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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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World at a Glance: Maputo fish market

I was going through some old photos and this one from the fish market in Maputo brought a smile to my face. It’s been about 15 years, gosh – yet I remember well wandering through this lively bazaar and chatting with these friendly, cheeky ladies. The Maputo fish market was near the beach – still […]

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Rural Majorca

My youngest daughter Catarina and I have just spent a few days in Majorca. We were in the north of the island, at Playa de Muro, far away from the party beaches down south – very, very far away – in distance as well as state of mind. We spent one long, lovely day in […]

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Easter traditions in Norway

  Easter 1911 Spring is finally in the air up here in the northern world, although it looks like snow will be on the ground for a few more days at least, to the delight of most. Easter, you see, means a 10-day-vacation – we’re in the middle of it right now – and skiing […]

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