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  • Truly, madly, steeply: a via ferrata tour of the Dolomites

    Posted 2019-09-17 05:30:17 by: bossgate

    Northern Italy’s iron paths give hikers the chance to feel like mountaineers but without rope, anchors or knots. Our writer straps in for the high-altitude thrill of his lifeI am standing on an enormous limestone plateau almost 3km up, peering over the edge of a cliff that seems to plunge all the way to the centre of the Earth. Behind me in the distance are stratified towers of rock, their tips gleaming through wisps of cloud in the morning sun. And in front of me is this breathtaking drop, the gateway to what our guide Alessio calls “the danger zone”. Continue ...

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  • Top gear for a road trip: The latest gadgets that can bring glamour and comfort to a long journey

    Posted 2019-09-16 14:16:55 by: bossgate

    The Daily Mail's Harriet Sime corralled her mother, found the best car for travelling long-distance and set off on a UK road trip to test the latest ...

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  • A delightful dawdle down the Douro on the AmaVida cruise ship

    Posted 2019-09-16 13:30:02 by: bossgate

    The eight-day luxury 'Douro Delights' cruise begins in Porto and travels down the river Douro, stopping for vineyard visits, Fado shows and even red-carpet cocktail ...

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  • How to visit FIVE African countries in one epic nine-day luxury trip, from Botswana to South Africa

    Posted 2019-09-16 12:35:30 by: bossgate

    Caroline Hendrie took in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia on a trip built around a luxurious three-night cruise on mighty Lake ...

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  • Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way plus 10 more amazing road trips from Route 66 to Amalfi Coast 

    Posted 2019-09-16 10:29:52 by: bossgate

    The romance of packing a suitcase, planning the route, downloading your favourite driving tracks and hitting the road wherever you are in the world is still one of the greatest travel thrills, says Jeremy ...

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  • 10 must-try ramen shops in Tokyo

    Posted 2019-09-16 05:30:47 by: bossgate

    Ramen is Japan’s national obsession – and there more than 10,000 shops to choose from in Tokyo alone. Three local experts choose their favourites‘Ramen doesn’t have rules the way many Japanese foods do, which means the possibilities are endless,” says Abram Plaut. “And in Tokyo people are always coming up with ideas that have never been done before.”Plaut’s fascination with the noodle soup started when he arrived in Japan to teach English a decade ago. Ramen was cheap, plentiful and, thanks to the automated ordering machines, easy. He was hooked. But his hobby became an obsession, and within a few years he was writing articles on the subject and appearing on TV as an expert. In 2016, he helped open Mensho Tokyo SF in San Francisco with master ramen chef Tomoharu Shono. Continue ...

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  • We’re going on a boar hunt: into the Forest of Dean

    Posted 2019-09-15 10:00:23 by: bossgate

    With its kingfishers and wild pigs, this Gloucestershire forest is perfect for a family nature safariIt’s a kingfisher!” Ed’s body swung round and leaned forward, his arm following in a wavelike motion the bird soaring above the water at Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean. We leaned with him, scanning the sky. “There it is, there it is.” Ed Drewitt, our guide, had spotted its landing perch in a pine around 400 metres away. “Wow, I’d love to be able to do that,” my daughter whispered. Ed got his binoculars out so we could glimpse the orange belly of the bird, the first kingfisher he’d seen this year, he told us excitedly. Ed, a passionate zoologist, was taking us on an “animal safari”, offered to guests staying at the Tudor Farmhouse in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The “safari” is perfect for animal lovers, including my daughter Sophie, 20, studying animal management, and my 16-year-old son, Toby.We’d arrived the afternoon before and, thanks to the hotel’s map of wild swimming spots, headed straight out to the River Usk, half an hour away, sinking into the water from a tiny island beach in the centre of a bend in the river. After a slow journey on clogged motorways, it was a refreshing and magical way to start our forest adventure. Back at the hotel, we enjoyed cocktails in the garden, before stepping across a wooden bridge over a tiny stream that led inside to dinner. I was impressed by the variety on the menu, particularly for someone like me who is gluten and dairy-free, and by the fact that much of it was locally sourced – and tucked into delicately flavoured beetroot and cured salmon, followed by pork belly with roast onion. Continue ...

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  • A new take on old Japan – that's Omori

    Posted 2019-09-15 06:00:19 by: bossgate

    In this village north of Hiroshima, traditional culture is evolving into a modern idyll, as a talented family revives the fortunes of a quiet backwater One summer’s day 14 years ago, my husband and I and our then two-year-old daughter, Addie, took a fast train, a slow train, a bus and a car to get from Kyoto to a 400-person village called Omori, near the Sea of Japan about 70 miles north of Hiroshima. In a narrow valley amid forested hills, Omori had one main street, few cars and even fewer shops. Most of the people seemed to be around 60 or older and lived in wooden houses, some originally owned by samurai, with tiled roofs and sliding wooden doors. Continue ...

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  • Award-winning novelist Louis de Bernieres recalls his best and worst travel adventures 

    Posted 2019-09-14 16:26:38 by: bossgate

    Captain Corelli author Louis de Bernieres talks about a hellish holiday in Corfu, why the Isle of Wight is the best place to take children - and ...

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  • Why there is no better time to visit Georgia

    Posted 2019-09-14 16:21:59 by: bossgate

    Hospitality reigns in Georgia - sandwiched between Russia and Turkey - with locals keen to show you the historical sites, of which there are a great many, and even keener to make a warm ...

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