Where in the world: Qatar

This skyline – shimmering in the afternoon heat – is in Doha, capital of tiny Qatar on the Arabian Peninsula, the world’s richest country.

Family Fun in Carinthia

This summer, go to Nassfeld in Austria’s southernmost province, Carinthia. Then head up on Madritsche mountain for heaps of family fun.

Add zing to your holiday in Goa’s spice plantations

Goa’s spice plantations provide more than just an afternoon’s diversion from the beach.You can also play Tarzan between the betelnut trees!

Cape Byron Lighthouse

To me, nothing says Byron Bay quite so much as the Cape Byron Lighthouse. It shines a mighty powerful light and it’s a beautiful lighthouse.

About Schnapps – the natural way

The Backer schnapps is all-natural, hand-made – in short, the good stuff. If further proof of quality is required, medals and awards abound.

Edwardian cottage hidden behind pale pink roses at Powis Castle, Wales

Powis Castle – A Welsh summer garden

Medieval Powis Castle has the most beautiful summer garden: flowers, a labyrinth, a greenery tunnel, statues and romantic little shelters.

Happy birthday, mum!

Yesterday would have been your birthday, mum. Just three days shy, on Friday 29 June, you died. It was a bleak, rainy day.