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Edvard Munch at the British Museum

Edvard Munch at the British Museum

Edvard Munch Love and Angst British Museum from 11th April – 21st  July 2019 “We do not want pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls. We want… an art that arrests and engages. An art of one’s innermost heart.” – Edvard Munch The creator of art’s most haunting and iconic face. A radical father…

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Loevestein Castle – Historic Netherlands

Loevestein Castle – Historic Netherlands

This is said to be the most famous castle in the Netherlands. That will come as a surprise to most tourists, who will likely not have realised that Holland even had any castles. Loevestein Castle will intrigue and delight and have visitors wanting to learn more about the history of this relatively undiscovered region of…

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Lambic – the sweet taste of a sour beer

Lambic – the sweet taste of a sour beer

OK, I had not heard of Lambic and that’s mainly because I am not a big beer drinker, but this was something of a revelation …and a delicious one. Lambic is a style of beer brewed mainly in the Pajottenland region of Belgium. These beers include gueuze and kriek lambic, which are both striking and…

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Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Madeira

Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Madeira

A guided tour of Blandy’s 17th century Wine Lodge and its associated Wine Museum, in the centre of Funchal, will reveal some of the art and science that generations of producers have developed, to make a range of delicious, rich and long-lasting wines out of the grapes grown here. There are several excellent table wines,…

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Kröller-Müller – The beginning of a New World

Kröller-Müller – The beginning of a New World

From 1 June to 29 September 2019 at The Kröller-Müller The summer exhibition The Beginning of a New World The development of modern sculpture is the perfect occasion to visit the Kröller-Müller. For the first time ever, the museum tells the story of the modern sculpture collection, seen through the eyes of Bram Hammacher, director…

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Gaasbeek Castle for a Feast of Fools: Bruegel Rediscovered

Gaasbeek Castle for a Feast of Fools: Bruegel Rediscovered

Gaasbeek Castle for a Feast of Fools: Bruegel Rediscovered 6 April 2019 – 28 July 2019 Gaasbeek Castle isn’t far from the thronging city of Brussels, but it is a million miles away with its calming ambiance and leafy location. It’s a former stately home of charm and architectural beauty, and serves as a venue…

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Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Funchal in Madeira is one of my favourite cities and Quinta da Casa Branca has one of my favourite restaurants. That is surely a recipe for delicious contentment and a very happy reviewer. I have not actually stayed at Quinta da Casa Branca but dream of doing so. It is perhaps one of the most…

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Aegina – accessible Greek retreat

Aegina – accessible Greek retreat

Aegina is perhaps the most accessible of Greek island idylls.  It’s the playground of holidaymakers from Athens, but has also long been popular with European tourists who are looking for a quintessentially Greek experience. The island is named after Aegina, one of the 50 daughters of the river god Asopus. It is located only 25…

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The Farm Brewery – Goossens

The Farm Brewery – Goossens

Goossens Farm with Malting Brewery Lambic Brewery Heritage Lambic beer is a typical wild yeast beer, brewed in the southwest region of Brussels (Pajottenland).  It forms the basis for geuze (a blend of lambic of 3 different ages) and for kriek lambic, a cherry beer. This farm with malting brewery was one of the many…

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British Museum- largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

British Museum- largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

Manga マンガ -till 26 August 2019 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum presents the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan. Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in magazines and read by a global audience. A multi-billion-pound business that embraces anime and gaming, manga are a global…

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Madeira’s Still-living History

Madeira’s Still-living History

The 15th century saw the dawn of the Age of Discovery, a time when European powers began exploring the world to find new lands and new opportunities. Portugal was in the vanguard of this drive, sailing southwards in their case down the west coast of Africa. So it wasn’t long (1419 to be precise) before…

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Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad

Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad

Outrigger Phuket is perhaps one of the friendliest luxury resorts one would hope to find. It combines both Thai hospitality and style. But food is often the cornerstone of any good vacation, and Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad ensures guests don’t go home disappointed. Tastes are diverse yet Chef Roberto has skilfully presented an…

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Madeira wine – a sweet tour

Madeira wine – a sweet tour

For a small island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira has a big reputation for the sweeter things in life: its history includes sugar, wine, and ‘honey’ – well, a Madeiran interpretation thereof. We’ll discuss the first and the last of these elsewhere, but it’s the story of wine on the island that…

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Freewheeling along the Voie Bressane

Freewheeling along the Voie Bressane

A modern-day adventure in step with today’s tastes, cycling tourism is the latest thing in travel. In order to welcome an ever-growing number of enthusiasts, Burgundy-Franche-Comté has put the wheels in motion in an attempt to reinvigorate its vast network of cycling trails and dream up some new itineraries. This is true for the Voie…

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Madeira – a younger look

Madeira – a younger look

This beautiful and unique island has been a much-loved destination for European tourists, yet primarily for the slightly older generation. But this traveller wonders why, when Madeira has so much to offer for everybody. It has not only an all-year-round summer climate, but tropical flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. It’s rich in culture and history,…

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Mercado dos Lavradores, Madeira

Mercado dos Lavradores, Madeira

It is perhaps one of the highlights of any vacation: a trip to an exotic and thoroughly Instagrammable market is hard to beat for local colour and atmosphere. Madeira has a gem of a covered market in the middle of Funchal and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a celebrated and popular landmark in the…

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John Burton-Race on AmaWaterways Rhône Cruise

John Burton-Race on AmaWaterways Rhône Cruise

John Burton-Race Floats New Menu on AmaWaterways Rhône Cruise Two Michelin star celebrity chef, John Burton-Race, is to set sail aboard a luxury river cruise ship as guest chef for an exclusive group this September. Burton-Race is to partner with Go Cruise and AmaWaterways to provide his amazing flair and cooking skills to 20 exclusive…

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Chihuly, Groninger Museum, Groningen

Chihuly, Groninger Museum, Groningen

Until 5 May 2019 ‘Chihuly’ will be an exhibition of sensational creations by world-renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition is specially curated for the museum, in partnership with Chihuly Studio, and will be the largest European museum showing of the artist’s work in the last 20 years. Comprising 16 installations inside and outside…

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Madeira’s Most Genteel Factory – Bordal Embroidery

Madeira’s Most Genteel Factory – Bordal Embroidery

Madeira is said to have been discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, though there are stories from intrepid sailors of much earlier times, that tell of two verdant islands far off the African shore. Settlers arrived just a few years later; they found this paradise to be perfect for developing first the sugar cane industry…

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The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

It’s some kind of prejudice, I guess. It’s just that I didn’t expect to discover such a restaurant in a spot that seemed so difficult to find by car. One could easily miss this rather isolated inn (OK, so I come from London) which might be mistaken for a cosy cottage with its own car…

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