Short Breaks

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 Nungwi Village ‘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 […]

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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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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 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 in the […]

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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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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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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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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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Seville city guide: what to do plus the best hotels, restaurants and bars

May 3, 2017

Rich in culture and sizzling with energy, this Andalucían city is a feast for the senses. Here are our picks of the best places to eat, drink and party with the Sevillanos Spectacular architecture, vibrant festivals and flamenco flamboyance; Seville has plenty of peacock oomph. There is the cathedral designed so that “those who see […]

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Mimi’s, Soho, London: hotel review

May 3, 2017

An affordable hotel in the heart of Soho is bound to be a winner but, despite all the cafes and bars on the doorstep, our writer would still like a cuppa in her room I’ve never had much desire to swing a cat – a literal feline or the nautical nine-tailed whip – which is […]

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10 of the UK’s best boutique festivals

May 3, 2017

When it comes to festivals, size matters – though often small is best, as we found in our roundup of dance and DJ-driven events around the UK Just outside Glasgow, Kelburn Garden Party is a colourful event held in the grounds of an appropriately colourful castle: a 13th-century stately home daubed with the work of […]

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