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.


Where to stay and pray in Provence

By Sudi Pigott, December 18, 2014

No wonder I feel at home in Provence.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.