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ViennaPass: The only all-inclusive Sightseeing Card for Vienna

ViennaPass: The only all-inclusive Sightseeing Card for Vienna

The Vienna PASS is your sightseeing card to discover the city of Vienna. Tailor-made for visitors to the Austrian capital, you can enjoy the city’s rich history with a HOP ON HOP OFF VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS bus tour, a guidebook and optional travelcard. There’s so much waiting to be discovered with the Vienna PASS – […]

Cider, cheese and cool scenery: a car-free adventure in Somerset

Cider, cheese and cool scenery: a car-free adventure in Somerset

The train glides west. Uncompromising-looking grey clouds are shedding icy raindrops on to Bath’s spires and crescents and Bristol’s colourful terraces. But I’m hoping at least three things will warm this wintry West Country jaunt: cheese, cider and the scenery of Sanditon. Several scenes in ITV’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished “beaches-and-ballgowns” novel were filmed in […]

Healthy break: an escape to Devon for a stay in a restored cottage hospital

Healthy break: an escape to Devon for a stay in a restored cottage hospital

Pleurisy, fracture at elbow, scalded buttocks, horse bite – who knew that a list of ailments on a hospital’s patient register could be so gripping? The one I found in my holiday accommodation (newly renovated Winsford Cottage Hospital in Devon) told the stories of people from a dozen local parishes. Within its handwritten pages I […]

A local’s guide to Nantes, France: top 10 tips

A local’s guide to Nantes, France: top 10 tips

Isle of culture It must be hard for today’s visitors to imagine the Île de Nantes, in the middle of the Loire, as the industrial wasteland it became once shipbuilding finished in the 1980s. But from 2007, it has been transformed from virtual no-go area into cultural hub – giving the island back to the […]

Surf and the city: Bristol’s new artificial surfing lagoon

Surf and the city: Bristol’s new artificial surfing lagoon

Yeee-ees!!” cries my coach, Oliver, as we near the water’s edge. Wave after wave surges towards us, peeling sideways before crumbling at our feet. No closeouts, no guessing where waves will break, just perfect peaks stretching into the distance. Most surfers would be stoked to see this at any beach in the world, but I’m […]

City breaks with kids: Edinburgh

City breaks with kids: Edinburgh

I’m bored! We love to stand on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and wait for the one o’clock canon to fire. It always makes us jump, even though we know it’s coming, but there are just such wonderful views across the city, and to the sea beyond, from here. To get a different perspective on this fascinating […]

A local’s guide to Ljubljana, Slovenia: top 10 tips

A local’s guide to Ljubljana, Slovenia: top 10 tips

Toast the Alps Though it’s modest by modern standards (13 storeys and 70 metres tall), Nebotičnik was the first “skyscraper” in Yugoslavia, and the ninth-tallest building in Europe when it opened in 1933. Architect Vladimir Šubic was inspired by the art deco skyscrapers of New York, though more conservative residents dismissed it as a “freak”. Today, the […]

Finland’s ‘Be more like a Finn’ campaign joins growing list of tourism pledge initiatives

Finland’s ‘Be more like a Finn’ campaign joins growing list of tourism pledge initiatives

Finland has become the latest destination to introduce a tourism pledge, asking visitors to the country to promise to respect its nature, culture and inhabitants. Forming part of a wider sustainability drive that focuses on Finnish values and traditions, such as embracing the outdoors, foraging and recycling, the pledge requires visitors to “be more like a Finn” […]

10 of the best whisky distillery tours in Scotland

10 of the best whisky distillery tours in Scotland

Dreaming of a dram? These distilleries offer an insight into one of the world’s great drinks, and are often in stunning locations  New kid on the block … the Nc’nean distillery is a whisky startup near Lochaline, Scotland Nc’nean, Morvern It’s an adventure in itself just reaching Nc’nean, a remote and free-spirited whisky startup 12 […]

Tiny house holiday: can a family of four fit in a 15-square-metre space?

Tiny house holiday: can a family of four fit in a 15-square-metre space?

“Oh,” I say as we pull into a clearing off a dirt track. “It’s really small.” Which should not have come as a surprise, really – “it” being a tiny house and smallness being rather the point of it. But, as I checked my rear-view mirror to see my five-year-old unbuckled and silently trying to […]

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