Caledonian cruising: a boating break in scenic Scotland

A novice sailor finds herself at the helm of a 43ft motor launch cruising up the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness, fuelled by single malts, mountain views and hearty meals

Smoke on the water: a boating holiday adventure in France

On a family break along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, Emma Cook and Co are out of their comfort zone, especially when their new boat breaks down. Still, there’s always Strasbourg to savour

Ian Kelly on Venice: ‘Casanova’s story takes you to the city’s best views’

The Casanova biographer, whose work has inspired a new ballet, finds plenty of traces of the 18th-century lothario amid the city’s canals, bars and alleyways

Amsterdam Restaurants

Top 10 pop-up restaurants and food experiences in Amsterdam http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/08/top-10-pop-up-restaurants-food-hotspots-amsterdam

Amsterdam – Free things to do

From galleries, boat trips and concerts to the city’s famous condom shop, there’s plenty of great things to do in Amsterdam that won’t cost you a euro. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/may/20/top-10-free-things-to-do-amsterdam