Frederick Lightbourn, the proud owner of Nassau’s Poop Deck restaurant, approached us as we finished a delicious plateful of conch fritters and rice and peas, anxious to know if everything had been to our satisfaction. “We take great pride in serving the freshest seafood,” he insisted. “It’s a lot easier – and cheaper – to serve imported fish these days, but I want people to get the real thing. I come from this beautiful country, and it’s a great place to have grown up, so I want everyone to have a little taste of our island. I promise you the best meal you can have in this country.” For Frederick, proprietor of our pink-hued seafront lunch spot overlooking Delaport Bay on the northern shore of New Providence, local flavour and authenticity is a genuine concern. And, as it turned out, it’s a familiar refrain. Everywhere we went in the Bahamas, people were almost painfully keen for us to appreciate “this … [Read more...] about How your holiday can help the Bahamas bounce back
It is a familiar thought as October slips into gear and the final vestiges of summer in the UK – that rogue bright morning, that afternoon warm enough for lunch outside – vanish until April. The question now haunts us: how will I get through six months of cold, rain and darkness? The answer is: you don’t have to. While we are two weeks away from the clocks going back – with all the winter gloom and 4pm dusk that entails – many parts of our planet are still blinking into a bright firmament. But how far are you prepared to go to find them? Or, more specifically, how long are you prepared to be cooped up in an aircraft as you cross the time zones in search of somewhere less in thrall to the rain? Three hours? Five? Six? A full half-day? To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Escape the rain: 25 of the best last-minute holidays in the sun
As happy as I am with my life in Germany, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t experienced the famous German arrogance. Indeed, in the decade or so I have spent here, my daily existence has been peppered with such encounters. To some extent, being rendered practically invisible in bars and restaurants, and summarily snubbed and snapped at by staff at post offices, train stations and even shops, is regarded as part of life in Berlin – but could also be said to be part of the ‘German experience’, regardless of which part of the country you’re in. The experience got me thinking recently, about how culturally specific arrogance really is? Even a cursory inspection of the phenomenon reveals it’s hardly an exclusively German trait – the British and French suffer the exact same stereotypes, to name just two. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only … [Read more...] about The truth about German arrogance
A resort in Bulgaria has been named the cheapest for families looking to book a ski holiday this winter. A survey carried out by Post Office Travel Money, in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, reports that a one-week break to Bansko in Bulgaria costs, on average, £1,530 for a family of four. This is almost £100 cheaper than the second cheapest resort, Bardonecchia in Italy, which claimed the top spot in the survey last year. Findings show that prices in the Eastern European resort have dropped by 0.3 per cent since last season, making the Bulgarian resort the cheapest out of 25 surveyed. Prices in its Italian rival and last year’s budget champion, Bardonecchia, rose by 9.8 per cent, with... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Revealed: The cheapest ski resorts for families this winter
A family-run Sunderland-based travel agent is about to become a major household name after it bought the entire retail network of the collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook. Hays Travel acquired all 555 stores direct from the liquidators at 11.53pm on Tuesday evening. By Friday morning, it had already re-opened several, mainly in the northeast, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Wales. In the coming days, Hays Travel has promised to re-open every one of the Thomas Cook stores and says it has all but promised jobs to the defunct firm’s 2,500 retail staff. More than 1,200 ex-Thomas Cook staff have already been recruited. Within days it will start renaming and repainting Thomas Cook’s stores in the Hays... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Who is Hays Travel, the company saving 2,500 Thomas Cook staff?