Europe

Scenes of a stroll around 5 districts of Venice

July 23, 2018 Jack 4

Venice is one of those destinations which sat loftily on a grand cerebral column. But reports of it being an overcrowded tourist destination (regularly lumped in with Barcelona and Dubrovnik) had made us wary that it might be just another dreamy bubble waiting to be burst. […]

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Europe

Six Setúbal Surprises

July 10, 2018 Andy 0

Economically and gastronomically upwardly mobile, the city of Setúbal, south of Lisbon, has more secrets than the average espionage agent; these are just six of them… […]

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… […]

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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… […]

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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. […]