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Lois Pryce’s French 2CV adventure
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Lois Pryce’s French 2CV adventure

By Tessa Glover

Everyone, it seems, has a 2CV story. Even James Bond used one as an escape vehicle (admittedly only when his Lotus exploded). As a child of 1970s Bristol, my 2CV associations are less 007, and more my friend’s bohemian parents… Continue reading >

Crisp air & cool water – our favourite lake and mountain destinations
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Crisp air & cool water – our favourite lake and mountain destinations

By Ella Perryman

For a strong dose of the joy of nature, head to one of our favourite mountain lakes. Whether you’ve hiked for miles to reach a ridge viewpoint, or just strolled over from your hotel, fresh air and still water make… Continue reading >

Five of our favourite pubs for seafood
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Five of our favourite pubs for seafood

By Ella Perryman

Most pubs can manage a decent fish & chips or a good salmon fillet, but we like the sort of places who go the extra fathom to make their seafood something special. Here, we’ve picked out a handful of pubs… Continue reading >

Guides

Slow Guide to Dorset
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Slow Guide to Dorset

By Chris Elmes

Famed for its stunning stretches of Jurassic coast, Dorset is as an idyll of rolling countryside, quintessential villages, towering cliffs and quiet coves. When our recent travels took us from an artists’ co-op hidden in a side street of Shaftesbury… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Yorkshire
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Slow Guide to Yorkshire

By Tessa Glover

A city packed with ancient pubs, a town revived by a love of food, a fishing village full of painters and a landscape tapestry of history and culture. We went to Yorkshire to look beyond the image of rolling hillsides… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Cultural Cornwall
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Slow Guide to Cultural Cornwall

By Chris Elmes

Cornwall’s wild moors, echoing coves, blustering cliffs and the folds of the hills hide a wealth of cultural and culinary experiences that go far beyond a day at the seaside. So forget what you know about Cornwall. Get beyond the… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Madeira
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Slow Guide to Madeira

By Chris Elmes

The island of Madeira is an inspiring fusion of tropical waters, towering peaks and the cultures of three continents. The seas are warm all year round and teem with an incredible array of marine life; the weather is consistently sunny,… Continue reading >

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Inspiration

48 hours in Le Marais with Alyson Walsh
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48 hours in Le Marais with Alyson Walsh

By Ella Perryman

We sent Alyson Walsh, fashion journalist and author, to explore Le Marais, a historic district in Paris.  She followed the footsteps of fashion icons and discovered a local’s hideout north of the city, all whilst soaking up the low-key Parisian… Continue reading >

Five places where coast and culture meet
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Five places where coast and culture meet

By Chris Elmes

There’s no need to be torn between a cultural city break and a relaxing bit of beach time. Here are five of our favourite spots to spend your days wandering from sunny sands, to cool, shaded galleries and hot musical… Continue reading >

Europe’s top wildlife experiences
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Europe’s top wildlife experiences

By Ella Perryman

Seeing animals in their natural environment is one of the most inspiring and humbling things you can experience as a traveller. Knowing there are no guarantees, that all you can do is put yourself in the right place and hope… Continue reading >

6 beautiful off-season destinations
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6 beautiful off-season destinations

By Chris Elmes

How a bit of calendar cunning can get you a fresh perspective and a little peace in even the most popular places Arriving somewhere to find it crowded with sightseers can be frustrating, but dodging the hordes doesn’t have to… Continue reading >

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Journeys

Tim Moore travels Portugal’s coastal trains
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Tim Moore travels Portugal’s coastal trains

By Tessa Glover

Writer and adventurist Tim Moore travels from Porto to Lisbon by train, relinquishing the itinerary and taking advice from strangers to find the spirit of travel is alive and well in Portugal. He cruises the Douro valley, masters an electric… Continue reading >

Mary Novakovich in hidden Venice
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Mary Novakovich in hidden Venice

By Tessa Glover

Plagued with news reports on over-tourism, unhappy locals and selfie sticks, it’s easy to wonder if Venice has been loved to death. To find out, we sent journalist and travel writer Mary Novakovich to meet local guides and discover a… Continue reading >

Lois Pryce in Cilento
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Lois Pryce in Cilento

By Tessa Glover

We sent intrepid traveller Lois Pryce to Italy’s Cilento region. Lois has motorcycled her way around the world, but for this Journey we channeled some authentic Italian spirit and sent her off in a vintage Fiat 500. Follow her journey… Continue reading >

Tim Moore in volcanic Catalonia
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Tim Moore in volcanic Catalonia

By Tessa Glover

Our fourth Journey follows Journalist and extremely adventurous traveller Tim Moore on his trip through Garrotxa, Catalonia’s volcano country. He encounters a zombie army of life-sized plaster martyrs, children fishing for moons and a hot air balloon drifting over forested… Continue reading >

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