The ultimate road trip in Japan


Japan is slowly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of visitors come each year to set their sights on its gorgeous scenery, bask in its unique and diverse culture, and meet some of its fascinatingly wonderful people.

Going on a road trip gives you a sense of freedom like no other, and Japan has some of the most scenic roads you could ever drive on. So if you’re planning on taking a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun anytime soon, here is our guide to making an exciting road trip!

Start at Kanazawa…

A great place to start your journey will be the city region of Kanazawa on the Central East coast. Here you’ll get the chance to see some beautiful traditional Japenese architecture within the city center, and then you can even venture out to visit some remote villages to see how Japan’s rural populations live outside of the capital.

Kanazawa

Then travel to Gokayama…

On the way to Gokayama, you can stop off at some marvelous scenic sites including forest trekking trails, waterfalls, and stunning mountainous viewpoints. Once you have reached Gokayama, you’ll see why it has been selected as a National Heritage site. The scope of its gassho-style houses is breathtakingly picturesque, and the culture there is built around some interesting ancient traditions.

Next, go to Ainokura….

This quaint village is known for its thatched houses and beautiful dense forests that surround. It’s like a place from a magical movie. Here you can wander around Ainokura and take in its majestic beauty. Fog is known to frequently cover the village, which makes it feel all the more fairy-tale like.

After this go to Kamikochi…

To get to Kamikochi, winding roads that run along the Azusa River will offer you some of the most impressive views you’ll find in the whole of Japan. Once you’ve reached Kamikochi, take a look around the peace and quiet of the resort which offers a look at some of Japan’s wonderful wildlife, more fantastic hiking trails and great souvenir shops. The resort itself is only accessible by public transport so you’ll need to park up and hitch a ride in.

Then drive to Karuizawa…

Next, you need to drive to the upmarket mountainous resort that is Karuizawa. It’s a place like no other. It offers a whole host of things to do, including cycling and walking paths, recreational activities such as golfing, and cultural hotspots such as museums and temples. On top of this, there is an abundance of great bars, restaurants, and shops to explore too. The resort is also popular in winter time with skiing slopes and hot springs on offer.

Finally, get yourself to Tokyo!

On your way to Tokyo, you’ll pass the volcano of Mount Yakedake, so stop off and take a few minutes to bask in the enormity of it. Keep driving, and you’ll finally get to the city of Tokyo. This city is like no other city on earth, offering a mix of both ultra-modern city skyscrapers and intimate religious temples. Make sure you see it all!

Tokyo

Although there are the top tourist destinations to visit across the country – like the colorful lights of Tokyo city or the views from the slopes of Mount Fuji – we suggest getting in the car to make sure you see it all!

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Western Spain road trip: Madrid to Seville

The Extremadura region offers rolling countryside and Roman, Jewish and Arab history to explore. Plus, cool plazas and great food – when you stop

Extremadura takes a little bit more effort to get to than many other parts of Spain. And because there is no beach, few of the 82.8 million people who visited Spain last year went to the region. Yet it is home to some of the country’s finest medieval towns and Roman architecture – and all the people who created Spain (Romans, Goths, Jews, Arabs) have made their mark here.

Visitors should pick up their hire car in Madrid and set the GPS for Navalmoral de la Mata. Pay attention getting out of town as the ring road is a nightmare. Once on the A5 head to Talavera de la Reina for a first encounter with classic Extremeño landscape: dehesa, rolling acres of holm oaks. This is what much of Spain looked like long ago before the trees were chopped down for firewood and shipbuilding, but here the oaks have been preserved so that blackfoot pigs can feed on their acorns and produce Spain’s treasured jamón de bellota (acorn-fed ham).

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Now, it’s being credited for doing a lot more.

Cottage Grove, Minnesota, mother Sheletta Brundidge tweeted Tuesday about her family’s “#oldtownroad miracle,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported . She filmed her 4-year-old son, Daniel, humming the tune and then singing the lyrics. Now, she says therapists are using the music in his sessions.

Cyrus retweeted the video and Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, tweeted “What a King” in response to the clip.

“Old Town Road” climbed the Billboard charts in April and gained national attention when Billboard removed it from the Hot Country Songs chart, declaring it not country enough. The song has now spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and even broke the streaming record previously held by Drake.

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Climbing from the ancient Peruvian pilgrimage site of Chavín, we pass fields of quinoa flowering purple in a last burst of energy before they are harvested. There are bunches of maize hanging from the farmhouse rafters in shades of gold and red, and the small village plaza has plants that would not be out of place in an English country garden: hibiscus, hollyhocks and astrantia.

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Lil Nas X’s Viral Hit Single “Old Town Road” Gets A ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspired Remix

The Ringer Drops 'Game of Thrones' Remix of "Old Town Road"

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Tired of Lil Nas X’s number one song in the country “Old Town Road” yet? Well if you are we have some bad news for you cause this song will have legs for a while. Already spawning remixes from Billy Ray Cyrus and Young Thug, The Ringer under it’s Ringer Records imprint dropped a Game of Thrones inspired version of the song.

With the mega-popular HBO original show’s final season set to premiere this Sunday (Apr.14) the song appropriately titled “Old Kingsroad” is right on time. The remix ditches Lil Nas X replacing him with Game of Throne’s zombie antagonist the Night King and replacing the lyrics with content inspired from the show like:

“Wall down, no crown. Livin’ like a Maester. Spent on a lot of money on my brand-new Kingsguard. Baby’s got a habit, Dragonglass, and Dornish textiles. Ridin’ down the Highroad with my Melisandre smoke child.”

Can’t front that’s actually pretty clever and catchy. “Old Town Road” is currently the talk of the internet and has propelled Lil Nas X to fame, broke records and even earned him a record deal. So don’t expect the song to go away no time soon cause there is more than likely more remixes down the pipeline.

So mount up on your horse or dragon and check out the new spin on viral hit “Old Kings Road” below to get yourself hyped for Game of Throne’s final season below.

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Lil Nas X Tops Billboard Hot 100 With ‘Old Town Road’ After Being Removed From Country Charts

Lil Nas X is redefining country music and causing people to ask serious questions about the genre’s racial roots with his song “Old Town Road.” The song originally entered music streaming sites under the country genre (with many defining it as country rap or Trap music) but was booted off the Billboard country charts. The song had been holding steady at number 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has now jumped to number one.

After Billboard removed the song from country music charts controversy broke out. Celebrities weighed in including Justin Bieber and Will Smith. Miley Cyrus’ father ended up doing a remix of the song. It’s interesting to note that Miley Cyrus, the goddaughter of Dolly Parton, was once viewed as country music’s darling (especially with her rendition of Dolly’s Jolene), but then embraced hip-hop.

Miley sparked controversy with her country music fans when Mike WiLL Made-It released “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Now it is her own father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who not only defended Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road but sang several verses in the remix.

Now, fans have come forward to say that after Billboard removed the song from the country charts, they bought Lil Nas X’s original version, propelling it to climb the charts. “Old Town Road” knocked Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” from the top spot.

“Old Town Road” has become a viral hit and resulted in Lil Nas X getting signed with Columbia. The remix is just as popular and has introduced more country fans to country rap.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are both active on social media sites and anyone who really wants to get into the discussion about the evolution of country music and whether “Old Town Road” is truly a country song will find plenty of people weighing in on social media.

Some have suggested that Lil Nas X is a one-hit wonder with his viral song but he adamantly states that he is not.

Billy Ray Cyrus had a number one hit with the viral-worthy song “Achy Breaky Heart.” Now that he has joined in on the remix, people are wondering if that song too will break into the charts and become another number one hit.ee

What do you think of Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road?” Are you surprised the song climbed to number one after being removed from the country music charts?

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Why you should take a road trip on the historic Route 66

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Route 66 is known as “America’s Highway” as it connects Illinois with California. The route has been driven by millions of Americans and tourists, but what is so special about it? Is Route 66 just another road or is it as special as people make it seem? This is why you should take a road trip along Route 66.

It’s long

Getting from one end of Route 66 to the other is a big commitment. You’ll travel over 2400 miles, crossing into eight different states. That means you’re going to have a real adventure and that’s what life is all about. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Life is about the journey, not the destination,” and that couldn’t be truer on Route 66.

The road is fun

Unlike traveling a long journey on the interstate, you’ll find lots to keep you interested during this route. It is a well-trodden path that cuts through many small towns giving you an insight into life in rural America. You can just enjoy cruising along the open road, not worrying about what lane you’re in, just taking in the amazing sights. Make sure you stop off in some of the ghost towns abandoned by their residents years ago. It’s a great insight into recent history, and a cool opportunity to take some memorable pictures.

You’ll not go hungry!

One thing America is known for is it’s quality diners, and along Route 66 you’ll find your fair share of them. You can be safe in the knowledge that you’re never too far away from your next delicious burger, fries, and milkshake. There are plenty of vintage ‘50s-style diners to give you that authentic meal on the road experience. Just try not to stop at all of them or your trip will take you way longer than expected, and your pants definitely won’t fit by the end.

The attractions

There are so many fun roadside attractions to break up the journey. You’ll come across a giant rocking chair, the Whale of Catoosa, Cadillac Ranch, the WigWam Motel and the Mid Point Cafe. The Mid Point Cafe is a must, as you’ll know you’ve made it halfway and there’s still plenty of road in front of you. There are a bunch of fun gifts shops to stop at to find the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time on the road.

Amazing people

What makes experiences even better is having someone to share them with. The Route should be shared with a buddy, to at least to spread the driving load if nothing else. If you do make the journey solo, you won’t feel all that lonely. You’ll meet a bunch of fun characters along Route 66, all who are more than happy to share some of their stories about the famous road.

If you’ve been thinking about doing Route 66 then what are you waiting for? You’re going to have a great time experiencing America’s Highway, taking in the quirkiest, strangest, but most exciting road in the USA.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 6, The Real is live via satellite from Howard University! In honor of Black History MonthThe Real is on The Road to the nation’s most thriving HBCUs, learning why they are so important to our history and our future.

The hosts ask the students to weigh in on “multi-dating,” and if it’s cool to do, which co-hosts Jeannie Mai and Loni Love agree it is, as long as everyone is on the same page. They also discuss Jennifer Lopez’s rumored participation in a Motown tribute at the upcoming Grammy Awards, and Cory Booker running for President as a single man.

The ladies speak with the president of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, and play Ante Up with three lucky students, Kayla Waysome, Lauren Myers and Nazeer Jeffries. And student Brandon Allen plays a Hotline Bling emoji paddle game with all four hosts!

Later, Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady stops by to talk about his new music, his role on The Bold and the Beautiful and his new friend Al Pacino!

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Why you should take a winter road trip

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If you don’t fancy a hot summer vacation but still fancy traveling somewhere new, then a winter road trip could be your ideal getaway. There are plenty of benefits of a road trip during the colder months as opposed to the heat of the peak season and could make for the perfect vacation.

Miles of open road

During winter, needless to say, everywhere is much less busy. Fewer families are traveling to and fro day trips and vacations, and so you’ve got the choice of roads and attractions where significantly fewer people are there than in summer. This can make for a much more relaxed and peaceful drive, so long as you drive safely and according to the weather conditions.

Avoid the crowds

For the same reason, almost any attraction, restaurant, or hotel you stop at is much less busy. There’s more chance of you finding rooms or tables on arrival than you would in summer. This is not to mention the reduction in the price of many goods and services during the off-season.

Take in the views

With less people around and significantly less traffic, you’re free to soak up the views of wherever you decide to head. If you take a winter road trip through Canada, for example, when no other vehicles are around, you can take in the stunning mountains and snow-covered trees in peace. You can even find a spot to park – which is easy in the off-season – and go for a walk in the pristine snow and forests.

Wildlife spotting

Not all animals hibernate over winter, and with considerably less traffic than in summer, you might just get the opportunity to see some animals and beautiful wildlife puttering about. You might also be treated to an incredible experience of seeing animals playing and bounding around in the snow if you’re lucky.

Better climate

Besides the lack of people around in winter, the cool air can make for a perfect road trip. While you might enjoy driving with the windows down in the heat of summer, winter road trips are great to avoid overheating or having hair whipped in your face. Winter tends to be a peaceful and serene time to drive where we can feel warm and cozy in the protection of our own cars.

An alternate winter

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean it has to be snowy, icy, or even cold at all. Many places, like Vancouver Island, get rain rather than snow which makes for a totally different experience. Surfing is often best in the off-season, as are the incredible storms you can witness over the ocean in winter. You could even take a trip to Hawaii, where winter is still warm regardless of the weather elsewhere.

There are plenty of reasons to take a winter road trip and many ways in which it beats a summer road trip, but it’s important to remember that it’s not as easy. Harsh weather conditions can make for a dangerous drive if you’re not careful and the cold can run your battery dry, so make sure you don’t leave any lights on overnight.

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Is this the chicest road trip in the UK?

If in doubt, head south-west

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A south west uk road trip

South west UK road trip is not something I imagined I’d type into Google when it came to planning a holiday. Think of the freedom and thrills of the open road and what springs to mind is Route 66 in the U.S, or Bolivia’s Death Road, or Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. It isn’t the M4, via M25, but still, here we are.

Thanks to an unprecedented heatwave, the UK in 2018 was dubbed a ‘staycation nation’, with more than half of us choosing to holiday on home turf. With childhood memories of draughty caravans and taking shelter from the rain beneath the nearest pier or wind-breaker, I’m keen to see if I can combine good old-fashioned nostalgia with my now slightly more refined adult tastes (my camping days are officially over). And so we’re off on a south west UK road trip.

Typically, the Lake District or the Cotswolds are my go-to for a rural mini-break – walking, pubs, cottages, bliss – but I’m determined to get the best of all worlds and take in as much of this beautiful corner of the country as one can in five nights. So my husband and I pack up the car, strap in our three-year-old, and hit the road with only one ill-advised stop at Chieveley services (limp ham sandwich, anyone?), before arriving on the outskirts of Bath.

The first rule of the south west UK road trip is much the same as for any road trip – roughly pre-plan your route in advance and book ahead if you have your eye on a particular hotel, but it also pays to follow your nose and see what cute B&Bs or quirky accommodation you might stumble across en route. Specifically, we’re going in search of boutique lodgings, gourmet food and Great British beaches. All whilst simultaneously avoiding traffic jams and keeping the kid entertained. Wish us luck.

Where to stay in Bath

First stop: Wiltshire’s Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, in Colerne, Chippenham (rooms start from £295 per night), just 20 minutes drive from the historic city of Bath. Sitting majestically at the end of a mile-long, driveway, lined with four hundred lime and beech trees planted in 1927, is the eighteenth century main house. The three-year-old called it when he said ‘Wow, look at that castle!’ Set in 500 acres of listed parkland and boasting an equestrian centre, luxury spa (all polished wood, marble and glass) and the most beautiful English country rose gardens to get lost in, it does feel as though we fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in some kind of wonderland.

For dinner, if you’re after an unforgettable foodie experience, executive chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin star at the on-site restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park. Frankly, it looked far too elegant for us to tie a crisp white napkin around my son’s neck while he asked for ‘tomato pasta’ but I almost feel I could recommend it on smell alone. Instead, we dined in the more informal Brasserie where the simple, seasonal dishes are all locally-sourced and ridiculously tasty. The fillet of Stokes Marsh Farm Beef (£32) was insanely tender and tasty, while the Cornish day boat fish (on our visit, cod) was fresh and firm, served with crushed peas and tartare sauce (priced daily). I hear the tomato pasta was good too.

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Lucknam Park’s grand entrance

The suites are in keeping with a country manor hotel – heavy baroque curtains, four-poster beds and free-standing bath tubs. The place has an air of old English formality about it that makes it feel like a treat just to wander the corridors and gardens. For the grown-ups, the spa is well worth a visit – after the long drive I treat myself to a 90-minute ESPA Mindful Massage (£157), which was a surprising combination of guided visualisation, breathing techniques and full-body massage, concentrating on the shoulders and feet. I have no idea how it works – there was some mention of warm rose quartz crystals – but it definitely works.

For kids, there’s an outdoor playground and a hideout stacked with train sets, dressing-up boxes, a mini library, shop and Post Office that could keep them occupied for hours. This place doesn’t flaunt itself as a ‘family spa’ because on the surface it feels much more elegant and refined than that, but they do cleverly and quietly make sure the whims of all family members are catered to. It’s a real hidden gem for those of us who don’t want to compromise on a little slice of luxury even with small people in tow.

‘We sit on the rocks eating vinegar-soaked chips straight from the paper’

But all good things must come to an end and before we know it we’re loaded back into the car and heading south towards Devon. Next stop: the seaside. Do not head to this part of the world without stopping off to walk the South West Coastal Path from Beer to Branscombe for unspoilt views of the Jurassic Coast, and just half an hour along the coast from West Bay, where Broadchurch was filmed. We don’t have time (or sturdy enough boots) to take in this gorgeous spot this time around, so we go old-school with a trip to the pebble beach of Sidmouth. The salty air and slightly faded round the edges seafront cafes and B&Bs bring that happy dose of nostalgia, while the russet clay-edged cliffs are as dramatic as they are beautiful. We hit the sunshine jackpot and sit on the rocks eating chips sodden with vinegar straight from the paper. Bliss.

If it’s chocolate box west-country that you’re after, take a road trip stop-off in Laycock – the picturesque village where they filmed scenes from Harry Potter (Laycock Abbey doubled up as some of the Hogwarts interiors) and 1995’s Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. We stop for tea and scones (naturally) at the National Trust Stables Cafe before wandering around and marvelling at the Sylvanian Families-like proportions of the local bakery, school and churchyard.

A foodie find in Devon

Now, if you’re familiar with The Pig hotel chain, you’ll know exactly why I wanted to make sure we stopped off in at least one Pig hotel while we’re in this neck of the woods, so we book in to The Pig at Combe, Devon. Plot all the Pig hotels on a map and you’ll see they were designed with townies like me in mind, as all are within a motorway hop from London. There are Pigs in the New Forest, near Bath, in Dorset, Somerset and Southampton, as well as this one in Devon, and two more scheduled for opening in Sussex and Kent in 2019 (watch this space) and they have all bottled that magical formula of informal rustic décor, garden-to-plate dining (unfussy but exceptional) and ridiculously Instagrammable interiors. In short, The Pig is my happy place.

The welcome, as always, is warm from the minute you push open the heavy wooden double doors. Rows of (admittedly spotless) Hunter wellies line the hallway, a roaring fire has been lit in the cocktail bar even though it’s only September (tip: The Pig is for life, not just for Christmas, but autumn and winter are when this place really comes into its own for maximum hygge).

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A warm welcome guaranteed at The Pig at Combe

The hotel itself is in an Elizabethan manor atop the lush, rolling Devonshire hills and framed by enormous cedar trees. The floors are reclaimed wood and framed taxidermy lines the walls alongside heavy, beautiful antique furniture. The Pig chain was founded by hospitality supremo and one of the UK’s most celebrated hoteliers, Robin Hutson (who also founded the Hotel du Vin chain and was a board member for Soho House Group) who, along with his interior designer wife Judy – who clearly has an exceptional eye and has beautifully combined the new with the old. They source their antiques in rural France and nearby Honiton.

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Nothing is off-kilter style-wise. It’s no wonder that The Pig has played host to Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Guy Ritchie et al. Now though, they’re hosting my husband and I with our tiny tearaway – who they charmingly serve a sorbet dessert complete with a biscuit emblazoned with his name. Day made. For us, it’s the signature ham hock eggs to start (it is imperative that you try them at any Pig) followed by Devonshire Partridge ravioli in a red wine sauce for me (£9) and Buckhouse Farm Lamb with salt baked celeriac (£18.50), that the sommelier pairs with one of the most delicious (and lightest) Malbecs I’ve tasted. The food is exceptionally good value.

The best is still to come though because tonight we’re bedding down in The Horsebox (£290 per night), a converted stable complete with his n hers sinks, a freestanding bath and miniature SMEG fridge. It’s a real treat and a wonderful alternative to your average hotel room. As always, the Pig is not an easy place to wave goodbye to.

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Stable life: The Horsebox

From one pig to another, we head east towards Romsey in Hampshire and to Paulton’s Family Theme Park – home of Peppa Pig World (tickets start from £29.25 when booked in advance online). Disclaimer: theme parks are not my idea of relaxation but alas, they are part of the parenting deal and I am as delighted as I am surprised to discover that this place is an utter joy. It’s clean, and calm (note: we went outside of school holidays which I cannot recommend enough), and genuinely more fun than you can shake a bright pink piglet at. If Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig are a much underrated comedy double-act (which, for what it’s worth, I think they are) then this technicolour adventure land on the edge of the New Forest is similarly worth more than a wry smile. It has over 70 rides and attractions (including Lost Kingdom dinosaur park and the mini zoo in Little Africa, as well as Peppa Pig World), but because it is vastly spread out and broken up with pretty gardens, picnic areas and a zoo, it feels less frenetic and so much more charming than your average theme park. We eat hot dogs, ride in Grandpa Pig’s boat, stop by Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, and generally live our best life until the park closes. Who knew?

The New Forest’s best bath? Probably

Our next bed for the night is something of a unique discovery deep in the heart of the New Forest. Lime Wood Hotel and Spa, set in a Regency Era country estate in Hampshire, surrounded by fields has been one of the most elegant country house hotels in the UK since it opened in 2009 (and London folk, it’s only an hour and half away). But the idea of this trip is to try something new and, last spring, Lime Wood opened their very first Lake Cabin (prices start at£1,150 per night), set away from the main hotel, sitting in stilts over the water with it’s own private veranda overlooking the lake, it is a hideaway like no other. A wood and glass cube, it almost disappears between the trees but, once inside, it has the feel of an eighteenth century hunting lodge. Bottle green velvet sofas, wood paneled cupboards, graphic floor tiles, gold bathroom fixtures and bamboo chandeliers, it is a remarkably peaceful (and stylish) place to wake up in. And the best bit? A 6ft free-standing tin bath out on the deck, overlooking the lake for an uninterrupted al fresco dip. There are gimmicks, and then there are classy touches that take a place from unique to ridiculously special. That’s how it feels to spend the night in the Lake Cabin.

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Outdoor bathing never looked so good: Lake Cabin at Lime Wood

We couldn’t leave Lime Wood without checking out the restaurant, Hartnett, Holder and Co (Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder – there’s also a cookery school for aspiring Masterchefs). Our beach picnic of soggy chips a distant memory and perhaps getting carried away with our new ludicrously luxe surroundings, my husband and I order the tasting menu with paired wines because we’re feeling fancy. Unlike some tasting menus that can feel like an assault on the senses and leave you wide awake with indigestion until the early hours, this was a remarkable gourmet feat. The five courses (£95 per person, with paired wines – special mention to head sommelier Chris whose passion for wine could surly be surpassed by none) ranged from marinated burrata with fennel, to salt baked bream with truffle clams, and venison with celeriac and pickled walnuts. It was an exquisite meal. What a special place.

‘We make sandcastles and look across to the Isle of Wight’

But it’s time to come to get back in the car, and back down to earth – fine dining and fancy formality is great, but the British seaside is calling and so for our last night, we make a beeline for the traditional, sleepy coastal village of Milford-On-Sea. The sun is out, as is the tide, so we head for the beach which has views all the way across to the Isle of Wight. We make sandcastles and eat ice cream and then the heavens open – because its the UK in September – so we sprint to the nearest café to baton down the hatches with ham, egg, chips and a mug of builder’s tea. Proving that joy doesn’t always come in the shape of a Michelin star.

Come nightfall, we check in to Grade II listed The Beach House (part of the Hall and Woodhouse family). Built in 1897 for Alexander Siemens, the man who created the world’s first public electricity supply, and was formerly known as Westover Hall, it is now a charming B&B that has hearteningly retained much of its original wood-pannelled walls, parquet flooring and art deco windows with an epic sea-view. There’s something to be said for taking the quiet path and during a stroll along the sea wall we see hardly any other people. It’s like having the coastline to yourself. We’re staying in the nautical-themed Lancelot room (£160-£175 per night B&B depending on the season), its all seashells and beach hut-pastel walls and it has a wonderfully homely vibe. ‘I could quite happily retire here,’ I tell my husband between mouthfuls of Badger Beer Battered Fish and Chips (£13.25). And I mean it.

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Room with a view: The Beach House at Milford-on-Sea

Next stop: home. And as road trips go, this has been a memorable one. It turns out you can in fact combine rustic charm with epic fabulousness if you do your research. I had no idea that the foodie scene cornered originally by Rick Stein in Cornwall had spread to the surrounding areas, quietly serving up a feast on their own terms, turning Devon, Dorset and Hampshire into gourmet destinations in their own rights. During our road trip, I discovered a route where ‘family-friendly’ doesn’t have to mean cutting corners and sacrificing that little taste of luxury. It meant not having to choose between a spa break, a romantic getaway, a beach trip or a country ramble because you can have the lot. And still throw in a family of cartoon pigs to keep everyone happy. It may not be Route 66 but, for me, the south west has it all, practically on your doorstep.

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Magical mystery tour: a road trip through Mexico

Kicking off at a raucous Day of the Dead party, this odyssey takes in indigenous culture rarely seen by outsiders, with plenty of music and laughs along the way

I’m lying on the grass in the churchyard in Huaquechula, a small town in the state of Puebla, central Mexico. I open my eyes and look up. A man dressed in eagle feathers is standing on top of a 30-metre telegraph pole banging a small drum, and four other men are climbing up towards him. When the four reach the top, they attach ropes to their ankles and lean far back, arms out, until they are upside down. Then the eagle-man starts to dance and sing.

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Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip viewers in hysterics as Gino rubs his naked body up against Gordon’s on a nudist beach

GINO D’Acampo infuriated his co-star Gordon Ramsay by rubbing his naked body up against him during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip.

The celebrity chef wound up Gordon by pulling him in for a hug when he was only wearing his birthday suit, much to the amusement of viewers.

Gino D’Acampo thrilled viewers when he stripped off on a nudist beach during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip
But Gordon Ramsay wasn’t as amused

It happened after Gordon and Fred Siriex accidentally swam up to a nudist beach during filming.

Fred called Gordon uptight as he admitted he didn’t feel comfortable seeing so many naked bodies around him.

Seconds later, Gino ran out from behind a wall and revealed he was in the buff.

As Fred laughed, Gordon begged him to put his clothes back on.

He grimaced as Gino rubbed his naked body up against him

Ignoring him, Gino grabbed him and pulled him in for a group hug.

Gordon grimaced and told Gino he could feel his penis rubbing up against him, leaving fans crying with laughter.

One tweeted: “Oh my God!!!! Trust @Ginofantastico to turn naked! Gordon’s face and reaction was priceless!”

Another said: “In stitches again this week!! @GordonRamsay @Ginofantastico and @fredsirieix1 are amazing together!!”

Fans said they were crying with laughter as they watched the episode

While a third commented: “I’ve never laughed so much at Gino walking naked onto the nudist beach.”

The series has already proved incredibly popular, with millions tuning in to watch the trio travelling through Italy, France and the UK to discover the best food and drink on offer.


When asked about seeing Gino naked on the beach, Gordon admitted: “It was an amazing trip, but we did push each other to the limits and tested our nerves!”

The trio are already planning a second series of the hit ITV show and are hoping to travel the world.

Gino explained: “We’d love to do another trip.

“Fred wants to go to Jamaica, Gordon wants to take us to Las Vegas and I want to take them to Hong Kong!”


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One for the Road. A Man Allegedly Robbed a Subway Before Returning to Grab His Sandwich

Crime doesn’t pay, but it might make you hungry.

Zachary P. Miller walked into a Subway restaurant in Norcross, Georgia and ordered a sandwich.

He then allegedly climbed over the counter, tried to open the register, and demanded the cashier hand over the cash, Fox 5 D.C. reports.

Miller managed to flee the scene with around a $ 100 in cash and was already out the door when he remembered something—the sandwich.

According to Georgia police, Miller wasn’t content with just the cash, he wanted the sandwich, too. So he turned around, returned to the scene of the crime, and grabbed the sandwich he had ordered. He left the scene on foot, holding what was presumably a delicious sub.

No word on toppings, but hopefully it was a good combination, because deputies arrested Miller soon after. He reportedly had multiple warrants out for him in both Tennessee and Georgia and now faces the warrants as well as multiple charges from the Subway robbery.

In short, it may be a while until he gets another chance to choose the toppings on his $ 5 foot long.


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‘Silk Road’ Lawyer Defending WikiLeaks Against Dems’ Lawsuit

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WikiLeaks has brought in some legal muscle to defend it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee over Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign.

New York attorney Joshua Dratel made a name for himself representing high-profile defendants in complex federal cases, including terrorism prosecutions, and he was the first civilian lawyer to represent a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. He’s best known for defending Ross Ulbricht, who, as “Dread Pirate Roberts” founded the notorious darknet drug market Silk Road. In 2015 a jury convicted Ulbricht of money laundering, hacking, narcotics trafficking, and other charges, and Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison.

On Wednesday, Dratel notified the Manhattan judge overseeing the DNC lawsuit that he would be representing WikiLeaks.

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