Hong Kong and Macau: Bridging the gap

By Judith Baker, October 16, 2015

A new bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau should make a two-centre trip combining these former British and Portuguese colonies a reality. The project, linking the cities' colonial charm and cosmopolitan buzz, is due to be completed in 2016. We take a closer look at both destinations.

Hong Kong


Forget the bustle, it's all calm in Alm

By Grant Feller, October 8, 2015

Ski resorts normally resound to the constant hum of shuttle buses, the excitable shouts of tourists racing to be first to the lifts and the unbearable boom of Eurotrash pop echoing from a myriad of bars.


Basel: If it's good enough for Herzl

By Barry Toberman, October 1, 2015

If a two, or even three centre holiday is not enough, then how about a three nation afternoon? It's one of the intriguing possibilities thrown up by a short break in Basel. On a walking tour of the pretty, compact city on our opening morning, our guide explains that Germany is just a couple of miles away (a tram takes you there) and France is equally close.


France: On my way with Catherine

By Gerald Jacobs, September 28, 2015

I have recently returned from floating down the sun-caressed rivers of Burgundy and Provence in the warm embrace of France's favourite actress Catherine Deneuve. Tough, eh?

All right, that's not exactly true. I was not actually in the arms of the still-stunning star of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.


Halloween haunts for October half term

September 17, 2015

Ghosts at Beaulieu, New Forest

They say Beaulieu Motor Museum is the most haunted place in England. Ghosts have often been seen and heard in its 13th century abbey and at the Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538.


New York, New York: Core views of the Big Apple

September 10, 2015

There was a time when the best view over New York was to be had from the Empire State Building. First timers to the Big Apple would traditionally head to Fifth Street and West 34th Street where this iconic building rises up seemingly into the sky, to take a lift to the 86th or 102nd floor observation decks.


Shakespeare may have slept here but I did it the Hatha-way

By Sharron Livingston, September 10, 2015

I may never have rubbed shoulders with royalty or dined with any literary greats but I can claim to have dined and slept in the same building as Elizabeth 1, Shakespeare and Lord Nelson.

That's because, like them, I stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa in Midhurst in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

I spent a restorative 24-hours in this quaint 37-room warren of a hotel.


Verbier: the Royal skiing destination

By Josh Jackman, September 5, 2015

Verbier does not cater to most people, Pierre-André Gremaud, director of the company which promotes the resort in south-west Switzerland's famous four valleys region, admits proudly.

"We are not cheap, and we don't want to be. It is the Royal destination. Prince Harry and royalty from Belgium and Denmark visited last season.


Don't surf the net: here are six beaches to try in the UK

By Sharron Livingston, August 26, 2015

Botany Bay, Broadstairs, Kent

White cliffs and green-topped chalk stacks define the look. But it's the smugglers deported to Botany Bay in Australia that gave it the name. There's nothing underground here now except rock pools, fossils and the tunnels the smugglers used that are revealed when the tide is out

Covehithe, Suffolk


Austria: Take the green line on a leisurely rail journey

By Judith Baker, August 20, 2015

In an age of high-speed travel it is a real treat to take a leisurely rail journey through the gorgeous Austrian landscape. The train meanders through the mountains and postcard-pretty towns, which means hopping on and off as and when the fancy takes.

This is what you can expect to find along the way.