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The Renaissance man from Vinci

Who’s in your ideal circle of friends? My list is long, and most are long gone. Near the top is a man who was born in this house in Vinci.

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About Schnapps – the natural way

The Backer schnapps is all-natural, hand-made – in short, the good stuff. If further proof of quality is required, medals and awards abound.

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Tintagel – or King Arthur, part I

Tintagel is a fascinating place to explore, a ruin on top of steep cliffs, on two sides of a rocky isthmus facing the forceful Celtic Sea.

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Scenes from a Bahraini mall – empty elegance

Manama, Bahrain, 29 September 2009 It’s 6:30 pm and I’m in Moda Mall at the World Trade Centre, wondering where all the people are. Moda is a huge shopping centre with high-end boutiques. Just from where I now sit, I see Louis Vuitton, Dior, Emporio Armani, Versace and Fendi. And where I sit is in […]

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The streets of Oslo are filled with love

Terrorism. In Oslo, one of the safest cities in the world. A month ago, the worst tragedy since World War II hit Norway. A mad man, a terrorist, set off a bomb near the Prime Minister’s office, killing 8. He then travelled to the island of Utøya and murdered 69 more. This afternoon, the victims […]

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Pizza night in the Italian countryside

Today is Thursday. I wish I were at La Tavola Marche, a wonderful agriturismo and cooking school in Le Marche, one of Italy’s least known regions – and, as it happens, a wonderful place to have pizza in Italy. You see, every Thursday, Ashley and Jason Bartner organizes pizza night at their agriturismo. And it […]

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The best little bookshop in Girona

In Barri Vell, the old town, narrow alleys and medieval stairs appear around every corner. Suddenly I stumble upon this wonderful, dusty antiquarian bookshop.

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