Archive for July, 2017

Le Havre, a short break built on concrete chic

July 3, 2017

Le Havre is celebrating its 500th anniversary, but its architectural gems are modern masterpieces built from the ashes of war – and now a world heritage site Nungwi Village Few cities make you want to stroke their walls, but in Le Havre it’s hard to resist caressing the concrete. All but obliterated by allied bombing […]

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The Isle of Wight … kids dig it

July 3, 2017

With buckets, spades, farm animals and dinosaur remains, a short break on the Isle of Wight is a predictable hit with kids, but there are unexpected delights for grown-ups, too ‘Dinosaur poo!” I screeched, sounding like an overexcited nature presenter. I was trying to enthuse my seven-year-old son, who had set his sights on finding […]

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Kickin’ Kiev: Ukrainian capital hopes Eurovision will jump-start tourism

July 3, 2017

Ukraine’s historic capital may be preparing for the pop and ‘nul points’ of Saturday’s Eurovision but, kitsch aside, it is developing a creative edge Nungwi Village Kiev is sparkling and radiant as spring sunshine sets the gilded baroque churches ablaze. Snow banks begin to melt; shoulders drop and faces soften. The city, and its people, […]

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10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland

July 3, 2017

Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide Scotland Scotland is famous for its scenic wild places and uplifting sense of remoteness. With the exception of the recent bylaws banning wild camping in certain areas of Loch […]

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Activity holidays for single-parent families

July 3, 2017

Five thrill-seeking holidays for single-parent families, offering watersports, bike rides – and endangered turtles Decca Aitkenhead’s family fitness holiday in Ibiza Acorn Adventure specialises in active camping holidays for families in Wales, France, Italy and Spain. Accommodation is in tented “villages”, which are already set up, and all activities, meals and evening entertainment are included. […]

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Music festivals in Europe: the ultimate guide to the best of the rest

July 3, 2017

From Alt-J in a Romanian castle to Lady Leshurr on a Croatian beach, here are the festivals you should be booking this summer Check out our 10 best European music festivals here Related: 10 of the best music festivals in Europe Continue reading…

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Winchester wander: a stroll through England’s ancient past

July 3, 2017

One of Europe’s largest cathedrals, beguiling old buildings and reminders of a mythical past all feature in this walk around King Alfred’s capital • More city walks in Manchester and Norwich Start this two-mile saunter where English royal history began; with Alfred, the only English monarch (so far) whose name is routinely followed by the […]

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El Pastór, London: restaurant review

July 3, 2017

If you think the food of Mexico is all mushy avocados and soft tortillas, this Borough taqueria will prove you wrong El Pastor, 6a Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA. Walk-ins only. Meal for two including drinks and service: £40-£75 Glossy squares of tuna with tension and bite, dressed with arbol chillies, totter on blue corn […]

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The City Gate, Exeter: hotel review

July 3, 2017

This newly-refurbished pub with smart rooms and locally produced food is a great reason to break a journey to or from the West Country Exeter is so close to lovely beaches, Dartmoor, Exmoor, and pretty towns like Totnes and Chagford it’s a wonder many travellers know it mainly for the M5 services. Being a “gateway” […]

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Eagle + Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire: hotel review

July 3, 2017

This nattily revamped pub has a new look and an excellent new chef – a welcome addition to this handsome town’s already thriving food scene A historic Pennine mill town of stone cottages, cobbled alleys and imposing Victorian architecture, Ramsbottom can feel pretty remote from 21st-century life. At weekends, you can arrive from nearby Bury […]

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