Notes on…

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…

Reading: it’s not as solitary as you might think

Book clubs

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Everyone knows somebody who belongs to a book club. From informal gatherings of bookish friends in living rooms and cafés…

Secrets of Sicily

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Western Sicily has been a crucible of aspiration and grandeur: the human condition at its most exalted: unsurpassable art and…

The right way to see Madrid

29 March 2014 9:00 am

I got Madrid utterly wrong for quite a long time. It’s a lovely city to walk in, and I thought…

Marte Armitage's ‘Cobweb’ in turquoise and taupe, available at Hamilton Weston

I never thought I'd write about wallpaper. But I'd never seen wallpaper like Marthe Armitage's

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Every night, while my husband reads by screen-light, my mind runs like an invisible rat two miles north to the…


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…


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…