Short Breaks

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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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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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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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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How paella got punked – and the Valencian chefs trying to save it

April 3, 2017

Paella is the history of Spain on a plate, so why did aficionados have to start Wikipaella to protect it? In this extract from his new book, Matt Goulding heads for Valencia in search of the perfect dish If you look closely enough, you will find the entire history of Spain within the perimeter of […]

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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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Ian Kelly on Venice: ‘Casanova’s story takes you to the city’s best views’

April 3, 2017

The Casanova biographer, whose work has inspired a new ballet, finds plenty of traces of the 18th-century lothario amid the city’s canals, bars and alleyways Writers from Casanova to Byron and Ezra Pound say you should approach Venice by sea. That’s not always practical but taking a water taxi from Marco Polo airport is also […]

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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 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 it is […]

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Walking with dinosaurs: fossil hunting on the North Yorkshire coast

April 3, 2017

This dramatic coastline is fertile ground for fossil hunters, with 160-million-year-old ammonites (and dinosaur footprints) common on the seashore. Kevin Rushby takes a tour through pre-history Will Watts meets me at the Watermark cafe on Scarborough’s North Bay seafront. We get in his car and set off up the coast. We are heading for Saltwick […]

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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 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 – but is […]

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