcelona but sometimes you have got to get out of town. Sitges? Lovely, but it can […]

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