Andy Potts

Essex: beyond the stereotype

South Essex has unexpected charms, from upscale shopping to good bird-watching - and not a white stiletto in sight! Read the guide

Treasures of Northumbria

With moody moors, seafront castles and dramatic waterfalls, the country roads of Northumbria were ideal for teenage drives with the girlfriend of the moment. Years later, they're every bit as great Read the guide

The imperial splendour of St Petersburg

St Petersburg has well and truly shaken off its dowdy Soviet past and reinvented itself as a vibrant city with a glittering history Read the guide

Kiev's a knock-out

From boxing champs to bowls of borsch, Kiev's quirky attractions make it one of the highlights of the former Soviet bloc Read the guide

Marmite Moscow

A visit to Russia’s capital is a full-on experience that leaves nobody indifferent to the city's unique atmosphere Read the guide