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West is Best: Why Bristol is a UK city worth visiting

If Bath is the posh sister and London the funky older sibling, then Bristol is the quirky member of the family: arty, alternative and more than a little fun, says Sharon Stephenson. I recently spent 14 months in Bristol, where my animator husband was working for the studio responsible for the Wallace & Gromit films. And even though I'd previously lived in London for five years, I knew very little about England's sixth most populous city. Squeezed in between Somerset and Gloucest... Continue Reading

Seven great things to do around Ubud

Bali's surf and beach culture is unrivalled. But for a change of pace, head inland to the hills and valleys of ancient Ubud, the island's historic and spiritual centre. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary A visit to Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest is a treat for both young and old. Located just a stone's throw from Ubud town, this lush garden is dotted with ancient temples, and home to around 600 delightfully cheeky macaque monkeys. As long as your pockets and bags are devoid of food, the ... Continue Reading

6 Reasons Why Sydney In Winter Is The Best

It's one of the world's greatest cities – and it's right on our doorstep. Sydney is the ideal destination for a midwinter break, whether it's a family holiday or a child-free long weekend. Start planning your next Sydney trip with these cold-weather ideas: Sydney on stage Fresh from its massive success on Broadway, the hit stage show Aladdin the Musical is coming to Sydney this August. Based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name, this colourful, high-tech production promises classic ... Continue Reading

Deep in the Dordogne

Good food, gorgeous villages and some of the best scenery in France: the Dordogne region is a wonderful place for a holiday dedicated to doing not much of anything, says Emma Johnson. Down by a soft bend in the lazy Dordogne River, we're feasting beneath willow trees on thick, creamy cabécou goats cheese cut through with the dense taste of saucisson sec (dried salami). It feels like the most lovely parts of French culture – including turreted chateaux, fortified towns, pretty vineya... Continue Reading

Surprising Seoul

The markets, museums and palaces of Seoul comprise a excellent base itinerary when visiting the South Korean capital, but here's how to broaden your exploration of this sprawling and compelling collection of around 11 million people. Bukchok Hanok Village and Hongdae Beyond the massive international success of “Gangnam Style” – named after Seoul's most affluent and exclusive neighbourhood – here's where to head to get a handle on what's happening in the influential world of Korean ... Continue Reading

5 Cooking Classes to try in Bali

Traditional Balinese food shares much in common with Indonesian cuisine, but with tastes, ingredients and dishes all of its own. Get to know the real flavours of Bali at one of these great cooking schools. Dean Fisher Cooking School, Seminyak Cooking has taken British chef Dean Fisher all over the world, from Cornwall to Perth to Singapore, but Bali is where he's made his home. Since 2012 Dean been operating his cooking school out of the ground floor of his expansive home in Sanur, on ... Continue Reading

Slow trains and cycling – travelling through a time warp in rural Romania

Cycle-tourist and train traveller Diana Noonan steps back in time on a journey through beautiful rural Romania. They may be billed as the two best ways to absorb the pace of life in a new country, but neither slow-training nor cycling can ever prepare you for the medieval encounters you’ll experience in rural Romania – or the effects of the visinata (home-brewed sour-cherry brandy) the locals are sure to welcome you with. My first slow train in this time-warped country chugged me ... Continue Reading

Venice, Los Angeles’ stroll-worthy suburb

In car-obsessed LA, areas worth visiting that offer good walkability are few and far between – but they do exist. Moseying along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is a great way to get a feel for this inimitable neighbourhood.  My first Uber experience in LA wasn’t exemplary. The driver hurtled down the bumpy freeway in his  tin-can car complete with biscuit wheels. Luckily he was well-stocked in complimentary mints, which I can now recommend as a wonderful nerve-soother. As we ... Continue Reading

The Most Beautiful Places in Bali

Bali is home to so many gorgeous places it's hard to know where to start. From ancient Hindu temples to gorgeous tropical beaches – and much more besides – these are the stunning sights that should be on every Bali itinerary. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Located around 50 km north of Denpasar in the centre of the island, this incredibly beautiful temple dedicated to Dewi Danu, the Hindu goddess of water, has become an iconic Bali landmark. Its setting on a manmade island on the shores of ... Continue Reading

Polynesia by sea: cruising to Fiji on the Pacific Pearl

Family getaways don’t get much easier than cruising, and as Anna King Shahab discovers, Fiji – close to New Zealand, well set-up for tourists and offering a mix of beach bliss and bustle – is the perfect place to sail to. It’s not that I dislike airports – far from it: heading through the departure doors never fails to elicit a silent squeal of excitement – but the long queues and many security checks sure eat into the good vibes. Boarding the good ship Pacific Pearl, a ... Continue Reading

A free tram tour of Melbourne’s best restaurants

What's better than Melbourne's world-famous tram network? Travelling on it for free. Alexia Santamaria takes a culinary tour of the Melbourne CBD free tram zone. On the first of January last year Melbourne became an even better city to visit. The free tram zone expanded to include the area from the Queen Victoria Market across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street, and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square – in short the whole of Zone 1. For anyone ... Continue Reading

5 of the Best Bali Souvenirs

The incredible skills of Balinese craftspeople have been world-renowned for centuries. Delicate silver jewellery, intricate wooden carvings, superb locally-grown coffee and more: here's what to buy on your Bali trip, and where to get it.  Batik Batik dying is a process by which complicated designs are created on fabric with dye-resistant waxes. It's most strongly associated with the Indonesian islands and you'll find batik sarongs, shirts and homewares, along with shops selling bolts of ... Continue Reading

How Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world

We celebrate our Mum’s this Sunday 8th May, and while most children will be surprising Mum with handmade cards, breakfast in bed, or a walk on the beach, we look at how Mother’s Day is celebrated in other parts of the world… Australia: Our neighbours first started celebrating their Mum’s when Janet Heyden of Sydney in 1942 rounded up local support to cheer up lonely and forgotten mothers at the Newington State Home for Women. Every year since, Janet raised increasing support, even ... Continue Reading

A first-timer’s guide to Brittany, France

The fiercely independent region in northwest France draws visitors to its dramatically beautiful coastline, well-preserved medieval towns and fascinating prehistoric sites. Where to go - St Malo and Dinard Brittany's most popular coastal destination is likely the walled town of Saint-Malo. In medieval times a fortified island (it's now inseparably attached to the mainland), the town was the home of the legally authorised pirates known as Malouins, who lay in wait for English ships as they ... Continue Reading

A Long Way to Tipperary: Exploring Ireland by Car

With its spectacular landscape, quiet roads, and welcoming locals, Ireland is a great place for a driving tour. While the Republic of Ireland covers the lion's share of the island, Northern Ireland is well worth visiting too. If this is your one opportunity to visit Ireland, don't rush it – there's just too much to see. Below, the highlights of my recent trip, plus a wish list for next time I visit. Belfast taxi tour The Northern Irish capital has a famously fractious history that can ... Continue Reading

Deep in Leopard Country: On Safari in Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Yala National Park in southeastern Sri Lanka is home to the world's highest density of leopards, plus elephants, bears, monkeys and more. Jacqui Gibson takes a tour. Night falls quickly in the jungle. It’s like someone has reached in and pinched out the one candle flame keeping the whole place lit up. Poof. Gone is the day’s spectacular view of towering tamarind trees set against a tropical sky. And, just like that, the dirt track I’m travelling on disappears into blackness as if ... Continue Reading

5 Cool cafes: Where to get a NZ-quality coffee in London

Not too long ago, London's coffee was famously terrible. Then, in 2005, the Kiwi-owned Flat White cafe opened in Soho, kickstarting an Australasian-style coffee revolution. But now that even the big chains serve flat whites, how do you know who pulls a truly good shot? Below, Sarah Illingworth’s top five cafes to get you started. Prufrock (Clerkenwell) Founded by a former World Barista Champion, Prufrock is widely known for serving some of the best coffee in London. Prufrock is ... Continue Reading

Seville, Spain: Feel the heat

Seville may be one of Spain's largest cities, but its exquisite Moorish architecture, compact centre and pedestrianised streets make it a walker's paradise - even in the baking August sun, says Sharon Stephenson. It's a dilemma. Do we visit Seville in August when every reputable guide book advises against it? Or do we take advantage of cheap flights and risk feeling like a chicken in a rotisserie? You guessed it – we put budget before comfort and fly from our UK base to Seville, the ... Continue Reading

Fiji: Viti Levu’s best tours and cruises

To see more of this beautiful country, book a day tour. They're a great way to meet the locals and explore Fiji beyond the beach – all the while supporting the cyclone-ravaged local economy. Below, some of the best tours in and around Viti Levu, Fiji's main island. Navua River tour On a day cruise along up the Navua River you'll explore Viti Levu's spectacular interior while experiencing the local culture firsthand. The popular Jewel of Fiji tour from Discover Fiji takes you upriver by ... Continue Reading

Argentina: The First-Timer’s Guide

With its vast, vivid landscapes of arid mountain deserts, lush rainforests, expansive Pampas and the mighty Andes, it is little wonder that Argentina stirs the imagination. Lone gauchos, big wines, fused cultures, and the fervour of fútbol, politics, and tango all feed into the bold passion of Argentina. Buenos Aires A sensual, stylish and energising mesh of Latin American colour and European charm, Argentina’s largest city serves up an evocative mix of histories within its colourful ... Continue Reading