By Andy.Potts

Marmite Moscow

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

March to a different beat in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s oil wealth is transforming the little-known former Soviet republic, but behind Baku’s modern façade lies a traditional heart best explored through a long musical heritage

Nice and Tblisi

With the travel industry ever on the lookout for 'the new Prague’, it’s surprising that Georgia’s capital city of Tblisi hasn’t yet joined the hit list

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

Go Figueres!

Tired of over-priced paella and Thierry Henry T-shirts? Then avoid the tourist traps of Barcelona and explore the lesser-known towns of Catalunya instead, like Figueres and Girona

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

Essex: beyond the stereotype

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

Ulan Baatur smiles away

After a week in the Siberian wilderness, Ulan Baatur was a noisy, dusty shock to the system - but a chance encounter on Sukhbaatur Square changed all that