The historical village of Abyaneh

On February 26th, as Irish people voted in the general election, 60 per cent of Iranians also voted. The result was a momentous loss of seats for har(...)

 Aoibheann McNamara in front of artwork by artist Joana Astolfi at her home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Donegal woman Aoibheann McNamara is the proprietor of the Ard Bia restaurant at Nimmos in Galway, and she is into slow food and slow fashion. She bega(...)

Hassan Lemtouni: “Every time we were in Dublin you’d turn on the news and everyone was complaining about the economy. I couldn’t see the light.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A love of cooking is in Hassan Lemtouni’s blood. He is the fourth generation of his family that has been dedicated to a small restaurant in central M(...)

W hatever happened to Skippy’s paw? In the 1960s’ Aussie TV series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, the FX department seemed limited to a kangaroo paw on t(...)

The Irish are more resilient to perceived threats, with many of us returning to Egypt over and over again despite many terrorist attacks

As we come to terms with how the world has changed in the past year it’s time to think where is still safe to go for winter sun holidays? The shift(...)

A couple locks a padlock on the Pont des Arts in Paris. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Municipal workers in Paris are to remove almost one million padlocks from the city’s famous Pont des Arts bridge. The padlocks — signed and locked by (...)

Take a course wiht Raymond Blanc at Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford
Ten trips for food-lovers

Walnut Grove, Loire Valley Walnut Grove is a luxurious gîte in the heart of the Loire valley that offers five-day courses that include everythin(...)

Ten great golfing breaks

Costa del Sol  With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol’s enduring popularity amongst golfers is a combination of cl(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid takes on the San Lorenzo defence during the FIFA Club World Cup final in Marrakech on Saturday. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0 Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos an(...)

India to Nepal by Bus   The Indian and Nepalese governments have just officially inaugurated the first-ever bus service between the two (...)