Stockholm in December is exactly as you may have pictured it in your childhood - short, dark, cold days, orange glowing candle light, wafts of cinnamon and gingerbread around the streets, and a slightly magical fairytale feeling that reindeer are close by. Well, that is certainly what it was for me. On a very brief and fleeting visit I tried to capture as much of that Grimm Brothers' swedish fairytale as I could, and shall share with you, how to get the most from an all too brief trip to this super-stylish scandinavian city.
Our new UK contributor Laura Mackay gives us her special french summer holiday for those who long for the 'bucket and spade' holiday of Cornwall but want to venture further afield without the UK motorway crowds , nor a fish 'n chip shop in sight and with just a little taste of holidays of old .
Phuket , Thailand - an off the beach and track guide
Thailand’s largest island Phuket sits in the blue waters of the Andaman Sea and is famous for its white sands, long sprawling beaches, and balmy ocean. In past eras the island's economy was dominated by international trade and a thriving tin mining industry. Today, however, the main incomes for the local population come from either rubber tree plantations or tourism.
Bali is a hugely popular holiday destination from both sides of the equator - sun, surf, fabulous food , stylish villas and the gentle nature of the beautiful Balinese people . With popularity comes pitfalls so here is our guide to finding the soul of Bali far from the throngs of excited holidaymakers .
The quiet side of the now infamous Øresund Bridge, Malmö is a cosy haven of modern art, architectural history and cosy Scandinavian hospitality. Malmö is Sweden's third largest city just over the bridge from Denmark's Copenhagen . Herewith are our recommendations for a winter weekend away.
Paris has seen the worst tragedy in its recent history, with scores of young people killed and others injured. Through the laying of flowers and candle light tributes many have paid their respects and expressed their hopes for peace, not only in Paris, but everywhere. It is poignant therefore that Paris is currently hosting Climate Change talks and that these artists are getting behind the cause .
Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale, Sydney, Extern/Tonkin Zahailka Greer, 2015
A denizen of Chippendale’s Kensington Street since 1939, the heritage-listed Old Clare Hotel has been redeveloped by Singapore-based hotelier Loh Lik Peng, and given new life by Sydney-based architects Tonkin Zahailka Greer as a boutique hotel and home to three restaurants with serious gastronomic cred - Automata, Silvereye and the Kensington Street Social.
A stroll around stately Seville for its history, culture and lifestyle
For a true taste of southern Spain nothing beats Seville, one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Seville is the capital of Andalucía and is Spain’s fourth largest city. But, despite a bustling population of nearly 700,000, it still feels steeped in its past.