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10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in Europe

December 3, 2017

Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Nungwi Village Continue reading…

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North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Informal, tasteful (only slightly nautical decor), with cracking views over the Solent and a great restaurant to boot, this island townhouse stay won’t disappoint If you wanted a crash course in anticipating the needs of the world’s most demanding guests, then a spell working on Roman Abramovich’s super-yacht would probably do the trick. Before entering […]

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Prints and prison cells: the Portuguese Centre for Photography, Porto

December 3, 2017

A former jail houses artefacts from the dawn of photography, and provides a window onto the life of one of Portugal’s most prolific novelist, who was locked up there for adultery Most prisons are hidden away from a city’s law-abiding citizens. Not so Porto’s 18th-century Cadeia de Relação, now the Portuguese Centre for Photography. Its […]

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The Chain Locker, Falmouth, Cornwall: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Once the haunt of drunken sailors, this 17th-century inn has been faithfully restored, and makes a great base in one of Cornwall’s liveliest towns We were welcomed to the Chain Locker by a multitude of warm smiles. Well, that’s how it felt, as we stumbled out of the gales and driving rain heralding Storm Brian […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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