Category: Travel Miscellany

3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

London is packed with restaurants and there are so many culinary delights to sample, but these three restaurants are on another level entirely – you’ll realise this from the moment you walk in.  If you are visiting London, or you are already a resident, here are three dining experiences that will blow your mind… Shaka […]

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

This week’s recipe is from North-Eastern China, a region famous for its delicious jiao zi (dumplings). Small parcels of minced meat spiced with sesame oil, ginger and Soya sauce are wrapped in a wheat flour pastry case. Jiao zi are served with a traditional Chinese sauce – light Soya sauce with just a dash of […]

The 4 best ways to see the Monaco Grand Prix

The 4 best ways to see the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is the highlight of the F1 racing calendar; the race that every driver wants to win. Set in stunning surroundings between the glistening Alps and the azure waters of the Med, it attracts the most expensive yachts, finest cars, and most beautiful people. In this environment the last place you want […]

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

When winter sets in and Christmas fast approaches, Paris gets dressed up with millions of lights and sparkling colours. Christmas trees pop up everywhere and merry music can be heard drifting on the evening air. Adults and children alike will love the magical atmosphere all around. If you are still looking for an exceptional Christmas […]

Sochi warms up for the Winter Olympics

Sochi warms up for the Winter Olympics

With 2014 fast approaching, many keen sports travellers are gearing up to head to Southern Russia for the thrills of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi which will be held between the 7th and 23rd of February 2014. This much-anticipated event will play host to a total of 98 events, across 15 disciplines. 2 weeks […]

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

If you are visiting Madrid for the first time, or have been many times before and are looking to do something different, then we hope this will give you some inspiration. Whether you’ve a head for heights or prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, there is something here to lure you […]

Choux shopping in Paris - 5 of the best addresses

Choux shopping in Paris – 5 of the best addresses

As in fashion, trends move fast in the food world. Sex and the City made cupcakes cool. But, like scrunchies, gladiator sandals and low-waisted jeans, they quickly went by the wayside. Cupcakes were replaced by macarons, which were replaced by whoopee pies, which were replaced by cake pops. Now it seems that artfully decorated éclairs […]

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the […]

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

The succulent and unique flavour of the Tiger Prawns combined with sweet shallots and sour passion fruit make this dish a sensation for all the senses; the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The dish takes about 20 minutes to create and is a great dish all year round. If you love being creative with […]

The best Sherry house in Spain?

The best Sherry house in Spain?

Considering that the Jerez D.O. (denominacion de origen) title was the very first designated in Spain, and that even before then Sherry was already internationally popular for centuries, you might expect that by now there would be some very fine bottles of the stuff in production. The process of making this fortified wine has indeed […]

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the few positive things to come out of these straitened economic times is a rediscovery of many of the cheap but tasty cuts of meat. Such meat often requires a little more effort – which costs nothing, of course – but rewards you […]

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

You are on vacation in Italy, and want to find a great restaurant in which to enjoy a great meal. You turn to TripAdvisor to help you locate a place, but are faced with wading through dozens of options. How do you find the perfect place without spending hours on line doing research? I use TripAdvisor, […]

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Location is everything. So if you want to enjoy the royal lifestyle why not start by choosing the right spot. We don’t think it gets any better than staying in a palace formerly owned by a prince.  Perched high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Cote d’Azur is the very regal Château Eza. Now transformed into a […]

Cliff jumping in Hawaii

Cliff jumping in Hawaii

Ever been tempted by cliff jumping?  Check out this video for some rather extreme cliff jumping and diving in Hawaii. Not content with the natural heights of the cliffs in some instances, there’s also some rather insane trampoline jumps thrown in for good measure. And one or two nasty belly-flops, too! Don’t try this at home is […]

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

The world's best Pinot Noir

The world’s best Pinot Noir

The Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley region has beaten 14,000 wines from 62 regions around the world to win a coveted International Trophy, the competition’s top award, for its Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir (Decanter World Wine Awards under £15 category, London, October 2013). It is the first time […]

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