The ‘Strange Slope’ optical illusion in China where uphill looks like downhill

Your eyes DO deceive you: Amazing footage shows the fascinating ‘Strange Slope’ optical illusion in China where cyclists freewheel ‘uphill’ ‘Strange Slope’ can be found 30km (18.6 miles) northeast of the city of Shenyang Videos show cyclists seemingly freewheeling while going ‘up’ the slope An optical sciences expert said the near vanishing point contributes to … Read more

From seafood platters to heart-shaped waffles, the most decadent cruise ship brunches revealed 

Cruises are famous for round-the-clock feasting. But often there is only just time to grab a croissant from the breakfast buffet before heading ashore on an excursion. So when the pace changes on days at sea, there is nothing to beat the ultimate treat of a lie-in followed by brunch. Here’s my pick of scrumptious … Read more

Graz for under £100 a night: The joys of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthplace in Austria on a budget

Explore Graz, Austria’s second biggest city and the capital of the province of Styria If someone asks you to name Austria’s three largest cities, Graz may not make the list.  Which is a shame because it’s the country’s second biggest, as well as being the capital of the province of Styria and birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  … Read more

UK hotel review: The Inspector stays in a room with a runway view at Heathrow’s Hilton Garden Inn

The Inspector calls at the Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow and loves the slinky cocktail bar and his sound-proofed room with runway view (but laments the shower’s ‘1980s trickle’) The Hilton Garden Inn at terminals two and three offers rooms with a choice of outlooks, the Inspector reveals He says the hotel’s Runway Bar is … Read more

Inside the Norwegian Cruise Line ship with infinity pools and a glass bridge that’s debuting in 2023

A new Norwegian Cruise Line ship will debut next year – and recently released renderings offer a tour around the stunning vessel.  Norwegian Viva, which will sail on its maiden voyage in June 2023, is currently being built by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy.  Rather than drawing up the ship from scratch, Norwegian mirrored … Read more