A defensive line, 720km long, boasting 140 forts, stocked with hand grenades and machine gun nests was built but never used.
Originally from London’s East End, Keith Austin has been a journalist for more than 35 years. Keith is passionate about food, drink, travel, writing, photography, humour and soccer. But not in that order.
The seat, the service, the food, the wine and that amazing lounge with its selection of top-class spirits add up to a superlative experience.
With 120 rooms and suites, this boutique hotel brings to London a Manhattan loft-style ethic.
A cruise off northern Australia gives a unique insight into our history.
Puglia's history-filled farm complexes are being transformed into decadent five-star retreats.
There are medieval towns and villages along the Rhine that look as if the Brothers Grimm have just left.
Japan's third largest city offers loads of tasty opportunities to fill up.
It's hard to believe the abundance of wildlife we saw with just two nights in Africa.
This is a seriously good hotel with a quirky, fun side.
This 18-room hotel has been created from old caves where peasants once lived in makeshift homes.
Knowing this is where the great man slept and, er, used the bathroom, preoccupies this guest.
If Colmar was a person it'd be neck deep in therapy.
Loads of charm, lesser-known, with some of the best skiing in Europe – go before everyone finds out.
Hard Hat Hefeweizen, Gun Slinger IPA, Vas Deferens dark ale ... competition is stiff for the best beer in Oregon.
An old unmanned rail system used to move the post around London's congested streets has been given a new lease of life.