Europe

Knock Castle Crieff, Scotland

By Moya Sarner, January 21, 2013

It took a six-hour train ride from London to Perth and a half-hour drive to Crieff for my first sight of Knock Castle, but it was worth it. With its enchanting turrets and fairytale character, the castle has a magic that glows through the drizzle.

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Val d'Isere: Skiing and partying at their peak

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2013

On the way up, all I could see were the clouds.They were blurring the view of the peak, but as we edged closer the scene began to look a little spooky as the silhouette of the mountain-top restaurant, Tête de Solaise, began to emerge through the misty white.

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodge, Val D’isere, France

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2013

After a day skiing on Val d’Isère’s slopes. I admit to imbibing more than a soupçon of apres-ski sustenance, yet I was still cold. As activities levels and temperatures dropped well below freezing, by the time I got back to Le Chardon chalet (one of five that comprise the Chardon Mountain Lodges) I just wanted to thaw quickly.

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Hotel of the week: myhotel Chelsea

By Moya Sarner, January 18, 2013

Chelsea is a beautiful part of London — and it knows it. With its lush green private squares, designer clothes shops and minimalist, trendy restaurants, the streets ooze luxury.

And myhotel Chelsea fits right in. This is a hotel that is too cool for capital letters, too sumptuous for spaces between words.

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Bovey Castle in Devon - a mini legoland

By Lianne Kolirin, December 17, 2012

THE road to Bovey Castle is narrow and winding, the approach marked by unimposing iron gates. It is far from an ostentatious entrance and one you could easily miss. This place is a closely guarded secret and they’d clearly like to keep it that way.

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Hotel Miramar

By Jessica Elgot, December 13, 2012

Barcelona is a hectic city — swelteringly hot in summer, heaving with crowds, stall owners yelling, brightly coloured building, thumping flamenco.

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Hotel de la Paix

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

The five-star Hotel de la Paix must have one of the best settings in Geneva. It’s right on the lakeside opposite the famous Jet d’Eau. It has views across the water to a snow-capped Mont Blanc on the horizon and it’s within easy walking distance of all the smart shops and the old city.

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Getting to know Geneva, Switzerland

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

For a place with fewer than 200,000 inhabitants Geneva punches above its weight. It produced Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose philosophy inspired the French Revolution; it was the launch pad for the Reformation which changed the course of European history; the Geneva Convention was signed here and the World Jewish Congress was founded here in 1936.

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The Lure of Greece

By Angela Epstein, October 11, 2012

It was a good enough place to park. A large, open-air pay and display a few minutes walk from the port, surely this was the perfect spot to leave our car and explore the fascinating maritime city of Thessaloniki (Salonika).

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Devon: No cream teas at this weight loss boot camp

By Lianne Kolirin, September 21, 2012

The brochure described the facility as “Britain’s only boutique bootcamp”, a term which in my mind conjured up visions of furious amounts of fitness rewarded with lots of lovely pampering.

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