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Andrew Forbes

Since graduating in Film & Media in 1991, Andrew has worked in Marketing Communications & PR. He is an established writer and blogger, specialising in travel, lifestyle and hotels.

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03/07/2017 17:04

Travel

The insider guide to Venice

Once one of the wealthiest Mediterranean maritime republics, this lagoon city remains a visitor favourite thanks to its romantic gothic architecture, charming canals, and seductive Italian flair. STAY: The Gritti Palace The quintessential Ven

03/07/2017 16:53

Travel

Venice, beyond the crowds

Despite the early hour, the morning fish market stalls were almost fully set-up by the time I'd walked down to the 'Mercato del pesce', one of the Rialto city markets beside Venice's Grand Canal. Outside, in the modest Campo Beccarie square, a founta

30/05/2017 18:16

Travel

Fuerteventura for all seasons

As the Spanish would say, I'm 'inquieto'. I have a restless spirit that means that I just love to explore; and when it comes to visiting a new place, it's rewarding to discover the hidden aspects of a destination. Fuerteventura The Insider

30/05/2017 15:24

Travel

The Insider Guide: Fuerteventura

A holiday-maker's favourite and a surfer's paradise; Fuerteventura boasts some of the archipelago's finest beaches but also an interesting interior landscape and history. STAY: Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real - Corralejo To the north east of Fue

03/05/2017 15:36

Travel

Downtown Tokyo

Boarding an underground train is rarely memorable, but if it is, it's almost certainly for all the wrong reasons; a feeling of claustrophobia, chaotic pushing, a sensation of stress. Yet my first time on the Tokyo network felt like an almost poetical

31/03/2017 16:33

Travel

Madrid in springtime

There's a Spanish adage that says. 'Madrid, nueve meses de invierno y tres de infierno'. Roughly translated it says that the city's weather is little more than nine months of winter and three months of hellish heat! Yet, contrary to perceived wisd

31/03/2017 14:10

Travel

Madrid

The Spanish capital has embraced 2017 with new hip hotels, cool bars, top restaurants and world-class arts exhibitions. It's time you booked your ticket to Madrid. STAY: Only You Atocha Madrid's hotel scene has never been so dynamic, and the

24/02/2017 18:30

Travel

A cultural immersion in Kyushu

Despite my best intentions, I had committed a faux pas. The inn's hostess had become slightly agitated, her warm smile had dissolved into a look of surprise - or was it shock? Japan is said to be a nation of traditions, unspoken social rules and stri

24/02/2017 18:17

Travel

Nagasaki, Kyushu

The birthplace of Japan's industrialisation; setting for the opera Madame Butterfly; and inspiration for Martin Scorsese's 2017 movie 'Silence' - Nagasaki, the international gateway to Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's main islands. STAY: Garde

30/01/2017 13:38

Travel

Snow, fire and food

Once embraced by the deep, soft fireside sofa I begin to give into to that 'good tired' feeling one experiences after time on the slopes. 70TH ANNIVERSARY This is one of the most magical times to visit Courchevel, as throughout the season the re

27/01/2017 11:16

Travel

Courchevel

The 2016/17 season sees Courchevel celebrating its 70th anniversary. From its humble beginnings in the 1940s, Courchevel is now one of the most chic ski resorts within 'Les Trois Vallées', said to be the world's largest lift-connected ski area, with

17/01/2017 10:30

Travel

Scottish Capital Gains

A grey sandstone building half-way up Edinburgh's Lothian Road, opposite the city's imposing Usher Hall, has for more than 30 years offered escapism into different worlds, through visual story-telling of intrigue, romance and fantasy. Here at Edinbur

17/01/2017 10:30

Travel

Edinburgh

STAY: Old Town Chambers For a luxury home-from-home in Scotland's capital, then take a look at the 5-star accommodation at the Old Town Chambers. Found in the city's Old Town, these upscale apartments include historical features from the 15th cen

17/01/2017 10:12

Travel

The trail less trekked

As the hours passed whilst walking the mountain trails, the peace and tranquillity became almost tangible. Without aircraft jetting overhead, and with no roads filled with cars or motorbikes, one is truly embraced by nature. Here the sound of silence

17/01/2017 09:22

Travel

The Insider Guide: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Carved through the Andes by the Urubamba River, Peru's remarkable Sacred Valley was at the heart of the Inca Empire. This fertile region lies between the city of Cusco, and the country's most iconic attraction, the imperial Inca city of Machu Picchu.

30/12/2016 10:04

Travel

Bread with oil - understanding Mallorca

Worn smooth through years of use, the immense table in the centre of the room had a softness to it that belied its obvious weight and size. Hewn from huge pieces of rock, it was once used to crush the local harvested olives before pressing, but now s

28/11/2016 18:49

Travel

The Ouirgane valley - the unspoilt base for High Atlas holidaying

Morocco is seductively exotic yet increasingly accessible. The modest airport at Marrakech is finally being expanded and low-cost routes easily connect this bohemian, cultural, and historic city with Europe and beyond. After a few days exploring th