Uzbekistan: where east meets west and past meets present

14 December 2019 9:00 am

You realise what a rarity western tourists are when the locals ask to take selfies with you. I was standing…

The island where monkeys steal from your minibar

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A short flight from Kuala Lumpur, the island of Langkawiis a wise choice for anyone seeking to shake off the…

Tsar quality: the charm of Tbilisi

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘These regions are not under the control of the central government,’ reads a warning on a map of Georgia in…

Why Tuscany always beats Provence for me

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A family of peacocks is sunning itself in our villa garden. They all look extraordinarily happy and composed, especially the…

The Linz skyline

Tuning up to Linz

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You never know who you might meet on a river cruise. It was my 89-year-old father-in-law, Noel, who first recognised…

The Church of Sant’Antonio Nuovo at the end of the Grand Canal

Beautiful untamed Trieste, aka the Capital of Nowhere

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Welcome to the free territory of Trieste,’ reads the sign in the shop window. ‘US and UK come back!’ For…

The famous Barbary macaques

Gibraltar, the rock of ages past

5 January 2019 9:00 am

How lazy, snobbish and wrong it is to mock Gibraltar for the lager and fish and chips clichés. Yes, you…

The night market in Raohe Street

Taipei is obsessed with food… and it’s so cheap you can try everything

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The Taiwanese seem besotted with food. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has almost 700,000 objects in its collection, but…

A volcano in the Parque Nacional Cerro Verde

El Salvador and Honduras: Fabulous scenery, colourful murals and smiling hospitality

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Roberto the guide had promised us the most spectacular church in Central America — so why had he brought us…

Dawn on the Okavango Delta

Exploring the hippo highway and a watery wilderness in Botswana

6 January 2018 9:00 am

There is a distinct nip in the air as I slide quietly from the riverbank into the water. November may…

The wild and wintry wonders of Lapland

6 January 2018 9:00 am

As Sini harnessed up the huskies they were all yelping with excitement, but once we set off and the forest…