The notion of four seasons in a day has no bearing in western Scotland. Four seems far too few. I have just arrived on Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, and already I’ve experienced a spectrum of weather in less than an hour.Read More »
This Sunday's print cover story celebrated the varied coastline of Portugal. We'd like you to tell us about your own travel experiences in this diverse country, whether it was a beach, golf or sailing holiday in the Algarve, a cultural trip to Lisbon, a wine tour in the Douro Valley, a river cruise from Porto or a culinary journey in the Alentejo. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.
Two airlines popular with British travellers are in difficulties. Jet Airways, a big Indian carrier, is cancelling flights and some entire routes – including the recently launched link between Manchester and Mumbai. The Indian carrier, Jet Airways, has seen two-thirds of its fleet grounded at the insistence of aircraft lessors.
Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.
We're halfway into the long-awaited second series of Fleabag, with fans deeply invested in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's central character as she meanders around London, flirting, stealing, cackling and crying.
Train chaos has hit London today as three key stations are suffering from severe disruption.
The shrill call to prayer signals another clear, bright dawn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s bustling capital. Also known as Timket, a word derived the ancient Semitic language of Ge’ez, this joyous celebration is one of the most popular dates in the Orthodox Church calendar. While there are plenty of followers of Islam in Ethiopia, the majority of people are Orthodox Christians – Timket, therefore, is a national holiday.
Mexico City, familiar to all as the most populous city in the western hemisphere, is a lot more than that. The crossroads of ancient cultures, it has a storied past, with Aztec ruins embedded in the modern city’s fabric. The key northern seat of the Spanish conquest, it has a cultural and historical heft rarely encountered in Latin America: its mighty cathedral, many churches, civic palaces and grand plazas have survived earthquakes and waves of urban reinvention. It’s home to some of the most impressive art galleries in the Americas, a world-class archaeological museum, stunning modern and contemporary architecture and a thriving nightlife. Mexico is famed for its rich culinary traditions, and the capital offers visitors the very best street food, cantinas and fine dining.
Romantic and beautiful, San Francisco has been the backdrop for many of the world’s favourite films, such as Bullitt and Mrs Doubtfire. The reality is even better, from the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz to cable cars and fog. With great restaurants, shopping and museums, this is a five-star destination.
Last week I saw a preview of Ralph Fiennes’ new film about Rudolf Nureyev. The White Crow – which went on general release today – focuses mainly on the dancer’s early career in Leningrad and his tour to Paris with the Kirov ballet, which ended with his dramatic defection at Le Bourget airport in 1961.
Trains between London and Edinburgh are set to cost less than £25 one-way with the launch of a high-speed, low-cost rail link. The service, proposed by FirstGroup, will start in autumn 2021 under the brand East Coast Trains Ltd. Connecting the English and Scottish capitals in around four hours, the service is inspired by Japanese bullet trains and will call at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth in Northumberland.
It can be tricky when someone is leaving a job they have done for a long time. They have been an important member of the team, putting in long hours, and making important decisions at key moments. You want to mark the fact that their departure is going to drive a big hole through the day-to-day functions of your place of work.
Slow-braised vegetables in Berlin or moreish tostadas in Mexico City will tell you more about a place, its history and culture than a whole afternoon on an open top-tourist bus. On a desolate street, just minutes from the former Check Point Charlie site, isn’t where you’d expect to find one of Germany’s best restaurants – but that’s where Nobelhart and Schmutzig sits with its Michelin star and innovative menu that’s redefining German cuisine. Owner and sommelier Billy Wagner is usually behind the restaurant’s distinctive counter pouring fine German wines alongside the 10-course tasting menu, but if you turned up at his house after a busy weekend shift, you’d likely be served vegetables picked up at Markthalle Neun market.
A nimble expedition ‘basecamp’ designed to bring guests closer to nature and named after the famous 19th-century wooden schooner Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen used on their polar expeditions. It has a 318-passenger capacity and 127 cabins.
Latin America’s largest port, Santos is all about container ships. A map shows the proximity of São Paulo (50 miles inland), a major economic and cultural powerhouse. Santos is an easily overlooked but welcoming coastal city. If you embark or disembark here or get the chance to stop for half a day, enjoy its lively promenade, beaches and football and coffee museums.
Like millions who come into Mumbai to work each day, Santosh Apte’s life is pretty humdrum. In fact, a bit of actual humming or drumming might enliven it. Apte works in India’s commercial megalopolis for a company exporting saris.
Two weekends ago, I climbed into a car on the west bank of the river Nile in Cairo, and embarked on what I knew might be a dangerous journey. It was 6am when I stepped out of the hotel, but the morning smog that often cloaks the Egyptian capital was already there, scratching at my every breath.
The latest development in the ongoing renovations of Big Ben is a colour swap – changing the clock face from black to blue in keeping with its original design.
Staying safe when skiing or snowboarding in the mountains is crucial – an important part of that is being aware of the risk of avalanche where you are, being prepared when heading off piste, and knowing what to do should an avalanche happen.
The UK’s most eccentric colonial outpost, Stanley is the very British “capital” of a wild archipelago in the South Atlantic that looks a lot like Argentine Patagonia. Wind-lashed in winter, it’s pleasantly temperate in the main cruise season (November to April) and has historic attractions as well as homely pubs and places to eat.
You can do pretty much anything you like in Europe. Ski, surf, sandboard, explore Roman ruins, climb volcanoes, admire fine art in the company of cats, sleep in a castle, and spot bears, wolves, whales and dolphins. Now you can also eat in an underwater restaurant.
As midnight approaches on Friday 12 April, beware the Cinderella moments. Imagine you are on an Easter holiday, driving along a French autoroute or Spanish autopista late in the Friday evening of what may now be “no-deal weekend”, 12-14 April. As the clock reaches midnight, your driving licence ceases to be valid in Europe.
Springtime is when London hotel pop-ups kick into high gear, embracing warmer weather, longer days and special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Easter. Some hotels have opened up their rooftops for brunching, while others have transformed their afternoon tea menus to match the blooming nature outside. Here are six events you shouldn’t miss, whether you’re looking for a Mother’s Day treat or simply to celebrate the new season.