Category: Travels

Waldhaus am See, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Waldhaus am See St. Moritz Switzerland   Set me a challenge of trying out the largest selection of Whisky available for sale in one bar and the results are inevitable as day following night.  Read on to find out if I made it to dawn. When I first read about Waldhaus am See and it’s

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The Vineyard, Berkshire

The Vineyard Stockcross Newbury Berkshire RG20 8JU Tel:  01635 528770    ‘Eat, Sleep and Drink Wine’ is the mantra at The Vineyard.  With a 30,000-bottle wine cellar arranged in 3,000 bins of which 100 are available by the glass.  This homage to wine has been run by Sir Peter Michael’s family since 1996. He also founded

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Hartwell House & Spa, Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House & Spa Oxford Road Vale of Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP17 8NR Tel: 01296 747444 Perfectly placed in the vale of Aylesbury in 90 beautiful acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds Hartwell House and Spa is straight out of a movie.  The great hall of English Baroque completed in 1740 complements the spectacular staircase with

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The Chap Olympiad 2018, London

The Chap Olympiad 2018 Bedford Square London   This country has a long tradition of fetes, summer garden parties and er, eccentricity.  Where else but an Olympiad could they all happily collide for a day of harmless bonkers fun. With Britain riding high in the cultural stakes (but maybe no longer the football…) it is

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MS Zuiderdam: Holland America Line

MS Zuiderdam Holland America Line A Meal to Remember   I have a confession to make.  I’m an experienced travel and food writer with more than a decade of passport stamps under my belt visiting all corners of the globe but (here’s the confession bit) I have never been on a cruise. There I’ve said it,

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Hampton Manor: Hampton-In-Arden, UK

Hampton Manor Shadowbrook Lane Hampton-In-Arden B92 0EN Tel: 01675 446 080   Ever fancied being Lord of the manor?  By that I mean really enjoying life in your country pile with fabulous grounds, staff everywhere you need them and never where you don’t.  Great drinks on tap and Michelin starred food served in your own

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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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