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Don’t fear to tread: vineyards in the Douro Valley

The Douro Valley

8 September 2016 1:00 pm

They’re called quintas, Joana tells us, because the rich families who owned the land along this stretch of the Douro…

Bare ruined choirs

3 September 2016 9:00 am

We’re so used to looking at the abbeys smashed up by Henry VIII — particularly Rievaulx and Byland, in north…

Rievaulx: only swifts and pigeons break the silence

Bare ruined choirs

1 September 2016 1:00 pm

We’re so used to looking at the abbeys smashed up by Henry VIII — particularly Rievaulx and Byland, in north…

Mussolini at Lake Como

27 August 2016 9:00 am

If your destiny is to be shot dead with your mistress, where better than Lake Como, which, in the words…

Would you recognise this face? Mussolini back in 1924, on a drive with his pet lion cub, Ras

Mussolini at Lake Como

25 August 2016 1:00 pm

If your destiny is to be shot dead with your mistress, where better than Lake Como, which, in the words…

Peggy Guggenheim

20 August 2016 9:00 am

She had come a very long way from the shtetl, but Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Guggenheim was still the poor relation of…

A collector of genius: Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

18 August 2016 1:00 pm

She had come a very long way from the shtetl, but Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Guggenheim was still the poor relation of…

The first favela

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

Where are you going?’ demanded the boy on the wall. A walkie-talkie clipped to his denim shorts crackled, but there…

Cabbies’ enemy: a cable car across the favela

The first favela

11 August 2016 1:00 pm

Where are you going?’ demanded the boy on the wall. A walkie-talkie clipped to his denim shorts crackled, but there…

Skye

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Glamour. It’s Marcello Mastroianni drinking negronis on the Via Veneto; it’s Audrey Hepburn, George Clooney, Sinatra on the Vegas Strip…

Sudden beauty (crowd not pictured): the Quiraing

Skye

4 August 2016 1:00 pm

Glamour. It’s Marcello Mastroianni drinking negronis on the Via Veneto; it’s Audrey Hepburn, George Clooney, Sinatra on the Vegas Strip…

Ice cream

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It was a mistake to tell us about the gelati-to-sightseeing ratio. This was the formula my father, his younger sister…

The taste of freedom and sunburnt holidays

Ice cream

28 July 2016 1:00 pm

It was a mistake to tell us about the gelati-to-sightseeing ratio. This was the formula my father, his younger sister…

The gardens of Ninfa

23 July 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just been given a personal tour of Ninfa by Monty Don. True, I had to share the thinking woman’s…

Ruins and romance (Monty Don not included)

The gardens of Ninfa

21 July 2016 1:00 pm

I’ve just been given a personal tour of Ninfa by Monty Don. True, I had to share the thinking woman’s…

Holiday reading

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Holidays are a welcome chance to lose ourselves between the covers of a book, especially for those of us who…

Be like Jimmy Stewart: rediscover a classic

Holiday reading

14 July 2016 1:00 pm

Holidays are a welcome chance to lose ourselves between the covers of a book, especially for those of us who…

Passing through Bologna

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Sooner or later, no matter where you are travelling on Italian railways, you are likely to pass through Bologna Centrale.…

Bologna’s core: grand in the renaissance manner

Passing through Bologna

7 July 2016 1:00 pm

Sooner or later, no matter where you are travelling on Italian railways, you are likely to pass through Bologna Centrale.…

The Tour de France

2 July 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday at Mont St Michel, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France begins, and the favourite to win…

Extraterrestrial invader: Lance Armstrong

The Tour de France

30 June 2016 1:00 pm

On Saturday at Mont St Michel, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France begins, and the favourite to win…

The misery of black tie

25 June 2016 3:00 am

Men don’t look good in black tie. They might think that they look like Sean Connery in Dr No, but…

Warning: black tie will not make you feel like this

The misery of black tie

23 June 2016 2:00 am

Men don’t look good in black tie. They might think that they look like Sean Connery in Dr No, but…

Gatton Park

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Gatton Park is probably Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s least famous landscape. It is tucked away near Reigate Hill, just beyond the…

Capability and mustard: Gatton Park

Gatton Park

16 June 2016 1:00 pm

Gatton Park is probably Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s least famous landscape. It is tucked away near Reigate Hill, just beyond the…