Baden-Baden Casino, Germany Marlene Dietrich called it “the most beautiful casino in the world”. The glamour, I imagine, loses its lustre if you’re not winning. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky immortalised it in his novel ‘The Gambler’, which he wrote to pay off debts he accumulated at its tables. And so the famous Baden-Baden ...
Melville Castle, Scotland Before we get started, it’s important you get the idea of an old stuffy lord owning a castle out of your head. This is no Downton Abbey – this is the real thing. And in the case of Scotland’s Melville Castle, it’s David Hay – young, single and handsome – who has ...
Gellert Baths, Budapest In the past century, the Gellert public baths in Budapest have only ever been closed once – when a major pipe burst. But, other than that, they have opened every single day through winters, wars, bombings and recessions. And now, in this spectacular old building with so much history and resilience, I ...
Ashford Castle, Ireland When you spend pretty much all your time in budget hotels, hostels, and the couches of generous friends, a nice bit of accommodation feels like luxury. There are some places in the world where you feel you’ve arrived somewhere special before you even walk in the door. To put it bluntly, there ...
On board the SS Rotterdam, The Netherlands Dutchman Frank van Eijnatten has returned to the water. More than forty years after he first served on the SS Rotterdam, he’s back on board, looking after a whole new group of international travellers. Frank looks like the kind of man you expect to find a cruise ship. ...
Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, Modena In the vast stadium of fluorescent light, the cars look like glowing orbs of style. Raised on low platforms, each machine is given a respectful space from the others. Despite the name, this is not a museum. This is more a shrine… and everything is set up to allow visitors ...
Jackie Onassis naked She thought she was safe, far away from the creatures that chased her, armed with their notebooks and cameras. She thought she had found a sanctuary where she could be free from constant fear of an invasion. So it was here, on the island of Skorpios in the Ionian Sea, that Jackie ...
Our Italian villa Through the windows of our Umbrian villa, I had watched the Italian sun in battle with the clouds all day. At times I thought a victor should be declared – unfortunately on the side of grey. But not long before the sun was about to set and retire from the warfare for ...
Hostel Inn, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina It said it was a hostel but the first thing you see when you arrive is the enormous pool. And not just any pool – there’s a volleyball net stretched across one part of it, there are deckchairs arranged around one side, and on the other side there are tables ...
Away from Punta del Este Punta del Este is the typical beach holiday in Uruguay. But it’s not the best. Here, the sands stretch for kilometres. Waves crash onto the shore, filling the air with thunder and the smell of salt. Birds fly overhead while fish leap from the water. The sun rises in the ...