Reclining and dining

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

On our last visit to Cyprus, we could not escape the attention of the ubiquitous cats (brought to the island, so legend has it, by St Helen in the fourth century to combat the snakes). Whenever we ate al fresco, our fish would attract a bunch of scrawny mendicants, slaloming between our feet in search of an under-the-table offering.


Making treks to the Holy Land: The rise of the backpacker

By Ben Julius, September 13, 2013

What do Mitzpe Ramon — a sleepy town in the Negev — and the Arab city of Nazareth, have in common? They are both popular backpacker destinations on an evolving hostel circuit.


The Faroe Islands

By Sharron Livingston, August 13, 2013

I was trudging my way up the Kollur headland in Eysturoy island to see the lighthouse 352 meters high and visibility was hazy. A thick fog had settled and the vista I had hoped to enjoy was hidden.


Norfolk: Bedding down on College Farm

By John Belknap, August 13, 2013

If your kids ever beg you to go camping but you can’t face putting up tents and sleeping on the ground, consider staying on a working farm.

Dotted all over the UK are farms with camping areas for families where the tents are actually cabins, with running water and toilets.


France’s Opal coast is a true gem

By Andy Mossack, July 1, 2013

From his lofty perch, Napoleon gazes across at what might have been. Back in 1804 more than 100,000 men of his grand army stood alongside him here at Boulogne-Sur-Mer poised to invade England. They even built the column in anticipation of victory.Fortunately, they got distracted by Austria and Russia in the east and abandoned the invasion.


Italy :Ghetto life

By Andy Mossack, May 21, 2013

Alone bell tolls from somewhere close by, not an unfamiliar sound when you’re in Italy, but at this moment it’s rather more poignant. I’m inside Ferrara’s ancient shul, still going strong in the heart of the former medieval ghetto, nearly 600 years after it was built.


Lanzarote: Learning to breathe

By Sharron Livingston, May 14, 2013

On any other day it would have been difficult not to notice the charm of the black volcanic landscape and the contrasting low-rise white-washed towns of Lanzarote. But as I drove along hilly roads from Playa Blanca in the south through Arecife, the capital, and on to the hillside village of Nazaret in the north, I hardly noticed the chain of multi-hued mountains that snake from end to end.


Australia: Surfing dune under

By Andy Mossack, May 14, 2013

Imagine you’re looking at a giant, powdery sand dune that’s over 100 feet high. Now imagine 20 miles of them. You might think you’re in the Sahara, but this is no desert. This is Stockton Beach in the Worimi National Park on Australia’s eastern coast, and these are some of the largest sand dunes in the world.


The Carribean: Land of rum and sugar

By Judith Baker, April 26, 2013

The ferry docks in the tiny port of Charlestown on the Caribbean island of Nevis and a noisy flurry of meeting and greeting, unloading and unpacking takes place. We have completed the short journey from sister island St Kitts to explore the historical richness of Nevis, named by Columbus when he first sailed past its shores in 1493.


Art goes to the wall in Berlin

By Shelly Lachish, April 19, 2013

Standing in front of the squalid exterior of the Tacheles building in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district, I pause to ponder the existential question posed on the building's side. "How long is now" the giant mural asks passers-by, while the severe, stylised face spray-painted below suggests the answer is anything but frivolous.