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

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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.

Dubai Part Two: The Best Massage in the World at Raffles Dubai

“Breathe out Miss Emma, please. Three big breaths.” I do as I am told, slowly and self-consciously. “Is she looking at my spine alignment?” “Is she monitoring my lung capacity?” “Can she see my thighs wobbling under the crisp, white sheet?” Shhh! I hiss at my subconscious as I breathe so deeply and thoroughly –…

Faces not Places: The Dog Mushers

Last week I wrote about Stian and his beloved dog Varg, who I was lucky enough to meet on a trip in Tromso last December when I learnt (ahem, attempted) to live like a dog musher in the frozen north of Norway. Stian couldn’t do what he does – looking after and racing his team…

Faces not Places: The Children of Gondar

We stopped in Gondar, the gateway to the Simien Mountains, to stock up on food and essentials (namely a teapot) at the market and I was struck by how beautiful the children were and how genuinely pleased they were to have their picture taken. Tourists in Gondar are becoming more of a common sight, yet…

Faces not Places: The Peace Eye-ers

When travelling I’ve always found that the places where I meet interesting, inspirational or just downright insane people are the places that stick the most in my mind. It’s often their faces I remember, those wine-soaked nights out or the spontaneous deviations from travel plans that come from starting a conversation on a cross-border bus,…