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November’s Sunvil Supper Club: Bolo de Mel (Honey Cake)

Bolo de Mel is considered to be Madeira’s oldest dessert. Also referred to as Honey Cake, it is a very traditional dessert in Madeiran cuisine, which combines simple and sweet ingredients like set honey and cinnamon powder along with some chopped almonds and walnuts for a richly

Birds of Latin America – Colouring Page

Birdwatching in Latin America is an activity that even the most half-hearted nature lover is guaranteed to enjoy. Birds in this part of the world are renowned for their bright colours and elaborate plumage, and a sighting of some of the region’s beautiful birds is likely to

Akyaka in Turkey and a different type of beach holiday

Turkey’s holiday resorts tend to tick the required boxes for preconceptions of a holiday to Turkey, with the sound of eager sellers at the lively bazaars merging with regular calls to prayer from the minarets, rising sharply from the narrow old lanes. Visit Akyaka though, and you’ll witness an

Exploring the Douro Valley in Portugal

The Douro is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and although it has its source and the bulk of its course in Spain, many would argue that its most scenic section is in the wine lands of northern Portugal. By the time it spills out into

Cultural Highlights of Paphos

Cyprus has long been popular with holidaymakers looking for guaranteed sunshine and its historical links to Britain have left a legacy of familiarity that appeals to many (think driving on the left and the remarkably widespread use of English). But beyond simply going to enjoy the great

Svalbard; the land of our Arctic dreams

There are a few places on earth that even the most seasoned of travelling will feel privileged to visit, and one of these destinations is the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. A joy to explore with a unique pulse and a magnetic pull. Surrounded by the North

Climbing Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain

The sight of a mountain, especially a classic volcano which rises sharply from the sea to a conical peak, is one that for most of us is something worth travelling to witness. But for many people merely standing at ground level and enjoying the view of the

October’s Supper Club: Sicilian Arancini

Arancini are stuffed rice balls, coated with breadcrumbs and fried. They are said to have originated in Sicily in the 10th century and are now commonly featured on restaurant menus and cooked in homes. There are a number of local variants that differ in fillings from ragù

Volcano adventures from San Jose in Costa Rica

While the Costa Rican capital San Jose may be one of Central America’s more cosmopolitan cities, it’s typically not a place where visitors tend to stick around. That’s not to say it’s without its charms, but with so many exciting natural attractions within a country that’s roughly

Days out from Rome

There’s no disputing the allure of Rome, with its thousands of years of history and world-famous monuments, churches and ruins. But for those spending a few days in the Italian capital there are several enticing options for days out which offer not only an escape from Rome’s