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A tickle-your-taste-buds-tour of New Brunswick

Mar 15th, 2015 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter follows up on her stories last year on travelling through New Brunswick by discovering its tastier side!

Drink your way around Colombia

Mar 9th, 2015 | By

Colombia might be famous for its coffee, but there’s far more to the nation’s brews than the black stuff as Anna-Maria found out.

The serious slopes of Schladming

Feb 25th, 2015 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter straps on her skis and takes on the world cup slopes in the Austrian Alps.

Getting high while lying low in La Alpujarra

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter takes a relaxing winter break in the Spanish mountains of La Alpujarra.

A day in…Bournemouth and the Isle of Purbeck

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
Bournemouth beach and pier

Known as a popular summer destination, Anna Maria Espsäter explores the delights of the Dorset coast in winter.

Nova Scotia – a visit to the other Scotland

Jan 2nd, 2015 | By
Lake Bras d'Or

Nova Scotia, meaning New Scotland in Latin, is the second smallest province in Canada, but that’s not to say distances here are short as Anna Maria found on the last part of her Canadian road-trip.

Brussels beckoning

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
chocolate dispaly

Forget all about sprouts and EU headquarters – Anna Maria Espsäter seeks out the fun, calorific side of Brussels.

More than meats the eye

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

Argentina is deservedly well-known for its quality beef, but the adventurous foodie will find numerous other tasty options in Patagonia, the country’s far south which next year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Welsh settlers.

The Chilterns; great country pubs and stately homes

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
Chilterns: the Cherry Tree Inn

Looking for somewhere with great pubs, beautiful scenery and historic country manors? Look no further than the Chilterns, says Anna Maria Espsäter.

Making time for Montreal

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
maple syrup and the maple leaf

Anna Maria Espsäter makes the most out of Montreal, French-speaking Canada’s main metropolis.

Driving New Brunswick – a road trip through Atlantic Canada, part II

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By
Fundy Trail

Anna Maria Espsäter explores the little-known Maritime province of New Brunswick in eastern Canada, in this, the second of her two-part mini road trip feature.

Driving New Brunswick – a road trip through Atlantic Canada, part I

Oct 20th, 2014 | By
spring in New Brunswick's Chaleur Bay

Anna Maria Espsäter explores the little-known Maritime province of New Brunswick in eastern Canada, in this two-part mini road trip feature.

Highlights of New Brunswick

Oct 18th, 2014 | By
farmers market

Anna Maria Espsäter checks out some of the highlights to discover when visiting Atlantic Canada’s New Brunswick province in the first of her three stories on the province this week.

Québec City – history, nature and culture combined

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter takes a few days to explore Québec City and surroundings.

Cool days in D.C.

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
Washington DC has a castle - at the Smithsonian

Washington D.C., long known as a city of imposing architecture and besuited power politicos, is building a new name for itself as a fun-filled, quirky and alternative destination. Anna Maria Espsäter checks out varied ways to spend the days in the U.S. capital.

Get active in Uruguay

Sep 6th, 2014 | By
Santa Teresa

Football may be the national sport, but that’s hardly all that’s on offer in this small South American country. Anna Maria Espsäter looks at a range of active pursuits in Uruguay.

Beautiful beaches of Uruguay

Sep 4th, 2014 | By
La Coronilla beaches

Anna Maria Espsäter dips into Uruguay’s coastal resorts, journeying south from the Brazilian border towards the capital, Montevideo.

Getting off the beaten track in Uruguay

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
St Miguel fortress view

If you think just visiting Uruguay qualifies as getting off the beaten track, Anna Maria Espsäter begs to differ. Here she ventures off to the little-visited, rural eastern corner of Uruguay, near the Brazilian border

Time out in Torres del Paine

Aug 9th, 2014 | By

Home to snow-capped peaks, impressive waterfalls, abundant wildlife and stunning glaciers, Torres del Paine national park in southern Chile is one of the must-sees of South America. Anna Maria Espsäter gets to grips with the guanacos, exploring the park on foot, by bus and on horseback.

I do like to be beside the Thameside

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
Windsor Castle

Thameside locations got seriously drenched earlier in the year. Anna Maria Espsäter finds the popular summertime settings very much recovered.

Made in Mexico – the rebozo

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

On the surface, an exhibition focusing on the rebozo, a classic Mexican shawl, might seem rather narrow in scope.

Making the most of Montevideo

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

The centre of Uruguay’s unassuming capital, easily explored on foot, sits solidly on a peninsula overlooking the River Plate. Anna Maria Espsäter spends a few days in the Old Town and beyond.

Viewing the wildlife of the Valdés Peninsula

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter makes some furry, frisky friends on Argentina’s Atlantic coast, while touring the Valdés Peninsula national park.

Cruising solitary waters – Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Jun 14th, 2014 | By

The best way to explore the far south of the American continent is by taking to the waters. Anna Maria Espsäter cruises the remote islands, fjords and straits of southern Chile on a 4-day glacier viewing trip.

Spending a few summer days in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

May 27th, 2014 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter travelled down to Ushuaia, on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, for a few days of well wrapped up summer fun far south. Below are her tips on how to while away your stay.

Scuffing, chafing and scouring old Shanghai – part 2

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Admiring all that’s bright, shiny and new in Shanghai, surely doesn’t exclude enjoying what’s left of the city’s past? In part 2 of her Shanghai feature Anna Maria Espsäter seeks out the ancient corners of China’s power house of progress, finding them embattled, but very much alive.

Scuffing, chafing and scouring Shanghai

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

“Brave new world,” James Bond quips in his latest adventure, Skyfall, his point nicely illustrated by a vast vista of Shanghai’s impressive skyline, replete with state-of-the-art skyscrapers. But just how modern is this city asks Anna Maria Espsäter who spent a couple of weeks scratching the surface of Shanghai’s polished veneer for us in this two-part feature.

Strap on the skis and head east

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

There’s no need to venture as far east as Sochi this winter – from Bulgaria to Finland, there are plenty of options, including several bargains, for the ski enthusiast says Anna Maria Espsäter.