By Mike.Martin

Popping corks in Corsica

Corsica’s big secret is it now produces some top-quality wines. It’s also a stunning, warm island, still relatively unexplored and definitely worth a look and taste

Lille: Paris without the attitude

If you want some French chic, culture, art and great food, you don't have to go to the capital - the answer lies an hour closer, in Lille

Time for a new view on Vienna

“You must go to Vienna – it’s like Paris, but without the French!” So says the David Frost character in the film Frost/Nixon. But is he right?

A revitalised St Ives

There are three very good reasons to visit St Ives right now: the ailing pound against the euro, a great new luxury place to stay, and a fantastic exhibition at the Tate

Ancient Metz gets back to the future

Metz is one of the prettiest towns in France, but short on culture – until now. The Centre Pompidou-Metz museum will bring a touch of modern excitement to the medieval town

The stars of Champagne country

Champagne is, and always will be, one of the world’s great drinks – but a visit to this pretty part of France is even more rewarding than drinking the lovely stuff

Brussels: a surreal weekend with Magritte

Brussels has always had plenty to interest the art historian and art lover. Now, it has the most exciting opening in a long time – a new museum dedicated to the famous Belgian surrealist René Magritte

Homage to a famous Belgian

In Louvain-la-Neuve, a university town near Brussels, fans of the Tintin comic books can get their fix of nostalgia at a gleaming new purpose-built museum dedicated to their creator, Hergé

Waterloo: a trip back in time

Many people remember learning at school about Waterloo and the battle that made Wellington a British hero - but a visit to the actual battlefield in Belgium brings the historic event vividly to life

Vigo – Spain’s hidden gem

The port of Vigo in north-west Spain is a highly attractive city and offers some of the country's best seafood and wine

Nightwatching In Amsterdam

Anyone coming out of Peter Greenaway’s film Nightwatching will be bursting to hop over to Amsterdam to have another look at Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch, which the film dramatises

A different view of the Highlands

What are the ingredients for the perfect weekend break? Excellent food would be high on the list, cooked with finesse and elegance, with a strong wine list to match. Loch Ness Lodge has it all.

A Fantastic weekend in Lille

A silver, bulbous UFO hangs from the ceiling of the train station and a ghost train features a small girl crying over her dead badger. It can only mean one thing, the Lille 2012 festival, Fantastic.

It’s time to reconsider Malta

It has a fascinating military past, the world’s only signed Caravaggio painting, great weather, food and wine, they drive on the left and everyone speaks English – it’s time to think again about Malta