The Travel Section

Dreaming of a place in the sun?

WE can’t travel to our favourite places, thanks to Covid-19, but we can still dream. Take a virtual tour of some of Europe’s most beautiful areas and finest vineyards, courtesy of Property Guides online, which has drawn up a  list of ten top locations for wine. Stunning landscapes and fascinating history often go hand-in-hand with…

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Top dogs on screen

MAN’s best friend has been living up to his (and her) name during this awful pandemic and lockdown year, so what better time to enjoy the virtual edition of the Top Dog Film Festival. Founded in Australia, and brought to the UK by the people who run the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the Top Dog…

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The call of the sea

THE autumn edition of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is a virtual event, with a series of dramatic, beautiful, lyrical and exciting new short films being shown online on 17th to 19th November. The films, as always, are stories of seafaring adventure, carefree characters and fascinating marine life, often with a particular conservation, ecological…

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Great West Way launches food and drink map

THE Great West Way, running from London to Bristol, roughly along the line of the A4 trunk road, is the world’s first multi-modal touring route, with road, rail and water links between the two cities, a direct distance of 125 miles. If you include the off-the-beaten walking and bike trails and other detours, there are…

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Don McCullin at Hauser & Wirth

DON McCullin, one of the all-time great war photographers and more recently a documenter of rural landscapes, has an important exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, running to 4th May. Don McCullin. The Stillness of Life features more than 60 landscape photographs, mapping his intimate relationship with the local landscape of Somerset and continued passion…

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I do like to be beside the seaside

WE went up to Edinburgh for a concert at the festival (John Eliot Gardiner conducting West Side Story, if you are interested, and it was brilliant) and stayed somewhere new to us – Portobello. On the Forth coast, between Leith and Musselburgh, Portobello is a slightly faded 19th century seaside resort that has not been…

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Sardinia: much more than sun and sand

IF you thought Sardinia was just about sun, sea and sand, think again. It’s got all those glorious holiday basics, of course, but this Mediterranean island has plenty more to boot. It’s part of Italy, after all, so it was certain to have layers of history beneath its shiny surface, but it can also boast…

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A cheese odyssey to Somerset

SOME of the country’s finest cheese makers, including Montgomery and Westcombe, will be featured on a special five-day tour, Cheese Journeys, introducing cheese lovers to the unique culinary culture of Somerset. The Cheese Journeys visit in April 2019 will include cheesemarkers and affineurs, and begins at London’s historic Borough Market, including a visit to Neal’s…

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