Belgian bike break

The Argus:

12:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

As we settle back with a coffee and a full cooked breakfast, the English Channel stretching before us, we briefly consider the more stressful trips we’ve taken that began with a plane or train.

A touch of Euro class

The Argus: Emerald Waterways’ game-changing luxury European cruise liner

12:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

If I tell you a story about a swimming pool that turns itself into a cinema, it might sound like one of the fairytales from the romantic German region I was sailing through at the time, or just plain cuckoo like one of the area’s famous clocks.

The wonders of Finland

The Argus: The wonders of Finland

12:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

I’m in the home of Kaarina Nurmi, in the old–town of Rauma, a Unesco World Heritage site on the west coast of Finland, and I’m confused.

Carla ter Maat continues her Asian adventure in Chiang Mai

The Argus: Carla ter Maat continues her Asian adventure in Chiang Mai

6:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

Despite the mere hour’s flight from Bangkok, Chiang Mai really could have been a million miles away.

Kimberly Middleton discovers Brighton’s long-lost sibling: the vibrant seaside city of Tel Aviv

The Argus: Tel Aviv

6:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

A city which sprawls the coastline, its beach is a magnet for locals and visitors, and a hive of gay nightlife – could Tel Aviv be Brighton and Hove’s long-lost sibling?

Thailand’s beating heart

The Argus: Sunset in Bangkok

5:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

Carla ter Maat makes her first stop in the buzzing city of Bangkok

Jeannine Williamson samples fine wines and even finer French culture on the ultimate booze cruise in Bordeaux

The Argus: The Camus vineyards

5:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

I waited with bated breath as the expert looked down and studied the evidence. After a few seconds he declared “you are strong and vivacious”, before turning to my friend with the verdict “rebellious, just like a teenager”. It was akin to fortune telling, and while I would have been quite flattered by the description, he was actually reading the label on a bottle rather than my palm.

Hidden in the valley in Les Contamines

The Argus: Enjoy stunning scenery, such as this view from the top of Aiguille Croche

6:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

Lucy Grewcock uncovers some skiing secrets in the lesser-known Les Contamines

Peter Truman enjoys a mix of relaxation and exploration on a trip to the Greenwich Mercure in London

The Argus: The elegant and stylish lobby sets a tone of luxury from the time you check in

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

Time and space. In any trip these are essential qualities. The time to relax, explore, unwind. The space to wander, meander, stretch out. Where better than to experience both than Greenwich, the epicentre of time and space and the home of zero degrees longitude?

Dominic Smith explores the souks and side streets in magical Marrakech

The Argus: The beautiful red stone of the Kasbah Mosque

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

Hailing a female taxi driver in Morocco is as likely as bagging a bargain in one of Marrakech’s souks.

Laidback luxury on a Canadian skiing trip

The Argus: View of Sunshine Village

6:30am Saturday 8th February 2014

Tom Bassam hits the slopes in Banff, where the resorts have a homely feel and a sense of history

Jeannine Williamson goes on safari in Kenya in search of the elusive ‘big five’

The Argus: Wildebeest at sunset

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

Our hawk-eyed guide stopped the jeep, pointed towards some distant trees and said “lion”. We trained binoculars and zoom lenses in the general direction, collectively catching our breath and resisting the natural urge to shriek with excitement as we spotted the top of two tawny heads in the undergrowth.

Dominic Smith visits the Yorkshire town of Whitby for its infamous Goth Weekend

The Argus: Views over Whitby Harbour during Goth Weekend

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

I’m standing in a graveyard on a cliff edge. Away to my right, a murky mist hides a thousand ships sliding through the dusk. To my left, between rows of centuries-old, moss-licked gravestones, is St Mary’s Church. An icy wind batters its stocky Norman tower.

Ruler of the waves on board the Royal Clipper

The Argus: The Royal Clipper

7:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Jeannine Williamson relives the golden age of seafaring on board the majestic Royal Clipper

Escape to the country in the Yorkshire Dales

The Argus: The Devonshire Arms is situated in the beautiful countryside of Bolton Abbey

6:30am Saturday 11th January 2014

Armed with her waterproofs, Linda Harrison heads off to explore the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Dales

Mud, sweat and cheers at the UK's first full-scale mountain bike centre

The Argus: BikePark Wales in the Brecon Beacons. Photo by Andy Lloyd

6:00am Saturday 4th January 2014

Lucy Grewcock gets peddaling on a visit to BikePark Wales

The future’s bright

The Argus: Peles Castle, in the Romanian countryside

6:20am Saturday 28th December 2013

Dominic Smith heads to the Romanian capital of Bucharest to find a country full of hope

A magical Christmas at Longleat Forest

The Argus: The pine forest and glistening lake provide a perfect setting for a winter break

7:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

Caroline Sutton enjoys a family break at winter wonderland in Longleat Forest

Kimberly Middleton discovers grand chateaux and ancient historical sites in Mayenne

The Argus: The boutique La Marjolaine hotel

6:40am Saturday 23rd November 2013

Nestled between the infamous Normandy beaches and heralded Loire Valley, Mayenne is a little-heard of district in northern France.

Lawrence Marzouk enjoys a fun-filled family break in Dorset

The Argus: There is plenty to do in Weymouth, including afternoons spent at the beach

6:40am Saturday 23rd November 2013

Expectations were high as the family bus pulled up outside the Waterside Holiday Park.

Setting sail in style on a Mediterranean cruise

The Argus: The Colosseum is one of Rome’s many attractions

7:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

Anna Roberts enjoys a perfect mix of relaxing and sightseeing on a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean

Creative craft weekend at Blue Door Barns

The Argus: Catherine and Susie hard at work on their sewing projects at Blue Door Barns

7:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Catherine Eade brushes up her sewing skills on a weekend break to Lewes

Happily ever after: finding the origins of fairytales in Denmark

The Argus: Egeskov Castle

11:00am Monday 7th October 2013

Kimberly Middleton falls under the spell of the fairytale island of Fyn

Lucy Grewcock explores the beauty of Clumber Park on a relaxing weekend break

The Argus: Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire

7:30am Monday 7th October 2013

Completely and utterly lost, I had a blister on my heel the size of a golf ball and, to make matters worse, it was starting to rain. I had no idea if the track I was on led deeper into the forest or was guiding me back out but, with the wind shaking the conifers and rustling the leaves of ancient oaks, I limped on.

Estate of luxury: Duncan Hall takes a trip to Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex

The Argus: Ashdown Park Hotel is set in extensive grounds

10:30am Monday 23rd September 2013

Duncan Hall enjoys fine food and faultless service at the Ashdown Park Hotel

Northern Ireland: a land like no other

The Argus: The Giant's Causeway. Photo by David Cordner

8:00am Monday 16th September 2013

Adrian Imms takes in the cities and landscapes that lend Northern Ireland its unique, beguiling character

Ben Leo finds out how Tenerife is moving away from its ‘Brits abroad’ image

The Argus: The Iberostar Anthelia hotel, in the southern resort of Costa Adeje

12:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013

Previous conceptions of Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, may have involved all-inclusive poolside burger binges and cheap alcohol on tap. But the comparison of a “Blackpool in the Med” is now long gone.

Birthplace of a master

The Argus: Shakespeare’s birthplace, photo by Amy Murrell

12:00pm Monday 26th August 2013

Keith Winsper explores the home town of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon

Sprightly as you go

The Argus: The Frog Eye Sprite is one of the vintage cars on offer, photo by Ian Hearnshaw

12:00pm Monday 19th August 2013

Jenny Tregoning takes a classic car for a spin on a weekend break to Goodwood

Diving in to history

The Argus: The traditional exterior belies Winchester Cathedral’s fascinating secrets

12:00pm Monday 5th August 2013

Sheralyn Morey jumps headfirst into the past on a weekend break to the city of Winchester

A picture perfect break to Norway

The Argus: Bergen, Norway

9:00am Monday 29th July 2013

Peter Truman enjoys the character and charm of beautiful Bergen, Norway

Let us eat cake...

The Argus: Let us eat cake...

6:00am Monday 22nd July 2013

James Glover enjoys a fun-filled family break with plenty of sweet treats in southern Brittany

Burning bright in Sri Lanka

The Argus: Bill looks out from the top of Sigiriya

12:00pm Monday 15th July 2013

Bill Gardner was ready and willing to face the fiery challenges that awaited him in beautiful Sri Lanka

Italy's hidden gems

The Argus: Villa Tiepolo Passi

12:30pm Monday 8th July 2013

Anna Roberts discovers a series of stunning villas in Italy’s Veneto region

The buzz of city life in Tel Aviv

The Argus: Tel Aviv

11:00am Monday 1st July 2013

Dominic Smith explores the modern side of Israel on a break to Tel Aviv

Style and substance

The Argus: Hot lips: the entrance to the Sanderson Hotel

5:16pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013

John Keenan checks in to the achingly cool Sanderson Hotel in central London

Mountain bike bliss

The Argus: Lucy Grewcock goes mountain biking in Snowdonia

9:20am Monday 18th February 2013

Lucy Grewcock takes on the rugged Welsh landscape and goes off-road biking around Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia

Bright lights of Vegas

The Argus: The strip in Las Vegas

12:00pm Monday 4th February 2013

Nione Meakin takes a trip to the famous city in Nevada

A Cornish adventure

The Argus: l The wide sandy beach at Polzeath, perfect for a traditional seaside day out

11:00am Monday 4th February 2013

Jenny Tregoning escapes city life and makes the most of a trip to Cornwall

Escape to the coast

The Argus: Jutting headlands by Devil’s Hole, a natural crater more than 200ft deep

10:00am Monday 14th January 2013

Lucy Grewcock finds out what Jersey has to offer during the winter months on a weekend getaway

Plain sailing in Greece

The Argus: Lakitira Beach Resort in Kos offers a wide range of sporting activities. Photo by Graham Lawrence

9:00am Monday 12th November 2012

Peter Truman takes inspiration from the Olympics on a sporting holiday to Kos

Hidden treasures

The Argus: The view from a room at Hotel Øye, a favourite of Kaiser Wilhelm II

11:00am Monday 22nd October 2012

Dominic Smith explores the coastal city of Ålesund in Norway

Life in the slow lane

The Argus: Willy Watt Mill

10:30am Monday 22nd October 2012

On track, trail and towpath, Lucy Grewcock explores the Nene Valley

A base for all seasons

The Argus: Sporthotel Valsana in the Swiss Alps

9:30am Monday 8th October 2012

Anna Roberts discovers that the Swiss Alps offer much more than just a haven for skiers

An Amazon Adventure

The Argus: Enjoy a boating adventure on Coniston Water

10:16am Monday 24th September 2012

Linda Harrison enjoys an adventure through literature as she travels to the scenic Lake District for a Swallows And Amazons day trip

Nordic nights

The Argus: Looking out across the colourful rooftops of Reykjavik

10:00am Monday 27th August 2012

Jenny Tregoning heads to the land of the midnight sun, Iceland, for some rest and relaxation

Beautiful isolation

The Argus: The Faroe Islands

9:29am Monday 30th July 2012

Tim Ridgway gets a taste for the laidback lifestyle of the Faroe Islands

Moments to treasure

The Argus: The mountains near Guilin city

9:40am Monday 16th July 2012

Gareth Williams ditches his preconceptions and goes in search of the real China

A city on the edge

The Argus: Bologna’s main square

9:50am Monday 2nd July 2012

John Keenan visits Emilia-Romagna, where economic and physical fault lines run through an area rich in culture and cuisine

Simply plain sailing

The Argus: Viking Odin cruising down the Danube

10:54am Monday 18th June 2012

Jeannine Williamson gets thrown in at the deep end on her first river cruise down the Danube



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