Ireland’s big five adventure challenge

Ireland’s big five adventure challenge

Halfway through cycling the Ring of the Reeks in Kerry, I realise I am going to make it. Not just the circuit’s full 90km but also the tourist board’s Big Five Challenge, which was launched this month. I started my mission three…

Tales of the cité

Tales of the cité

Sixteen years ago we bought a tiny, biscuit-coloured house in Carcassonne. It crouches in the deep shadow of the battlements of the medieval Cité at the bottom of a steep, uneven flight of stone steps leading up to the Porte d’Aude. We…

Ice, fire and feuds: on the trail of Iceland’s sagas

Ice, fire and feuds: on the trail of Iceland’s sagas

The sagas are “our national identity”, says Icelandic actor Oddur Júlíusson. Based on historical events that mostly took place between the ninth and early 11th centuries, they have been narrated in the farmsteads of Iceland since the Middle Ages. Júlíusson performs the…

Z Hotel Bath: review

Z Hotel Bath: review

Early evening at the Z Hotel Bath and the reception and lounge are full of clinking and chatter with people guzzling wine and munching cheese. It could be a special event – a conference maybe? Except, the crowd is an unusual mix:…

Anaheim Approves Permits for Marvel Land at Disney

Anaheim Approves Permits for Marvel Land at Disney

Star Wars has barely been opened to the public for two weeks but that isn’t slowing Disneyland Resort ongoing expansion. Attention is now shifting to next year’s planned expansion for a Marvel-themed land at Disney California Adventure. According to the L.A. Times,…