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Southern France; A Rhône trip to French Wine

During the current testing times for France and it’s people, I’m thinking back to June this year, visiting the Ardèche, Provence and the Rhône Valley, regions in southern France, which seemed immune to the troubles of the outside world. Hurtling towards Avignon on a high speed train, watching the rural French countryside of late spring flash by, a troubled world …

Graduating to tequila and mixology in Mexico

Responsible drinking probably means many things to many people though once upon a time just getting home was considered responsible for me. I have mellowed since, now enjoying a few drinks in the company of good friends qualifies. Fortunately the Viceroy resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico provided plenty of opportunities for both. Aside from the various times the group met …

All Monks are not Equal – Mount Athos, Greece

Meeting a person or visiting a destination that has a profound effect upon you is not a common occurrence. I was recently fortunate enough to experience both a place and individual that qualify. Mount Athos is possibly a life changing experience for many, pilgrims from all over Greece and even further afield make the spiritual journey to the ‘Holy Mountain.’ Whilst I …

Postcard from a Moroccan winery

I never tire of visiting vineyards, I have had so many explanations about the process I should really be able to produce my own vintage sometime soon! This little vineyard near Essaouira produces quite a number of Moroccan wines from traditional grapes providing white, rosé, red and even a ‘grey’ wine. This unusual wine appeared to be a light coloured rosé …

Zefferellis, Ambleside – Multi-tasking in the Lake District

Zeferellis is a true multi-purpose meeting place in Ambleside, the English Lake District. During the day it is a high class coffee shop, and in the evening it transforms into an excellent vegetarian restaurant.   There is an attached cinema with several screens, and is one of the few in the area. They also have regular live music performances in the …