Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it, in Athens graffiti is everywhere from simple tags, saying ‘I was here’ to sophisticated, commissioned murals, that have clearly taken time, as well as real talent, to create. One sunny morning I joined a...
Top 15 things to do in Athens, Greece

Top 15 things to do in Athens, Greece

What do you see when you visit a city like Athens? The grime and dirt, the scrawling graffiti, the homeless man with his bedding spread out in a shop doorway? Or do you see the pretty lilac-coloured flowers of the jacaranda trees that line the avenues, the lively...
Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife

Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife

Having marvelled at the dramatic volcanic scenery of the Teide National Park on Tenerife and the lush green, cloud enshrouded forests of La Gomera, little did I know that, for me, the best was yet to come! Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife, one of...
The dramatic beauty of a volcanic landscape

The dramatic beauty of a volcanic landscape

Situated on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic...
El Médano, a laid-back town and a kite-surfer’s paradise

El Médano, a laid-back town and a kite-surfer’s paradise

When I was first asked to visit the Canary Islands of Spain, I have to admit that my heart didn’t leap with joy. Restaurants offering full English breakfasts and fish and chips, over crowded beaches with tourists determined to turn a shade of lobster and...
La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

Over 12 million years ago a series of oceanic rifts allowed molten rock to vent onto the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. As they piled higher and higher a series of islands formed off the north African coast. Today they form Spain’s Canary Island’s. One of...
In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

As well as lots of delicious cooking, and of course eating, during my recent trip to Tuscany, my host Flavours Holidays included not only a wine tasting trip but also a day out in Florence. After all, it would be a crime to visit this part of Tuscany and not...
Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

What would you look for when thinking of a cooking holiday in Italy? An informal, friendly atmosphere, a little sight-seeing, wine tasting and of course, informative and fun lessons, all in an idyllic setting on a farmhouse in the country. I found all this and...
Picture Postcard from Florence

Picture Postcard from Florence

Dear all, Having a superb time in Tuscany learning about Florentine home cooking with the dashing, Alessio, our Italian chef. Just 7 others on the course with me and we’re really having fun. We’ve prepared and eaten so many wonderful dishes from tortelli...
An edible journey around Sardinia

An edible journey around Sardinia

Following on from my recent posts from the lovely island of Sardinia. I’d like to tell you about the amazing Sardinian cuisine I discovered. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many wonderful meals in one week before, so please join me on an...
Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Cagliari (or Casteddu in Sardu meaning castle) on the south coast of Sardinia, is the island’s capital and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia. It is an ancient city, known to have been inhabited as long ago as the Neolithic period,...
San Pantaleo and the best hot chocolate in the world?

San Pantaleo and the best hot chocolate in the world?

With its rustic stone buildings, hardly any traffic and a backdrop of granite mountains, walking around the pretty Sardinian village of San Pantaleo, is like stepping back in time and it was here that I made a very important discovery. It was coming to the end of...
Sardinia, the heart of the Mediterranean

Sardinia, the heart of the Mediterranean

Life in Sardinia is probably the best a man can wish: twenty-four-thousands kilometers of forests, countryside, shores immersed in a miraculous sea, this corresponds to what I would suggest God to give us as Paradise. Fabrizio De Andrè, 1996 Last September I...
Top 10 things to do in Rome

Top 10 things to do in Rome

Rome has to be one of Europe’s most popular city breaks and on my first visit, I was mesmerised by her history and splendour. I spent an exhausting few days trying to cram in seeing as many places in Rome as I possibly could, then rather regretted not taking...
Drinking Mallorca!

Drinking Mallorca!

As the sun was sinking low in the sky and a golden light spread across the vines, Monica welcomed us to the Ca’n Vidalet winery in northern Mallorca, Spain. They had just finished harvesting this year’s grapes that very day and walking around the vineyard...
Eating Mallorca!

Eating Mallorca!

Lamb, slowly roasted in an ancient stone oven until it falls off the bone and sobrasada, a spicy spreadable sausage, smeared over crusty bread and drizzled in honey are just two of the local dishes that you should look out for on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca...
Discovering Mallorca on the Isabel Maria

Discovering Mallorca on the Isabel Maria

I awoke on my first morning in the Spanish islands of Mallorca to a clear blue sky and the warmth of October sunshine. The sea outside my window was calm and inviting. As I ate my breakfast on the Hotel Illa d’Or’s seaside terrace, a beautiful vintage...
Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

“Grape juice, time and passion and nothing else” explains Roberto “There is no sugar in genuine balsamic vinegar.” I’m at Casa del Balsamico Modenese di Giuseppe Cattani, producers of the first organic traditional balsamic vinegar of...

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