Monthly Archive:: January 2013

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How a good book can influence your travel plans

Have you ever chosen a holiday purely as a result of reading a good book? Most novels have a single location in which most of the action is set and when we get absorbed into a compelling story we build up a picture in our minds of

A Drive On the Lower Mani

They say that Mani is another world and the Maniots a race apart: curt, hardy, traditional, fiercely independent. Mani is Greece’s Montana. Survivalists would love it. This is my first time down the Mani peninsula which, as the locals relish pointing out to me, is the long,

January’s Sunvil Supper Club: Portuguese Caldo Verde

It’s January and most of us have seen plummeting temperatures and snow-filled skies lately. This meant that we need a good winter-warmer recipe for January’s Sunvil Supper Club, and what better way to do that than a good soup? Soup might not be the first dish that

10 reasons to visit Bolivia on your South America trip

For those looking for a South American adventure away from the crowds along Rio’s beaches or the much visited Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, Bolivia offers a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. A trip around Bolivia offers the chance to see some of the world’s most

Uncovering the history of the Peloponnese

  A Spartan Experience It’s probably best not to describe a holiday experience as Spartan – images of sorry-looking hotel rooms with bare walls and a solitary bed might spring to mind. Yet the origins of the word ‘Spartan’ reveal a very different picture and an ancient

A walk through Beja

Historical Beja For many visitors a wander through Beja in the Alentejo will elicit a mixture of emotions: admiration at the splendid old houses and doorways, sadness at the obvious destruction and neglect and perhaps an overall sense of confusion about what happened where (and why) in