From Coolies to Coulis in Taipa
Jul11

From Coolies to Coulis in Taipa

Start with robust Portuguese ingredients, add essence of the Mediterranean and a sprinkling of Chinese flavouring; top it off with a finishing flourish and what do you have? Antonio’s. Walk the streets of old Taipa Village, located in the oldest and best preserved area of Taipa, Macao and you’re immediately aware of a thread of history that spans from the poorest labourers to wealthy merchants. Formerly home to local fishermen, Taipa...

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Ship of the Desert?
Jun13

Ship of the Desert?

The Raft restaurant on the shore of Walvis Bay lagoon, in Namibia, is a welcome break from thousands of miles of sand! In Namibia you either have a surfeit of sand, or sea – there’s not much else. That’s not to say it isn’t one of the most fascinating countries we’ve ever visited, because it is. From the massive Fish River Canyon in the south to the tribal lands of Damaraland in the north; the huge dunes of Sossusvlei and parched pans...

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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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Vines, Virgin and Views
Apr18

Vines, Virgin and Views

Visit Mont Rochelle National Park in the winelands of South Africa and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stay in Sir Richard Branson’s estate of the same name. Unlike many boutique hotels with traditional architecture and aspirations, Mont Rochelle excels by achieving a showcase resort whilst retaining a magical ambiance that embraces the guest – almost enticing them to become part of the family. Sir Richard Branson...

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Vibrant Victoria – Vancouver’s Grand Dame
Apr04

Vibrant Victoria – Vancouver’s Grand Dame

Seven places to visit on a day out in Vancouver Island’s vibrant capital that will give you a flavour of this lively city Unless you’re familiar with Vancouver you might not realise that Vancouver Island and its state capital Victoria is a genteel and eclectic partner to the more frenetic and modern city of Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. The ferry ride across the Strait, that threads its way between the verdant islands of...

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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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