Valentine’s Day the Welsh way: Taking a cue from star-crossed lovers in wonderful Wales

By David Atkinson | Stuck for something romantic to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day? I was – until I discovered the patron saint of Welsh lovers, her folklore-rich domain in Anglesey and the wonderful appeal of an away-from-it-all, romantic break in North Wales. The country celebrated St Dwynwen’s Day on January 25th and …

On the trail of Dracula in Translyvania

By Elinor Goodman | When you go to Transylvania you could be in for a big surprise. I’d expected fairytale castles, beautiful churches, a way of rural life stuck in the last century – but not bears. Not in Europe. Yet here I was in a clearing in the forest, watching 11 wild brown bears …

Ski holidays: Going off piste in Villars is like hiring your own private mountain

By Neil English | It’s snowing through shafts of sunshine as I look for the ‘snowbow’ that often graces Villars in the Swiss Rhone Alps. I feel cheated. Last time it snowed through a thin cloud layer, with dazzling brightness above, a multicoloured arc cascaded into the valley dividing the Grand Muverans and Dents du …

Iwan Thomas: The perfect way to prepare for the London marathon? A Tuscan diet of pasta and hills

By Iwan Thomas | I thought a long weekend in Tuscany would be the perfect place to prepare for the London Marathon. During my athletics career, I won an Olympic silver medal and a string of titles over 400m, but these days I run for pleasure over much longer distances. I also needed this short …

Travelling with a disabled child: Happiness is a dolphin and a golden ticket to Disney

By Sally Phillips | When Olly was born, was determined that life was going to carry on as normal. So we travelled as much as – possibly even more than – we might have done had he not had Down’s syndrome. By the time he was three, we’d lived in Melbourne, Toronto and Devon. At …

Belton House in Lincolnshire, where Edward and Mrs Simpson’s romance gathered pace

By Anne Sebba | The story of Edward and Mrs Simpson is now largely one of time spent abroad: during the war they lived in the Bahamas, where the Duke of Windsor was Governor General. Afterwards they were in self-imposed exile in Paris and New York. But it might have been otherwise, and several fine …