Cavalicious Tastings – #barcelonaesmoltmes

Barcelona Molt Mes - in the vineyard

The Cava Connection – Barcelona Es Molt Mes: I ­­­­have a particular love of sparkling wines.  And, while champagne will probably always be top of my wish-list, I’m really partial to a chilled glass of Cava – Spain’s own method champagnoise wine. About 95% of all cava is produced in Penedès area of Catalonia to the […]

Masserie Sotto Le Stelle – The Summer Solstice in Puglia

Trulli at Masseria Montedoro

Celebrating the Solstice Italian Style in the Masserie of Puglia: A couple of weeks ago I went to a presentation on the South Bank.  Puglia has been on my bucket list for some time.  This year, thanks to a soon to be released film, there’s some evidence that all of us are going to be […]

Definitely not a Last Resort – St James’s Club Antigua

St James's Club Spa

Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars at St James’s Club Antigua: It has been a while since I’ve flown long haul – older and perhaps a little grumpier the idea of flights between eight and ten hours out to Antigua and back home filled me with dread.  A necessary means to an end, I was grateful […]

Antigua – British Heritage in the Caribbean

Windmill at Betty's Hope

Hurricanes and Heritage – British Colonialism in Antigua: One of the best ways to escape the monotony of a long haul flight is to find a good film to watch. Flicking restlessly through the available movies on the Virgin Atlantic flight to Antigua I found ’Twelve Years a Slave’. On my bucket list since release, […]

Costa Barcelona – Food, Nature and Activities by the Sea

Barcelona Molt Mes - Cava at Sea

Barcelona – There’s Much More: What springs to mind for you when someone mentions Barcelona? Food from the Boqueria, the wonderful Gaudi architecture that is everywhere in the city, the beach, the galleries and museums, the tapas bars… Or donkey riding? Sometimes I DO think I’m turning into Bridget Jones. First a boot camp in […]

An Introduction to the #Caribbean – #Antigua

St James Club - Bridal

Sailing Week in Antigua: While my parents travelled a lot throughout my childhood, there was a brief phase when we stayed in one place.  For eight whole years.  I can remember being piled into the back of the car by my father to go to the sea-side for the day.  We had no idea why, […]

Doing my thing in Thuringia

Gotha palace

Erfurt, Weimar and Gotha – three cities in Thuringia Guest feature by Oliver Segal: What is the capital of Germany? Most people will say Berlin, which is true in a political sense, but Germany is a new country, made up of a huge number of old established principalities, Prince-Bishoprics and Duchies. Frankfurt is the economic […]

Fest ‘Oie – Sarlat Celebrates

Fest'Oie - Evening Event 1

Fest’Oie – Eating your Goose in Style: The celebrations in Sarlat for Fest’Oie  embrace the entire community.  Apart from the ‘educational’ experiences, visiting farms and Foie Gras production centres, the event is essentially an extended party.  A weekend of food, wine music and dance.  As my friends observed…everyone was there, from tiny children through to […]

The Weekender – Fest’Oie – the Business of Foie Gras in Sarlat

The Farmer and his pet goose

Foie Gras d’Oie in the Perigord Noir and a Guilty Conscience. The Fest’Oie in Sarlat is a celebration of one of the region’s greatest (and in the UK most controversial) delicacies.  Festivities include the Bodeg’oie – a street feast focussing on various dishes made with goose, the  Sunday Street festival and, the highlight of the […]

Sarlat – Perigord Noir, Dordogne France

Sarlat Wild Boar Ham

The Weekender – Vive la Difference – Sarlat, Dordogne: I hesitated before accepting an invitation to visit Sarlat in the Dordogne for the Fest’ Oie.  Although I do sometimes eat Foie Gras, it always feels like a guilty secret – our cousins across the channel seem to have no such concerns.  More on the Festival […]

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