Sensory experiences travellers associate with cities from bread in Paris to a pub fire in London

The smell of bread in Paris, the warmth of a pub fire in London and the scent of roasting chestnuts in New York: Sensory experiences travellers associate with cities around the world Other experiences include hearing the sound of water lapping a boat in Dubai  In Sydney, travellers like the cool breeze on the Manly to … Read more

This Christmas, we have a golden opportunity to re-invent our political culture and our economy

This Christmas, we have a golden opportunity to re-invent our political culture and our economy The One Nation Tory that Boris Johnson has cast himself as has to deliver Finance must serve those nearer the bottom of the pile to address inequality Some rapacious models of capitalism that we’ve suffered under really won’t do By … Read more

North Korean capital’s ‘strangely beautiful’ architecture revealed in new book Model City Pyongyang

North Korea may be a nightmarishly oppressive state, but for architects there’s a sliver of dreamland within – the capital, Pyongyang. As architects Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapic explain in their new book, Model City Pyongyang. They say: ‘We realised that the city does have its own strange kind of beauty. Pyongyang embodies the dream … Read more

Jerez for under £100 a night! How to see this city with old-school Spanish charm on a budget

Jerez de la Frontera is a classically Andalusian city with lashings of old-school Spanish charm.  Crumbling medieval walls hide tapas restaurants and classic tabancos (little working-class bars), which peddle crisp sherry from £1 a glass.  Wander the streets and you’ll hear cheery locals using the word ‘ole’ as a day-to-day expression (it’s typically only shouted … Read more

An Inspector Calls… A review of Beechfield House in Wiltshire

An Inspector Calls… at Beechfield House in Wiltshire, which has a swimming pool and rooms with grand four-poster beds – but the dining room was ‘bleak’ with an ‘odd smell’ Beechfield House in Wiltshire features 19th-century Italianate architecture  The Inspector was impressed with the ‘tasty’ food and honesty of his waiter But the dining room lost … Read more

Discovering San Miguel de Allende – the 2019 Cultural Capital of the Americas 

The art and soul of Mexico: Discovering San Miguel de Allende – the 2019 Cultural Capital of the Americas San Miguel de Allende is located two-and-a-half hours north of Mexico City Fabrica La Aurora, an old textile mill, is now San Miguel de Allende’s artistic hub  It is filled with galleries displaying colourful, neo-impressionistic canvasses By … Read more