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.
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.
Unlike its Balearic siblings, Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca isn't party central. But don't get the wrong idea - there's plenty to do at night-time on this tiny island, half the size of Hertfordshire and just 47km from end to end. Yet with 216km of coastline there are plenty of beaches.
A Magen David is the last thing you'd expect to stumble across in a remote Italian city famous for its baroque churches. But Lecce was a throbbing centre of Jewish life 500 years ago - and now the Jews are back in Puglia, their footsteps are being traced, unearthed and commemorated.
Last month Vienna hosted the Life Ball, an Aids benefit and Europe's biggest charity event. The streets around City Hall were rammed with revellers, dressed as fantasy creatures, angels and fairies daubed in gold (this year's theme) like Klimt paintings. The festivities, crazy music and transgender catwalk shows went on beyond the early hours.
In most cities of the world, you need to do some research to find the places of Jewish interest. Not so in Prague, where among the most popular tourist attractions are also Jewish sites: Josefov, Prague's Jewish Quarter, and anything connected to the writer Franz Kafka.
Easyjet dropped us off, but it was a Mercedes that picked us up. V-class, chauffeured, air-conditioned and WiFied up from bumper to boot.
It was 10am, and as the luggage belt at Faro airport rumbled with golf bags, our driver, all in white and in army-clean shoes, rolled us down the coast towards Albufeira through villages scarred by economic strife, to a gated hideaway where