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Trail finder: our top ten 10 walks with stays in Britain

With scenery to make the heart soar and handpicked places to stay overnight en route The UK boasts a diverse network of walks that tell our history, form natural borders and nourish our souls. Some have become endurance tests for trophy-hunting hikers, many can be broken down into manageable chunks for recreational ramblers or those of us looking for an excuse for a pub lunch….

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How luxury hotels such as Biarritz’s Hôtel du Palais have helped shape history | Martin Kettle

The venue for this weekend’s G7 summit played a pivotal role in Edwardian politics Few hotels in the world can claim a more storied past than the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, where the G7 rich nation summiteers will sit in splendour to discuss world poverty this weekend. Guarded by hundreds of riot police, Emmanuel Macron and his guests will meet inside what the French…

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15 Best Places to visit in Campania, Italy

15 Best Places to visit in Campania, Italy

A region in the South of Italy, edged by the Mediterranean Sea, Campania is made up of five provinces – Salerno, Caserta, Benevento, Avellino, and Naples. It’s an area of Italy that’s incredibly beautiful, not just for its nature – complete with dramatic coastline and marvelous mountains – but for its impressive history too. Here


From the archive: posh hotels from the 1970s

Ranging from £5 to £10 and offering anonymous service and instant coffee, the hotels of the 1970s were gearing themselves up for the boom in mass tourism ‘The jumbo jets, now increasingly common over London, have marked the start of the new age,’ writes Eric Clark in the Observer Magazine of 24 May 1970 (Hotels: A Guest’s Guide for the 1970s). ‘The big question is…

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25 Best Places to Visit in Eastern Europe

25 Best Places to Visit in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe might not be everyone’s number one travel destination. Communist-era buildings, the conflicts in the 1990s and border disputes in recent years have meant much of the region has been overlooked by potential tourists. But with its patchwork of pretty, pastel-colored old towns, incredible ancient history, exciting nightlife, and nature from sprawling lakes to


The Júcar gorge: Spain’s very own grand canyon

This dramatic 40km limestone gorge, off the tourist track in rural Castilla-La Mancha, has historic villages and troglodyte dwellings and, now, a chic new cave hotel The young woman in Alcalá del Júcar’s tourist office seems surprised when we say we have come from England. “How did you find us?” she asks. “Nobody knows about this place.” Nobody, she means, except the Spanish, and even…

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Expedia plays the blame game over wrong dates for our hotel booking

After only five minutes we tried to rectify a mistake but £689 was taken from my account We booked two hotel rooms in Amsterdam on the Expedia website. When the confirmation arrived it showed the wrong dates. We had double checked that we’d submitted them correctly and my partner rang within five minutes of the booking to get it rectified. Customer services said there may…

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25 Top Tourist Attractions in Europe

25 Top Tourist Attractions in Europe

With its layers of history and overlapping of cultures, Europe is a treasure trove of everything from the medieval and ancient to the baroque and art nouveau. Couple this with Arctic conditions in the north and beautiful Mediterranean climates in the south, and there’s a whole side of nature to go with the main dish


8 Most Beautiful Regions in the Philippines

8 Most Beautiful Regions in the Philippines

Composed of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is an archipelago nation that shares the South China Sea with neighbors Indonesia to the south and Borneo to the southwest. With Taiwan to the north and Vietnam to the west, the Pacific Ocean stretches to the east. This country has a long history with foreign powers; following


17 Most Beautiful Regions of India

17 Most Beautiful Regions of India

From the cold foothills of the Himalayas in the north to the remote Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the southeast; and from the deserts of the west to the marshlands of the east – and all the plateaus, forests, grasslands, and beaches in between, India is a place for exploring a whole lot of environments



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