Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

With interest in eco-travel ­continuing to surge, many travel operators are jumping on the bandwagon. But going green was more than a mere whim for Pertti and Virpi Illi, who founded Rakinkotka eco-village in southeast Finland back in 2001. Today this island colony of cottages boasts its own hybrid power system supplying energy for the

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Take a tour through China’s culinary capital with these six restaurants. Breakfast on the block The Michelin Guide may have belatedly come to Shanghai last year, but this bustling, cosmopolitan city remains just as famous for its fantastic street food as its haute cuisine. Friendly, ­family-run food stalls and hole-in-the wall eateries dot every neighbourhood,

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

Norway’s capital city sets the scene for health-conscious travellers owing to its outdoorsy lifestyle and growing range of superb green eats. Organic, locally produced, and vegetarian options are gaining a foothold in Oslo, thanks to imaginative entrepreneurs, decreasing prices, and soaring demand. Kolonihagen restaurant is one of the forerunners of Oslo’s green eating wave. Their

Czech out this slow haven

Czech out this slow haven

The gem of the Czech Republic is a beautiful protected area – and a UNESCO Global Geopark – rich in nature and culture that lives up to its utopian name. While popular for decades with Czechs seeking family-friendly outdoor activities, Bohemian Paradise is mostly devoid of foreign visitors. That will certainly change as the appeal

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Before the Romans arrived in the Austrian capital, vines were being tended on the gentle slopes beside the Danube. Many winemakers continue to rekindle the Viennese love affair of high-quality wine made and enjoyed within their own city limits. Estate viticulture Fritz Wieninger blazed the trail for the modern image of Viennese wine. Championing the