Monthly Archive:: March 2013

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Nafplio – a short walk of five years

I always enjoy the anticipation of the first-day’s stroll through a town I’ve just arrived at; that checking of camera batteries, the sorting out of maps and bookmarking of the guidebook. There are some places however, that enhance the experience. Nafplio is one. I’ve often wondered what

Exploring the Peruvian coastline

You can smell them long before you see them and their sound fills the air before you get the first glimpse of them basking on the rocky beach. Even if you’ve seen sea lions before, the sight of such a vast colony of brown and grey creatures

Walking in Portugal: the Rota Vicentina

We stand at the top of the cliffs, looking down on the stork’s nests in the cliffs and far below them the crashing Atlantic waves.  For miles along the trail in either direction there isn’t another walker in sight; just us, the swirling sea birds and the

A day in Northern Sweden

Traveling from Jokkmokk, where we spent our first night, we met Helena Lanta of Sapmi Ren Och Vilt. Helena is descended from a Sami family (the nomadic indigenous people from this part of Northern Sweden), who have been herding Reindeer across the mountain ranges for many generations.

March’s Sunvil Supper Club: Spanakopita from Greece

This pie is popular all over Greece, appearing in many guises from elegant triangles to huge spirals. They’re ideal for al fresco dining, and are just as good cold as picnic food or part of a meze. The best spanakopitas are freshly made in the Greek bakeries

Easter in Sicily: Trapani Good Friday Procession

  There are many good reasons to visit Western Sicily. Home to the historic delights of Palermo and the delightful harbour town of Cefalu, the region is a summertime treat for those looking for culture, good food and a relaxing time in the sun. In one town

In the land of the Northern Lights

The moments in life that take your breath away hold a place in your heart forever, and my first sighting of the Northern Lights is a moment that I will never forget. I can even tell you the date, time and exactly where I was standing. It

Flores – my magical winter garden

  Flores, the westernmost island in the Azores, is also the westernmost inhabited place in all of Europe, located 1944 km from St. John’s, Newfoundland and 1908 km from Lisbon. The island could just as easily be understood as the outer reaches of the Americas than as