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It’s all about the weather – a brief introduction to the Azores climate

Life on most small islands is governed greatly by the weather. Farmers and fishermen live and work according to the seasons, while the cultural aspects of island life (such as festivals and celebrations) are often centred around the annual changes in the local weather. The Azores are

November’s Sunvil Supper Club: Bolo de Mel (Honey Cake)

Bolo de Mel is considered to be Madeira’s oldest dessert. Also referred to as Honey Cake, it is a very traditional dessert in Madeiran cuisine, which combines simple and sweet ingredients like set honey and cinnamon powder along with some chopped almonds and walnuts for a richly

Exploring the Douro Valley in Portugal

The Douro is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and although it has its source and the bulk of its course in Spain, many would argue that its most scenic section is in the wine lands of northern Portugal. By the time it spills out into

Svalbard; the land of our Arctic dreams

There are a few places on earth that even the most seasoned of travelling will feel privileged to visit, and one of these destinations is the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. A joy to explore with a unique pulse and a magnetic pull. Surrounded by the North

Climbing Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain

The sight of a mountain, especially a classic volcano which rises sharply from the sea to a conical peak, is one that for most of us is something worth travelling to witness. But for many people merely standing at ground level and enjoying the view of the

October’s Sunvil Supper Club: Sicilian Arancini

Arancini are stuffed rice balls, coated with breadcrumbs and fried. They are said to have originated in Sicily in the 10th century and are now commonly featured on restaurant menus and cooked in homes. There are a number of local variants that differ in fillings from ragù

Days out from Rome

There’s no disputing the allure of Rome, with its thousands of years of history and world-famous monuments, churches and ruins. But for those spending a few days in the Italian capital there are several enticing options for days out which offer not only an escape from Rome’s

Torshavn – the capital that’s more like a small town

Torshavn is not your typical capital city. Home to barely 20,000 people and with a modest selection of restaurants and bars, for most of the year it has the feel of a small provincial town (if you arrive during the annual St Olaf’s Day wild celebrations your experience will certainly

Experience the unique Ice Concert in Luleå

A visit to Luleå in Northern Sweden at any time of year is a delight but especially so in winter time. There are a number of winter activities to choose from including snowmobiling across the frozen Bothnia Sea on a pack ice tour; gliding along the snow

Winter adventures in northern Sweden

As if the prospect of seeing the magical Northern Lights aren’t reason enough to make plans to head to northern Sweden in the winter, there are plenty of activities on offer for visitors beyond staring in the sky in search of bright colours. The winter landscape of