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A Selection of Articles Published2009

There are two sides - and many more layers - to this city's story Istanbul will ring in the New Year as a European City of Culture. It's a well-deserved honour, says Adrian Mourby, for they're still digging up objects that could be the oldest signs of civilisation in the history of the continent

The Independent on Sunday, December 27, 2009


From The Independent on Sunday, Independent Traveller, Guardian, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Mail


It's time to wake up and smell the coffee


Colombia's crackdown on drug gangs and rebel forces has opened up areas previously out of bounds to tourists. Adrian Mourby reports


The Independent on Sunday, November 22, 2009




Sunday Mirror, October 18, 2009 Sunday


Back to where they once belonged


When the Soviet empire crumbled 20 years ago, exiled Rigans began to return to the Latvian capital to restore their treasures. Adrian Mourby reports


The Independent on Sunday, October 11, 2009


Put on your hard hat for a new view of Li'ge


Santiago Calatrava's recently opened railway station is just one of the improvements to this blighted city. Adrian Mourby reports


The Independent on Sunday, September 20, 2009


Stay the night: The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth Cornwall


Two's company at this hotel; Couples are encouraged to 'reconnect' at this strictly adults-only bolthole


The Independent on Sunday, September 20, 2009


Behind the baize door at the Dorchester


The revered hotel reveals all to 20 lucky people on an exclusive tour later this month as part of the London Open House weekend. But you don't have to win the ballot because Adrian Mourby has had a sneak preview


The Independent on Sunday, September 6, 2009


Villa Lucia Adrian Mourby enjoys an epicurean break at an exclusive spa in Tuscan village Vorno.


"The directions from Pisa airport were clearly written from memory, not observation. They had a cheerful vagueness about them that reminded me of my mother. No road numbers or road signs, just phrases like "if you drive past the BMW garage you've gone too far" and "on your left you will see a beautiful monastery"


Belfast Telegraph, September 5, 2009 & The Independent on Sunday, August 30, 2009




Rooftop charm in Alberobello, Southern Italy


Independent Traveller, July 11, 2009


Travel: City: Music: A bite at the opera


A star-studded festival in a tiny Tuscan hill city serves up the Italian passions of food and song in perfect harmony


The Guardian July 4, 2009


Take your seats for this summer's top six classical music festivals Leave the wellies behind. You won't have to traipse through the mud to enjoy these elegant seasonal spectaculars. Adrian Mourby rounds up the highlights, from Verdi and Rossini in Italy to Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn in California


The Independent on Sunday, June 14, 2009


The very modern treasure in Venice's coffers


The biennale is back in town and, as contemporary artists flock to Venice, a new gallery has opened in the city's old customs house. Adrian Mourby had a sneak preview


The Independent on Sunday, June 7, 2009


In Brussels, you can't walk away from Ren


A new museum honours Magritte By Adrian Mourby


The Independent on Sunday, May 31, 2009


My Adventure with Tintin The opening of the new Herg Museum


Daily Express, May 30, 2009


Character, courtesy, charm, calm, cuisine - oh, and tigers


Stay the night Mahua Kothi, India


This safari lodge in the Bandhavgarh National Park is the first in India to gain membership of an exclusive world-wide club for hotels and restaurants


The Independent on Sunday, May 17, 2009




A new camp on the Okavango Delta in Botswana is just the spot for wildlife-watching, writes Adrian Mourby


Belfast Telegraph, May 16, 2009 &The Independent on Sunday, May 10, 2009


Stay the night: Elite Plaza G'teborg By Adrian Mourby


The Independent on Sunday, May 3, 2009


Sample old-world charm in the Sunshine State It's a cracker


Practical homes built for simple folks during the Great Depression have inspired a new wave of cool holiday architecture in resorts across Florida. Adrian Mourby reports


The Independent on Sunday, May 3, 2009,


ON THE RIGHT TRACK Train travel in Zambia 1930s style, elephants permitting; It might be one of the world's shortest journeys, but Adrian Mourby enjoys the ride


Belfast Telegraph, April 25, 2009 &Independent Traveller, April 25, 2009


A TASTE OF CROATIA The Roman city of Pula on the Istrian peninsula is reinventing itself as a centre for gastro tourism and wine-making. Adrian Mourby reports


Belfast Telegraph, March 21, 2009 & The Independent on Sunday, March 15, 2009


People in glass houses TRAIL OF THE UNEXPECTED :The growing attraction of Belgium's botanical marvel


Independent Traveller, March 21, 2009


You don't have to be a Barack fan, but it helps They're Obama crazy in Hawaii. The President has given his birthplace one more reason to celebrate in its 50th year as a US state, says Adrian Mourby


The Independent on Sunday, March 8, 2009


Birmingham plays it cool The Second City has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance recent years as ADRIAN MOURBY found when he returned for the first time in two decades, taking his family with him


Sunday Express March 8, 2009 Sunday


Double the fun on magic mountain This season, Switzerland's two stellar ski resorts, Davos and Klosters, have joined forces. All the better for quiet Klosters, says Adrian Mourby


The Independent on Sunday, February 22, 2009


24-Hour Room Service: The Sanctuary Arizona, US


By Adrian Mourby


Independent Traveller, February 21, 2009


The headbanger's guide to Brum Adrian Mourby follows a new Metal Heritage tour around the Midlands city


The Independent on Sunday, February 15, 2009


The ride of a lifetime A Travel Special


Want to travel in style? Then forget planes and automobiles, and try bikes, elephants and airships instead. In this special issue, we present 20 unforgettable ways to see the world from a new perspective


The New Review


January 25, 2009