Category: Travels

Qatar: A Taste of Adventure

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Doha Qatar The desert is and always will be a special place for me. Refuge for some, the enemy for others. Most of us westerners find its harsh conditions a challenge but I feel it has been undersold. With the right approach it can be rewarding, exciting and like nowhere else on earth. Welcome to

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South Sands Boutique Hotel: Devon

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South Sands Boutique Hotel Bolt Head Salcombe Devon TQ8 8LL Tel: 01548 845900   Driving South West from London it was the last stage of pillows of green and auburn fringed hedgerows that confirmed I was in Devon. The beauty of modern navigation in a car is that it takes one the most ‘direct’ route not

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Tahiti: Paradise Found

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Tahiti Paradise Found   I wouldn’t dream of attempting to improve John Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its 10,000 lines of blank verse, biblical storylines of Satan, Adam and Eve. But what I can do is write with confidence about my recent trip to Tahiti in French Polynesia and how it could very well be paradise

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Porto and North Portugal

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Porto and North Portugal Autumn had truly begun when I visited Porto in early November. The crisp clear air was a pleasant change from the cold damp London I had come from. Portugal is lovely this time of year with the leaves turning shades of tan and brown and a bright sun low in the

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Alentejo: Portugal

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Alentejo Portugal The ‘it still feels new’ experience of Heathrow’s terminal 2 is emphasised by swish shops, top class eateries (best bacon breakfast roll is from London’s Pride FYI) and incredibly the latest ‘essential’ electronic dispensing machine where you can buy Bose headphones before your journey. This ‘newness’ seemed most appropriate as I travelled to

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Royal Harbour Hotel: Ramsgate

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Royal Harbour Hotel 10 – 12 Nelson Crescent Ramsgate Kent CT11 9JF Tel: 01843 591 514   I’m just 1.5 hours from London and I’ve checked into my Bo-Ho four-poster bedroom with views over Ramsgate harbour that lies in front of the hotel. Divided among three buildings The Royal Harbour Hotel is a rabbit warren

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Zürich Food Festival

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Zürich Food Festival     I went to Zürich that rich culinary centre of Switzerland to find out how they present themselves in what is the worlds fastest growing arena, street food. The Zürich Street Food Festival is an excuse for the whole city to up its game in gastronomic terms. As well as the

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Espionage, Emmental and The Eiger: Switzerland

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Espionage, Emmental & The Eiger:    On this trip I get to wander in the clouds and dream of spies, cheese and mountains. The city of Bern unfolds its past both in fact and fiction and I get to meet the cows that make all that lovely Alpine milk.   Switzerland’s capital, Bern is the

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Prague: Czech Republic

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Prague   On this venture I travel to the capital of the Czech Republic and enjoy the city of a 100 spires, meet an enterprising butcher and lawyer couple and have my first and possibly my last taste of Absinthe – the green nectar of the Bohemian generation.   Despite a population of 1.2 million Prague

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Seven Dials: London

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A gentleman’s day in London’s Seven Dials   So, in this article I head on down to London’s West End in search of a bit of ‘me’ time amongst the hubbub of Seven Dials. This little known enclave is a gem of a place to hang out, eat or even get a haircut. Full of

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Finland’s West Coast

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  The West Coast of Finland & The Midnight Sun       I’m going to take the rather unusual step of starting this travel piece with a recipe for what I think is the best blueberry pie I have ever tasted. Read on to find our where I tried it, maybe you’ll have a

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Croatia: A Taste of the Mediterranean

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Taste of The Mediterranean Šibenik Croatia   On this trip I get to taste a thousand flavours of the Mediterranean, do the Conga on one of its beautiful islands and have a late night cooking session with four excellent (if not a slightly drunk) chefs.  Croatia is a beautiful country and Šibernik one of its

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Albion House, Ramsgate: Kent

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Albion House Albion Place Ramsgate Kent CT11 8HQ Tel: 01843 606630   Checking in to this smart shabby chicesque hotel is a lot like staying at a rich friends house. It doesn’t seem like a hotel more a very comfortable house by the sea. My room was small but had super views, one way a

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Switzerland: Chaplin, Colliders and Chocolate

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The Home of a Silent Movie Genius, Luxury Watches, The Hadron Collider & a bit of Chocolate. Switzerland    On this trip to beautiful Switzerland I realise I know nearly nothing about science, discover probably the most influential silent film star in the world had eight children and that there is more to this country than

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The Bristol

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The Bristol Prince Street Bristol BS1 4QF Tel: 0117 923 0333  On this excursion out of London I discover there’s more to Bristol than sherry, enjoy the waterside and am reminded of Amsterdam.  The food’s good and the city is a cornucopia of vintage shops and foodie outlets.  Definitely worth a weekend away!   Bristol City

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