With a Local: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a great destination for a city break. Whether you’re a foodie, into cultural attractions or merely want to meander along its cobbled streets shooting photographs, it’s a city that’s easy to spend time in. Almost two decades ago Patricia Madeira moved to Lisbon from Coimbra, the university city in central Portugal....

The Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg’s waterfront icon

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Sydney has its opera house and, of course, New York has the Statue of Liberty. In our age of social media and punchy, image-led digital communications icons have become more important than ever. The opening of Hamburg’s new waterfront landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, led to an inevitable flurry of activity on Instagram, Twitter and blogs in northern Germany and beyond.

Sunderland International Airshow 2017

The 29th Sunderland International Airshow will take place in the sky above England’s north-east coast from 21 to 23 July 2017. The annual event has been a hit with families, photographers and casual spectators since the inaugural show, back in 1989. Free to visit, the air show now draws around a million people to the...

With a Local: Vancouver, British Columbia

"I think Vancouver gives you a taste of the quintessential Canadian experience. You can do fun things out of doors with lots of active lifestyle options, and there’s a great variety of good food. There’s a little bit of history and you are close the mountains. You can get to Whistler easily and a bunch of different destinations right around the area," says Nicole Ford.

Durham Miners’ Gala – The Big Meeting in north-east England

“I think it’s a celebration of working class life in the north East. The pits have gone but it hasn’t broken the spirit of people or the communities. It’s now become a great festival, a carnival. Some people come for the fun fair, some people come for the speeches, some people come for the bands, some people come for the banners, some people come for the laughs. It brings people together,” said Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, talking after the 2016 Durham Miners’ Gala.

With a Local: Kinigi, Rwanda

"For anybody interested in trying Rwandan food I recommend Imvange, a stew, with potatoes and maize, cooked in a traditional pot. I like it because eating it makes you feel strong. People eat this before going out to cultivate the land or carry heavy things. We call it the spice of Rwanda. The Kings of Rwanda used to eat this kind of food," says Charles.

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer with Ira Young

“We go through the Rockies, on the Rocky Mountaineer, but what I think a lot of people don’t realise is that we wind our way through some amazing desert canyons on the first day. They have some big sky vistas. That was a big eye-opener for me, the amount the scenery changes,” said Ira Young, Guest Service Manager on the Rocky Mountaineer.