Weekend in . . . Provence
  • Travel
  • August 29, 2015, 01:00

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating – and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages li(...)

Dublin Port tug boats Beaufort and Shackleton impress the crowds at the Dublin Port River Fest. Photograph: Conor Pope

Someone has clearly forgotten to tell the weather gods it’s summer time and as people trickle along the north quays in the direction of the Dublin Por(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (2nd right), Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy (centre) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) walk near crash site of Germanwings Airbus A320. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters 2:24

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing every(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny: “Hands up, with his fists quickly opening and snapping shut, he looked like he was being bothered by fruit flies.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

But enough about Enda Kenny the god. Time to celebrate Enda Kenny the man. The Taoiseach was never going to live up to his advance billing on S(...)

Europe is awash with opera festivals. There’s the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, where a three-towered island fortress provides a stunning medieval b(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief-of-staff Ronald Pofalla. Photograph: Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel attended Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth yesterday, leaving her chief-of-staff to face the music in Berlin over grounded(...)

Monica Huggett drives into music ‘with a sense of edginess, of danger’

It was in the early 18th century that people seem to have first become concerned about early music. An Academy of Vocal Music was set up in Lon(...)

Sergei Nakariakov: ‘In nearly 50 years of concert-going I have never encountered trumpet playing like this’

The four concerts I attended this week set me thinking about music’s moral and emotional power. In Plato’s ideal republic, music would be stric(...)

It was Gustav Mahler who famously inveighed against tradition with the aphoristic put-down “ (...)