Helsinki is a compact, coastal Nordic capital that's packed with surprising contemporary architecture as well as plenty of heritage.  Whilst there's bucketloads to explore here, it is possible to get a good feel for this...

Whether you're planning a city break for a few days, or a mountain adventure for a week or more, there's an incredible variety of things to do around Lake Annecy. Here are my tried-and-tested recommendations...

There's a city in the French Alps that crowns an incredible, deep-blue lake. From the lakeside, sweeping mountains rise to rocky peaks grey-green in the sunlight. It's my favourite place, and I'm going to share...