Walking the Pyrenees - the easy way

By Rupert Parker, December 10, 2015

I am in the mountains in the Pyrenees, it's the first time I've worn these walking boots and they're hurting. My previous pair disintegrated in the Dolomites a week ago, so I've not had time to break them in. These belonged to my deceased father, so I really am stepping into a dead man's shoes.


A weekend in Budapest: Simply the 'Pest

By Barry Toberman, November 19, 2015

There is something both comfortably familiar and appealingly exotic about Budapest. Wander the parliamentary area, whose buildings were inspired by Westminster, the high-end shopping malls that showcase global brands and some of the many museums, and you will feel totally at home.


Mid-ship might

By Mark Silver, November 5, 2015

As we sailed out of Venice, my love of cruising went up a notch. It was a beautiful late September afternoon and the sight of a buzzing St Mark's Square a few hundred yards away soon had me on cloud nine, albeit there was not a cloud in the sky.


How Gloria seduced 007

By David Allsop, October 29, 2015

The Piz Gloria restaurant, 10,000ft above the Swiss village of Mürren on Mount Schilthorn, is still welcoming Bond fans nearly half a century after it became the villain's hideout in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

It was here that Blofeld (aka Telly Savalas, complete with white cat) plotted to destroy the British establishment.


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.


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.


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.



Austria: It's not just an army that marches on its stomach

By Lianne Kolirin, August 6, 2015

The hills are alive with the smells of Michelin-starred cuisine. Throughout the summer, a selection of delectable dishes dreamt up by some of Europe's top chefs are on offer in the Austrian Alps. There's only one catch: you have to climb a mountain or two to taste them.