Monthly Archive:: October 2012

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James Bond and his adventures in Brazil

Take a walk along the long sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro and images of glamour are never far away. Tanned, athletic types enjoy the sun or play ball games while others pose to anyone and everyone in some of the most elegant (or daring) swimwear you’re

Castro Verde – a place to stop awhile

Castro Verde is a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you need convincing, take a look at two of the major roundabouts in the town centre of this Portuguese town. To the north the traffic island is home to a flock of model sheep, while

Is Kiruna in Sweden really the world’s largest city?

Ask people to name the world’s largest city and you may get many different answers. Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City and Manila may come up frequently in the list of global mega-cities but I suspect few people will think of Kiruna, an unremarkable Swedish town 90 miles north

October’s Sunvil Supper Club – Swedish Cinnamon Buns

For this month’s Sunvil Supper Club, we’ve teamed up with the Swedish Tourist board to use one of their recipes to celebrate one of Sweden’s most famous culinary exports – the cinnamon bun. This humble sweet treat, more commonly known as kanelbulle in Sweden is a national

Madeira and the annual Chestnut Festival

If you’re looking for an escape from the British autumn chill, Madeira offers a great chance of sunshine and temperatures that can reach 20°C long after the central heating at home has been turned up to full power. Autumn on Madeira is a time for harvest festivals

A day in Enna

From our hotel (Le Querce di Cota) we drove to up to the ancient hilltop town of Troina. Set at over 1100m above sea level, and offering stunning views, Troina was once the Norman capital city of Sicily. To the west is the imposing sight of Mount

‘Flight Plus’ versus traditional Tour Operator or Travel Agent

Over the last week, the newspapers have been full of articles extolling the virtues of ‘flight-plus’ and how it is no longer necessary to book with a traditional, full-service tour operator or through a travel agent because the protection available through ‘flight-plus’ is identical. Well, that’s not

Tromso – the city at the top of the world

When you take the flight up to Tromso it’s worth trying to bag a window seat – if you can sit on the left of the plane (seats A) you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Norwegian coastline and its countless islands as the landscape becomes more desolate,