Mari Nicholson

Midnight sun on a Swedish canal trip

The canals that link Gothenburg and Stockholm, the North Sea and the Baltic, come alive when turn-of-the-century boats cruise along them, in a river trip unlike any other in Europe Read the guide

Sicilian splendours

Two things dominate Sicily: Mount Etna and the Mafia - and Sicilians are shrewd enough to know the value of both to their tourist trade Read the guide

Lucerne: from mountain meadows to minimalist hotels

Forget what Orson Welles said about Switzerland – it’s much more than cuckoo clocks and cheese. Lucerne is a typical example: a super-modern city that fools the visitor into thinking it’s a village Read the guide

Hua Hin: Thailand's royal resort

On the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Siam sits Hua Hin, one of Thailand’s hidden gems, where the Thai royal family have a summer palace right on the beach. Read the guide