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London underground: Euston’s secret tunnels
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London underground: Euston’s secret tunnels

For years I commuted to work in London on the underground to Euston station. I’d walk through its miles of tunnels and down to the Northern Line every day – usually on autopilot and hardly noticing where I was.…

Corniglia: The heart of the Cinque Terre
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Corniglia: Heart of the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a bit like a beauty pageant, with one village after another competing to have the most charming backstreets, the cutest pastel buildings and the most Instagrammable views. Just when you think you’ve found the most…

My sixth year On the Luce
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My sixth year On the Luce

I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I swear the years are going by faster and faster – didn’t I just publish my five-year anniversary post? But somehow six years have passed since I first put pen…

Spring in France’s Languedoc wine region
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Spring in the Languedoc vineyards, France

It’s a spring Sunday morning in France’s Languedoc wine region. My mum and I arrived in the dark last night after a long train journey to spend a few days at the luxurious Château Autignac wine estate. I’ve been…

A taste of South Africa’s Cape winelands
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A taste of South Africa’s Cape winelands

I love a good glass of wine, but like a lot of people I have my faithful favourites – a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a dark Argentinian Malbec are mine. When it comes to South African wine…

Log house luxury in the Cotswolds
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Log house luxury in the Cotswolds

Driving past lake after lake as we crossed Ontario on my Canadian road trip last year, I’d spot the occasional  log cabin, tucked between the trees and reflected in the water. Usually with a boat moored up and sometimes…

On and off the slopes in Bansko, Bulgaria
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On and off the slopes in Bansko, Bulgaria

Skiers in brightly coloured jackets weighed down by boots and skis stagger along the pavement, overtaken by a horse and cart and watched by a group of old ladies chatting on a bench by the roadside. Not a sight…

What's it like skiing in Bulgaria?
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What’s it like skiing in Bulgaria?

For many people, skiing in Europe means the Alps. It’s where I learnt to ski and I’ve been back again and again. France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are home to Europe’s best-known ski resorts, but they come with a…