The Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner is getting a larger dose of notoriety than usual, thanks to his witheringly funny review of Le Cinq in Paris. He went to the the flagship Michelin 3-star restaurant of the George V Hotel expecting the gastronomic experience of a lifetime. What he got was the foodie equivalent of a slo […]
Put down the phone, live the moment, then take notes.” – Georgina Penney More on that in a minute. First I’ll spruik Georgina’s new novel, Summer Harvest. I have a copy to give away. WHAT: Summer Harvest by Georgina Penney, published by Penguin, rrp $32.99, also available as an e-book. An Englishwoman deserted by her […]
Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of Lonely […]
Girls who Travel by Nicole Trilivas alludes to “how far you have to travel to become the person you want to be”. In an age where women can ditch boring jobs, pack laptops and work almost anywhere on the planet, this is a lovely option if you happen to live in a First World country where such […]
Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”. Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He was […]
Enterprising Cotswolds residents Becky and Robin Simpson have taken the quaint villages tour one step further. They invite travellers into their historic, thatched cottage home to eat the best of quintessential English food this region has to offer. I met the couple on Twitter, we got chatting, and I was intrigued about their venture which […]
Famous Welsh artist Shani Rhys James was just nine years old when she moved from sunny, hot Australia to grey, bitterly cold London. That early childhood journey haunts her art and features in her new Aberystwyth Arts Centre exhibition.
A guide to the wackiest food fests: from melon smashing and cheese rolling, to eating goat testicle or porcupine stew, or sipping gorse flower wine. Take your pick.
Say bye to Napa Valley and hello to Chateau Russia. Climate change will alter the wine map by 2050.
Peter and Mary rode bicycles through 23 countries. Their odyssey was tough, brave and inspiring. Sadly, they were killed in a crash while cycling in Thailand.