London Lite Friday, 24 July 2009 13 Roman city breaks DESPERATE to get away from it all this August? Then why not head off for a city break in the Mediterranean? Check out BA Holidays, which has some bargain Med breaks on offer, including three nights at the four-star Cristoforo Colombo Hotel in Rome plus return flights for 193. Or spend three nights in Barcelona for just 218, including flights and four-star accommodation. ba.com/rome, 0844 493 0758 SaucySundays SUNDAY nights just got a little bit saucier at Hotel du Vin and Malmaison outposts up and down the country -- thanks to a 10 room rate available to anyone spending 75 (between two) in the hotels bistros and brasseries. Indulge downstairs in a menu packed with classic dishes, all created from locally sourced or home-grown produce, then retire to your fabulous room upstairs. 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REINDEER STEW ON A QUIRKY SUMMER BREAK IN SCANDINAVIA EDITED BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY that she turned him to stone -- a bit like Shrek but without the happy ending. Fjord-hopping THE following day we took a ferry up the 16km-long Geiranger Fjord. Fjords are basically deep ravines forged by successive ice ages and topped up with melted snow via spectacular cascading waterfalls from the peaks of the moun- tains on either side. We climbed up on deck and stared in awe at the passing terrain -- at one turn rocky and barren, then giving way to swathes of verdant forests and valleys with the sun bouncing off the snow above. Jens, our guide, told us that many Norwegian surnames are linked to natural phenomena in the same way that ours often derive from trades such as Smith. Hes called Avalanche and his wifes maiden name translates as Sand Peninsula. IceIceBaby REACHING Loen and the Briksdal Glacier involved a spectacular drive over the Stryn mountains. We passed lakes iced into huge expanses of jagged white, like giant frozen infinity pools. The glacier has shrunk due to global warming but is still impressive, rising out of the lake like a giant stalagmite. You can hike the steep 3km through the picturesque Oldedalen valley to its base, or theres a fleet of golf buggies to do the legwork for you. Dont get too close though -- large shards of ice can plummet without warning into the lake below, causing tidal waves. Goingnative WE stopped for lunch in a Viking cave at Melkevoll Bretun. Inside, its like a Viking speakeasy with low wooden tables and benches covered in reindeer pelts, lit by candles and a roaring fire. Tucking into goat meat spare-ribs, I was tempted to chuck the sucked-clean bones over my shoulder, Viking-style. The culinary adventure continued at the hotel, where we ate reindeer at dinner -- it tasted like a very gamey turkey or pheasant. Too full of unusual game to hit the local bars after- wards, I was unable to find out if the boys were more Morten than troll... Smokedwhale WE spent our final day in the market town of Bergen, where we tried another Norwegian delicacy, smoked whale (meaty with an oyster-ish after- taste) at a fish market that dates back to the Middle Ages when fires were such a hazard that cooking was limited to public assembly halls. One of these is now called the Tracteursted restaurant. The house rules have been preserved on one of the walls, including a stipulation that any boy getting a girl pregnant out of wedlock must buy a large crate of beer for the rest of the assembly hall. Another prohibits drunkenness. Norwegians -- youve got to love em. Inghams.co.uk offer a Fjord Explorer 10-night package staying at the 4-star Radisson, Alexandra and Kviknes hotels in lesund (B&B), Loen and Balestrand (half board). Prices start from 1,216pp incl flights from Heathrow with SAS airlines (flysas.com). The glacier trip costs 13 and the Fjord Cruise costs 52. See melkevoll.no for details of Viking cave STRYN LESUND NORWAY to your fabulous room upstairs. bankandnightsSundayonValid 44383650845Mondays,holiday easttheofTaste with STA travel to create six holidays inspired by eastern food. Lucky Wagamama customers could win a trip for two in Asia, choosing from either China Express, a tour around the birthplace of Asian cookery, or Roam Southeast Asia, which offers the opportunity to sample the spice-infused dishes of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. 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