Iam delighted to bring you a wonderful Spring issue filled with travels to Spain, China, America, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and Turkey. We have a gorgeous feature on walking along the Lycian coast in Turkey with Theresa Thompson, which I must admit makes me want to jump on a gulet straight away, and Matilda has been cruising down the Seine, exploring the wealth of art and history along the way.
Duncan J.D. Smith introduces us to some of his favourite, and less well-known, sites in Boston, and Lucy Mallows walks the Camino way, which looks absolutely glorious. In June, the life and legacies of Rubens, Brueghel and Van Eyck form part of the launch of a three-year Flemish Masters programme in Flanders so we bring you the highlights of this year's events, along with a weekend in Antwerp, so you can start planning your visits now.
I love a good mummy (who doesn't?), and so I'm absolutely delighted that Maree Browne has shared her visit to the Urumqi Archaeological Museum in western China with us for our Museum Focus – it has some of the best preserved mummies in the world from the Taklamakan desert.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the three finalists of the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition, whose entries are included in this issue. The standard of writing was very high and Alan Packer is a worthy winner. Perhaps it could be you next year? Happy reading!