In pictures: Twenty little snapshots of Zurich

“Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it” – Mark Twain It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for a country, is it. But, when I visited Zurich on the Germany side of this split-cultured city, I was delighted to discover that there is beauty to be found,…

La Dolce Vita: Bake with Maria, Tuscany and me

Can you master the art of authentic Italian cooking in five days? I headed into the verdant hills of Lucca in Tuscany with Bake with Maria and a group of food fanatics to find out

Malaga memories: On finally appreciating Picasso

I’ve never really got Picasso. Well, to be truthful, that’s an understatement. I never really liked him. But being shown round the Picasso Museum by a whirlwind of painting passion called Mercedes may have just changed my mind.

A Weekend In…Riga

Where to stay, what to eat and the sights you shouldn’t miss on a weekend in Riga, the Paris of the East.

in Pictures: Open Garden Squares Weekend

Every year, for two days, the inner sanctums of some of London’s most prestigious organisations and poncey padlocked squares are open to the average joe public. There are over 200 squares, gardens, allotments and private grounds open for nosing about this weekend and most of them are absolute gems, from the floating garden barges near…

In Pictures: Cross Bones Graveyard

We knew we’d found it when I saw the gleaming sign, a washed, weather-wracked white against the blood and sand red of the brick behind it. We’d been shuffling around the back of the station for a while, trying to wind our way around the alleyways, flanked by high, grey stone walls as the trains thundered…

Dubai Part Five: Sticks at Dawn – How Hard Can Camel Polo Really Be..?

I’ve already written about the madness of Dubai in Part Three: The Good, The Bad-Ass and the Exquisite and the gluttony in Part Four: Five Hotel Restaurants to Try in Dubai, but I couldn’t go any further without writing about one of the weirdest experiences of my life, which happened, yep, you’ve guessed it, in…

Travel Diary: On Sweat and Cambodian Fever

As it’s Travel Tuesday today and because I haven’t posted one for a while, here’s a short and sweet nugget from the Travel Diary on, rather appropriately as the sun is out (or inappropriately if your mind is politely inclined), sweat and the relentless heat we encountered wandering around Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia….

Dubai Part Four: Five Hotel Restaurants to Try in Dubai

I’ve been gorging a lot these past two weeks while ostensibly reviewing restaurants and gastronomic evenings for and all that food put me in mind of my favourite restaurants in Dubai. With all those five-star establishments it’s rare you even have to venture outside of the air-conditioned confines of your hotel to find a…