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Gents, get shipshape with old-fashioned style at sea – you might even enjoy it, says fashion blogger Lee Osborne
Once known principally for being a scenically becliffed Regency seaside town with a folk festival, Sidmouth in Devon is now enduring a period of notoriety, infamy even, thanks to its occupation, or infestation, by a giant specimen (210ft – “longer than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa”, jabbered The New York Times) of the squalid parasite we know as a fatberg.
Avoid the rainy season is one of great truisms of travel. But is it always good advice? I was intrigued by the idea of taking a more counter-intuitive approach by visiting the tourist honeypot of Siem Reap at a time when most visitors stay away. These rainy, crowd-free weeks are when Cambodia comes to life.
There is real life, and there is cruise life – which is basically real life, with added pizzazz. Life at sea suggests a sense of theatre that is hard to match on the average landlocked trip. That said, not all cruise ships are created equal. Like humans, some are big and some are small. Some favour the “formal,” others are imbued with a casualness that is so far removed from cruising’s first incarnation in the 1800s as to be unrecognisable.
“The A380 is on its last legs,” one media outlet reported after this week’s news that Airbus is to stop making the double-decker plane. Agreed, the very first editions of the plane – delivered to Singapore Airlines and flying in 2007 and 2008 – are now being broken up for parts. British Airways is no stranger to large, long-in-the-tooth aircraft.
Picturesque Mermaid Pools in Matapouri in New Zealand have been closed indefinitely after human waste and litter were repeatedly found at the sacred Māori site. The failure to respect the delicate ecosystem of the pools, which are also recognised as taonga – a highly prized sacred object or space – by indigenous people, has resulted in the group Te Whanau ā Rangiwhakaahu Hapū confirming that a rāhui – a temporary ritual prohibition – would be placed over the pools.
All great cities have had their moments, high points in history that shaped their architecture and geography and defined their culture. Some – London, Paris and Rome, for example – have had several.
There is plenty about Brussels that makes it like no other city. It’s the capital of the European Union for a start (but you wouldn’t necessarily sense it), operating in two native languages (French and Dutch/Flemish). The historic centre is like a reverse donut, with the imposing Grand Place in the middle, surrounded by mundane, often tawdry streets that in any other European city would be prime real estate. In among these, all within walking distance, are sublime and surreal art collections (Brueghel, Rubens, Magritte), impressive churches, alluring shops, high-quality eateries (including the legendary chip stands), and splendid eccentricities such as the Manneken-Pis and a comic-book museum (Tintin et al.)
Half term is upon us already. If you've not had time to plan any days out with the family and are looking for inspiration, look no further. Here are 50 of the UK's best.
Keen to expand your river cruising experience? Whether you're looking to join a popular voyage on the Danube complete with music and musuems or if you dream of seeing Russia's grand architecture via a sojourn on the Volga, we've got you covered.
Malaga has shaken off its reputation as being merely the gateway to the Costa del Sol. Revamped and revitalised, the city now boasts a sleek port, an exciting culinary scene and a rapidly growing clutch of artistic attractions. In fact, it’s quickly becoming recognised as one of Spain’s cultural hubs, bursting at the seams with places to explore from the attention-grabbing Pompidou Centre and ever-popular Museu de Picasso – which celebrates Malaga’s most famous son – to the street-art-cloaked streets of its edgy Soho district.
Sharing a meal is one of life’s great pleasures – if it’s not then you’re probably keeping the wrong company – but new research claims diners are increasingly eating alone.
I took a turn at the helm, following the blinking light of the GPS religiously and battling to keep us in anything even vaguely resembling a straight line.
Champagne before take-off, up to two 32kg checked bags in baggage allowance, complimentary food, serious legroom and the chance to stretch out in the lounge before the flights – travelling business class with British Airways is definitely a treat. Book this weekend and you’ll find a great selection of short-haul breaks – all with Club Europe holidays (includes flights and three nights in a hotel) from under £300 per person – for travel in February and March. There’s also long-haul offers for later in the year that spoil you with all of the above and a flatbed, plus proper bed linen and amenity kits from The White Company, and a palpable sense of indulgence.
At first glance, Trellech might seem like just another one-pub village straddling the Welsh border. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll realise that this parish in the wooded Wye Valley is one of the most curious places in the country, with a lost medieval city and Neolithic standing stones pointing to an illustrious – if mysterious - past.
A Ryanair flight had to be diverted after a fist fight broke out on board. Flight FR655 from Glasgow to Malaga on 14 February landed at Madrid instead to offload a disruptive passenger. Another eye witness told the Glasgow Evening Times that the brawl was sparked when one of the men began hassling women who were on a hen do.