El Hierro

Worlds of difference, comparing Canary Islands

September 17, 2018 Jack 0

Going into detail about the differences between the Canary Islands would fill a book, so I’m only going to provide a brief snapshot as an illustration why it’s essential to universe-hop when carrying out travel research. […]

Food and drink

Make food better, top it with an egg

September 4, 2018 Jack 0

It’s a funny thing about eggs as a potential hangover cure. A fried egg buttie is preferable to drinking raw egg but maybe more sophisticated and healthier is eggs Benedict. […]

Hiking

The goats who stare at men

August 29, 2018 Jack 0

The small unit has been tracking our progress through the ravine for some time, keeping level and matching our pace whilst remaining out of sight. […]

Europe

An average day in the life at our Portuguese quinta

August 22, 2018 Jack 0

Coffee and a bowl of fruit (bananas from Madeira, mango and pineapple from former Portuguese colonies, local cherries which are just at the end of their season) are eaten on the back terrace in the company of two black cats who look as sleepy as we do… […]

Alentejo

Land of discoveries, Evora in Portugal

August 20, 2018 Jack 0

I’m currently engrossed in ‘Conquerors – How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire’. It is an enthralling account of Portugal’s thirst for discovery, and riches. As the pages turn I jump between open-mouthed admiration of […]