Chris Leadbeater

Chris Leadbeater is a full-time travel journalist who has written for The Independent since 2009. He specialises in the USA, South America and Europe, but has covered destinations as varied as Mozambique, New Zealand, Indonesia and Lebanon. Prior to becoming a travel journalist, he worked as a music writer and for men's magazines.

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Valparaíso looks out over the ocean

Valparaíso: Worth taking the long way round again

A century ago, the opening of the Panama Canal almost destroyed Valparaíso

The Lennon Wall in Prague has now been painted over

Prague's Lennon Wall: Whitewashing in the Czech capital

Something to declare

48 hours in Vancouver

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure. By Chris Leadbeater

48 hours in Vancouver

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure. By Chris Leadbeater
Keep cool: Vancouver has world-class skiing on its doorstep

Vancouver travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

British Columbia's biggest city is a superb appetiser for a winter-sports adventure

Bangalore

Karnataka, India: The state that's making a name for itself

Bordered by tourist hotspots Goa and Kerala, Karnataka is often overlooked – but all that's starting to change, says Chris Leadbeater

Changing times: the city today

Prague: A velvet harder than iron

It's 25 years since a non-violent uprising made Czechoslovakian history

The Muhammad Ali Center.

Visiting Muhammad Ali's hometown, forty years after the famous Rumble in the Jungle

A staff member in The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville revealed that Ali has, on occasion, slipped into the museum incognito to relive his victories

Electric dreams: the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip

Nevada: Traveller's Guide

The 'Silver State' has a dazzling range of sights, from the neon of Las Vegas to desert landscapes and snowy peaks, says Chris Leadbeater

The bright side: Mindelo's colourful buildings

Cape Verde: West Africa's last outpost

Sitting 350 miles west of Senegal, this group of islands only sporadically gives in to 21st century concerns, as Chris Leadbeater finds out
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'