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DC Diary: Take me back to the Potomac

“Have you seen those naked pictures of Trump’s wife?” the bartender at Bobby Van’s hollers across the bar. “They’re amazing,” he adds, to raucous laughter. “He doesn’t need to build a wall, he could just blow them up and put them along the border.” This is Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, two days after…

DC Diary: Brexit déjà-vu

I’ve been up at the Capitol Hill Hotel since precisely 7am, woken by the dirge of church bells, ringing out in a deathly quiet town which overwhelmingly (93%) sent three electoral votes for Hillary Clinton. For all the good it did. And it wasn’t the only irony. I’ve been in the tristate area since Thursday and the weather here has…

DC Diary: Muh ‘mocracy!

The fate of the Great Republic hangs in the balance on Tuesday, if the President of the United States is to be believed. But you wouldn’t know looking around Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. In fact, despite being only an hour outside DC, you’d be hard pressed to know there was a presidential election going on at all. Trump…

Luxury cruising through the heart of European culture

ONE of the first things you notice about the Danube is just how quickly this great river tears through central Europe on its charge to the Black Sea. Surprisingly clear and a shimmering green, aquatic birds struggle against the tide as we board the Viking Delling Longship at Nuremburg, moored against a conspicuously Teutonic forest…

Bayern the beautiful

Germany, and by that I include Austria, is a country notably diverse in its history, its customs, its dialect and even its religion; but there is one state in the melée which defines the Germans, at least to a foreigner, more than any other: Bavaria. Beautiful Bayern is the home of steins, bierkeller wenches, white sausages, fairytale castles and lederhosen – which are apparently making something of a comeback amongst the young in this most conservative of German states. As one wanders through this delightful country, in my case by boat along the magnificent Danube, it is not difficult to understand…

Majorca: Coast and culture

If you’re keen to follow in the footsteps of greats like Churchill and Chopin on your holiday, you can’t go far wrong with Majorca. Away from the hulking crowds of Magaluf, there is a wealth of history and culture, both local and international, waiting to be discovered on the largest of the Balearic Islands. The…