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“Puffin dogs?” Hege shakes her head. “You know, there are none on the island at this point in time?” I’m speechless with disappointment. “Yah,” she adds, “but there were hundreds here last week.” It seems we’ve just missed the Norwegian Lundehund Club 50 Year Anniversary – a meeting of puffin dogs from around the world.

Værøy (‘Weather Island’, population 780) lies off the southern tip of the northwestern Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Lofoten; an ‘awe-inspiring’ part of the world according to National Geographic. Magical Værøy has cave paintings, Northern Lights and soaring birdcliffs... Read More

Popular dictionary definitions of ‘bliss’ include words such as happiness, joy and contentment. We know that travellers with specific interests (niches) enjoy a kind of personal bliss when they have an opportunity to engage in their passion, whether it’s bird watching, shopping, climbing a mountain or lazing on a white sand beach.Culinary Bliss has its own special connotation

‘Culinary’ refers to food and drink.The presence in our daily lives of Food TV, cooking shows, celebrity chefs and restaurant reviews has enhanced the awareness of local and international cuisine, so much so that... Read More

Deep in the gorge that it carves through the Himalayas, the Alaknanda River rushed beneath a footbridge. On the right bank sat a busy Indian village, Govindghat, its one street lined with spartan hotels and shops brimming with Sikh religious items and souvenirs. On the left bank, a man wearing a frayed sweater-vest and a ski cap greeted me imploringly.

“Horse?” he asked, hoping I would hire his mules to haul me and my pack up the path to Ghangaria, an isolated mountain hamlet in Uttarakhand state. Ghangaria is the base for visiting the legendary Valley of Flowers National Park — where... Read More

Whether it is for a honeymoon, an extended break or just satisfying your global wanderlust, we are blessed with a breadth of options.

Across every continent there are truly unique, must-see destinations you should consider for your next trip. From the historical, metropolitan capitals of Europe to the roving landscapes of rural Uganda, we take you through ten once-in-a-lifetime locations.

Barcelona, SpainThe Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most metropolitan places. Centuries of history hang on every street corner, and those with an interest in the arts will find plenty... Read More

They're calling it the Pooch Escape and it's for one distinguished and Ia suppose lucky dog that will have the most luxurious canine holiday of all time. My guess is most dog's would prefer to be at home though what do I know about a dog's thought process?

Here's what your dog will experience should he or she be the beneficiary of this trip.

"From his chauffer collection, to the moment he wags his tail goodbye to the prestigious Paw Seasons luxury dog hotel in Bristol – he will have enjoyed an action-packed and unforgettably lavish fortnight for £47,000. The unprecedented... Read More

Late afternoon I meet Candelaria at a café on the slopes of the Albaicin – the old Moorish quarter – and sip peppermint tea from petite porcelain cups. She orders almond cookies and apologises for her Spanish. The courtyard is open, with large paved flagstones, the tables squarish, small and scattered. Surrounding high walls on three sides are alive with masses of espaliered red roses.We sit soaking up the last of the sun, gazing eastward over receding terra cotta rooves as they disappear from view down to the winding river realm of the Darro. Across the river lay slopes cloaked in the green... Read More

The narrow road is a roughed-out, potholed track gouged from ragged Norwegian mountains. Winding alongside a grey Arctic Ocean, it’s graced with the occasional passing bay and kept in place against northern tempests by discarded mountain boulders.

Turning a last cliffside corner I stop the car and push open the door, buffeted by a wild wind, the dashboard map flying into my girlfriend’s face and the door slamming shut against my shoulder. Farther along is a concrete-buttressed causeway snaking its way along the final 100m; an open camping space ahead and across the way a rustic Venetian... Read More

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