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Cirque de Gavarnie
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 2)

…continued from Part 1 3rd stop: Gavarnie Gavarnie 90 kilometers/ 56 miles from Pau 49 kilometers/ 30 miles from Lourdes Check in at Le Brèche de Roland hotel in Gèdre, then drive another eight scenic kilometres (five miles) to the village of Gavarnie. Beyond the village’s tourist office, restaurants, hotels […]

Pau fernicular
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 1)

Outside of July when the taut, glistening muscles and shimmering shorts of riders are pedalling through the switchback roads during the Tour de France, the Hautes-Pyrenees is largely forgotten by everyone not training for the next race. Ask anyone without a bicycle about the Pyrenees and you’ll get, “It’s the […]

The Most Sought After Provence Treasures
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The Most Sought After Provence Treasures

The crab stuffed tomatoes and eggplant-lamb cake braised in candied tomatoes were activating every taste bud imaginable; they were savory, zesty and rich. Then came dessert: shredded fennel with saffron sorbet. A soothing liuorice-anise taste — potent, yet purifying. The adeptness to pair flavors using traditional techniques with a sophisticated […]

10 Reasons to Drink Sherry and be Cool
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10 Reasons to Drink Sherry and be Cool

Sherry wines have undoubtedly been the most mistreated and ignored wines, being considered as demodé for decades. However, things are changing and as in the case of gin that resurrected from its own ashes, sherry is conquering the most maverick palates, flirting with trendy bars and proving that drinking wine […]

St. Peter Port from the St. Malo ferry in the English Channel
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A Visitor’s View on Guernsey

St. Peter Port rose up from the Channel in jagged shadows. The sun shone too bright in my camera and the wind whipped hair in my eye. When we got closer I could see boats moored along the coast. The man beside me said that when the tide goes out, […]

Cinque Terre  (Five Villages)
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Cinque Terre  (Five Villages)

If you ever get tired of life, skip the therapist and head directly to Cinque Terre, the Italian Riviera of Italy. Five crazy fishing villages are built on steep cliffs, set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world. You’ll find rugged beauty and a slow pace. […]

Kassandra Peninsula
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Greek Cuisine – A Lesson From General George

“Eating is all about memories,” says chef George Palisidis. “General George,” as he introduces himself, is a man whose passion for food is almost tangible and whose enthusiasm is electric. As he talks about pairing and enjoying and what makes a good meal, it makes me wonder what I’ve been […]

Lunch at the Hotel Cap Eden Roc in Antibes !
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Lunch at the Hotel Cap Eden Roc in Antibes !

I have asked for a lunch reservation at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes. Yes, the beautiful restaurant terrace overlooking the Mediterranean where a simple starter salad like a Salade Nicoise will cost you US$80. Visiting this hotel for its phenomenal position on the Cote d’Azur and its […]

Corfe Castle in a sea of mist
photo by Tom Burn
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Ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset, England

Early in the morning, as the sun begins to rise over a glowing horizon and dawn’s pale blush creeps over the land, the ruins of Corfe Castle appear to float above the ground like an island in a sea of mist. The mist is redolent of grassy fields, shrubs and […]

Alternative Amsterdam
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Alternative Amsterdam

Years ago, a phrase like “alternative Amsterdam” may have conjured up the expectations of more edgy and non-traditional attractions and entertainment. Excessive publicity about legalized commercial sex and drugs tends to divert attention away from the outstanding water-centric and cultural attractions in this city, where I can walk from one […]