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There’s a lot to be said for wrap­ping up warm and snug­gling by the fire, but when it’s wet and windy out­side, I of­ten find my­self dream­ing of won­der­ful places to spend late sum­mer and au­tumn in the North­ern Hemi­sphere.

A VILLA IN TUSCANY The lu­mi­nes­cent glow of the au­tumn sun, vines heavy with grapes ready for har­vest, me­dieval vil­lages where the smell of bak­ing bread wafts from open win­dows… take me to Tuscany, now! Choose a farm­house, villa or apart­ment and live like a lo­cal while the rain rages at home.

VIVE LA FRANCE! Fairy­tale chateaux sur­rounded by im­mac­u­late gar­dens, forests, vine­yards and gen­tle me­an­der­ing wa­ter­ways, Palae­olithic caves burst­ing with 15,000-year-old paint­ings, divine food and wine… surely even dream­ing of an au­tumn visit to the Dor­dogne, Loire or Bur­gundy is enough to ban­ish win­ter blues. MONASTIC LIV­ING IN LUX­URY What a con­tra­dic­tion! But the beau­ti­ful 15th-cen­tury San Fran­cisco con­vent in the grounds of the Al­ham­bra in Granada, Spain, of­fers ex­actly that. Sa­ti­ate your hunger for glo­ri­ous, cen­turies-old liv­ing with the soft stone arches, tiled court­yard and an­tique fur­nish­ings of this de­light­ful lit­tle ho­tel.

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World Jour­neys travel ex­pert Kate Go­har sug­gests some en­tic­ing win­ter es­capes.

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