Category: Favourites

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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Mango Lounge at The Chequers, Cookham Dean, Berkshire

Mango Lounge at The Chequers Dean Lane Cookham Dean Berkshire SL6 9BQ Tel: 01628 481 232   From the success of Mango Lounge in nearby Windsor this young offshoot is housed in a splendid old pub, The Chequers. It is quintessential country tavern territory with a wood burner, more ancient beams than you can count

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The Old Coastguard: Cornwall

The Old Coastguard The Parade Mousehole Penzance Cornwall TR19 6PR Tel: 01736 731 222   When I have those day dreams that we all have from time to time about leaving the city for a calmer life away from ‘here’ with ‘great views by the sea’, ‘somewhere quiet’, ‘comfortable’, ‘outstanding food’ well I’ve just discovered

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Hot Pot Restaurant: London

Hot Pot 17 Wardour Street London W1D 6PJ Tel: 020 7287 8881   Hot Pot or to give it its original Mongolian name ‘huo guo’ is a traditional form of cooking that has been around for a 1000 years. It can now be found across Asia with regional variations. It is a simple way of

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Jumeirah Hotel, Frankfurt: Germany

Jumeirah Hotel Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2 60313 Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel: +49 (0)69 297 237 0    From standstill to being airborne took just 16” of sheer power in my Embrea AR 190 down the 1500m runway at London’s City Airport. It was then 89 minutes before I was at Frankfurt, a further 12 before I

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Binntal: Switzerland

Binntal a land of treasures Switzerland   Ernen is an uncompromisingly beautiful village sitting in the Binn Valley in the Canton of Valais at the southern border of Switzerland and Italy. Mountains are all around the July sun beats down on the small farms and lush green pasture. My home for the next few days

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Zagreb: Croatia

Zagreb Croatia   As a travel writer I’m usually too busy flying somewhere to enter competitions but every once in a while I throw my business card into the hat, thank goodness I did. I recently won an all expenses paid trip for two to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, courtesy of Monarch Airlines and the Zagreb

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A Japanese Banquet: Hampton Court Palace

A Japanese Banquet Hampton Court Palace   I had never been to a ‘washoku’ banquet before let alone at Hampton Court Palace. I was intrigued. I was the guest of The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Group and JA Group Kyoto. Washoku is a Japanese meal consisting of four elements:

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Central America: A New Revolution

Central America A New Revolution   Once the hotbed of revolution and unrest the collection of seven countries that separate the Americas are experiencing something of a renaissance, a revolution in tourism if you will. Visiting three of them gave me a flavour of what’s on offer to the more adventurous visitor. I started my

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The Grill at McQueen: London

McQueen Grill 55 – 61 Tabernacle Street London EC2A 4AA Tel: 020 7036 9229   Can you see the connection between Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Blob or Nevada Smith? OK, I’ll make it a bit easier, can you see what links these, The Great Escape, Bullitt and The Thomas Crown Affair? That’s right

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D – Resorts: Turkey

  D–Resorts Turkey   Quicker than driving down to Devon from London or the immigration queue to enter America, the flight to Dalaman in Southern Turkey is easy and simple with Monarch (extra leg room available). My destination, D-Resort Grand Azur was a short drive from the airport. I checked into my suite on 5th

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The Gotthard Panoramic Express: Switzerland

The Gotthard Panorama Express Switzerland   Armed with a Swiss Travel Pass I was able to go pretty much anywhere on the train network and also gain access to hundreds of museums and gondola rides in 75 towns and cities. But what I really wanted to do was ride the Gotthard Panorama Express south to

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