Lifestyle

The tulip is synonymous with the Netherlands and the bulb fields in spring attract millions of visitors with their technicolour displays.

In 2026, Cortina will host once again the Olympic Games, 70 years after the Winter Games that the town hosted in 1956, with which Cortina earned the title of Queen of Winter Sports.

The Brenta Riviera favoured by Casanova, Galileo, Byron and D’Annunzio, painted by Tiepolo and Canaletto, described by Goethe and Goldoni, hosted French and Russian Royal Families. Even Napoleon, the Hapsburgs, the Savoy stayed here.

Every year, from March to October, a romantic mini-cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or the other way round, a trip through art and history on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700’s.

Currently I find myself at the magnificent 't Loo yacht marina and campsite in the Netherlands enjoying incredible weather for February - now around 20C.  The campsite is right at the water's edge and the marina is connected to the Maas river.  At around 8km distance along the river, is the forme

Along Kent’s Heritage Coast from Dover: Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh highlight the kaleidoscopic contrasts of Kent’s scenic southeast. Roads less travelled lead to Hellfire Corner, smugglers’ haunts and animal magic, as well as quaint churches and inns with stories to tell.