A Day in Macau | What To See & Where To Eat

Macau, in China’s Guangdong Province, is less than 40 miles as the crow flies from Hong Kong – much less if you measure from the Eastern tip of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. So it’s no surprise that many visitors to its larger neighbour make time for an excursion to see the sights of Macau (also ... Read more »

20 Things to See Do Eat & Drink in Porto, Northern Portugal

Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon and one of Europe’s oldest, Porto sits astride the mouth of Douro River, where it spills out into the North Atlantic Sea. Like nearby Braga, which I wrote about recently, Porto and its surrounding area have a fascinating and diverse history that stretches back to 300 BC. A great ... Read more »

24 Hours in Braga | The Heart of Historical Northern Portugal

Have you heard of Braga in Northern Portugal? I confess I hadn’t until I was invited to visit the area recently. I quickly learned that Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and has a very long and fascinating history which is still very much in evidence today. Braga (together with nearby Guimarães and Tenões) ... Read more »

A Food Lover’s City Break in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Ottawa has a bit of a bad rap amongst Canadians. Visiting Toronto in Ontario and Montreal in Quebec, as soon as we mentioned that we were heading to the nation’s capital we were immediately asked why and told not to bother! Ottawa was dismissed as dull, boring and not worthy of our time by several ... Read more »

Beauty, Culture & Relaxation at Hoshinoya Karuizawa

If any one nation excels at skilfully enhancing an area of natural beauty to make it even more beautiful, it must surely be Japan? Certainly, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting than HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, located in an area known colloquially as the Japanese Alps. About Hoshinoya Karuizawa is not only one of the ... Read more »

Captivating Kaiseki Cuisine at Hoshinoya Kyoto

Is there anything more charming than a restaurant to which one travels by small boat along a serene stretch of river in one of Japan’s most beautiful cities? One that also serves the highest quality Japanese cuisine, each dish a perfect balance between traditional classic and inventive modern? If there is, I am yet to ... Read more »

Four Fantastic Reasons to Visit Lübeck

One of the most picturesque cities in Europe, Lübeck is the perfect destination for a Northern European city break. During my recent March visit the wind chilled to the bone but the end-of-winter sunshine showcased the Old City in glorious golden light. Situated on the River Trave, Lübeck is the second-largest city in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein ... Read more »

Markets of Canada | Making Peach & Ice Wine Jam in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Welland’s Farmers Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake is not nearly as vast as the mind-boggling markets I visited in Montreal and Quebec but it’s plenty big enough to offer a wide selection and is a wonderful place to buy local and regional produce. Fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and dairy, cheese, honey, charcuterie, baked goods and other food and ... Read more »

Enjoying Ice Wine | The Vineyards of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

I adore dessert wines. The syrupy liquid nectar is too sweet for some, but I truly love the intensity of flavour that the best dessert wines bring to the glass. Some of my favourites are produced by noble rot, the action of Botrytis cinerea, a fungal mould that causes infected grapes to partially shrivel, raisin-like, ... Read more »