It is with a minute of silence for the death of Benoît Violier started the great mass of Michelin. The world gastronomy, meeting Monday morning at place Vendôme in Paris, didn't have the heart at the party, after the announcement of the grand Franco-Swiss Chief alleged suicide, Sunday, at his home in Crissier. After months of rumors and noise of corridor, the Red guide has yet unve[...]
 
 
Berlin, Germany
 
 
 
From major metropolises to charming, overlooked locales, Europe is brimming with cities everyone should visit. But where does a penny-pinching, adventure-seeking twentysomething even begin when it comes to traveling Europe? We give you 20 stunning European cities to visit in your 20s... The big players -- London, Paris, Amsterdam -- are great. Those should be on everyone's bucket list. For[...]
 
 
Praia da Zambujeira, Portugal. Photograph: Municipio Odemira/Turismo do Alentejo
 
 
 
Forget Ibiza. Forget the Riviera. In fact, forget the Med altogether. Portugal’s Alentejo region is lined with glorious beaches – but not many people seem to know about them... It’s 7pm on a balmy Saturday night in June, and I have just ordered my first Sagres beer in I Cervejaria, a restaurant in Zambujeira do Mar, one of the prettiest villages on Portugal’s south-west coast. The place is [...]
 
 
Brussels by night
 
 
 
We may have lost the soccer match (and the epic match that was identification of waffle varieties), but even still, you can't totally hate on Belgium. Why, you ask? They have fries. And just a few other things... 1. There are beaches. ...many beaches. We recommend De Panne, an "endless" strip of colorful huts and umbrellas.   2. The International Bathtub Regatta. This year's the[...]
 
 
Le canal du Midi
 
 
 
The 330-year-old Canal du Midi Skirts the sun-drenched shore of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through the fabled ‘Cathar Country’. For those seeking an alternative destination in France, the historic, UNESCO World Heritage status Canal du Midi is perfect, with it’s with its fortified hilltop villages, walled cities, ever present towpath and little canal side villages. Carcassonne Ca[...]
 
 
 There are hundreds of tennis holidays for anymore hoping to hone their skills this summer Photo: ALAMY
 
 
 
Inspired by Wimbledon? Here are ten of the best tennis holidays, in Britain, Europe and the Caribbean   Cyprus The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills resort near Paphos has nine floodlit courts and a team of coaches to teach all ages and abilities (annabelcrofttennis.com). The resort also has an 18-hole golf course and a superb spa. A week’s half board[...]
 
 
Èze
 
 
 
Being Scott and Zelda Married new money? Made a stock-market killing? Or just remember the old saw "If you don't travel first class, your heirs will"? Well, the Riviera has been a hard place to practice self-denial ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald arrived with the rest of his Jazz Age literati. So drain that glass of Dom. Enough lollygagging! It's time for a power decision: which luxurious pleasure[...]

A Balkan road trip

 
 
A Balkan road trip
 
 
 
The Balkan Peninsula is great for country hopping – and you can explore these hidden gems without emptying your pockets, says Sara Abbasi. Budva, Montenegro It's all about sun, sand and James Bond in the Montenegrin resort town of Petrovac, which was used as a filming location for Casino Royale. Situated within the district of Budva, Petrovac is dotted with spas, such as Monte Casa Spa and W[...]
 
 
Sicily
 
 
 
Winemaking in Sicily is as old as the hills, but a new breed of producers is offering a fresh way of getting a taste for it, with great food and accommodation amid the vines. It felt like entering a Bond villain's lair. We followed Viviana Pitino of the Buonivini estate through a door deep in the hillside into a cavernous hi-tech space. Inside was a sleek, modern winery lined with stainless[...]
 
 
Mljet
 
 
 
From craggy Krk in the north to luscious Mljet in the south, the Croatian Adriatic is teeming with islands, around 1200 in all. The sheer variety of island landscapes is stunning. The terrain can shift abruptly even on the same island as wind-whipped hills give way to rolling vineyards and tranquil pastures. Pine-fringed beaches now delight vacationers but it was once the islands' forests that att[...]