Debbie Lavelle

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In Brazil, tracking the Big Five: maned wolf

Towards dusk, we drove to a wide-open grassy plain in the shadow of red sandstone cliffs. Lourival, our host and a former tracker, had seen maned wolves pass through here on numerous occasions and was confident we’d spot one before sunset.<p>We waited, quietly, in a far corner of the plain, enjoying …

Wildlife

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

The world's ugliest hotels

15 Really Strange Beaches

Sandy stretches of gray, brown or even white are the world's norm. Even rocky beaches or those with sheer cliffs barring passage for everyone save …

Britain's ugliest new buildings named

The shortlist for the 2013 Carbuncle Cup, awarded by Building Design magazine, was unveiled today.<p>The annual prize recognises the very worst in modern architecture.<p>Six buildings have been named in the final shortlist, with the winner to be announced on August 30.<p>Among the listed designs is The …