Europe and Middle East

The best of Lombardy in a long weekend

13/12/2019 by .

With medieval towns, charming cities and scenic mountains, hills and plains, Lombardy is a sumptuous destination. Beverley Watts enjoys its beauty and discovers the Italians’ secret to ensuring good luck

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Discovering the Southern Shores of Norway

17/11/2019 by .

If your image of Norway is deep fjords and rugged mountains, then you’re going to be disappointed by the country’s south coast. It’s a far gentler landscape and is where many Norwegians take their summer holidays, rambling in the forests, strolling up hills, swimming in lakes and exploring the islands.

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Insider guide to Valencia

05/11/2019 by .

Valencia may be third in line after Madrid and Barcelona, but those in the know might just regard her with a lot more affection.  Andy Mossack discovers why so many visitors fall under her spell.

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Autumn Hiking Around Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

15/10/2019 by .

Cortina is famous as a chic ski resort, nestling in the River Boite valley, beneath the imperial stone towers of the Dolomites, in the Southern Alps.

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Rijeka and the Gulf of Kvarner, Croatia

05/10/2019 by .

In the North of Croatia, at the other end of the coast to Dubrovnik, is the Gulf of Kvarner, surrounded by forested mountains tumbling down to the sea.

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Summer Activities in Verbier, Switzerland

02/09/2019 by .

Verbier, along with other ski resorts, is keen to attract visitors in the summer as well as the winter, and they’ve devised a special offer for every guest staying overnight in one of their hotels. They call it the Verbier Infinite Playground (VIP) Pass and you can travel for free on cable cars and postal buses plus there’s reduced or free entry to many activities.

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Insider Guide to Stockholm

20/08/2019 by .

The rain wasn’t deterring the intrepid visitors standing in a long line outside the ABBA museum. Didn’t bother me much either as I was snugly dry inside Stockholm’s hop on hop off bus as it passed them by.

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Fête des Vignerons, Vevey

13/08/2019 by .

I’m baking under a brutal midday sun watching 6,000 performers act out the story of winegrowing. It’s a two and a half hour celebration on the scale of an Olympic opening ceremony, it only takes place every twenty-five years and I’m loving every second of it.

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Celebrating the Bauhaus in Berlin

12/08/2019 by .

The Bauhaus was one of the 20th century’s most influential schools of art, design and architecture. As part of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the school’s foundation, in Weimar during 1919, Germany’s capital is hosting the Bauhaus Week Berlin from 31 August to 8 September.

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Michelin-Starred Cooking in Ischgl’s Mountain Huts

05/08/2019 by .

Ischgl, at an altitude of 1377m, sits in the Paznaun Valley in the Tyrol and its ski area is the largest in the Alps.

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