A local’s guide to Munich: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Munich: 10 top tips

The Bavarian capital is famous for its parks, history and beer halls, but its underground music and neighbourhood restaurants are worth checking out, too Nomiya offers an elegant blend of Japanese food and Bavarian gemütlichkeit (a feeling of warmth, friendliness and good cheer – the German version of hygge). The rustic Japanese tavern and restaurant has been run by Ferdinand “Ferdi” Schuster for over 20 years, and has become an institution in the Haidhausen district, on the eastern bank of the Isar. Occasionally, guests are regaled with impromptu performances by…

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Motorway meals: how 60 years of the service station has shaped how Britain eats

Motorway meals: how 60 years of the service station has shaped how Britain eats

The first service station opened in Watford Gap in 1959 – and the motorway meal was born. What does its evolution tell us about British tastes, past and present? On a drizzly day, Britain isn’t looking – or tasting – its best. I’m at Watford Gap services on the M1, the country’s first service station on the country’s first motorway, both 60 this year (although the restaurant opened in 1960). “If you want to see Britain, go to Watford Gap,” David Lawrence had told me. “If you want to taste…

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Yoga summit: a festival in the Austrian Alps

Yoga summit: a festival in the Austrian Alps

Held across three pretty Alpine towns, Gastein Yoga Days offer the choice of hundreds of classes in stunning locations at affordable prices You know how it is: you are just getting settled on your yoga mat and some latecomers barge in, harrumphing and stamping their feet because you have taken their favourite spot. But I was 1,000 metres up an Austrian mountain, with glorious views over the pretty spa town of Bad Hofgastein and the last of the sun on my face for an evening meditation class … and the…

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