Brian Johnston

Brian Johnston seemed destined to become a travel writer and author: he is an Irishman born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, who has lived in Britain and China.

The Queen's Pavilion at Villa d'Este on Lake Como.

Six of the best: Italian country hotels

From the citrus groves of Tuscany to the spectacular Po Valley, here are six of the best places to indulge in all things Italian.

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Advanced skiing at Stone Creek on the mountain above Beaver Creek, Vail.

Six of the best: Colorado ski resorts

Aspen has a reputation for Hollywood holidaymakers that distracts from just how fine, friendly and un-snobbish it really is.

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