Rebecca Meehan in Paris

Although some of my friends and family thought I was mad going travelling alone, I questioned my sanity only once. I’d been away for two months and(...)

 Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi: “If someone was willing to stay behind after dinner and have sex with prime minister Berlusconi, then they would be paid more,” a woman told a court in Italy this week. Photograph:  EPA/Angelo Carconi

Not for the first time in recent years, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has featured in a court case relative to the “after hours” ho(...)

Designer Garvan de Bruir in his home and showroom in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garvan de Bruir is a designer who sells manbags and technology cases from a man cave in Co Kildare. While architecture was his first love, he studi(...)

 Trulli houses in the centre of Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Ask Joan

My sister and I (both in our 60s) are planning a trip to Puglia in the last week in September. We absolutely do not want to drive, but would like t(...)

We plan to go to Puglia and tour the area. Where would be a good place to stay? POB, Dublin. Apulia, or Puglia, is a long narrow region that r(...)

 French rider Nacer Bouhanni (centre) of the team sprints  his way to victory on the  fourth stage, 112 km from Giovinazzo to Bari, of the 97th Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Luca Zennaro/EPA

Four days after he crashed out of the Giro d’Italia and suffered his first-ever broken bone, Irish rider Dan Martin has confirmed he is healing and in(...)

 Marcel Kittel, the winner of successive stages in Belfast and Dublin abandoned the Giro d’Italia before the resumption in Italy due to illness. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Marcel Kittel, the winner of successive stages in Belfast and Dublin, on Tuesday abandoned the Giro d’Italia before the resumption in Italy due to il(...)

 Giant-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel (left red jersey) comes home to win stage threeof the Giro d’Italia in a sprint finish on Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

German Marcel Kittel won a sprint to the line in Dublin to claim a second successive stage as the Giro d’Italia completed its Irish detour today. Aust(...)

 Amphawa floating market in Thailand. Photograph: Getty
10 food holidays

Basque in the luxury Food heaven in Spain is in the Basque country, around San Sebastian. The city has the highest concentration of Michelin star(...)

Ryanair cabin crew behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the announcent of Ryanair’s new routes from Dublin Airport. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ryanair plans to target business travellers in the new year as it continues with a revamp of customer services in a bid to chase new markets.The news (...)