Frankfurt city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about money, there is no subculture, no real nightlife, and why aren’t you in Berlin already?Let me stop you there. First, we are a good-humoured, friendly bunch, who are interested in […]

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San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

A few years ago my husband and I rented a bungalow in the Californian mission town of San Luis Obispo. We lived next to a firefighter and an octogenarian cowboy named Webb. There were annual block parties, potluck suppers, a coveted tomato growing prize (the champion donning a flowing silk cape, parading around our cul-de-sac). […]

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A local’s guide to Dundee: top 10 tips

On the waterfront Dundee and the River Tay come as a pair. From William McGonagall’s poetry paying tribute to “the silvery Tay”, recounting the rail bridge disaster of 1879, to the current waterfront transformation, the river is the lifeblood of the town. The best way to see the city from the Tay estuary is to […]

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Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

Stroke of genius … swim in style at Gellert Baths on a Budapest mini-break. The city break October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the end of November/early December) but thanks to the city’s incredible thermal baths, Budapest will always […]

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