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Travel Secrets: my robe and me

Every traveller has a secret item, especially those who travel light or, like me, for long periods of time. Something which, when tucked into a corner of your backpack, brings something else along with it. A sense of home or…

View of the Picasso Museum with the old Town, the sea and the Alps

Picasso Museum Antibes: Postwar Joie de Vivre

Picasso was not a man to be outdone.  When he arrived on the Côte d’Azur, he would have been aware of Renoir’s home in nearby Cagnes Sur Mer, as well as Chagall’s long stays in St Paul de Vence and Léger’s life…

The weekend guide to Cadaques

Cadaques is possibly the prettiest town on the Costa Brava, and certainly among the most beautiful places in Spain.  Sitting in a rocky bay and surrounded by the hills of the Cap de Creus natural park, this old fishing town…

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A family affair at Can Tanu (Fornells)

You would think that the market on fresh seafood is covered in Fornells, the idyllic fishing village in the North of Menorca that sits on a crystal-clear sea creek.  The few streets of this little town are lined with restaurants…

Caffe Terzi Bologna sign shop

Caffè Terzi, Bologna: the art of coffee

Coffee at Caffè Terzi is not like coffee anywhere else.  This unassuming café is located in the heart of Bologna’s beautiful city centre and has earned a well-deserved reputation for serving the best brew in town since opening in 2002….

Caffee Gilli Florence

Caffè Gilli, Florence: timeless style (and gin)

A friend of ours always says that ‘nobody enjoys life as much as they do in Northern Italy.’  And Caffè Gilli, on Florence’s central Piazza della Repubblica, is proof. Gilli opened its doors in 1733, when a Swiss family opened a…

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Florence’s open air sculpture gallery at Loggia Lanzi

The Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence is a good starting point for those who come to this beautiful city in search of beauty itself.  This, after all, is the city where the French writer Stendhal felt so overwhelmed by beauty…

Mdina Malta

Mdina, Malta’s silent city

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is known as the silent city On an island as crowded, as congested, as joyously chaotic as Malta, Mdina is an anomaly.  In this ancient town (and we really do mean ancient – Mdina…

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When it snows in Venice

It doesn’t snow often in Venice, and when it does, the salty air of the lagoon tends to mean that it doesn’t last too long. Historically, ice was a great concern for the Venetians.  Back in Venice’s heyday at the…

Pipa Club, Barcelona

Barcelona Pipa Club: secret cocktails on Plaza Real

  Unless you knew where to look, you wouldn’t expect to find the plaque hidden by an inconspicuous door on one of Plaza Real’s grey cloisters. You wouldn’t expect, when you rang the doorbell, to be buzzed up with nay…