my favourite things: HAVANA

 Hop in a ragtop, turn up the music and party like its 1959. Havana is the place to be. Classic candy-coloured cars still ply the streets but the awful restaurants and dodgy hotels of old are rapidly being replaced. The city’s slow decay since the Cuban Revolution is finally changing. Buildings are being renovated, chefs…

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my favourite things: VENICE

Ah VENICE! Beyond crowded in summer, damp and foggy in winter, yet somehow always totally enchanting. A city packed with art, history, culture and the most incredible amount of tourist tat. Truman Capote said “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”. Divine, indulgent, decadent; must be done at least…

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do you really want to surf in tofino?

Tofino. Suring capital of Canada. Seriously? Ok, the waves are good, and consistent. But the water is cold. Freezing cold. Though it can reach a relatively balmy 17 degrees C for a day or two in July, the water usually hovers around 10 degrees C pretty much all year round. If you fall off a…

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splish, splash, its all about the bath

Especially a bath that has nothing to do with getting clean. In Budapest, baths are for healing, playing chess, socializing and relaxing. The city sits over what seems like an infinite number of natural hot springs. For over 1000 years, people, right back to the Celts, have been raving about how wonderful they are. But…

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is there a good travel agent story?

I once vowed never to use a travel agent. End of story. How could they possibly do what is right for me when they are being paid by the hotel, the airline, the tour company. They’ve got to make a living, they’re human, they are going to steer me to whomever pays them the most.…

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art knows how to swim

You’ve done the Uffizi, admired the Academia and climbed to the top of the bell tower for the views. All very worthwhile, but maybe, just maybe, not so fun. So, now is the time to indulge in a treasure hunt of sorts! The artist known only as Blub has been putting scuba masks on his/her…

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