Short Breaks

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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Bright sparks: why Jersey’s dazzling glowworms are a secret worth searching out

April 3, 2017

Jersey’s beaches can be lit by the amazing bioluminescence of glowworms, though their beauty remains a secret to many tourists, and locals. A walking tour hopes to give more exposure to this natural wonder Our eyes begin to adjust to the strange light. The sand is an eerie shade of grey and the sea and […]

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Cycle, climb, run and relax … at Sheffield’s festival of outdoor activities

April 3, 2017

A celebration of all things active, the Outdoor City Weekender highlights the Steel City’s appeal to sport fans and its potential as a gateway to the great outdoors At the top of a dual slalom mountain bike track, I grip the handlebars and prepare to push off. The course is about to unfurl beneath my […]

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London to Bordeaux in under six hours on new high-speed service

April 3, 2017

From July, the TGV Océane service will bring newly chic Bordeaux, and the sandy shores beyond the city, within easier reach for holidaying Brits This summer, the vintages of Bordeaux and its superb Atlantic beaches will get that little bit closer. Tickets went on sale this week for a new TGV route from Paris to […]

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10 of the best things to do in Tallinn

April 3, 2017

There’s a lot more to Estonia’s capital than cheap beer. The 1,000-year-old city has a modern vibe, with architecture, museums and cafes to match Tallinn, one of Europe’s newest capitals, boasts a rich mix of architecture and culture in a small geographic area. Its Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved. […]

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Wend along the Wensum: an off-beat walk through Norwich

March 3, 2017

The first of a new occasional series on city walks follows a quiet path along the Wensum – rather than main streets – to discover Norwich’s architectural treasures and rich history Faced with an unfamiliar city, the temptation for many visitors is to head straight for the centre. In Norwich, this is particularly true for […]

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Great little ski resorts: Vaujany, France

March 3, 2017

This unspoilt village on the doorstep of the vast Alpe d’Huez ski area offers stunning scenery, but is free of the crowds and commercialism of the bigger resort The village of Vaujany, an hour by car from Grenoble, struck unexpected gold in the 1980s when the government compulsorily purchased a giant chunk of land for […]

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