As evening enveloped Istanbul's tourist district last weekend, two shoeshiners approached me carrying the tools of their trade. No need to reserve a table now: when I walked in for dinner last Friday night, I doubled the number of customers.
Here are the best stylish but practical travel products for kids aged 5-12 years old. Consign them to the past with this 100 per cent leak-proof kids’ water bottle which seals automatically between sips – practical but stylish, too. Forget trying to prise your teen’s smartphone from their hands on holiday – give them this waterproof phone case and they’ll be the first in the pool.
La belle France is as much about where you stay as what you eat and do. Hotels in this ravishingly varied land of hilltop villages, alpine peaks, cosmopolitan cities and vineyard-stitched countryside are hopelessly enchanting – and never more so than in summer when that chic lifestyle which the French do so enviably well moves outside.
Britons planning a trip to Saint Lucia are facing a sharp increase in the cost of flights after the Caribbean island announced a hike in airport taxes. The government has reintroduced an Airport Development Tax of $35 (£29) and raised the Airport Departure Tax for foreign visitors from $25 to $63 (£20 to £51), meaning the cost of flights booked from Saturday (April 1) for travel after June 1 will go up by £60 to £80. “The new government of Saint Lucia inherited a fiscal debt and the increase in tax has been implemented to help deal with these fiscal challenges,” said Agnes Francis, chair of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
The global online travel agent Booking.com says it will appeal the decision by a Turkish court for its website to be temporarily blocked in the country, over a claim of unfair competition. The commercial court in Istanbul granted an injunction to prevent the firm selling hotels in Turkey to Turkish customers while the case is going on. An earlier decision by the Turkish Competition Authority concluded that the “best price guarantee” offered by Booking.com infringed competition law.
It’s Visit England week at the moment, and if you're concerned about Brexit-related currency fluctuations, you'll be relieved to know there's a lot going on this year for those taking a staycation. The gallery will have double the exhibition space, allowing for larger artworks and installations to be displayed. It will open with its first semi-permanent display, dedicated to the artists who flocked to the town from the 1920s onwards, including works by Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.
An insider's guide to the best hotels near Hadrian's Wall, featuring the top hotels for comfy bedrooms, hearty food and stylish country house décor in locations close to the Hadrian's Wall Path, the Roman forts and Northumberland National Park. The Angel of CorbridgeCorbridge, Northumberland, England
Villa I Gigli just outside Arezzo in Tuscany is a stylish, tranquil getaway great with views of the rolling hills of the region that’s large enough for two families or a group travelling together. About 80km south-east of Florence the villa sits three miles out from the beautiful and surprisingly quiet hill-top town of Arezzo. Arezzo, also home to the San Francesco Church housing Piero della Francesca’s frescoes, is within easy reach of Siena and Cortona.
8Telegraph expert rating The perky design at the five-star Barceló Torre de Madrid has made it an instant hit with fashionistas and creatives. For the best views, book the Royal Suite on the ninth floor of the hotel, which has more than 1.5k sq ft of terraces. 9Telegraph expert rating Serious luxury has come to Madrid with this five-star hotel in a lavishly remodelled palace.
This is what the soul-stirring landscape of Jabal Akhdar does to you. Epic panoramas, of course, are part of Oman’s USP. From majestic mountains and sawtooth fjords to unspoilt beaches and endless deserts, the boomerang-shaped country on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula has got the lot.
9Telegraph expert rating One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place Firenze has been much imitated since its launch, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. A luxury boutique hotel, it is part of the Lungarno Collection belonging to the family of high-fashion Italian shoe-maker-to-the-stars Salvatore Ferragamo.
From country villages in the heart of the city to the best places for all-you-can-eat dumplings, I was quietly smug in the knowledge that the City of Lights had little left to hide from me. If anything, I felt a bit sorry for my guide, softly-spoken Frenchman Timothée Demeillers, who runs the Paris arm of Urban Adventures, an international travel franchise which offers off-the-beaten-track city tours in destinations across the world.
Fortunately, those who insist on only the best of both worlds will find their perfect solution this summer when Delta Air Lines, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, launches flights to Portland, Oregon - the first time the Pacific Northwest city has enjoyed a non-stop air service from London. Portland is routinely feted as one of America’s greenest cities, both in terms of sustainable living and the amount of green space woven into its footprint.
An expert guide to the best family-friendly Dorset hotels, including the top places to stay for interconnecting rooms, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, spacious apartments, crèches and cinemas, in locations including Lyme Regis, Bridport, Studland, Weymouth, Beaminster, Christchurch and Evershott. 8Telegraph expert rating This is Lyme Regis’ answer to a boutique coastal break with children.
An expert guide to the top spa hotels in Cornwall, including the best for swimming pools with sea views, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, induglent treatments and relaxing gardens, in locations including Newquay, Fowey, Mullion, Rock and Trebetherick. Both adults-only and family-friendly options are featured here. The ScarletNewquay, Cornwall, England
A Turkish court has ordered the travel website Booking.com to be blocked in a dispute with the country's main travel agency association, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Wednesday. The Anadolu Agency reported that a commercial court in Istanbul ordered the move against Booking.com as a “precautionary measure” while the case is ongoing. Lawyers for the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies had argued that Netherlands-based Booking.com was engaging in unfair competition in the marketing of hotels in Turkey.
Working as cabin crew for Ryanair was one of the worst jobs that Joseph* says he has ever had. As a member of the cabin crew in Stansted for one year, the 23-year-old was forced to deal with passengers at their absolute worst with nowhere to escape.
9Telegraph expert rating It’s all about the rooftop LH on 22, which gives Instagram-worthy views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. The menu includes creative craft cocktails like the Roaring Twenties (strawberry, jasmine tea and champagne) and eclectic seafood-leaning selections.
Budapest Airport is relatively close to the city centre, and so there’s really no reason to stay in the immediate neighbourhood of the airport, which is a rather grey place of tarmac, advertising boards and peeling apartment blocks. 8Telegraph expert rating If you enjoy joyous, strutting, over-the-top architectural design then the Boscolo will fit you a treat.
Cristiano Ronaldo must be delighted that Madeira has decided to rename its airport in his honour. The only fly in the ointment is that horrific bronze bust which, as one Twitter wit pointed out, looks more like Raoul Moat. Cristiano Ronaldo officially unveils the newly-renamed Raoul Moat International Airport pic.twitter.com/QuIx3dNMlV— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) March 29, 2017
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As we reported this week, Bangor International in Maine is one of the busiest airports in the world when it comes to emergency landings. It makes perfect sense that an airport on Midway Island would be a common emergency landing place for flights that come into trouble crossing the Pacific.
Israeli travellers are continuing to cross to Egypt, despite an upsurge in violence in the Sinai peninsula and a warning of possible attacks on tourists. Isis has an insurgency in Sinai, and last week killed 10 members of the Egyptian security forces in roadside bombings. Eitan Ben David, head of Israel’s National Security Council Counter Terrorism Bureau, issued the warning ahead of Passover, which begins on April 10.
The bountiful birdlife, the playful sea lions, the dulcet tones of David Attenborough, who's undoubtedly brought this wondrous archipelago into your living rooms? The islands’ furtive history was revealed to me recently during an encounter with the veteran tour guide, Klaus Fielsch, an engaging, floppy-haired raconteur who has dedicated much of his life to studying the archipelago. The setting was perfect: dusk at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz island, next to the poolside bar, overlooking the beach.
Late last week, American astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted this astounding shot of his boots dangling about 200 miles above the Earth. The photograph was taken on March 24, when NASA expedition commander Kimbrough and his fellow astronaut, Thomas Pesquet completed a “space walk”. The exercise lasted six-and-a-half hours, in which the pair completed maintenance work on the outside of the International Space Station.