Posts by Neil

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Hampshire UK   The first thing to know about the Isle of Wight when taking the ferry is to get out of the car and go up to one of the decks when you’ve parked your car.  M and I thought (wistfully as it turned out) that it wouldn’t take too

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Antwerp: Beer, Art and Frites

Antwerp:  Beer, Art and Frites. One of the most culturally important cities in Europe, second in size to Brussels the Belgian city of Antwerp is an unbelievable cornucopia of art, architecture, fashion, beer and yes, (artisanal) frites. Flying from the super quick Southend Airport it took just 45 minutes to get there.  The first class

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Asparagus: Edible Gold

Asparagus: Edible gold April in Europe can mean only one thing in the vegetable world, asparagus.  That wonder of the chef’s table, speared, doused in butter, poached egged or just plain steamed.  It is a thing of beauty and taste.  Time to find out where most of our asparagus comes from and how to eat

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Kent: In Search of Ian Fleming

Kent: In Search of Ian Fleming   I have been a fan of James Bond since childhood and readers of this publication will know that given half a chance I will write and investigate more about the fictional character and its author Ian Fleming.  So almost on my doorstep I set out to discover more.

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The Mystery of the 12 Caesars

The 12 Silver Caesars:  A Renaissance Mystery    In this post I’m going to take you into a world of historical intrigue and chicanery.  A centuries old conundrum that we are curiously allowed to see the end result of (and we also know how is started) but not the details of how it got there. 

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Russell Norman’s Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking

Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking By Russell Norman In a market that loves books on Venice Russell Norman has produced something of a coup, a book that brings you into the world of the Venetian and how they live and eat.  In this latest adventure he lives out his dream and goes ‘local’. On

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Leiden & The Hague: Holland

High Art in the Low Countries Leiden & The Hague   In this vastly visual world sometimes it pays to go back to the source material.  I’ll try to explain what I mean today we have logos, adverts, even films and icons that draw on the world’s vast heritage of art.  Let’s face it you

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Le Jardin des Douars, Essaouira: Morocco

Le Jardin des Douars Ksar d’Hôtes Essaouira Tel: 00 5 24 474 003 I left London with an inch of snow on the ground. On my way to the airport I was worried that I would have a text from the airline saying my flight was cancelled due to bad weather, my last trip was

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Chiesa del Carmine: Umbria, Italy

Chiesa del Carmine Umbria  Telephone: 0039 075 9414219 Mobile: 0039 338 8916641 Umbria sits bang in the middle of Italy, often derided by a supposedly more beautiful neighbouring Tuscany it has been left alone, untouched and thus authentic. This is a land where the weather is king, the rising of the sun and onset of dusk

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St. Moritz Gourmet Festival: Switzerland

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival St. Moritz Switzerland   Crisp white stratocumulus scud beneath me on the swift 75-minute flight to Zürich. From there I take a couple of trains to that swishest or resorts where only the stylish check in and if you have to ask how much you’re in the wrong place. Or that’s

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Mielcke & Hurtigkarl: Copenhagen

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl Frederiksberg Have Copenhagen Denmark Tel: +45 3834 8436   Travelling to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is always fun, such a cool place to hang with great architecture and lovely people. And then there’s the food … The traditional proclamation of ‘the king is dead, long live the king’ is usually reserved for the

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The Andersen Boutique Hotel: Copenhagen

The Andersen Boutique Hotel Helgolandsgade 12 DK – 1653 Copenhagen Denmark   Denmark is flying high these days, producers of excellent TV dramas such as Borgen, The Bridge and The Killing and creating a new discipline of culinary wonders. It also happens to be extremely beautiful, full of warm charming people and lots of bicycles.

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The Trafalgar Dining Rooms: London

The Trafalgar Dining Rooms 2 Spring Gardens London SW1A 2TS Tel: 020 7870 2901   With an eye catching octagonal logo incorporated in the windows that look onto the eponymous square TDR or Trafalgar Dining Rooms is hard to ignore. As it turned out this A1 location turned out to be an A1 eatery too

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Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi: Marrakech

Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Avenue Mohamed VI 40 000 Marrakech Morocco Tel: +212 (0) 524 33 91 00    There is something quite romantic about arriving in Marrakech at night, an adventurous location with a rich history of fame and fortune lying under a canopy of stars. After a quick negotiation with a taxi driver

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Le trou Au Mur: Marrakech

Le Trou Au Mur 39 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis, Qua’at Ben Ahid, MarrakechvMedina, Morocco Tel: + 212 (0)5 24 38 49 00    As Bob Hope might have said to Dorothy Lamour in Road to Morocco ‘when the going gets a bit too snaky then it’s time to hiss off’. I was

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