Category: Travel Miscellany

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

More often than not turkey tends to be desert-dry, but not with this delicious dish. Cooked in duck fat, the fat replaces the water and gives it a succulent and distinct flavour, whilst keeping the meat nice and tender. The tender turkey combined with the pleasantly crumbly and grainy texture of the polenta cake, and […]

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

We all know that Christmas is about giving, but if you’re really looking to impress this year then you’ll need something that hits that wow factor and where better to find supreme luxury than in royal Britain. With Christmas just around the corner, we look to some of Britain’s top luxury brands and artisans to […]

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

Imagine seeing your dream Christmas presents appear before your eyes as you wait to claim your bags at the luggage carousel. WestJet managed to pull off this stunt, surprising their passengers in style, on a flight from Toronto to Calgary. Watch the video and see it for yourself… I just feel sorry for the guy […]

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

The image shown is a regular monthly free hula performance presented at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii in front of the Kilauea Volcano. Most of the hula performances done are a tribute to Pele, the goddess of the Volcano. The monthly performances are open to the public and are a beautiful way to see authentic hula […]

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Imagine if you fell asleep on your flight and didn’t wake up on landing. Take that a step further and imagine none of the passengers or crew had spotted you as they disembarked. They all leave, leaving you alone on the plane. Now spare a thought for Tom Wagner for whom this precise scenario happened. […]

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Nick Van Gruisen’s travel career started as a professional guide running camps and leading safaris in Botswana and South Africa. He then joined Lindblad Safaris, pioneers at the time of private plane safaris through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In the 1980s he set up the UK office of the Tiger Mountain Group on the main […]

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

A dish to impress guests at any Winter dinner party, wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce combines the freshest in-season seafood with ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards. Wild sea bass, available from August to March, is preferable to farmed fish due to its superior flavour […]

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Earlier this year, I shared some of my top tips for the hungry traveller with an exclusive gourmand’s guide to Paris. This time, it’s all about homing in on one of the naughtiest, most luxurious treats in the City of Lights’ culinary repertoire: the world-famous café gourmand. If you want to play the part of […]

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

The Madrilenos operate at a different pace of life to most of us. It is relaxed, leisurely and calm. It is very, very Spanish. So, reset your watches and your time-clocks and keep those afternoons slow… it’s not until night-time when Madrid bursts into life. Madrid is a city of over three million, situated on the […]

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

Venice might not be a place that immediately springs to mind as a value destination but, if you fancy an affordable luxury break in the City of Bridges, then read on. We spoke to our friends at Cosmos Holidays and came up with a few ideas that will help you save money without compromising you […]

A guide to Christmas in Chamonix

A guide to Christmas in Chamonix

Christmas in Chamonix is a magical time of year – officially declared when the lights are turned on at the beginning of December. The opening night is a traditional one, complete with vin chaud, hot chocolate and live music, and marks the beginning of a season filled with festivity and fun. One of Chamonix’s greatest […]

10 top tips for getting tickets to see Real Madrid

10 top tips for getting tickets to see Real Madrid

If you’ve ever fancied watching the skills of the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, or the highest paid player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, then Madrid is the place to go. Real Madrid is littered with stars and the Bernabéu stadium is the second largest stadium in Spain, capable of holding more than 85,000 […]

Juggling your way around Iceland

Juggling your way around Iceland

28-year-old Californian Chris Smith has combined his hobby of juggling with the making of an inspiring travel video for Iceland. What set out to be a fun way to show his trip to family and friends turned into an internet sensation, attracting around 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Chris has been juggling for 16 years and […]

Foodie finds in Dublin

Foodie finds in Dublin

A city of canals, castles and cream tea, Dublin is full of stony charm and literary allure. Yet in recent years it’s an array of rather spectacular foodie haunts that have been drawing crowds to the capital of the Emerald Isle. Here is our pick of Dublin’s best (or should that be most characterful) restaurants. […]

The world's most unique cruise ship features

The world’s most unique cruise ship features

Back in the golden day of cruising, travellers could barely believe their eyes when they stepped aboard a luxury cruise liner and found fully equipped gymnasiums, relaxing Turkish baths, and even well stocked libraries and outdoor, European-style cafes. Of course, all of these features, and indeed much, much more, are pretty standard across the board […]

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