Holidays

White knuckles and blue water

By Lianne Kolirin, January 29, 2015

Think of Lake Garda and theme parks and roller coasters are probably not what spring to mind. But who knew the town of Peschiera on the edge of the beautiful lake is Europe's equivalent of Orlando?

Perhaps not quite on the same scale as the bustling corner of Florida, but it is home to Gardaland, Italy's largest theme park.

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Holidays with altitude

By Sharron Livingston, January 22, 2015

Want to slope off? How about heading to a ski resort with the most photogenic mountains in Europe? Switzerland has dozens amid its jagged alpine landscape, but here are our top three:

St Moritz

Luxury for the Jet Set

This long-time favourite of the well-healed, is valley that stretches 80km along the Swiss canton of
Graubunden.

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Lisbon: A fine port of call

By Barry Toberman, January 8, 2015

Whether a glass half-full or half-empty type, there is little to top a tasting of quality port in the land of its manufacture.

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Where to stay and pray in Provence

By Sudi Pigott, December 18, 2014

No wonder I feel at home in Provence.

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Munich: Hitler's haunts

By Robert Philpott, December 11, 2014

Ivy creeps across the exterior of the faux neoclassical building on Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse. Now home to several Munich cultural institutions and exhibits, there is no hint that this was once the Nazi party administration building, where files on its eight million members were stored.

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Feeling the cold? You'll warm to these

November 27, 2014

Authentic Maldives

Why: The law in the Maldives has recently changed to allow guesthouse-style hotels to be built on the smaller, local islands.

This is good news for those who want to experience a culturally enriched stay away from the large resorts.

How: The new The Reveries Diving Village guesthouse on the untouched Maldivian paradise island of Gan.

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Tune into a tour of Puccini’s Tuscany

By Michael Knipe, November 26, 2014

Few of us need a particular reason to visit Tuscany but, if you do, the Puccini Opera Festival, commemorating the 90th year since the Italian maestro died, should do the trick.

There is, certainly, nowhere better to enjoy Puccini’s soaring operatic melodies than on warm nights under a moon-lit sky at an open-air amphitheatre on the edge of Lake Massaciuccoli in Torre del Lago.

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The view?I got it from Amazon

By Anthea Gerrie, November 13, 2014

Forget the Amazon. Just getting to our five-star eco-lodge on the riverbank was adventure enough.

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Turkish respite

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

The fading Star of David on a shop-front façade was an indication that our Istanbul walking tour had entered an area of Jewish interest.

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Red hot among the chilie peppers

By Liz Gill, October 30, 2014

It's one thing never to have sampled an ingredient, quite another never to have even heard of it. Yet here, spread out on the chef's table among the more familiar limes and lemongrass, is something called galangal.

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