Monthly Archive:: June 2012

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On the Norman Trail in Sicily

Visitors to Sicily may be surprised to discover so many signs of Norman influence among the historic sites around the island. While many of us assume that the invasions of the Norsemen, who were initially Vikings but later mixed with English, Frank and Roman stock, were concentrated

The Azores comes to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    For six days in July (from the 3rd to the 8th) Hampton Court Palace will be ablaze with colour and will welcome thousands of visitors for the annual Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. This year a dedicated section will feature ‘World of Gardens’ and within this area

The Battle of Crete remembered

Every May the population of Crete stops to honour those who fell while defending the island from Nazi invasion. Parades and ceremonies of remembrance take place in large cities and small villages alike, and while those who lived through the war become fewer and fewer the importance

Alentejo – unapologetically its own self

According to the 93% of the Portuguese population who have the misfortune to be born outside a region that accounts for a third of the country, the people of Alentejo have a most perverse attitude to life. It seems Alentejans are resistant to the idea that life

Italian agritourism: the true meaning of ‘house wine’

  Take a holiday in rural Italy and the chances are that the itinerary will at some point include a visit to a vineyard to sample a glass of local produce. Italy’s wine producers have a long tradition of encouraging visitors to become familiar with not only their end