The Hollywood Gang Hideaway

On a dramatic cliff in the hills above a large, brawling city, there’s a hotel. A deliciously kitsch, bright pink Hollywood hideaway in Acapulco, a secret refuge for film stars in the 1950s. Now, we only stopped for the spectacular ocean views, and for drinks on a hot day, so this will not be a [...]

The Race to the South Pole

Victory awaits him, who has everything in order – luck we call it. Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions – bad luck we call it. Roald Amundsen *** As you may know, seven countries have claims on the southernmost continent: Antarctic neighbours Argentina, Australia, Chile and New [...]

A Quirky Christmas Market in Paris

Christmas market and ultra-modern skyscrapers… not two terms that usually go together. I was in Paris last week for work. Having a few spare hours, I hopped on the metro to La Défense, largely for nostalgic reasons. (La Défense, as you might know, is the largest purpose-built business district in Europe). Back in the 90s, [...]

Huatulco secrets?

Writing postcards Snow is falling outside my window. It’s undoubtedly beautiful. And cold. The summery memory of this little harbour at the foothills of the Sierra Madre makes the day a little warmer. Here’s a little photo essay. Where: Huatulco, State of Oaxaca, Mexico Huatulco secrets? Huatulco is a cruise port. I always wonder what happens [...]

Travel Bloggers Give Back

The cool website Green Global Travel has introduced a series called Travel Bloggers Give Back, asking travel bloggers to write about their favourite charitable organsation. In short, we’re being challenged to use our blogs to make a difference. Can’t say no to that now, can I? Médecins Sans Frontières My preferred humanitarian organisation is MSF, [...]

Fiery Furnas: Steamy cauldrons in the Azores

As the plane descends, my youngest daughter exclaims: “Look! The earth is boiling.” And it is! From above, the Furnas Valley looks mysterious and misty. A few minutes later we land on São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. About halfway between Britain and America, the Azores islands are volcanic and verdant, and [...]

Ostermalms Saluhall – Slow Food in Stockholm

If you’re a travelling foodie and you happen to be in Stockholm, a stop at Saluhallen Market in the hip Ostermalm neighbourhood (or Östermalm, which is the proper Swedish spelling) will be a highlight of your visit. Fish, meats, vegetables, cheese… a veritable fresh food feast – all locally grown and responsibly sourced. It’s all [...]

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