Monthly Archive:: March 2014

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Spotlight on Wildlife: Raccoon

Known as the ‘masked bandit’, this intelligent and fascinating mammal can be found throughout Costa Rica. Although you will most commonly find raccoons in forests, you are also likely to come across them in coastal, mountainous or urban areas. They have a tendency to use burrows already

Gothenburg and a perfect cultural city break

Gothenburg, once a major North Sea fishing and trading port, is quietly and steadily becoming a popular destination for a cultural city break. Sweden’s second city attracts its biggest crowds in August during the week of the Gothenburg Culture Festival and for the rest of the year there’s

Spotlight on Wildlife: Elephant seals

Elephant seals are large ocean seals and there are two species. The northern and southern elephant seal, both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but numbers have since recovered. The southern elephant seal is found in Peninsula Valdés in

March’s Sunvil Supper Club: Lamb Kleftiko

Kleftiko is one of the most popular traditional Greek/Cypriot dishes. It is either lamb or goat wrapped in foil and baked in special clay ovens. As with most Greek meat recipes, it is the slow cooking that makes all the difference. Kleftiko is the Greek word for

The Greek island of Samos and a journey to the land of Pythagoras

“The square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.” What do you think when you read those words? They are, as you have no doubt recalled, Pythagoras’ Theorem and for many of us they will provide an instant

Spotlight on Wildlife: The American Crocodile

The American Crocodile is the most widespread of the four species of crocodiles from the Americas. They can live up to 70 years and the larger adult males average about 13 feet in length and weigh approximately 180 kg. However, some males can reach lengths of 20 feet and a

Sicily and the Baroque delights of Scicli

The small but popular town of Scicli, (pronounced shi-cli) in the south-east of Sicily is certainly no stranger to fame. It is a short drive from its larger and better-known neighbour Ragusa, but shares with it a abundance of fabulous buildings that make a trip to the

Spotlight on Wildlife: Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is a large, red, yellow and blue South American parrot. It is a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called Macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. The Central American scarlet macaw is larger and has blue on

Sicilian Citrus Fruits Infographic

One of the most historically cosmopolitan regions in Europe, Sicily is home to many culinary delights. Greek, Arab and Spanish influences have helped to shape the rich and varied cuisine on the largest of the Italian Islands; and it is from one of these influences that we

Great Activity Holiday Ideas on Madeira

Madeira is well known for its brilliant flora and many of its visitors are attracted by the prospect of pleasant temperatures and the chance of a peaceful walk among the island’s colourful flowers. But Madeira also offers plenty of opportunities for those visitors who are looking for