Gareth Huw Davies Writing on travel and the environment

Wild Highlands life in a year of changing weather

A Bird’s Eye View of a Highland Year, by John Lister-Kaye. Canon Gate, £14.99 hardback, £12.99 e-book. Any preconceptions I might have had that this would be the standard “Year in the life of” nature book were summarily dispelled on page 3 of the preface. John…

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Linz’s bold opera vision pays off in new Musiktheater am Volksgarten

Over many visits to European cities,  I’ve concluded that two things set them apart from similarly-sized places in Britain.  One is public transport. The other is a commitment to culture, and in particular music. We hold our own in fine historic buildings, and archeological remains….

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Island-hopping on Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

The Bohuslän Coast is Sweden’s western strip, 150 quiet miles of fjords and little inlets, pebble-dashed with 8000 islands, stretching temptingly north from Gothenburg to the border with Norway. Leaving Gothenburg, the plan was to work our way quietly up, deviating to the occasional island, and taking in the many…

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La Rochelle trials self-driving bus.

I am on a little bus with no apparent front or back, trundling around the harbour area of La Rochelle in western France. Few people take notice. The big point of interest here is a full-size working replica of the Hermione, moored at the quay….

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Leicester savours a Richard III-inspired tourist boom

Leicester struck touristic gold in 2013 when experts concluded that human bones discovered under a car park belonged “beyond reasonable doubt” to Richard III. The King Richard III Visitor Centre opened in 2014, and the king’s mortal remains are being interred in Leicester Cathedral on…

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Salcombe sports Riviera style on tip of South Devon

Tucked away in a quiet estuary at the very tip of South Devon is the small, chic town of Salcombe. It has a long waterfront, sheltered harbour, clean, sandy beaches, and that crucial and ancient detail, a ferry to take you over the water. One…

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