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Theodoor van Boven: bow down at this Amsterdam liqueur bar

Wynand Fockink is a bar and distillery much-loved by Amsterdam locals Dam Square can be incredibly busy but this place, just around the corner, is on a quiet little alley called Pijlsteegv. It’s been around since 1679 but it’s not a museum. They make liqueur there, so there’s a lot of craftmanship involved. The distillery

The Bunkhouse, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys: accommodation review

Woodburner? Check. Rain showers? Yep, three of ’em. Tubular slide that hurtles you down to the ground floor like a fireman in two seconds flat? You bet! A stainless steel chute – built to order in Germany – would not be on many people’s wishlist for a weekend retreat, but it’s bloody good fun, and

Hannah Kent on north Iceland

The haunting and captivating north Iceland landscape, near Akureyri. Photograph: Michele Falzone/Getty Images The first word that comes to mind when I think about Iceland is beauty. It has a strange but hospitable beauty, the kind that haunts you. Landscape and the natural world are always pre-eminent in my memories of it. North Iceland is

Top 10 things to do in Delhi: readers tips

The view from the minaret at Delhi’s Jama Masjid mosque. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip: Streetlife walking tour Try a walking tour of Delhi organised by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a charity caring for the poor and homeless. Former street children give guided tours showing the life of the city’s kids and orphans. They lead you

Would you eat a squirrel burger?

Only last week, the Guardian Food Blog was asking “What next for the burger?” after Burger King announced its unappetitsing-looking black burger in Japan. Squirrel, that’s what, at least according to a festival in the Forest of Dean. Forget lamb, game and ostrich, the Forest Showcase Food and Drink Festival will be inviting visitors to

Big shots: the best of the 2015 SATW Muster travel photo competition

This week the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) announced the winners of its annual Muster photo competition. We’ve selected our favourite images from the winning collections Robert Holmes, photographer of the year I took this in Burma in January on a trip to document the effects of tourism in the Inle Lake region. I

Boston: top 10 things to do in Fort Point and Seaport

Flour Bakery, Boston, USA. Photograph: PR Flour Bakery and Cafe Close to the Boston Children’s Museum and just off buzzing Congress Street is the sweet satisfaction of Flour Bakery and Cafe. It was founded when Harvard-educated management consultant Joanne Chang swapped spreadsheets for cakes and cookies to became a pastry chef. Chang opened her first

Tours Vietnam foodie 12 days

Tours Vietnam foodie 12 days Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Depending on your flight arrival time an optional city tour or visit to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels can be arranged. Overnight in HCMC Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B,L) After breakfast, start a day preparing traditional Vietnamese dishes at the Cooking

Microadventure breaks in the UK: travel thrills without the holiday hassle

Just because summer’s over, don’t think that’s the end of your adventures for another year. If there is one thing that stops people living as adventurously as they dream of doing, it is the perception that making adventures happen is difficult. But you don’t need a lot of time, money, equipment or expertise to have

Autumn landscapes expert tips on taking great photographs

September 2014 in the UK may be unseasonally warm but autumn is already here. Lower than average temperatures in late August mean that leaves started to change colour in early September rather than the usual early October. The combination of glorious sunshine and a countryside ablaze with reds, oranges, yellows and browns means there’s no