If you’re looking for a snowy break, but you’re not into downhill skiing, here is a selection of winter holidays that might fit the bill, which appeared in the Times earlier this month.times-winter-breaks-1-jpeg times-winter-breaks-2-jpeg times-winter-breaks-3-jpeg





I’ve been to Vienna a few times, and always like it more and more each time I go back.

But I’ve always felt it’s one of those places I would have had a better time if I had someone to show me round, someone with insider knowledge, rather than just be a tourist clutching a guide book.

So it was a pleasure recently to meet New York expat Lucie Lamster-Thury who runs shopping tours in Vienna, concentrating on under-the-radar designers in small stores away from the the usual tourist drags.

Here’s a video about her that I think also shows off the city rather nicely too. (This is one of a series of well-made city guides by Dutch airline  KLM)

Here’s a piece I did on skiing in Austria: more specifically, on the resort of Bad Hofgastein, which has radon-rich caves, that you can drive into on a small, electric train, then sit in the humidity and heat to soak up the, erm, mildly-radioactive goodness. It appeared in the travel section of yesterday’s Times (January 3rd 2015).