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Japan Rugby World Cup: guide to the host cities

Japan Rugby World Cup: guide to the host cities

By Manami Miura, award-winning sake sommelier at the Ginza Kimijimaya liquor store, @sakephygram My city in a nutshell Tokyo is a city of gigantic proportions: 47 neighbourhoods slotting together like parts of an elaborate puzzle, home to more than 4,000 shrines and temples, 6,000 parks, and 300,000 restaurants (10 times as many as New York). Quiet shrines […]

Australian and British bloggers arrested in Iran named as Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Australian and British bloggers arrested in Iran named as Jolie King and Mark Firkin

The Australian couple being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison have been named as Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who were reportedly arrested 10 weeks ago near the Iranian capital. Firkin and King, who also holds a British passport, have been blogging a globe-trotting adventure since 2017 as they endeavoured to drive from Australia to London. Despite […]

Late Rooms and Super Break collapse hits holidaymakers

Late Rooms and Super Break collapse hits holidaymakers

The holiday firms Late Rooms and York-based Super Break have collapsed, affecting more than 50,000 travellers. Malvern Group, which owns the booking website LateRooms.com and Super Break, said about 400 Super Break customers were on holiday in the UK or overseas. Super Break was a member of Abta and the travel trade body said most […]

Show stoppin’: a car-free art tour along the East Sussex coast

Show stoppin’: a car-free art tour along the East Sussex coast

Fastbourne seafront on a sunny day – palm trees, blue water and a whitewashed, gold-domed pier. The sea breeze brings a honey breath of broom flowers, yellow as highlighter pens, and the plangent sound of seagulls. The kids are cheering up after delayed trains and overcrowded London tubes. I’m hoping for a weekend of art […]

Hot snap: the UK heatwave on Instagram

Hot snap: the UK heatwave on Instagram

Looking cool in the sun? From city fountains and gardens to making a break for the beach, here’s a snapshot of the country basking in the sun  How refreshing … two swimmers take a dip in a river in Suffolk. Photograph: mikewsmith91 www.theguardian.com

Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Lakes and mountains Suggested duration 15 days Stops Lausanne, Annecy, Chamonix, Zermatt, Lucerne, St Anton, Zell am See, Innsbruck, Bern Shortcut Head straight to Zermatt to make it an 11-day trip Best Interrail pass 15 days within two months (£337 youth/£439 adult/£395 senior/under 12s free) or the tighter 10 days within two months (£274/£357/£321/free). Plus train reservations The sight […]

Flower power: an orchid hunt in south Wales

Flower power: an orchid hunt in south Wales

Rare orchids and bees are just part of the delicate beauty of the Kenfig nature reserve, which is as endangered as the nearby steelworks  Making tracks … the Merthyr Mawr dune system, next to the Kenfig nature reserve. We have arrived in a broad grassy hollow within the dunes of Kenfig nature reserve and ranger […]

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