Portugal Alentejo region

Portugal’s agricultural region: O, Alentejo

O, Alentejo! The wonder of Portugal's big nothing “O Alentejo?” It’s hard to pull off a disdainful expression when you’re smudged with plaster dust, but somehow Luis manages it. Then he shrugs dismissively and turns back to his grouting. “There’s nothing there. Fields. Sheep. Sun.…

Exploring Cornwall

It is naive to think that just one city sets the tone for an entire county. I quickly learned that just because you have visited London does not mean that you have visited England. I love London don't get me wrong, but it is only…
Norwegian flights

UK Editor Round-up: Transatlantic flights, Easter and Tea

Norwegian's summer flights from the UK to the US It’s so tempting. So tempting to just press ‘book’, because Norwegian are launching a new service this summer of direct flights from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New York and LA. Prices are ridiculously low…
Lisbon's cobbled streets

5 things I learned in Lisbon | Portugal Travel

Lisbon is a city of crumbling grandeur, of heart-aching beauty, a fair city, it is said, who runs down the hills to meet her lover, the River Tejo. Amid the maze of streets in Alfama, somewhere between a wall of delicately painted azulejos - the…

Brodetto alla Vastese: Fish Soup from Abruzzo, Italy

Travel anywhere along the Adriatic Coast and you cannot ignore the traditional fish cuisine. Each locality has its own speciality such as stuffed mussels and stuffed squid, pasta with clams, fried fish, pasta and chickpeas, seafood soup and so on. Not least, the Gulf of Vasto, where many dishes are still prepared by local mums in the traditional way.

French Cheese 101

When I first moved to France, one of the first questions people would ask me was, “Why?” To me it seemed an odd question – “Why not?” I always wanted to answer. But I didn’t. Instead, I came up with a flippant answer, far from the full truth, but definitely an influential and attractive aspect of the country: “For the cheese.”