Archive for September, 2017

A walking tour of Bath: the ultimate spa break

September 3, 2017

With its imposing Georgian architecture, regal connections and the ‘healing’ waters of its Roman Baths, it’s easy to see why the city inspired Jane Austen • More UK city walks Nungwi Village What a difference a queen makes. It was the royal visits by Anne in the opening years of the 18th century that turned […]

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‘Red’ Rijeka is ready to rock as European Capital of Culture 2020

September 3, 2017

Rijeka, Croatia’s third-largest city, will be European Capital of Culture in 2020. But don’t wait, this left-leaning, punk-loving city is ready to rock now – as its locals reveal … Nungwi Village Brits flocking to the Adriatic coast this summer have booked more than one million overnight stays, trampling Dalmatian hotspots such as Dubrovnik, Split […]

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High and mighty: a cycling break on Senja island, Norway

September 3, 2017

Peaceful pedalling, majestic peaks and fjords are the order of the day on a four-day trip around an area as picturesque as the Lofoten Islands … but less busy Nungwi Village It was like the reverse of winter sun. I’d swapped what had been a gorgeous slice of English summer for low single digits on […]

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Dover soul: a new walking trail on the Kent coast

September 3, 2017

There’s more to the world’s busiest passenger port than ferries and military history – it is looking forward with a new architectural walking trail along the Kent coast. We get a preview On a hazy summer morning, Dover harbour appears to be in a state of perpetual motion. Beneath the white cliffs, cross-Channel ferries glide […]

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Not horsing around: donkey trekking in rural France

September 3, 2017

Accidental detours are embraced on a family break amid the Lot valley’s forests, abbeys and wildlife – all in the company of Lulu, their trusted donkey companion A riding holiday used to be my ultimate dream: for 30 horse-mad years, I stared out of car windows and imagined galloping across moors and fields, fast and […]

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‘Burgundy is pastoral, like a Constable painting – I love it’: actor Lambert Wilson

September 3, 2017

The star of the new Cousteau film, The Odyssey, loves the area’s food and waterways. Its chateaux and abbeys are worth a look, too! Burgundy is huge: it starts 80km south-east of Paris and stretches past Mâcon, not far from Lyon. I particularly love the lesser-known north, the Yonne department, where I live. People are […]

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland: hostel review

September 3, 2017

There’s been a hostel in this spot for more than 80 years but the new YHA flagship is one of a kind, with a museum and cafe and blending into the Unesco-listed landscape At midday, we were lounging on a grassy roof terrace in blazing sunshine, gazing out over a 2,000-year-old world heritage site. By […]

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Budapest’s Margaret Island, a green haven in Hungary’s capital

September 3, 2017

The landscaped acres of this island in the Danube make a peaceful (and pretty much cost-free) day out in the middle of the city An eye-shaped haven in the centre of the Danube, Margaret Island lies between the grandeur of Pest to the east and Buda, the city’s more frenetic side, to the west. Just […]

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The Great House, Sonning, Berkshire: hotel review

September 3, 2017

The riverside village beloved of Jerome K Jerome and George Clooney is home to a swish bar and restaurant and, now, characterful but good-value bedrooms to match It is obligatory, when writing about the Thames-side village of Sonning, to quote Jerome K Jerome. In his 1889 novel Three Men in a Boat he said: “It […]

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Britons shunning two-week holidays in favour of short breaks

September 3, 2017

ONS figures show UK residents are going on more but shorter holidays – with booze cruises becoming much less popular Britons have ditched the traditional two-week holiday in favour of shorter breaks as no-frills airlines have taken off over the last 20 years, according to official figures that also confirm the demise of the booze […]

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