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New York

Lizzie Frainier treads the snow-covered streets of the city that never sleeps in search of great hotels, food and art 1New York is a great-value January destination, with lower hotel rates and flight prices around the cheapest all year. Opt to stay in the heart of Manhattan at...  Read More »


There are very few places more romantic than the French capital over the festive season, says Lizzie Frainier 1 The City of Light takes on a whole new meaning at Christmas with thousands of illuminated trees dotting the streets, grand illuminations on the Champs Elysées and...  Read More »


As the city celebrates the world’s first Michelin-starred hawkers, Lizzie Frainier finds there’s more than just street eats 1 You can eat like a king for the price of a pauper. Two hawker stalls, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle,...  Read More »


There’s much more to this city than a heroic outlaw who robs the rich to benefit the poor, says Lizzie Frainier 1 Prepare for festival frenzy – in October there are over 20. Stop by The Nottingham Goose Fair for paella, dance in a Victorian music hall at The Malt Cross Festival...  Read More »

San Diego

Ian Belcher loses his heart to the city’s beaches, historic buildings and a hotel that starred alongside Marilyn Monroe 1 As elsewhere in the US, the city is floating on a wave of craft beer. The Joint on Newport Avenue has 27 on tap, including Rip Current What’s Up pale ale...  Read More »


Ian Belcher sings the praises of the city’s king crabs, Bollywood star hangouts and incredible lunch boxes 1 Prepare for a dazzling riot of seafood. For more than 40 years, Trishna, on one of Kala Ghoda’s labyrinthine lanes, has served lobster 13 ways, 22 different crab dishes...  Read More »


It’s a Bavarian hops hot spot where Ian Belcher devours history while drinking, eating and even sleeping in a brewery 1 As elsewhere in Bavaria, June means alfresco tippling with the opening of Bamberg’s hops gardens. They occupy two hills around the town, with views of spires...  Read More »


Erotic ceramics, gourmet guinea pigs and new direct flights seduce Ian Belcher in Peru’s historic coastal capital 1  Fly from Doha to Lima with Qatar Airways, with flights available every day..qatarairways.com 2 Stay in Hotel B’s elegantly converted Belle...  Read More »

St Petersburg

Pristine sand, a pink wedding cake hotel and Dali artworks await in Florida’s ‘Sunshine City’. 1  Prepare to bend your mind. The waterfront Dali Museum has a torrent of glass bubbling from its roof and leaking down its walls into a molten blob. Inside is an astounding...  Read More »


Rolling surf, vibrant markets and loaves stuffed with curry entice Ian Belcher to South Africa’s Natal coast 1Warm water, consistent Indian Ocean waves and – stop shaking, nervous swimmers – shark nets, make Durban a gnarlatious (surf speak for splendid) spot to learn to...  Read More »