Archive for November, 2017

Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers’ travel tips

November 3, 2017

Our tipsters go cold turkey on the traditional British Christmas in search of a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alpsEnter this week’s competition for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher Nungwi Village Last year we spent 25 December in Giraffe Manor, in a suburb of Nairobi, […]

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Transylvania trail: something of the night

November 3, 2017

The home of Dracula it may be, but the forest of Hoia Bacui and nearby Cluj-Napoca, a Romanian cultural hotspot, are full of life Nungwi Village There is no one around, the only sound is the whisper of leaves falling. Surrounding us are maple groves and copses of beech, ash and elm, blocking out the […]

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Langland Cove Guesthouse, Mumbles, Swansea: B&B review

November 3, 2017

This smart and friendly guesthouse is a great base for getting to know a possible future UK Capital of Culture, before everyone starts descending on it Poor Mumbles. The attractive, pocket-sized town at the southern end of Swansea Bay is so often bypassed in the scramble to get to Three Cliffs Bay, Rhossili and the […]

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

November 3, 2017

The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architecture Europe’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals and creative types since luminaries such as Dante and […]

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Fence Gate Lodge, near Burnley, Lancashire: hotel review

November 3, 2017

This inn on the edge of the Ribble Valley has long had a reputation for good food and drink. Now it’s added a glam 24-bedroom lodge across the road When I arrive at Fence Gate Lodge, owner Kevin Berkins is busy with a tape measure on the staircase, checking the installation of a bespoke bannister. […]

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10 of the best attractions in Emilia-Romagna: readers’ travel tips

November 3, 2017

Fast cars, slow food, hilltop castles and open-air art galleries … Our readers pick their highlights of Emilia-Romagna – classic Italy without the crowds On a hilltop between Bologna and Imola is Dozza, a handsome village of classic medieval appearance, with an unexpected twist. The entire village is an open-air gallery with around 100 artworks […]

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What’s new this season in ski resorts in Europe, the US and Canada

November 3, 2017

Schussing off to the slopes this winter? From Gstaad to Lake Tahoe we’ve got the lowdown on fresh developments this season Swiss resorts are improving the value of their seasonal/multi-resort lift passes, possibly because of the poor exchange rate for Brits. A new Magic Pass gives access to lifts in 25 little resorts in five […]

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The alt city guide to Cambridge

November 3, 2017

Cambridge’s food, drink, music and arts scenes are thriving, with an underground ethic energised more by town than gown You might imagine that in a university city as renowned as Cambridge, the student population is pivotal to its cultural life. “Not remotely,” says Cambridge-based arts journalist, Harry Sword: “It’s bizarre; they live a closeted existence. […]

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The Belgian festival where the fountains flow with gin

November 3, 2017

In Belgium, jenever, the juniper-infused gin prototype, is still a popular tipple and is celebrated each October with a riotous festival in the town of Hasselt All hail jenever – the precursor to gin that began the British love affair with juniper-infused hooch when it was brought to England by mercenaries from the Low Countries […]

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Top 10 UK mini-breaks with teenagers over October half-term

November 3, 2017

It’s notoriously tricky keeping teens happy on holiday, so these breaks focus on their interests: music, gaming, sport, food and art See our top 10 half-term breaks for younger kids Continue reading…

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