Short Breaks

City breaks with kids: Nantes

May 3, 2017

This cycle-friendly city on the river Loire has family attractions galore, super street art and tasty food options for children • In this series: Paris | Barcelona | Amsterdam | Berlin | London | Rome Not any more … Nantes is a wonderland for kids and parents. The city, on the river Loire, has seen […]

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The best family attractions in the UK: readers’ travel tips

May 3, 2017

This spring, unleash the children’s pent-up energy at these less-well-known day-trip destinations, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire, chosen by readers • Want to add a destination to the list? Share your tip in the comments Hawkstone Park Follies is a historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments […]

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From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

May 3, 2017

Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrants We wait on the quay, looking at a boat. It’s strangely familiar: the colour of rust, paint flaking, revealing layers of colour beneath, and Arabic lettering on the […]

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Wild days out for Easter: UK walks, attractions and activities – without the crowds

May 3, 2017

Big-name attractions are heaving over the spring break but the UK has a wealth of spectacular, less-well-known days out. Our experts reveal their favourites The sea is not warm over Easter (just 9-10C), but sunshine and warm air make a difference, tempting swimmers to strip for a quick dash and splash. I love Wales for […]

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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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