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Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it’s touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet curtains separating the different rooms. The Royal Habsburgs came here, […]

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Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here’s your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took us all around the island. Along with a selection of […]

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Sailing and cooking in Sestri Levante

Is there a better start to the morning than a brisk sail in a fresh breeze? I don’t think so. As I’ve mentioned here, here and here, there’s much more to the Italian Riviera than Cinque Terre. So much more. Here’s yet another little jewel. About 56 kilometres from Genoa you’ll find Sestri Levante. Once […]

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I found my love in Portofino

Well, no, I didn’t. Sadly. I obviously wasn’t here long enough; you’d have to look far and wide for a more romantic place to find love. Just ask Bogie and Bacall, or Dolce and Gabbana, or Madonna, or Elizabeth Taylor, or George Clooney. As you might have guessed, Portofino is one of the world’s glamour […]

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Autumn in Munich

Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers’ market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. We’re about a week early, which means we have a […]

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World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert

Today’s curious quirk is dessert; a very alcoholic dessert in Lithuania, specifically. On a recent girl friend weekend break in Vilnius, we decided to visit the Television Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Eastern Europe, to get our bearings. The Television Tower has a revolving panorama platform and restaurant, the Paukščių takas […]

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Cooking in Italy

As I drive east, the gentle rolling hills of Tuscany gradually give way to lofty peaks and deep valleys. The scenery takes my breath away, in every sense: I draw a deep breath before setting down steep roads next to sheer drops, no guard rails. I’m on the way to Le Marche, a region in […]

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