The great outdoors

  • 21 Winter holidays in the Austrian Tyrol
    Magnificent 'big-screen' landscapes that will take your breath away: majestic mountains that will have you reaching for your skis; Alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, crystal cold lakes and picture-postcard...

  • 22 On location in breathtaking South Africa with the 'Wild at Heart' team
    As filming locations go, Glen Afric Country Lodge, covering 750 sunkissed hectares in South Africa's Gauteng province, is not a bad spot. It's here that the cast and crew of ITV’s Wild at Heart...

  • 23 Ten top ski resorts around the world
    Baqueira Beret, Spain
 The finest ski station in Spain boasts state-of-the-art ski lifts, more kilometres of piste than any other, and its strategic orientation pretty much guarantees good snow. This...

  • 24 'The Quiet Man' movie trail
    For the film, the American director of Irish descent created the now mythical town of Innisfree as a setting for the love story between the former boxer Sean Thornton, portrayed with a gentle warmth...

  • 25 A paradise for winter
    They say that the beaches of Punta Cana, stretching for over 50 kilometres along the east coast of the island of La Hispaniola, are the best beaches in the world. With their white sands, warm turquoise...

  • 26 2012 - a bumper year for the Northern Lights
    The aurora borealis: named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind, the bringer of winter, even the name of this atmospheric phenomenon conjures magical...

  • 27 At home with the mountain gorillas
    The dense forests that carpet the volcanic Virunga mountains are one of the last refuges of the mountain gorilla. We invite you to an African adventure deep in this jungle, where American primatologist...

  • 28 Royal Madikwe: award-winning luxury with an eco-conscience
    Madikwe, the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, is a joint venture between the state, the local community and the private sector and is a landmark in modern conservation and community development....

  • 29 Celebrating an icy centenary
    2011 has been a big year for Norway: not only does it mark a hundred years since Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole, but it is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of another famous polar explorer,...

  • 30 Floating over a sea of sand in Namibia
    Some of the dunes of Sossusvlei in the south of Namibia rise to a staggering height of 300 metres – as tall as a 60-storey skyscraper. The desert – which experts reckon is the the oldest on...

  • 31 Flying south for winter
    Usually a Monarch butterfly lives for just four or five short weeks. But by some miracle of nature, the last generation of the summer may survive for as long as seven months, allowing them to fly south...

  • 32 Australia: the epic world Down Under
    In November 2008 People magazine chose Hugh Jackman as the sexiest man on the planet. We can't be sure whether they'd taken a peek at the trailer for Australia, which was to debut a month later, but if...

  • 33 And the word is 'wonderful'!
    On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people around the world have been involved in voting in this initiative launched by the New7Wonders Foundation. Chosen from a short list of twenty-eight,...

  • 34 Autumn relaxation in the Italian Alps
    Bordered by Switzerland in the north and France to the west, the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery. With its 25 ski stations and 1,200 kilometres of pistes,...

  • 35 Europe's spectacular natural heritage
    Dramatic mountains – the vast Durmitor massif in the eponymous national park in northwestern Montenegro, the volcanic mass of Mount Teide, and the dramatic Dolomites in the Italian Alps where green...

  • 36 Costa Rica: a rainbow in shades of green
    That fact that 25% of Costa Rica is classified as a protected area – a proportion no other country can boast – says a lot about the country's wealth of flora and fauna and the generosity of...

  • 37 It's 'that time of year' for Spanish deer
    It's October, and the leaves are turning colour. And, as the forests begin to put on their finest in shades of gold, ochre, yellow, red and rust, nature has added an original sound track for the spectacle....

  • 38 Breathtaking road trips in Norway
    From the south all the way up to North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe, around the fjord region or through the quaint villages with their idyllic coloured wooden houses, there are different ways...

  • 39 Chobe National Park river safari
    Here, in the Chobe National Park, the heartbeat of Africa is strong. What could be more memorable than sailing the calm waters of the Chobe River, along the border between Botswana and Namibia, at dusk...

  • 40 Huka Lodge, riverside elegance in New Zealand
    Located in an unmatchable setting on the banks of the Waikato River, whose forceful waters flow towards the amazing Huka Falls, perhaps it would be more surprising if Huka Lodge had not become a magnet...



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