Mouth-watering Murcia
May16

Mouth-watering Murcia

Jota Ele restaurant in Murcia is simply the finest tapas we’ve found anywhere! We’re increasingly jaded by restaurants that promise the earth but deliver little more than a large bill at the end of an uninspiring meal. For us, the true test of a good restaurant, in any country, is if it’s largely populated by local people who look as if they’re enjoying themselves. On the lookout for a lunchtime halt, we amble around the stylishly...

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A fine Meze to get into
Mar07

A fine Meze to get into

Our stylish, comfortable apartment in Paphos, is marred only by its misleading distance from the town and the noisy building site it sits within, with its empty swimming pool – not  a great introduction to Cyprus but salvaged in part by one of our fortunate choices of restaurant. Luckily we have a hire car and don’t intend spending much time in the apartment – but we’ve fallen foul of misleading marketing....

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Effervescence personified
Jan03

Effervescence personified

Jean-Michel, with his wife and business partner Agnès are filled with an effervescence for their Paul-Etienne Saint Germain creation – only eclipsed by their very own elegant Grand Cru champagnes. Walk the length of the world famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay and you’ll be among some of the greatest known champagne brands –  from Mercier at one end to Dom Perignon and Perrier-Jouet at the other. If you’re...

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Get lost in Ostuni
Oct04

Get lost in Ostuni

Eye-watering white-painted flat-topped facades become commonplace in Greece, where stunning landscapes are accented by bright white buildings set against impossibly deep blue skies – but wait; this is Italy. Its perhaps no coincidence that Ostuni, ‘La Città Bianca’, sits in Puglia, deep in the heel of Italy; only a fighting ship’s paddle away from the Greeks, who were some of the first conquerors of this area – swiftly followed by a...

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A matched pair in the Loire
Sep20

A matched pair in the Loire

Take a pair of older cars – and their owners – head south through France and discover a matched pair of restaurant and chambre d’hôtes that are ‘off the beaten track’ within the Loire valley. We’d stuck a pin in the map, at roughly a three-hour drive headed south from Cherbourg and then asked Google where the best restaurant was for lunch. As the older of the cars is a 1966 Austin Healey 3000, he’s designated to lead the way and...

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You would; at Rosewood
Mar29

You would; at Rosewood

London isn’t short of swanky, expensive and imposing hotels with presence – but Rosewood excels with – as its own publicity states –  ‘a sense of place’ This landmark Edwardian architectural leviathan reposes in splendour in High Holborn, very much a part of the establishment, yet with a youthful rebelliousness and edgy persona that makes it ideal for the avant garde traveller who doesn’t like to be outwardly ostentatious...

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