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Silence, serenity and sparkling wine at Finland’s Valamo Monastery

Thousands visit this monastery in Heinävesi, northern Finland, to experience the simple traditions followed by the monks – including their winemaking In Finland’s North Karelia region, the eastern province that borders Russia, the Valamo Monastery and its Orthodox brotherhood, receives more than 160,000 visitors every year who come to experience an alternative way of life. […]

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The Half Moon, Herne Hill, London: hotel review

This beautifully restored south London pub has fabulous rooms, a great vibe and some top ales. What a shame the generic food doesn’t hit the same heights Dylan Thomas drank here and may have stumbled upon the title for Under Milk Wood while standing in the pub doorway and looking across the street to the […]

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The alt city guide to Glasgow

A network of indie galleries, clubs, restaurants and bars has created a robust creative scene in Scotland’s largest city, where talent is allowed time to flourish Richard McMaster, keyboard player in the Glasgow band Golden Teacher, is trying to explain why the city’s underground tends to shun media attention. “Scenes get hyped-up and go wrong […]

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Devon dip: wild swimming on the river Dart

The Outdoor Swimming Society’s Kari Furre kicks off a series of guided swims with experts, taking Jenny Landreth to one of her favourite spots near Totnes “The joy of being down here,” Kari Furre said from her home in South Hams, Devon, “is that there’s so much choice. So what do you fancy?” Kari was […]