Europe

Dancing in the Rain in Piazza San Marco

July 5, 2018 Andy 0

From behind the façade of Caffè Florian, the strains of a philharmonic orchestra drift into the piazza lending the scene an ethereal romance. I’m already spellbound when the orchestra begins to play… […]

Food and drink

It’s time to banish boring salads

June 28, 2018 Jack 0

Any self respecting tomato salad is going to have a dressing which involves more than a waiter plonking a bottle of olive oil in front of you. It’s also going to include herbs such as basil and/or oregano. […]

Travel Talk

Can you feel the soul?

June 12, 2018 Jack 0

The link between these examples is both were about places which feel soulless to me; the travel equivalents of shop window mannequins, decked out in much the same gear as a human but with no beating heart […]

Europe

Turning Left, A Walk In Palmela, Portugal

June 11, 2018 Andy 0

For months we’ve lived at the end of a dirt track, in this lovely quinta with its enormous iron gates, always turning right beyond them, back along the dusty, rutted track to reach the road. Today we turn left, and I think of Jean Ainslie… […]

Andros

Swan bookends and beer on Andros

May 30, 2018 Jack 0

An easy, early morning stroll beside the beach below Chora took us past a brace of proud swans and a family of geese which stood, alert, like the points of the compass, on the lookout for danger as their not so ugly ducklings foraged among wild flowers. […]