Yourtime 12 Friday, 13 November 2009 London Lite being close enough to lionsto Laid-back: Shakira and boyfriend Celebrity hotspot Madrid In the flesh: nudist warning The 5 best... nudist beaches Wildest tripIve everhadconsisting mainly of potholes, we arrived in Arusha on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley. After washing off the dust and bedding down in the colonial-era Ilboru Safari Lodge (ilborusafarilodge. com), we hit the trail the next morning with Jackson, our driver and guide. TarangireNationalPark We cut across the spectacular Maasai Mara plains, where herdsmen in tradi- tional robes carrying spears drove cattle, goats and donkeys across the red earth. Within minutes of entering the 3,000sq km tarangire National Park, a group of zebras sashayed nonchalantly across our path. On both sides were huge, leafless baobab trees, whose size dwarfed even the family of ele- phants (as magical up close as Id always hoped) taking shade beneath them. You dont need to seek out the wildlife here -- it simply strolled past laconi- cally as we scrambled for cameras, camcorders and binoculars. Within the first 90 minutes we had spotted zebras, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest (excellent beards), ostriches, waterbucks, impala and dik-diks, funny l i t t l e c r e a t u r e s w h i c h apparently never drink. After by jane mulkerrins WHO Shakira and her boyfriend stroll through Spains capital. WHY GO For a Hemingway bar crawl, to eat Montecado biscuits and see the former slaughterhouse, now a creative haven. BEST FOR The nightlife, music, art scene and drinking. WHERE TO STAY Casa de Madrid (00 34 91 559 5791) is a boutique hotel in an 18th-century building thats crammed with unusual art objects and overlooks the Opera House. Rooms from 225 a night plus tax. WHERE TO EAT El Sobrino de Botn (00 34 91 366 4217) is the worlds oldest restaurant. Try roast suckling pig. Mains from 15. WHAT TO DO Celebrate Noche de Reyes on 5 January, when thousands crowd the streets for a parade of extravagant floats. SOMETHING DIFFERENT The Museo del Jamn (00 34 91 521 03 46), or Ham Museum, has various branches where you can sample dishes such as Iberian ham with melon after taking a walk around. TOP TIP Vermouth is the poison of choice, particularly on Sunday. Try it from the tap at Bodegas Ricla (00 34 91 365 2069). HOW TO GET THERE Round-trip on British Airways ( from Heathrow to Madrid is 111.50. FOR MORE DETAILS madrid. com JenniFeR bARton HAuLOvER BEAcH, FLORIDA tHIS 800-yard stretch of sand is popular with naturists as its close to Miami and, being located in the Sunshine State, enjoys great weather. unlike many desolate nudist beaches, this is chock-a-block with facilities including lifeguards, although they remain clothed. vALALTA, cROATIA A DELIGHT for nudists, this 3.1-mile Blue Flag beach in Valalta has wonderfully soft sand, little terraces to relax on and many palm and olive trees for shade. The beach attracts a mix of local and international nudists who head here for the day or to camp. PLAkIAS BEAcH, cRETE SItuAteD in the islands south-west, Plakiass golden sand beach is surrounded by cliffs and mountains. the sparkling water is perfect for snorkelling and the nudist section is to the far left as you face the sea. BIRLING GAP, EAST SuSSEx OVERLOOKED by the impressive white chalk Seven Sisters cliffs, this is another Blue Flag beach. While the beach has patches of sand, it is predominantly pebbly so you might want to keep your flip- flops on, if nothing else. vERA PLAYA, cOSTA ALMERIA, SPAIN ALMeRIA is probably the best-known area in Spain for nudies and while some beaches segregate naturists to a small area, here you can let it all hang out along 1.3 miles of coast. the climate is warm for much of the year and many naturists prefer to head here after the blistering summer. I Ve never really had a big thing about lions. I was always convinced that Id be more taken with the l u m b e r i n g , c r i n k l y s k i n n e d elephants. My friend tayo, however, has a big thing about the big cats: hes a Leo and even has the king of the jungle tattooed on his right forearm. So when we decided to go for an African adventure he had only one stipulation in our choice of location: Places We Will Almost certainly See Lions. Off we set for northern tanzania. Arusha We fLeW into Nairobi and eight hours in a hot, dusty minibus later, on a road Wild at heart: Tayo and Jane index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html60.html61.html62.html63.html