Mark Rowe

Sofia: a weekend break with a difference

Bulgaria’s capital will dispel a few misconceptions and is the best place to buy a vintage typewriter Read the guide

A taste of old Shanghai

Shanghai's well on its way to becoming another Manhattan or Hong Kong - so you’d better be quick if you want to catch the more historic side of the city Read the guide

Winter or summer, Oslo is the perfect city break

Home to a large number of tortured geniuses and almost uniformly good-looking locals, Oslo is also one of Europe's prettiest capitals Read the guide

On the canal trail in Manchester

Manchester may be “happening” but it also has a fascinating industrial past that's been rejuvenated in recent years Read the guide

Jersey: it's not just tax breaks and Bergerac

Closer to France than it is to the UK, but belonging to neither, Jersey is an ideal weekend break even if you’re not a tax exile Read the guide