April 17, 2024


Travel ideas

The evocative audio that influenced my travels: readers’ recommendations

a canyon with a mountain in the background: Photograph: Adam Burton/Alamy

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Profitable suggestion: Isle of Skye with Peatbog Faeries

a canyon with a mountain in the background: ‘Beautiful and harsh’ … the Isle of Skye (Old Man of Storr pictured), explored by our tipster to the musical accompaniment of Peatbog Faeries.

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‘Beautiful and harsh’ … the Isle of Skye (Outdated Man of Storr pictured), explored by our tipster to the musical accompaniment of Peatbog Faeries.

I discovered Peatbog Faeries’ album Welcome to DunVEGAS from a small, perfectly-stocked trad new music shop in Portree. The album, recorded in a cottage on the financial institutions of Pool Roag in the vicinity of Dunvegan for the duration of a a few-month-extensive bash, became a musical guidebook for a road journey checking out the attractive and harsh Isle of Skye. Pete Morrison’s belting, anthemic bagpipes and Roddy Neilson’s undulating fiddle reels reflect the continuously transforming climate and landscape. Gaelic vocals on the monitor Panic Eile echo the island’s wealthy mythology and the hollow percussion on Early morning Dew evokes reminiscences of hanging mist and raindrops slipping off … well, every little thing!

Anna Kennett

Chasing the blues to San Francisco

As a child, I cherished the evenings when my dad brought out his guitar and sang. One particular of my favourites was San Francisco Bay Blues, very first recorded by Jesse Fuller, with its sadness and yearning infused with strength and hope. The lyrics held the romance of ocean liners and freight trains, along with a fantasy that an individual who had taken care of me poor could a person day sing about how I was essentially the very best. As a pupil last but not least capable to examine the earth I travelled the US west coastline, heading for San Francisco. Like the tune, the city was stunning, miserable and hopeful all at once.


Matala, Crete, with Joni Mitchell’s Carey

a body of water with a mountain in the background: Matala beach inside a cliff cave, Crete. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/Alamy

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Matala seashore inside of a cliff cave, Crete. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/Alamy

In the bohemian city of Matala, Crete, there is a collection of artifical caves carved by neolithic communities. In the 1960s, the caves housed a team of backpacking nomads. Joni Mitchell expended time dwelling with them through her hiatus from tunes in 1970, which impressed some of her most popular hits, together with Carey. In the summertime of 2016, we designed the two-hour travel from Plakias to Matala, listening to her album Blue on repeat. At present the caves are a occupied, ticketed attraction (€4/€2). So rather I would recommend lying on the beach and looking up at the starry sky “beneath the Matala moon”. Ellen Daugherty

Betty Blue in the western Med

a group of people standing on top of a sandy beach: Stilted beach houses in Gruissan-Plage Photograph: Magdalena Juillard/Alamy

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Stilted beach residences in Gruissan-Plage Photograph: Magdalena Juillard/Alamy

In my youth I was, like many some others, entranced by the soundtrack of the luxurious French movie Betty Blue, as it was identified above right here. I performed it wistfully on the piano, guitar and even harmonica – so uncomplicated to learn! Almost never have graphic and music blended so well. The shot of a saxophonist participating in by a carousel led me down to Gruissan-Plage, just south of Narbonne, the place I put in a superb sunlight-drenched August on stilts, battling a typewriter, with a Gauloise hanging from my lip.

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Gallery: Just take a tour all around Cher’s wonderful assets empire (Lovemoney)

a sign in the middle of a park: With 20 studio albums under her belt and a reported net worth of $305m (£232m), it's no surprise that Cher has an incredible property portfolio. Like fellow celebrity property moguls including the singer Adele and actor George Clooney, Cher has made her money work hard, investing in houses on both the east and west coasts. Click or scroll through as we take a look at her huge portfolio of amazing homes...

Paul Blankley

Supreme expertise, Motown

Detroit is perfectly really worth a stop by for the architecture and the beautiful welcome. You can also, with a tiny research, discover where by Eminem grew up, where Madonna grew up, and take a look at New Bethel Baptist Church, in which Aretha Franklin’s father was pastor. But the 1 ought to-see is the Motown Museum ($15/£10, Tues-Sunlight). For me, it was like a spiritual expertise – so much of the audio I appreciate arrived out of that little dwelling. The history there, the legends that have walked through the hallways. And we even got to sing in Studio A. Perfect.

Phil N

Lengthy and winding road to Cuba

a body of water: A secluded cove at Rio Guanayara, on Cuba’s Caribbean coast. Photograph: John Dambik/Alamy

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A secluded cove at Rio Guanayara, on Cuba’s Caribbean coastline. Photograph: John Dambik/Alamy

As a little one I was intrigued by The Very long and Winding Road by the Beatles, and it brought on lots of hrs of imaginary journey, with me generally transforming what was at the conclusion of the highway. This, I believe that, was the power powering my lots of travels as an grownup, typically likely off the crushed monitor to find what lay further than. The urge to do this was so strong that, while on a guided tour in Cuba, I broke absent from the team to comply with a winding path, only to be satisfied at the other conclusion by a quite offended-looking bull. I was unsure no matter whether to switch back again and experience the angry tour guideline or stay and de-escalate the bull. I selected the latter and carried on with my journey and identified a secluded beach front. These great memories.

Aly Copeland

Cornish marathon – to The Entice

As there was not a authentic London Marathon this calendar year, I ran the virtual one particular rather. The Trap (London Marathon theme tune, penned by Ron Goodwin for 1966 movie The Lure) influenced me to operate in Cornwall in the rhino costume – as you do! I ran via numerous attractive areas, together with Marazion, Newlyn harbour and Mousehole, and St Michael’s Mount. There is so considerably in these kinds of a small distance, and of study course Land’s Conclude is just a few miles away.

Gillian Silverthorn

Awe-inspiring Iceland – and its songs

The eerie, haunting melodies of Sigur Rós inspired us to discover the otherworldly moonscape that is Iceland. Extended, empty roadways reduce by way of the solidified lava fields, having us on to the bleakness of the black beach locations of Vik and the many superb waterfalls. An awe-inspiring desired destination, with the new music to match.

Pam Beale

To Kiev with Modest Mussorgsky

a clock tower in front of a building: The Great Gate of Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Alamy

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The Excellent Gate of Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Alamy

Faculty lunchtimes used in the drama studio with access to a document player initiated a adore of Mussorgsky’s Images at an Exhibition. Transported from suburban London, I dreamed about foreign lands and the grandeur of the Great Gate of Kiev – the finale is primarily based on a layout for the gate by the composer’s close friend Hartmann. Thirty decades later on, low-charge flights to Ukraine intended I could promenade in Kiev, Mussorgsky supplying a backing track in my head. Touring church buildings, cathedrals and monasteries suited the hymn-like refrain, but also additional poignancy to the Chernobyl and Holocaust museums. In Independence Square it additional a observe of hope as I witnessed the wrestle for democracy.

Debbie Rolls

Flanders by bagpipes

I began listening to the folks audio programme on Radio Vlaanderen Global on a limited-wave radio in the 1980s. I liked the seem of the Flemish bagpipes (you see them in many Bruegel paintings, such as Wedding Dance) played by the conventional people group Het Brabants Volksorkest and started to just take my tent and bicycle across to Belgium on the Hull-Zeebrugge ferry for brief holiday seasons to the flat, canal-crossed spot around Damme, north-east of Bruges. There is generally a pipe participant outside the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, house of excellent Flemish artwork, like a Previous Judgement triptych mentioned to be by Hieronymus Bosch, similar to the famous 1 in Vienna. I was drawn by the tunes but return for the bread, beer, artwork and landscape.

Jim Coleman