Why Essex is England’s best county for cyclists

Why Essex is England’s best county for cyclists

A kestrel drops silently on the telegraph wire as I take a swig of water between deep breaths, my bike leant on a crooked public footpath sign. It eyeballs me briefly and, with a deft flap of its wings, takes off across…

That Summer: A tour of Yorkshire in 2015

That Summer: A tour of Yorkshire in 2015

The rain comes fast and often in Hawes. Something to do with geography, apparently. It’s a little market town high in the Yorkshire Dales but in a valley too, so when the clouds come sailing over the hills, slate grey and full,…

That Summer: Greek Island hopping in 1983

That Summer: Greek Island hopping in 1983

We were 20. Actually, I was still a teenager, not to turn 20 until halfway through our trip. It was to be our first real taste of independent travel. My best friend, Julia, and I were desperate to go to the Greek…

EU issues guidelines to facilitate summer travel within Europe

EU issues guidelines to facilitate summer travel within Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday unveiled its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. Around 150,000 people have died…

EU issues guidelines to facilitate summer travel within Europe

EU issues guidelines to facilitate summer travel within Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday unveiled its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. Around 150,000 people have died…

NH Collection partners with World Central Kitchen in Spain

NH Collection partners with World Central Kitchen in Spain

The NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding hotel is making its facilities available to Spanish celebrity chef Jose Andres and his nongovernmental organization, World Central Kitchen, in collaboration with the #ChefsForSpain initiative and the Spanish gastronomic referral agency Mateo & Co., to help feed…

That Summer: Braving the borders of a new Siberia in 1995

That Summer: Braving the borders of a new Siberia in 1995

This piece was originally published as part of The Independent’s That Summer series. Find out more about it here. “Phoo, Misha, phoo!” The usual Russian response to irksome animals wasn’t working: Misha, a three-month-old bear, looking as cuddly as any self-respecting roly-poly brown…

Heavenly stay at Switzerland Hotel Eden Roc Ascona

Heavenly stay at Switzerland Hotel Eden Roc Ascona

What has all the beauty and charm of Italy’s Lake Como without the crowds and commotion? The answer, at least according to staff at the posh Hotel Eden Roc Ascona, is Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Switzerland. During my recent visit to the…