Holidays

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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Freewheeling around a culture capital

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

A small city has been built in the centre of Aarhus, the up-and-coming but lesser-known cultural capital of Denmark. The student population has been allowed to run riot with creativity, displaying their university art projects, elusive theatre and musical constructs for the 50th anniversary of the ten-day Aarhus Festival - one of the largest cultural events inScandinavia.

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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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A Wall of resistance, but Berlin opened my eyes

By Michael Knipe, October 23, 2014

Friends were sceptical when I told them of my plans to visit Berlin. And it wasn't hard to understand why. Paris has Versailles and food, Rome has the Colosseum and fashion, Athens has the Acropolis and antiquity, Madrid has the Prado and flamenco.

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The Princess of Lanzarote

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2014

There is a flutter of excitement by the pain au chocolat as a little blonde girl tugs her mother’s arm, “Look!” A giant duck has wandered into the breakfast room. Kiko, the mascot of the Princesa Yaiza hotel in Lanzarote, has started his morning tour, a yellow pied-piper rounding up recruits for the children’s club.

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Turkey: Sleek, slow and a charter for fun

By Rupert Parker, July 10, 2014

Normally, I'm not a great fan of life on the ocean wave, and my idea of hell is a mega cruise ship holding thousands of people.

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Sea islands

By Rupert Parker, June 12, 2014

I'm standing by the jetty on Cumberland Island waiting for the ferry back to St Marys and can see dolphins and manatees frolicking off the coast.

It's less than three hours' drive from SeaWorld in Orlando, but here I'm seeing animals in their natural habitat.

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Happiness is a town called Harrogate

June 6, 2014

Harrogate has recently been named the happiest place in the UK in which to live - for the second consecutive year. So what makes this quintissential English town so special?

There's no denying its attractive and historic Georgian architecture.

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