Notes on…

Paris

15 March 2014 9:00 am

No city really multitasks like Paris, shorthand for romance, culture, fashion, gastronomy and the kind of street life you find…

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Notes on... Venice

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For Henry James it was ‘the repository of consolations’. Wordsworth, an earlier visitor, called it ‘the eldest child of liberty’.…

The great art of country houses is still getting better

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Last year 114,000 people flocked to Houghton Hall in north Norfolk for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Part of the great…

You’ll think you’ve gone to heaven: Lynmouth pier

A perfect haven of peace in north Devon

22 February 2014 9:00 am

It was late September. My wife and I were feeling overworked and overstressed — our mental states not helped by…

The Marche

15 February 2014 9:00 am

When I first visited the Marche a dozen years ago, folk who knew about such things tapped their noses and…

Valentine’s Day

8 February 2014 9:00 am

One of the many things I love about my wife is that she doesn’t make me do anything for Valentine’s…

Bantry Bay

South-west Ireland

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Of course one feels free on a holiday: that’s what holidays are for. But I have rarely felt freer than…

Golf in the Algarve

25 January 2014 9:00 am

My second tee shot soared high and straight, then hurtled down towards the lake; a repeat of my first. I…

Amsterdam

18 January 2014 9:00 am

‘What are people in your country saying about Holland these days?’ one Dutch friend recently asked me. I hadn’t the…

Gardens for all seasons

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Winter garden visiting is a solitary pastime, lending itself to the misanthrope, and is highly recommended. When it’s so cold…

The pleasures of the Dordogne

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Call me a trencherman or worse, but I tend to think of the Dordogne as a giant restaurant-cum-farm shop, set…

Music in Vienna

14 December 2013 9:00 am

There is no finer city in which to hear music than Vienna. Or, to put it more felicitously, there is…