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An Oriental melting pot

  • Observer, Sunday June 12 2005
  • Nicki Symington

Maybe it's because there's a lot of money sloshing around, but Hong Kong has always been known as the restaurant capital of the Far East, and a playground for international chefs. A stint in the Special Administrative Region has become a requisite for any decent chef on the move, and recently it has seen an influx of talent from Australia and Italy. Weathering Communism, SARS (...)

Instant weekend: Seville

  • Observer, Sunday February 20 2005
  • Nicki Symington

Why go now? Late March can be a mob scene in Seville with all the Semana Santa (Holy Week) festivities, so go now and beat the pre-Easter rush (20-27 March). Spring temperatures are mild and Ryanair's new route from Stansted makes it easier to get there. Where to stay The charming family owned Casa de Carmona (00 34 954 191000; casadecarmona.com), a 17th-century (...)

Book of the week

  • Observer, Sunday February 6 2005
  • Nicki Symington

Instant weekend: Biarritz

  • Observer, Sunday January 9 2005
  • Nicki Symington

Why go now? We all need a little help with our New Year's resolutions - be they stopping smoking or losing weight, and the Thalassotherapy Institute can help you with both. Where to stay Miramar (13 rue Louison Bobet; 00 33 559 41 30 00). As well as some of the best facilities in town (pool, sauna etc), this modern hotel has one of the finest restaurants (Le Relais) (...)

Add a little sparkle...

  • Observer, Sunday December 19 2004
  • Nicki Symington

This year don't let your holidays descend into a fortnight of bad television and boredom-induced family meltdown. Instead, take advantage of some of the hundreds of festive events around the country, from lantern parades to pantomimes. Most are closed on Christmas Day (unless otherwise stated), when you'll just have to suffer the TV turkeys or resort to an extended dog-walk (...)

Xmas pudding burners

  • Observer, Sunday December 5 2004

Just because it's winter there's no need to hang up the walking boots and hibernate - quite the opposite. The Ramblers' Association estimates that on any given winter weekend, more than 400 of its groups strike out on organised walks. 'Walking is particularly popular in winter,' says Nick Temple, editor of the Time Out Book of Country Walks. 'It's a time of year when (...)

Pack your shorts and take your marching orders

  • Observer, Sunday December 5 2004
  • Liz Edwards and Nicki Symington

If an avalanche transceiver doesn't sound like a fun holiday accessory, there are plenty of opportunities for walking in the sun. Classic winter destinations such as Madeira, the Canaries and Cyprus offer a great range of walks from leisurely strolls to full-on mountain hikes; similarly Morocco and Jordan provide excellent trekking opportunities through stunning mountain (...)

Snowshoe shuffle in a winter wonderland

  • Observer, Sunday December 5 2004
  • Liz Edwards and Nicki Symington

Cold is pretty much guaranteed in the UK, but snow unfortunately isn't. So if the white stuff is high on your list of priorities for a proper winter walk, think about heading for the mountains. You don't have to strap skis or a board to your feet to enjoy the powder, though some of the trips listed below do entail wearing snow shoes to stop you sinking up to your knees. (...)

What's cooking?

  • Guardian, Saturday April 3 2004

Czech Republic: Prague What's for breakfast? Ham, cheese, sausage and rye bread. Alternatively, if you have the stomach for it at that time of the day, hotdogs and beer. If you don't, then Cafe Louvre (+4202 2493 0949) serves Czech, continental and full-English breakfasts. What's for lunch? Try some excellent local fish dishes, such as the spicy fish soup or (...)

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