The prospect of “standing seats” in economy class has moved another inch closer to reality, with the third incarnation of the now-infamous Skyrider being showcased to airline bosses.
As soon as I drive past the “Welcome to Cornwall” sign on the A30, as I have done many times in the past 25 years, I crave a pasty. But on my most recent trip, a whistle-stop tour of west Cornwall and the north coast, the first thing that passed my lips was Cornish pastis.
Volcanoes and game reserves may not immediately spring to mind when visiting the Isle of Wight but the island off the coast of Hampshire now ranks alongside the iconic landscapes of Mount Vesuvius and the Okavango Delta in Botswana as a biosphere reserve.
Let’s be honest, Mannheim is on no one’s list of must-visit European cities – but it has all the key ingredients of a gemütlich weekend break: a slowly expanding selection of boutique hotels, Instagrammable sights, a hipster neighbourhood, and – the clincher – a jaw-dropping new look for the Kunsthalle. Its century-old gallery of modern and contemporary art occupies an entire block and last summer was given a major overhaul.
I’m done with foreign city breaks. I’m waving goodbye to open-top bus tours, to plastic pocket ponchos, to over-priced entry tickets and hastily embroidered tit-tat.
Encircled by the hulking shadows of mountains, as fading stars surrender to the rising sun, our boat drifts silently in Quesnel Lake, as if slowly orbiting the bottom of a well. Plummeting 2,625ft at its lowest point, this is the deepest fjord lake on earth, seeping into some of Canada’s wildest terrain.
A blonde from Ipswich leant over the bar last Friday and offered my daughter a tattoo. My daughter is seven, so she was impressed. And it was temporary, so I allowed it; within seconds Antonia was sporting a giant St George’s flag on her cheek.
Frugal families don’t turn left when they get on the plane. My children have never seen the interior of the Business Class cabin, and that’s not likely to change any time soon.
I don’t really enjoy city breaks any more. Since the advent of cheap flights, I’ve gorged on weekends in Venice, Paris and Prague, but now I long for peaceful surroundings: quiet Greek islands and Umbrian villages.
The first thing I notice about Kazuyoshi Watanabe is his hands. They’re blue, the colour strongest under his nails and around his cuticles, fading slightly as it reaches his fingers and covers his palms.
What price would you pay to stay in a great hotel? This is not a trick question. Many might assume that what you would be happy to pay versus what you are expected to pay for a night in an amazing establishment do not match up. I have good news: there are now, more than ever before, a crop of cool hotels which will not break the bank.
In 1918, at the conclusion of the First World War, Charles Close was knighted. The honour bestowed on the colonel was recognition for the work the Ordnance Survey, of which he had been director general since 1911, had done in helping the Allies win the war.
A neighbourhood guide to where to stay in Rio de Janeiro, as chosen by our resident experts, including the best hotels on Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, and in neighbourhoods including Santa Teresa, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca.
Copenhagen always ranks highly in surveys of the world’s best cities, and little wonder. Size certainly helps: it’s big enough to have world-class museums, restaurants and attractions; small enough to make them easily accessible. Then there’s its unerring ability to blend quaint and cool: one minute you’re in Indre By or Christianshavn, strolling along a cobbled street with roses and hollyhocks growing out of the pavement; the next, you’re discovering angular 21st-century architecture along the revitalised waterfront or hanging with the hipsters among the indie boutiques and bars of Vesterbro and Nørrebro.
Can Danny Boyle succeed where others have failed? The acclaimed director has a new film out, the upbeat, Beatles-themed Yesterday, whose establishing shots feature Clacton-on-Sea.
Scientists believe they have identified a new species of cat living on the French island of Corsica, and wildlife enthusiasts are rather excited about it.
The once-in-a-lifetime holidays of hundreds of travellers are in jeopardy after Russian authorities seized two ships from a Canada-based cruise company.
Residents of a remote Norwegian island are campaigning to abolish the concept of time, saying they should be able to do “what we want, when we want”.
The largest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere can often feel extremely empty. I’m standing on Barth Head, an angular contortion of old red sandstone that juts its chin out high above the water on the south-eastern fringe of Scapa Flow.
Whether you’re heading to the cooler climes of Northern Europe or the hot and sunny Mediterranean, there’s no reason not to look stylishly on point. Here’s what to wear for a summer sail.
I’m cruising a tropical lagoon on the trail of an underwater lawnmower. Elan Cuevas, my boatman and guide, is at the wheel, manoeuvring behind a telltale slick of grass clippings. He squints against the surface glitter of sunlight. Follow the trail, he knows, and we might get lucky.