THERE is an incredible choice of places to lay down your head in the ‘City of Dreams’, as Dutch poet Rilke once described Ronda. One of the best is the Reina Victoria, which was built over 100 years ago by British builders when the train line first arrived here from the coast. Standing in an enviable spot overlooking the gorge this upmarket hotel is a place to lie back and luxuriate, relax and enjoy the best views in Christendom. Those looking for a more budget offering should try the central Hotel Morales (www.hotelmorales.es), which sits in the heart of the town, perfect for the shops, and the main transport links. However, it is out in the Serrania countryside itself that you will be really spoilt for choice. Check Hotel Arriadh (www.arriadhhotel.com), which counts on some of the best views anywhere in Spain. Often described as ‘zen-like’ the clean lines and maximising of light and views is all thanks to the talents of Dutch couple John and Wilfred. Excellent … [Read more...] about City of dreaming – You’re bound to sleep well in Ronda
40 years of zen
In an online video advert, the Danish toy manufacturing giant shows a young woman trying and failing to master a yoga pose. Instead, she takes time out from her busy day to make a Lego ship as an antidote to the stresses of modern life. The video is captioned: "Need an escape? Building with Lego bricks reduces stress and improves your wellbeing. It's zen, in the shape of a brick." In her Ted Talk, businesswoman and yoga teacher Allison Osborne talks of the "quarter life identity crisis" suffered by people in their 20s and 30s who, she says, feel "profound angst and anxiety about the direction of their lives. It can start in the transition between the academic world and the world of work, or it can happen further down the line when they've checked all the boxes of what it means to be an adult, yet remain unfulfilled." Much has been written about the stresses that millennials - those born between 1982 and 2004 - endure. Largely educated to a high standard, and raised with aspirations … [Read more...] about As Lego targets the stressed-out millennial market, can it be a form of therapy?
Dan Hummel has lived, mostly alone, in his rugged West Cork sanctuary for 46 years. On a recent visit, Brian Keane gets an insight into his life.“I’ve always been into locations. Places have guided my life more than people, family, or friends,” Dan Hummel’s American accent is as laid-back as the man. “Maybe that’s why I find myself in West Cork, mostly alone for 46 years, on this stretch of rock jutting into the Atlantic.”Once, the raw beauty of the place brought Dan the greatest peace. Now, at 78 years old, it can leave him anxious. “One time I was hacking bamboo with a scythe and buried the blade about four inches into my leg. I missed the artery but the blood was spraying everywhere. "It was a long crawl to my home where I tied a shirt around it before hobbling the 700m to my bike. Then I cycled 17 miles to the hospital. Don’t think I have that in me anymore. "These days my balance isn’t so good. … [Read more...] about Higherland Dan: The American living in West Cork sanctuary for almost 50 years
GUARDIANS of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana plays on the beach with one of her twin sons. The 40-year-old actress wore a leopard-print cossie to join three-year-old Bowie in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany, central Italy. Zoe, who wore green make-up for her Guardians role as Gamora, is on a family holiday with Bowie, twin Cy and third son Zen, one. Italian artist hubby Marco Perego, 39, is also on the trip. Zoe shared the beach snap on Instagram, captioning it: “With my beach babe.” GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected] Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 … [Read more...] about Superhero mum Zoe has found her perfect role – as guardian of the beach babe
The world's largest artificial downhill ski slope, water sport facilities, off-road biking trails and luxury accommodation have been revealed as part of plans for the much anticipated Afan Valley Adventure Resort. The project hopes to gain planning permission later this year. And design work has already begun deep at the 450-acre South Wales site. Other adventure activities planned for the site include a zipwire, indoor skydiving, scuba diving, canoeing, canyoning, surfing and off-road quad biking. Developers even hope the resort will become home to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy - the TV adventurer's instruction course. The project is the brainchild of Peter Moore OBE - the man who first brought Center Parcs to the UK - and Gavin Woodhouse, chairman of Northern Powerhouse Developments. The planning application for the resort was submitted earlier, but lapsed. However, a spokesman for the developers said the application is now due to be formally submitted and will subsequently take … [Read more...] about The incredible adventure resort planned for Wales