Exerting ourselves on Everest
Feb14

Exerting ourselves on Everest

We’ve signed up for a personal challenge in May of this year that might be one, or more, steps too far…a two week Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp Whilst we’re not as ‘old as the hills’ (especially Mount Everest) nor are we in the first flush of youth – so a trek that will tax every single part of our minds and bodies can only be put down to the effect of anticipating the light-headedness of...

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Ferme Favourite
Feb07

Ferme Favourite

La Petite Ferme in South Africa’s Franschhoek winelands not only offers high quality homely accommodation but great cuisine and stunning views. ‘The Little Farm’ is named, not as an affectation but as a reference to the 17th & 18th Century Huguenot exiles from France, who escaped persecution by Louis XIV, bringing their vines, crafts and skills with them, at the invitation of Dutch Protestant settlers in the Cape. As the story...

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Seamless in Seattle
Jan24

Seamless in Seattle

This smart modern city that is steeped in American heritage offers a seamless array of attractions to satisfy an eclectic range of tastes. Seattle, situated on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwestern seaboard, affords easy access to the surrounding mountains, sea and evergreen forests but is itself a hub of interest and cultural distractions that should persuade you to stay longer before heading for the hills. As the original home of...

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Zanzibar – A local catch-up
Jan10

Zanzibar – A local catch-up

If, like us, you quickly tire of simply lazing, roasting on a beach for the complete duration of your holiday, then fishing and familiarising yourself with the local people can provide a welcome distraction in Zanzibar. Once you’ve visited Stone Town (which we’ll cover in a later review) then Zanzibar is largely an exotic beach resort with miles of white sand coral shoreline for the majority of visitors. Not that there’s anything...

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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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A day out in Delhi
Dec27

A day out in Delhi

It’s well worth driving around the principal sights and sites of Delhi to get an impression of how the architecture – and country – has evolved over the centuries. Each of the significant invaders and occupiers of India is well represented across the capital and many of the sites are worth at least a drive by rather than an in-depth investigation, unless you’re an historian or architect. It’s too easy just to chill out after...

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