Matt by the Sea

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Hidden Croatian beach voted 'best in Europe'

Almost completely obscured from the view of passing boats, Stiniva beach on the Croatian island of Vis has something of the James Bond villain lair about it.<p>But its secret is out. This week it was named the top beach in Europe for 2016 by the Brussels-based tourism organisation European Best …

The Village where Provence meets the Côte d’Azur

<i>Y</i>ou might want to pour yourself a cold glass of rosé before you begin browsing this post, maybe play some Jacques Brel; it only seems right. I left …

France

Sicily: Culture and Conquest review – the original treasure island

<b>British Museum, London</b><br>Raging bulls, Medusas, Madonnas… there are riches and mysteries galore in this enthralling survey of Sicilian history from the ancient Greeks to the Normans<p>Archimedes had his eureka moment in a bath in Syracuse in Sicily. Antipholus, protagonist of Shakespeare’s <i>The Comedy of</i> …

British Museum

Blue-sky thinking: middle-aged sun worshippers in the Med – in pictures

French photographer Anaïs Boileau shows women living the good life in southern France and Spain, amid brightly coloured architecture and azure skies

Middle Age

Brocciu Soufflé - a real treat - Let's talk about Corsica

We can never have too many recipes, can we – so, we’ll be planning more ‘brocciu’ but, in a soufflé this time, which will make a nice change too.<p>Bon …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

Barri Gotic, the most charming quarter in Barcelona

If you read my blog for some time you probably know I’m not a type of traveler who likes to plan everything, actually I think <b>forgetting the map and</b> …

Phoenician Art

The art of the ancient Phoenicians, which flourished between the 19th and 4th centuries BCE, was exported throughout Mesopotamia and the ancient …