The Travel Section

Busy as a beaver

… a walk along the River Otter   WE can’t fly anywhere and all our favourite places in Scotland are booked up into 2022, so it’s day trips for us this summer. When we read about guided walks to see beavers on the River Otter, we booked up for one immediately. The best holiday we…

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A taste of life afloat

IN these long months of lockdown with foreign travel still a dream, those of us who love to explore, whether it’s rural France, the American West or the Amazon jungle, have had to make do with films, newspaper articles and travel books. Di Murrell has lived and worked on waterways in this country for most…

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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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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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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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A bouquet for Normandy’s ‘Flowery Coast’

THE beaches of Normandy may resonate around the world with the history of the D-Day landings but before and since those momentous days of 1944, its sands have been associated with happier events. Just along the coast from the likes of Omaha and Sword, the little town of Trouville – correctly Trouville-sur-Mer – and its…

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Where and what to eat in Singapore

Philippa Davis doesn’t just cook for clients – she also eats, adventurously and enthusiastically. She has recently returned from a working visit to Singapore and South East Asia – here are some of her recommended culinary do’s and don’ts… UNDOUBTEDLY it is as important to know what to eat as where to eat, especially if…

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