Cruising up the river

Times Series: A magnificent view of the London Eye

4:51pm Friday 28th February 2014

As a London resident it’s easy to take for granted the city’s sights and sounds. Indeed, when thoughts turn to booking the next holiday, most of us will opt for far flung destinations which promise sand, sunshine and er... stunning architecture.

'May the force be with you'

Times Series: The Force will definitely be with you this weekend if you strap on your lightsaber and step into your land cruiser for a trip to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for a Star Wars™ spectacular

5:30pm Monday 29th April 2013

The Force will definitely be with you this weekend if you strap on your lightsaber and step into your land cruiser for a trip to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for a Star Wars™ spectacular.

Adore The Azores

Times Series: Furnas Valley

5:05pm Thursday 18th April 2013

AS we surfed the waves in our boat alongside a pod of 100 dolphins 100, watching them leap and dive unfazed by our presence, it was not just the sea air taking my breath away.

Heritage on our doorstep - new guide to Watford's heritage sites launched

Times Series: Heritage on our doorstep - new guide to Watford's heritage sites launched

1:26pm Thursday 28th March 2013

They were here before we arrived, and will remain long after we’re gone.

Spectacular view from The Shard unveiled

Times Series: Spectacular View from The Shard unveiled

8:10am Friday 11th January 2013

The Shard is the tallest building in Europe at 1,016 ft. Visitors can enjoy the views when it opens to the public on February 1. Tim Jones went along for a sneak preview.

London as you like it

Times Series: The O2 Walkway

10:23am Monday 10th December 2012

Make the most of London over the Christmas holidays. From ice skating and West End shows to top attractions and no frills hotels . Ruth Brindle reports

Hungary's wild east

Times Series: The gulyás show off their horsemanship. Photo © Nick Elvin

5:33pm Friday 19th October 2012

Largely undiscovered by British travellers, the area around Debrecen in eastern Hungary is a place of flat landscapes, fine wines and intriguing towns, writes Nick Elvin

A grand tour of the grand duchy

Times Series: Vianden Castle. Photo © Nick Elvin

12:09pm Tuesday 31st July 2012

Luxembourg remains something of a hidden gem - better known for business, banking and EU administration than as a holiday destination. But what does this small country offer tourists? Nick Elvin hops on a train from St Pancras to find out

Florida’s gulf islands and the best beach in the US

Times Series: Siesta Key was named the Best Beach in the US 2011 by Dr Beach

4:26pm Friday 4th May 2012

Ruth Brindle continues her Sunshine State vacation. After all the action of Orlando, she finds the perfect place to relax

Orlando without the kids

Times Series: Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

11:20am Friday 13th April 2012

You don't need to bring the children to fully appreciate this part of Florida, as Ruth Brindle discovers

Skiing in The Three Valleys

Times Series: Skiing in The Three Valleys

1:07pm Friday 2nd March 2012

Skiing in The Three Valleys, Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville, by Lindi Bilgorri

Fairytale Prague

Times Series: View of St Vitus Cathedral, the Vltava River and downtown Prague. Photo: © Nick Elvin

1:49pm Friday 3rd February 2012

Winter is a wonderful time to explore this historic capital city, writes Nick Elvin

Rotterdam: Where you can go Dutch - or just about any other nationality

Times Series: The SS Rotterdam. Photo courtesy SS Rotterdam

1:00pm Wednesday 14th December 2011

In the Netherlands' second city, the food, culture and visitor attractions reflect its status as a major international port, writes Nick Elvin

A weekend break at the Savoy and a pre-theatre meal at the Savoy Grill

Times Series: A weekend break at The Savoy and the Savoy Grill

12:22pm Friday 28th October 2011

A weekend break at the Savoy Hotel in London and a pre-theatre meal at the Savoy Grill before seeing Legally Blond at the Savoy Theatre. By Lindi Bilgorri

Kroller-Muller museum in the National Park de Hoge Veluwe

Times Series: Kroller-Muller museum in the National Park de Hoge Veluwe

5:01pm Friday 9th September 2011

Discover the beauty of the Lower Rhine area at Kroller-Muller museum in the National Park de Hoge Veluwe, vineyards at Groesbeek, Kempen and travel on a four-wheel Floow bike, writes Lindi Bilgorri

Space to breathe

Times Series: A pool with a view of Mont Blanc at Combloux. Photo: © Nick Elvin

11:00am Thursday 1st September 2011

Despite being a winter sports destination, summer is a great time to explore this corner of the Alps, writes Nick Elvin

A hundred ways to burn off strudel

Times Series: The Weissensee. Photo: © Kaernten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

11:00am Friday 12th August 2011

The area around the Weissensee is one of Europe’s hidden gems, writes Nick Elvin

In the footsteps of Aphrodite

Times Series: In the footsteps of Aphrodite

5:25pm Friday 10th June 2011

Melanie Dakin discovers waterfalls and unspoilt villages in Cyprus' Troodos Mountains

It's a flower garden. Surprise me...

Times Series: Keukenhof in bloom.

9:00am Tuesday 10th May 2011

Springtime in Holland is the ideal season for cycling, food tasting and tulips. Nick Elvin visits The Hague and the nearby Keukenhof

That old Dutch charm

Times Series: The Dom Tower dominates the Utrecht skyline. Photo: Nick Elvin

9:00am Thursday 28th April 2011

Utrecht is a city you can enjoy without having to rush - so why not travel there by train? Nick Elvin heads to the Netherlands’ fourth largest city

Skiing in Andorra

Times Series: Skiing in Andorra

9:42am Friday 11th February 2011

Skiing in Arinsal in Andorra in the Pyreness with Directski, writes Lindi Bilgorri

The bear necessities in Bern

Times Series: Bern BearPark photo: Melanie Dakin

2:43pm Friday 26th November 2010

Melanie Dakin visits the enchanting city of Bern in Switzerland and discovers a few friendly, grizzly creatures there

On the trail of the light fantastic

Times Series: The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and Northern Lights. Photo: Sorrisniva

10:42am Thursday 25th November 2010

Travel by ship and reindeer, stay in an ice hotel and search for the Aurora Borealis - winter in northern Norway is a time for adventure, as Nick Elvin discovers

Dry, with no chance of rain

Times Series: Salar del Huasco. Photo: Nick Elvin

2:57pm Monday 18th October 2010

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is famous for its lack of precipitation [and recently, 33 trapped miners]. However, it is brimming over with desolate beauty and fascinating sites, as Nick Elvin discovers

Discover Dover Castle’s ancient and modern secrets

Times Series: Let your imagination run riot at Dover Castle

2:44pm Tuesday 24th August 2010

Ruth Brindle discovers what life was really like for one of our medieval kings and goes underground for a lesson in secret wartime operations

Remembrance and new beginnings at the Somme

Times Series: Memorial de Thiepval

2:09pm Tuesday 17th August 2010

Melanie Dakin travels to the Somme and finds nature flourishing where once the battles raged. And yet, among the new hotels and vibrant cityscapes, the stories of wartime heroism live on.

Scotland - get away to the highlands

Times Series: BRAEMAT-HIGHLAND-SAFARIS

12:28pm Friday 28th May 2010

The Highlands of Scotland is a perfect place for a weekend break where the Royal family go to get away from it all. Try a dram of whisky and see the Monarch of the Glen

Where the desert roses grow

Times Series: Camels graze against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. PHOTO: Nick Elvin

9:00am Wednesday 7th April 2010

Take a journey into the Tunisian Sahara and discover a land of mountains, sand dunes and movie sets, writes Nick Elvin

Get the film star treatment at Stoke Park

Times Series: The stunning Stoke Park mansion house

3:32pm Wednesday 24th February 2010

Kate Sole enjoys a stay at Buckinghamshire's luxurious award-winning retreat and leaves feeling a million dollars

Faro in the Algarve

Times Series: Fisherman digging for clams

3:35pm Monday 11th January 2010

Visit Faro for a true taste of the Algarve - enjoy Portuguese cuisine, a walk around the old city and a boat trip to the nature reserve, writes Lindi Bilgorri

To the ends of the Earth

Times Series: Fishing boat and waterfall, Quintupeu Fjord. © Nick Elvin

2:00pm Thursday 7th January 2010

In Chile's northern Patagonia, where the Andes meet the Pacific, there’s no escaping the wonders of nature, writes Nick Elvin.

Regal city is beyond expectations

Times Series: Panorama Mesdag

11:00am Monday 26th October 2009

The Hague has been dubbed the International City of Peace and Justice, and its inhabitants come from more than 100 countries. Nick Elvin visits the administrative capital of the Netherlands.

Short break in Limoges, France

Times Series: Limoges

2:43pm Thursday 3rd September 2009

Just one hour away by plane and you can be in the heart of France in Limoges - the capital of enamel and porcelain

Always a welcome

Times Series: Always a welcome

2:00pm Thursday 27th August 2009

On the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura the gentle pace of life gives you time to enjoy the simple things.

Heaven on wheels

Times Series: The British Pullman heads through the countryside

11:40am Wednesday 19th August 2009

Travelling somewhere ought to be just as much fun as the destination, as Hannah Crown discovers when she climbs aboard the Orient Express.

Life drawing and art appreciation breaks in Dublin

Times Series: Art at home: Cheryl Gould's life drawing class at The Frobisher Studio, Bushey Museum

12:06pm Friday 3rd July 2009

The notion of nude life drawing models on TV well before the 9pm watershed has sparked a flurry of interest in our national newspapers but with a thriving artistic community in our locale, we are somewhat more enlightened. Inspired by the new series, Life Class: Today's Nude, which airs on Channel 4 this week, Melanie Dakin wasted no time in putting pencil to paper and jetted off to Dublin for a life drawing holiday.

Turkey, ancient and modern

Times Series: The ancient city of Perge. Photo © Nick Elvin

11:40am Wednesday 24th June 2009

From 3,000-year-old cities to brand new luxury resorts, the Antalya region of Turkey is full of attractions.

Northants makes a pleasant change

Times Series: On the track at Silverstone

3:00pm Thursday 11th June 2009

Northamptonshire offers more than enough to fill a long weekend.

Luxury spa in the New Forest

Times Series: Luxury spa in the New Forest

12:01pm Monday 1st June 2009

Carey Manor and SenSpa is the perfect place to relax for a weekend break

Holmes away from home

Times Series: A bedroom at Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes

9:00am Tuesday 19th May 2009

Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes, Baker Street

Where Nomad has gone before

Times Series: Crossing a sea of sand on camels. Photo: The Adventure Company

11:00am Thursday 23rd April 2009

Morocco is just the place for a traditional caravan holiday.

Oh so peaceful

Times Series: In Lyme Regis, even the streetlights along the seafront bear the shapes of coiled ammonites

2:10pm Thursday 9th April 2009

Tired of city life? Get away from it all by hiring a cottage in west Dorset.

The high life

Times Series: The view across Quito to Cotopaxi volcano. © Corporación Metropolitana de Turismo

9:00am Friday 21st November 2008

Following major investment in its cultural heritage, the Ecuadorian capital Quito is a city reborn. Nick Elvin travels to where the equator meets the sky.

Scotland on a plate

Times Series: Arrive in style at Ardeonaig Hotel, on Loch Tay. Photo courtesy of Ardeonaig Hotel

1:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2008

From fishing to foraging, cookery lessons to whisky blending, the Scottish countryside has all the ingredients for the perfect culinary adventure.

A feast for all the senses

Times Series: The countryside of Ragusa province is ideal for exploring by bike. Photo: (c) Hyblabike

1:00pm Thursday 9th October 2008

Ragusa, in Sicily, offers a Mediterranean holiday to savour.

Enjoy Spain the Spanish way

Times Series: The attractive waterfront of Santander. Pic copyright Manuel Alvarez / santander.es

11:00am Wednesday 1st October 2008

Lush greenery, tempting beaches, a long history and mouthwatering cuisine make Cantabria a destination for all seasons.

A return to innocence

Times Series: The harbour at St Peter Port, Guernsey's capital. Pic: Clare Smith

10:00am Thursday 28th August 2008

Guernsey and nearby Herm island are untouched by the major fast food and coffee shop chains, and amusement parks and arcades. Instead visitors are free to concentrate on the simple things in life like beaches, rock pools, coastal walks and relaxed cafés.

A cross-border incursion

Times Series: Xanten Archaeological Park

1:10pm Monday 28th July 2008

The Lower Rhine region, which straddles Germany and the Netherlands, is full of pleasant surprises.

All the flavour of Flanders

Times Series: The beach at Ostend. All pics courtesy of Visit Flanders

8:00am Thursday 17th July 2008

The Belgian coast is a mysterious gem with poise and quiet confidence, as Rebecca Lowe discovers.

Another side of Tenerife

Times Series: Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak. (Pic courtesy of Spanish Tourist Office)

10:00am Tuesday 8th July 2008

Elizabeth Pears visits the largest of the Canary Islands and finds relaxation and pampering, far from the madding crowd.



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