Notes on…

A police horse guards Buckingham Palace, 1937

The lost horses of London

4 October 2014 9:00 am

The days when horses and humans lived cheek by jowl in the capital are unarguably over. Brewers’ drays have disappeared,…

Barbara Hepworth’s St Ives garden

Artists’ houses

27 September 2014 8:00 am

I’m not sure what took me to Salvador Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, but it sure as hell wasn’t admiration.…

Deal: a zoo of domestic architectural styles

Drunkenness, theft, fighting and smuggling: the indiscreet charm of Deal

20 September 2014 9:00 am

However the sand got into Sandwich, it did Deal a big favour. As the Cinque Port’s harbour silted up from…

A perfectionist at work, 1937

The perfectionist builder I always wanted

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I have a friend who is perhaps best described by that old-fashioned phrase ‘ladies’ man’. He’s not a cad or…

Sicily’s answer to the Cotswolds: Ragusa

Sicily – notes from a large island

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Sicily is anything like the Isle of Wight: it’s 70 times the size,…

It was unlike any whisky any of them had tasted…

The quest for the perfect malt

30 August 2014 9:00 am

It was poker night. Five yuppies crammed round a table in a room at the back of a south London…

The Plaza de España at dusk

Seville: a city to get lost in

23 August 2014 9:00 am

On our second night in Seville we got lost. We’d been to a flamenco concert, my first, a little way…

Activity break: Nira Alpina also offers kite-surfing

Nira Alpina, St Moritz: A cool Alpine hotel that's perfect for the under-tens

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s a terrible moment, the realisation that you’ve spawned a monster. Parenthood, it becomes clear, has wiped stylish holidays off…

Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The heat was still sweltering as we headed off at dusk towards the hide to watch wildlife with our enthusiastic…

Each green is a riddle: Gleneagles

An amateur's guide to the glories of Gleneagles

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Pity the folk at Gleneagles. They have the misfortune to host the Ryder Cup this year. Nothing, surely, can surpass…

Switzerland’s loveliest lake lies before you

The loveliness of Lucerne

26 July 2014 9:00 am

When Queen Victoria came here for her summer holidays, Lucerne was already a bustling tourist destination. Today it’s just as…

A literary city: Prague

The glorious bohemia of Prague

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Prague, ‘Golden Prague’, is rich in music, architecture, glassware, pilsner and natural beauty. It is one of those places where…

Damp, green and beguiling: Killarney

Damp, green and beguiling – the joys of Killarney

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Here’s a question for a Guinness-sponsored pub quiz: who or what is a ‘jarvie’? The answer is the gypsy driver…

Sometimes, only experts can tell the difference

Hundreds of years of history in a £2 plate

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Next time you’re in a shop that sells Chinese blue and white porcelain, pick up a piece and turn it…

An artist’s impression: Radøy as Claudia saw it

The immigration museum that travelled 4,000 miles

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The Immigrant Church at Sletta emigrated from North Dakota 18 years ago. Built on the prairie by Norwegian settlers in…

A Pearl by any other name: the Rosewood hotel

From prisons to offices to police stations – London's turning everything into hotels

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The test of a truly great city is reinvention. Does it have the courage to change? London holds a PhD…

More than just a pretty place: Salzburg

Salzburg – more than just a ridiculously pretty place

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Salzburg is so ridiculously pretty, it’s sometimes hard to take it seriously. Standing on the ramparts of its knights-in-armour castle,…

A place to sit and dream: Co. Wexford

The wonders of Wexford

7 June 2014 9:00 am

I might have had chance to visit the famed Wexford Opera Festival when I was walking out with Bernard Levin…

A place to feel comfortable in a bathrobe: Lime Wood

The only place I feel comfortable in my bathrobe

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I know James Bond is partial to strutting around not-quite-enveloped in a dressing gown, but whether your robe is monogrammed…

Stirling Moss at last year’s Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of Speed

24 May 2014 9:00 am

You smelt them, it was said of the Mongol hordes, before you heard them, and by the time you heard…

The sharp end of the art market: an Aleksandar Duravcevic sculpture at the Cologne Art Fair

The rise of the art fair – and the death of the small gallery

17 May 2014 9:00 am

In 1967, two Cologne-based gallerists came up with the Cologne Art Market — a trade fair where German galleries could…

A monastery in Ladakh

The Himalayas

10 May 2014 9:00 am

As the aircraft descends into the high altitude military airport at Leh, the first glimpse of the Himalayan Kingdom of…

View of Antibes

My mother's passport to the Antibes good life

3 May 2014 9:00 am

My mother always said she wanted to ‘die tidy’. But I never imagined she would file everything away quite so…

Notes on… Eastern Germany

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Ever since the Berlin Wall came down, I’ve been pottering around eastern Germany, where my father’s family came from, and…

Where it's all kicking off in Athens nightlife

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Where in the developed world can you ride a moped, minus helmet, at 2 a.m. under the noses of weary…