Jessica Horton

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Europe's eight best night trains

The midnight thump and clunk of railway carriages being uncoupled and shunted in a station somewhere in central Europe is not in itself romantic. But add in that this is the night train between Paris and Venice, and that you’re tucked up in bed six feet off the floor, and everything’s somehow more …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Beyond the beignets: New Orleans' modern food movement

New Orleans is a food city, no question; it always has been. No offense to those hearty regional faves – gumbo, jambalaya and the ubiquitous beignets – but the association has long been one of over-indulgence rather than variety and refinement. The good news: a number of the city's recently opened …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better

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25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

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Signe Johansen's Swedish apple and almond pudding

Tart apples and buttery sponge make this Scandinavian apple pudding a perfect autumn treat.<p>I like to use Bramley cooking apples in this, as their tartness is in a lovely contrast to the buttery sponge, but feel free to use other crunchy apples instead.<p><i>Serves 6 – 8</i><p>2 apples<p>½ tsp cinnamon …

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9 Hotel Libraries (And Library Hotels) That Bring Books To Life

That lady next to you on the plane can Kindle all she wants, but nothing beats picking up a real, weathered book upon arrival at your destination.<p>Check in to one of these awesome hotels with libraries -- and some hotels that <i>are</i> libraries -- where both the book shopping and scene-setting are done …

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40 of the best Caribbean holidays

When it comes to holidays in the Caribbean, the common perception is that it’s all about beaches. But while it is true that the USP of many islands is palm-shaded sands lapped by a gin-clear bath-warm sea, the region offers so much more.<p>Choose the right destination and you can, for example, enjoy …

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A Nighttime Road Trip Through Texas' Prettiest Ghost Towns

Want to see America at its most fascinating? Would you mind if it were slightly eery at the same time? You’ve probably never thought about a road trip like this before. Diners? Check. Motels? Check. Toll booths and gas stations? Double check. But oh, there's so much more (or is it less?) to this …

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The next food trends predicted by travel writers

Climb aboard the food trend train: what’s cool today will be passé tomorrow. New food trends arrive on the scene every year, whether you’re ready for them or not. Some will be local foods cast into the spotlight by changing tastes, novel techniques or a hefty dose of whimsy, but most will be …