Tastes and Sights of Lisbon

Our tour with local historian and keen foodie guide from Context Tours was great, a quirky and different way to be introduced to Lisbon.  We visited a local bakery to see Portuguese Tarts being made and sample some of course.  Tasted the sweet wine, Moscato, and paired it with cheese which was a delight.  We…

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Close To Nature In The Heart Of Torres Del Paine

Patagonia is a magnificently beautiful rugged region stretching across part of Chile and Argentina. In the heart of Patagonia is Torres Del Paine National Park.  Here the weather is extreme and can turn in an instant and you can find yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature as she throws it all at you. No…

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Cycling, Tango and Steak in Buenos Aires

This was not my first visit to Buenos Aires, but this time we decided to stay in the local area of Palermo outside the main city area.  Such a great location for restaurants, bars and shopping and still easy to access all areas of the city. A highlight of our time in Buenos Aires was…

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At Home In Tuscany

We arrived at our little Tuscan retreat and immediately felt welcomed by our hosts, Paolo and Peter and the lovely staff.  Our home for the next few days is Villa Fontelunga, a beautifully restored home with sweeping views across the Tuscan countryside. We sat and enjoyed a local Prosecco by the pool and watched the…

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Walk Between The Villages Of The Cinque Terre

This morning we left the sanctuary of the iconic Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, and drove to Monterosso.  Travelling by car high up on the hilltops was a great way to enjoy the views across the ocean and explore the often-unseen countryside inland from the coast.  After encountering several cyclists…

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The Sanctuary of Inkaterra

The train journey to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo was a highlight in itself as we wove our way through the mountains catching glimpses of the Classic Inca Trail and the folks hiking to Machu Picchu, the ancient Lost City of the Incas.  The scenery was ever changing  with spectacular views across the gorges  and snow…

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Truffle Hunting in Piedemont

We began the day in Turin and headed into the countryside – the heart of Piedemont region, known for its black & white truffles- a rare find! We entered the family run farm to meet two brothers who are third generation truffle farmers, and the hounds who were leading us on the hunt. There was…

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Death Valley

With a lot of clients wanting to go to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I often have the opportunity to suggest the Death Valley route between the two. The regular highway provides some pretty good scenery but off the beaten track, the route via Death Valley and past Furnace Creek provides an experience of unsurpassed…

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Champagne Breakfast on the Rocky

The Rocky Mountain railroad is quite possibly one of the best journeys to be had by train anywhere on the planet. Every bend of the tracks reveals stunning mountain vistas, soaring snow-clad peaks and thick green alpine forests. Due to the time of year it was also possible to view bears, elk, moose and muskrats…

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Rio de Janeiro

These colourful mosaic tiled steps are located in the heart of Rio’s famous Copacabana district. We were on a day trip that encompassed not only all the ‘must see’ attractions of this vibrant city but also took us to some wonderful local and tucked away places you just wouldn’t find without an expert local guide. After…

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