©Cat O’Neil

Postcard from . . . Lech Zürs

The annual three-day Snow and Safety conference gathers experts and enthusiasts together

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Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
A session at the Milk and Cookies storytelling group in Dublin in September
©Gergely Garamvolgyi

Storytelling in Ireland

In smart Georgian drawing rooms and dark urban warehouses, the Irish tradition is thriving — and evolving

Parnasilla Resort and Spa
©Barry Murphy

On Location: The Lobster

Hotels featured in films have benefited from the association even when storylines take a darker turn

©Cat O’Neil

Postcard from . . . Formentera

Tour operator SwimQuest prides itself on undertaking any swimming challenge, including teaching old dogs new tricks

Hiking Spain’s Idiazábal cheese route

A new walking trail in Spain links farms, sheepfolds, dairies and delicious cheese

A projection of the Matterhorn on the parliament building on the Bundesplatz

The rebranding of Bern

The medieval capital is reinventing itself with contemporary attractions and compelling art shows

The Panache

Hotel barging in Alsace

River-cruising in its most refined form makes a serene way to see France

A 2CV in Pays d’Auge
©Alex Cretey Systermans

Autumn amid the apple trees in Normandy

Andrew Eames finds October is the perfect time to take a nostalgic tour of France’s rustic cider farms — in a 50-year-old 2CV

PeriniNavi Cup reggata
©Stefano Gattini

Postcard from . . . Sardinia

The story of what is perhaps the world’s most exclusive sailing regatta begins with a humble roll of tissue paper

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Castel Gandolfo

The papal summer residence opens to tourists with access to the gardens and views of the volcanic lake and surrounding hills

Exploring the Venice lagoon

Postcard from . . . Norway

A ‘Glastonbury meets Glyndebourne’ festival brings opera to a remote former dairy farm

Escaping the tourists in Venice

A new cruise company is offering intimate, expert-led trips to rarely visited parts of the lagoon

Postcard from . . . Cyprus

As extremists destroy historic sites in Syria and beyond, one important shrine is thriving in relative obscurity, just outside Larnaca

Balearic bites

A new generation of chefs is rediscovering Mallorca’s gastronomic heritage

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

Walks amid the watchtowers of the Mani

William Dalrymple explores the wild mountains and ancient churches of Greece’s far south

Postcard from . . . Valencia

On a broiling Mediterranean afternoon, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of iced horchata

Reinhold Messner: king of the mountains

The world’s greatest living climber has completed his series of mountain museums with a bold new building by Zaha Hadid

Sean Scully’s hymn to high art in Spain

An ancient, mountaintop church near Barcelona has been transformed by the painter

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