Monthly Archive:: April 2013

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April’s Sunvil Supper Club: Portuguese custard tarts (Pasteis de nata)

Pasteis de nata are a Sunvil favourite! The most popular of Portuguese pastries, they are enjoyed around the world. They are made with flaky puff pastry and filled with a caramelized creamy egg custard, dusted with cinnamon. They were first created before the 18th century by Catholic

Spectacular Lofoten Islands and Vesterålen

“Don’t forget your driving licence”, I was told, two days before the start of my first ever visit to the spectacular Lofoten Islands and its equally impressive neighbour, Vesterålen.  My excitement of visiting these unspoiled rugged islands of Norway quickly gave way to dread as I had

Exploring the legend of Zorba

It’s a warm evening and you linger over the reflection of the moon on the distant sea as you listen to the gentle sound of the waves. You’re sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on a basket of fresh pitta bread, ready to enjoy a feast

Kalamitsi: Literature’s Forgotten Corner

  Nikos is a short, softly spoken pensioner, still sprightly and gregarious after all these years. ‘This,’ he says unlocking a door, ‘is where Bruce wrote that last book of his’. I walk into a large room with a kitchenette , a double bed, a writing table

An Arctic Exploration

I recently returned from a trip to Northern Norway, an area I’d not previously visited, and would thoroughly recommend it. Whether for a short break of a tailor-made itinerary, this region of Norway has much to offer. Some of my highlights were: Trondheim: This former capital of

Pompeii and Herculaneum – see it for yourself

Along with the recent opening of the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum, the last few weeks have seen a number of TV programmes about the events leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Thanks to the many

A warm night at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel

To spend a night in sub-zero temperatures at a Snow or Ice Hotel is on many people’s ‘MUST DO’ list of travel experiences, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime and one that will make you

Highlights of Copenhagen

Look at the frequently published lists of the world’s top 10 cities and you’ll usually find Copenhagen included. The capital of Denmark enjoys a reputation as a clean, tolerant and thoroughly likeable place for both residents and visitors. So what is there to do and see on

News from Cyprus…

I have been in Cyprus for the last three days.  There is nothing like finding out for yourself as to exactly what is going on and how the current economic situation will affect our clients. The economic bombshell that hit the island 10 days ago was completely

Tilos – a model Greek island

While tourism is crucial to the economic survival of many Greek islands, there is an inevitable price to pay for having millions of sun-seeking foreigners flying in and out of the country every summer. Tourism brings its own environmental costs but too often it appears that local