Southern France’s Dordogne valley is the heart of walnut country, where the humble noix (nut) has been part of the landscape since the 10th century, when peasants would pay their debts with bushels of nuts. A weekend break in this picturesque valley will worth it, and good time to go is in early autumn when the temperature is moderate twenties and best of all, there are less tourist, so you are free to wonder unhindered. Just next door to the Dorgogne, is the Lot department which boast the same golden stone villages and breathtaking views. Read more about Take a Drive Through France’s Walnut Countryside
When travelling through Mexico everywhere you look you will find stories of the quest for human freedom. They are told in the bold colours of the past-Mexican Revolution murals of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. They are etched in the Zócalos of Colonial cities where the War of Independence was fought. And they are visible in the pyramid skylines of the ancients, where Mayas, Zapotecs, and Totonacs raised their sights toward harmony with the sun and the moon. There are 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico. These are places of unique cultural identity and historic importance. Most of Read more about Learn About Mexico's Past Through Its Heritage Sites
In Mexico you discover new worlds through timeless connections. There are cities here that haven't been populated in over thousand years, and yet when you visit you come to know the people who lived there, from their art, their hopes for corn and rain, their plans for harvests and burials. There are Colonial centers where you can trace globalization from Persia to Arabia to Africa to Spain in the arabesque of a balcony, the pomegranates in a sauce, the gold lavished on a church. But these cities are showcases of the New World: its native craftspeople and farmers, its unfathomable wealth, its artists who decorated alters with angels as their forebears had with feathered gods. The heritage sites of Mexico tells a story; come, let us share them with you.
CUBA is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations – and with its diverse mix of vibrant urban nightlife, relaxing beaches and spectacular natural vistas, it’s not difficult to see why. The country is attracting more visitors than ever before and even the Kardashians gave the island (the largest in the Caribbean) their seal of approval when they drove around capital Havana in a hot pink convertible Cadillac. Havana, the countries capital, with a population of two million, recently got its first luxury hotel, the Grans Hotel Manzana Kempinski, which occupies an entire city block.
It can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing a city break. Cultural hotspot? Foodie paradise? Or maybe you want to get back to nature? Solve the problem by going somewhere that has it all: Madrid, along with its own unique charms - it's the perfect base from which to explore four incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more about Discover Madrid's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
HAMPTON COURT PALACE, SURREY
This is a perfect day out. While majestic Tudor palace is the main attraction, wandering around its gardens and getting lost in the maze are perfect additions to a visit on a fine day. And the interpretation is what all heritage attractions should ain for. Costumed guided tours, audio guides, videos and displays are excellent at explaining and capturing the feel of royal history and are all included in the entry price. Children are well catered for, with family trails and hands-on displays. And while there are cobbles and steps aplenty, much of the sites is wheelchair accessible. The palace can be reached by all forms of transport and there are some parking on site. The main restaurant on site that serves a good selection of food, albeit a bit pricey. Read more about 11 Great British Heritage Sites To Visit