The Travel Section

On a salt trail

by Simone Sekers WHY it should be that this summer we have been trailing salt is just one of those coincidences. Salt is the one condiment I couldn’t do without and we eat far too much of it in this house. I don’t know if this is why we chose to go to two centres…

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An explorer’s life

JOHN Blashford-Snell has led a life that reads like a Boy’s Own story – exploring African rivers, South American jungles and Himalayan mountains, and founding one of the world’s leading adventure programmes for young people. Col Blashford-Snell, who lives near Shaftesbury, will be at the Electric Palace at Bridport on Saturday 17th June,  at 7.30pm, to…

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What’s fat, red and clever? Beautiful Bologna

ITALIANS love to pin nicknames on their favourite cities like Rome, Venice and Naples – so it says much about Bologna, the pride of northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, that it can boast at least three. There’s ‘La Dotta’, the learned one, a reference to its great university, founded in 1088, the oldest in the world,…

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Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017

WILTSHIRE’s largest open studio event, the 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail runs from 27th May to 4th June, with 73 venues showing the work of the area’s painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, jewellery and furniture makers, photographers and even a milliner. The trail is set in some of the most gorgeous countryside this beautiful county…

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Regional tourism awards open for entry

THE 2017/18 South West Tourism Excellence Awards are open and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight on 16th June. The 2016 awards were a record year, with 605 entries from the counties that make up the South West region, and awards for 135 businesses and organisations. Winners of four counties go…

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Something for everyone

EATING out is the answer to eating in as one gets older. As my confidence in my own cooking wanes, and as it takes me longer to organise, invite, shop and cook for an entertainment which lasts only a very few hours, I look with gratitude at all the eating-out possibilities we have around us….

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