By kozmik

Inside the Taj Mahal: a pilgrim's guide

Some call it the most beautiful building on earth, the eighth wonder of the world – but without an expert's guidance, the Taj Mahal in India can leave visitors cold. Here are my insider tips

Surfin' USA: the beaches of San Diego

The wild coast of California, with its long white sands, surfers and never-ending breakers, is familiar from song lyrics and movies. To experience it for real, check out these four San Diego beaches

"San Francisco people are never boring"

The eight-mile ride from Oakland to San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge is your introduction to a breathtaking city that defies all classifications. Like its inhabitants, it's full of surprises

Kovalam: the calm of southern India

This world-famous trio of beaches in Kerala, southern India, has working fishermen, a laid-back lifestyle and a varied selection of hotels from the basic to the super luxurious.

The fabled beaches of Goa

With its 60 miles of coast, Goa in India has a beach (and a hotel) to suit every taste, from budget to super-luxury. It's not quite like the old days, but there are spots where you can truly chill out

Return to Colva beach, Goa

This is one of the longest beaches in the world, and one of the most beautiful. Even though mass tourism has arrived it is still a place of wonder, magic and calm. As my return visit reminds me.

France - a weekend in Paris to remember

Montmartre is just a mile from the Gare du Nord where the Eurostar train will deposit you for a weekend of frankly shocking exuberance. There's a new dance in town which is not for the faint-hearted

Travelling back in time in Prague

It is one of Europe's best preserved medieval city centres, with a touch of Bohemian fantasy. If you have ever wondered what it's like to travel back in time, Prague is your kind of place