Travel

Woolley Grange

Tanya Gold: Child-friendly, sex-free, nut-heavy – just the hotel for my 40th birthday

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Woolley Grange is a child-friendly country house hotel that seems, at first, entirely monstrous — a grey Tudor house in…

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American Smoke, by Iain Sinclair - review

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you have read Iain Sinclair’s books you will know that he is a stylist with a love of language.…

W H Auden (Photo: H V Drees/Getty Images)

What would Auden have deemed evil in our time? European jingoism

9 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Goodbye to the Mezzogiorno’ was the first Auden poem that Alexander McCall Smith read in his youth. He discovered it…

Wall-painting in San Isidoro of a shepherd

Christopher Howse takes the slow train in Spain — and writes a classic

2 November 2013 9:00 am

This is probably not a book for those whose interest in Spain gravitates towards such contemporary phenomena as the films…

Ullswater towards Helvellyn, where Wordsworth wandered lonely as a cloud

England’s 100 best Views, by Simon Jenkins - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith is transported by the finest scenery in England

Ruin near Kelso, Mojave Desert, California

Walking in Ruins, by Geoff Nicholson - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Geoff Nicholson is the Maharajah of Melancholy. The quality was there in his novels, it was there in his non-fiction…

Move Along, Please, by Mark Mason - review

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Mrs Thatcher was widely believed to have said that ‘any man over the age of 26 who finds himself on…

Outdoor Umbrellas

Jeremy Clarke: The day I walked into a postcard

31 August 2013 9:00 am

This time last year the postman delivered a picture postcard depicting a village square in Provence. The photograph on the…

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Never seen the need for a class system? Take a long-haul flight

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Usually it is annoying when you have to board an aeroplane via a shuttle bus rather than an airbridge. The…

Island, by J. Edward Chamberlin - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Tom Island’ — that was the name I was given once by a girl I met on an island in…

Unassuming: Port-en-Bessin today

Notes on…Normandy

20 July 2013 9:00 am

There are some, I know, who for whom Normandy means the three Cs — cider, cream and calvados. But if,…

The Last Train to Zona Verde, by Paul Theroux - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Paul Theroux has produced some of the best travel books of the past 50 years, and some of the lamest.…

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What it's like to escape from Colditz

27 April 2013 9:00 am

What a modern visitor can learn at Colditz and Stalag Luft III

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Travel: Ireland’s wild west

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Melanie McDonagh goes in quest of the Burren, with its ancient churches, rugged landscapes and extraordinary flora

The Georgian brickwork around O’Connell Street was painstakingly restored during the boom

Travel: Dublin, comeback city

23 March 2013 9:00 am

A saner sort of post-crash life is returning to Dublin, says Sophia Martelli

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Travel special – Scottish borders: On the edge

26 May 2012 11:00 am

Johnnie Kerr on his fierce native country

Road to ruins

21 April 2012 11:00 am

This is a delightful book, nostalgic, slyly witty, perceptive and at times flirting — deliberately — with old fogeyism. Tom…

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Inflated dreams

17 March 2012 10:00 am

When almost every tale about the Arctic has been told, when the major explorers have been assessed and re-assessed, when…

Africa’s excesses

17 March 2012 9:00 am

There are an awful lot of prostitutes in Africa and most of them seem to pass through the pages of…

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A paralysed landscape

10 March 2012 11:00 am

‘Very, very, very sexy’, a field-researcher scratches in his Antarctic notebook. He is describing a meteorite the size of a…

Still roughing it

7 January 2012 10:00 am

We are all tourists now, and there is no escape. The first thing we see as we jet round the…

Not for sissies

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Nigeria is not exactly a tourist destination. A colleague chortles over the memory of trying to wangle his way in…

Rumbled in the jungle

26 November 2011 11:00 am

This book is a mess. Simon Mann may have been brought up on John Buchan, educated at Eton and Sandhurst,…

The call of the wild

27 August 2011 10:00 am

Christopher Ondaatje is best known as a member of the great and the good and a generous patron of the arts, notably the National Portrait Gallery. The pieces collected in this book give glimpses of another, quite different life as a traveller and writer.

A well-told lie

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Michael Ondaatje takes a journey into childhood