The Charente river at Jarnac: a town of grandiose sandstone buildings, Cognac warehouses and pretty streets

It was late evening on day three of a cruising trip down the River Charente. The sun had finally come out as we passed through the last lock and en(...)

Portugal’s Alentejo region is wild and rugged, with coastal paths leading down to tiny coves

Excruciating is how people describe the pain you feel when you step on the spines of a Weaver fish. Imagine my delight when said fish appeared on t(...)

Oban waterfront, Scotland: From Oban you  can take the ferry to the Mull of Kintyre. Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m keen to visit the monastic island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland for what essentially would be a penitential visit of a few days. I (...)

Luxury acommodation at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, setting for Pretty Woman

D espite its enormous cinematic history, Beverly Hills is less than 15sq km in size. That’s about two Phoenix Parks laid side by side, though it’s mor(...)

St Ives harbour, Cornwall:   this part of England  gets the best weather, yet doesn’t get too hot for children. Photograph: Matt  Cardy/Getty Images

I am parenting my 12-year-old daughter on my own. Holidays are always a bit of a challenge as she does not like the heat and is a very active child so(...)

La Réserve Ramatuelle on the  Côte d’Azure is a temple to Zen wellbeing

Perched on a hill in the middle of a nature reserve and overlooking the azure blue of St Tropez Bay, La Réserve Ramatuelle is a temple to Zen wellbein(...)

The serrated costline of Istria, Croatia

Before the plane even landed in Pula, I felt I’d already had a glorious ad-hoc mini tour of Istria, the northern Croatian peninsula. We flew in ove(...)

We are a book club of nine ladies going to Marrakech, where we’ll be staying in a riad close to the Medina. We have a couple of queries that we’re won(...)

Left, from top: Shop Street in Galway; Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik. Middle: a model wears a Chouchou Couture hood-scarf combo; right, from top: shoppers on Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets in Reykjavik; Princes Square in Glasgow; Aniar in Galway

GLASGOWLay your head in the Grasshoppers Hotel (grasshoppersglasgow.com), a boutique hotel on Union Street in the centre of the city, tucked away on t(...)

The Royal Crescent in Bath. Photographs: Getty
Avon calling

The twin river cities of Bristol and Bath may be just 12 minutes apart by train yet they seem centuries apart. Bristol appears young – it hides its(...)