Travel Reviews

The Vendee: Beaches, bikes and blue skies in west France

Pedal power is big business in the Vendee. The region in mid-west France will become the focus of the cycling world in July when it hosts Le Grand Depart – the start of the Tour de France. For the amateur enthusiast or total novice, the family-friendly flat landscape has been […]

Two lions in Zambia

Amazing sights on bushwalking tour on Zambian safari

It’s an hour past sunset and we’re motoring slowly from the Mfuwe Lodge with sleep in our eyes. We’ve been in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for exactly six minutes after travelling from London Heathrow for 30 hours when we hear fast movement to the left of our […]

The St Wolfgang cable car

St Wolfgang/Lake Wolfgangsee: Where The Sound of Music was born

We were greeted warmly by Weisses Rössl Hotel owner Gudrun Peter in traditional Austrian dress in St Wolfgang on Lake Wolfgangsee in Austria. She was keen to tell us about the market square hotel, the town and Lake Wolfgangsee situated on the other side of the hotel. There is no […]

Sestriere

Sestriere: Fill up on food and skiing in Italy

The Olympic rings stand proudly in the centre of Sestriere. The resort, just an hour’s drive from Turin, hosted the downhill events during the 2006 Games and was home to one of the three athletes’ villages. That accommodation has since been turned into a hotel, while the resort’s ski lift […]

Soldeu, Andorra: Follow in the tracks of Olympians

It can happen to the best of us and that includes Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn, who crashed on the slopes of Grandvalira in Andorra during a World Cup race in 2016. Vonn was carried off the slopes having suffered a hairline fracture of her left knee after the crash on […]

Mauvezin: Rising to the occasion in the Pyrenees

The French take their bread, and the way it’s made, very seriously. And for good reason. Ten billion baguettes are enjoyed every year in France, and are considered a standard accompaniment to every meal. So much so, that boulangerie proprietors once had to apply for permission to go on holidays, […]

Chinaillon in Le Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand: Something for all the family an hour from Geneva

The Chalet du Maroly in the Grand Bornand ski region could just be the perfect family mountain restaurant. Easy to get to on a long green run, it sits between three chairlifts that give access to different parts of the French Alps above the pretty village of Chinaillon. Plus it […]

The Three Peaks

Canazei: Great skiing, taken as red

A first look at the Canazei piste map can be a little daunting. A network of red runs with not a blue run in sight – the paste map doesn’t offer much help as there are no route numbers to guide you. The make-up of the runs by popular consent […]

Corvara: Gateway to the spectacular Sellaronda

It’s a simple choice, fifty-fifty. Left or right, green or orange. Ahead lies 26km of skiing heaven, the circular Sellaronda route in the Italian Dolomites. Our starting point – the first time – is Corvara on the south-west side of the huge Sella mountain. We are taking the orange route […]